Type: Companion Dog; Origin of Mexico
Height: 6 - 9 inches.
Weight: 1 - 6 lbs.
Coat: Long coat: Long, soft to touch, slight waviness is permissible. They have a lot of fringe and often have an undercoat. They have a large fringe on the neck and feathering on the tail, feet and legs. Short coat: Short, glossy, dense, and soft to touch.
Description: The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and was named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas are graceful, alert, swift-moving little dogs with a saucy expression. There are two distinct breed types, one with a long coat of soft texture, the other with a short coat. Identical otherwise, both can be whelped in the same litter. They have round apple-heads, large protruding eyes and a short, stout muzzle. Their bodies are slightly longer than they are tall, and ears are large and flaring. Although their bodies are fairly evenly-muscled, their bones are prone to injury due to their fragility. Now adored for their small size, the Chihuahua is a bright eyed, dainty dog who is perfect for apartment living.
Special Needs: Socialization, supervision with children and other animals.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.