The Very Very Big Chihuahua Breed FAQ

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Don’t let their small size fool you, a mighty warrior heart beats in this tiny dog.

Don’t let their small size fool you, a mighty warrior heart beats in this tiny dog. Beware of the diminutive beast that is the Chihuahua! OK, OK, maybe just let them live out their fantasy. These little dogs have big ambitions.

How Do You Spell Chihuahua?

chi·hua·hua

/CHəˈwäwä,CHiˈwäwə/

Why Were Chihuahuas Bred?

Chihuahuas are believed to be descendants of another breed called Techichi, a small, mute dog kept by the Toltec people. Techichis are thought to have been bred since the 9th century in Mexico.

Why Are Chihuahuas So Small?

Chihuahuas are naturally small dogs. However, human intervention (selective breeding) have made them increasingly smaller.

How Many Teeth Do Chihuahuas Have?

42 teeth. Chihuahuas, just like other dog breeds, have 42 teeths. The big problem with these little dogs is dental issues. Be warned, these pups may cost you a pretty penny in dentist visits.

Why do Chihuahuas have bad teeth?

why do chihuahuas have teeth issues?

Periodontal Disease Is the #1 Health Problem in Chihuahuas. This breed is more likely to have bad teeth. We recommend you get a dog with a genetic warranty and invest in pet insurance to keep costs low.

Why Are Chihuahuas So Hard To House Train?

Yes, we know, Chihuahuas are notoriously hard to housebreak. There are 3 main reasons that could help you understand why Chihuahuas are hard to house train: emotions, scent and size.

They get their feelings hurt easily…

chihuahuas are hard to train

Chihuahuas are especially sensitive to any anger or annoyance you might have about potty training. They can even become frightened if you celebrate too loudly when they finally poop outside.

It’s all about smell

Lingering scents of pees and poos past done in the house entice your dog. If you do not clean these with a proper pet deodorizer, your chi will end up doing its business in the house on the regular.

They are small

Chihuahuas are small and have a big appetite. What comes in, must come out. If they eat a lot, they will need to go out a lot. On top of that, their smaller bodies mean that they get cold easily in the winter. That’s no motivation to go do their business outside!

Why Do Chihuahuas Shake?

Chihuahuas shake when they are nervous or upset. There is something that can help you figure out if the shaking is because your dog is emotionally affected: shaking that comes with barking or whining is definitely nervous barking.

However, you could also simply have a very cold dog. Just like us humans, dogs shiver when they are cold. Since your pet is smaller than most breeds and rather thin, it loses body heat quickly. Do not be a terrible dog owner if you live in a cold climate. Learn how to take care of your dog during harsh winters or a polar vortex! With a Chihuahua, this will most often mean staying indoors all winter long if you are in Canada.

Why Do Chihuahuas Bark So Much?

chihuahuas are big barkers

Chihuahuas tend to bark simply because they are bored. These high energy dogs tend to show they want and need activity by expressing themselves in high pitched mono-tone barks. If you identify their bark as a sign of boredom, invest in some toys: either the bouncy chuck balls that are light, small and easy to throw soundless around the house or some puzzles to keep them entertained and hone their cognitive skills.

Why Do Chihuahuas Howl?

Chihuahuas, like other dogs, howl as a form of vocal communication. It can be:

  • a cry for attention
  • a way to announce his presence
  • a form of communicating with others
  • A sign of separation anxiety

If you suspect your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, you should really check out our article on the thundershirt. It’s a natural and cheap way to help you deal with your dog’s separation anxiety without giving them any sedatives or meds.

Why Do Chihuahuas Snort?

chihuahuas snort a lot as well

It’s called a reverse sneeze and happens most often when your chihuahua drinks water too fast, eats too fast, is too excited from playing or getting treats. It’s not something specific to the breed actually, we noticed our miniature dachshund does it too.

Why Do Chihuahuas Sleep So Much?

On average, dogs need about twelve to 14 hours of sleep a day. Most of us would consider that to be a lot. The reality is that many Chihuahuas sleep because they are bored. You should look into some extra toys for your dog like a Furbo for example if you see they are clearly bored out of their mind.

Why Are Chihuahuas So Mean?

Why Are Chihuahuas So Mean?

I, mighty warrior, lord of the rocky beach terrain, claim this spot of the beach!

OK, so here’s the deal, most Chihuahuas are mean because they are easily frightened by many things. Their diminutive size makes the world a scary place. Chihuahuas are aggressive in the hopes that it will scare bigger threats away. Frightened dogs can be loud, territorial and aggressive. Chihuahuas are fine if raised right.

Why Do Chihuahuas Have Seizures?

Chihuahuas are prone to recurrent seizures. It is a concerning problem with this breed today. You should really seek out more information on the topic before you adopt a chi. We looked into it and the most common reasons for seizures in this breed are:

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is common in young puppies. 
  • Hydrocephalus is caused by an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain cavity. It is common in many toy breeds like Chihuahuas. 
  • Porto-systemic Shunt is prevalent in toy breeds. Also known as a liver shunt, it is a blood vessel that carries blood around the liver instead of through it. For Chihuahuas, the defect is usually one that’s congenital. 
  • Hereditary (or idiopathic) epilepsy: some Chihuahua breed lines are prone to hereditary seizures that are not caused by health problems.

For more information check out A Chihuahua Owner’s Guide to Seizure Disorders.

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2 thoughts on “The Very Very Big Chihuahua Breed FAQ”

  1. My 12 lb Chihuahua (Jacque) is almost 10 years old and on 4 meds. 1 med for allergies and 3 meds because he now has been diagnosed with CHF (Congested Heart Failure). One yr ago he had to have his 4 front teeth pulled (2 upper, 2 lower). They detected a heart murmur. It’s so difficult to keep him calm, not barking at every sound, in hopes to not get his heart pumping rapidly. I never imagined him not being around 15-20ýrs because he’s always been indoors and spoiled. He’s my baby and best friend. I’m all alone and he’s given me so much unconditional love and emotional support. I don’t know what I’ll do when he’s gone…

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  2. I understand as my little girl past away in January after 13 years. She was my strength,my best friend and unconditional love Andy the night she died she was in her bed on the floor and I asked her if she wanted to sit with me as she had a bad day. Impickedherup and put heron my lap and she relaxed insistly I thought but I realized a few minutes later she came up to say goodbye. I’m lost without her Nd its been 8 months. So enjoy your dog awhile she’s here. They become a part of us. But it does happen.

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