The Chihuahua Guide

These little bundles of fluff are one of the most popular breeds with their popularity dating back all the way back to 1325 ad where they are believed to have been used as living hot water bottles and were able to help cure illnesses. They are now the cute handheld dogs with high profile owners such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Many of them don’t live in handbags and do require appropriate care.

Feeding Chihuahuas

As the chihuahua is such a small dog they will need to be fed more often but in lesser amount so that they are able to digest their food better and allow blood sugars. It is also important not to look for cheap brands when it comes to feeding your dog as this can be harmful to your dog’s health and money saved on food will be spent on treatment for various illnesses such as; tooth decay, fading of the coat, weakening the immune system and canine diabetes.

Dog food with real meats such as chicken, lamb and fish provide healthy proteins for your dog but make sure that these foods don’t include meat by-products as this can be a range of tarnished and unhealthy ingredients such as chicken beaks.

How often should I feed my Chihuahua?

  • With puppies, 3 months and younger you should feed them 4 times a day

  • Puppies aged 3 to 6 months you should feed them 3 times a day

  • For adults, you need to feed them a ¼ to ½ cup of food twice a day

Are Chihuahuas good with children?

Although small dogs generally are great with small children, chihuahuas are not the best match for children under the age of eight. This is due to Chihuahuas being small and fragile meaning they generally can’t handle how young child tend to pet and play with dogs.

Despite this, it is important to familiarize chihuahua’s with children for them to how to learn how to socialize and get along with children. However, it is important to supervise very carefully in order to avoid injury in the early stages of familiarisation.

How are chihuahua’s good with other dogs

Chihuahuas sadly have a reputation of being unfriendly to other dogs. Despite this reputation with training they can learn to become more sociable with other dogs. This is due to their protective nature and are likely to challenge large and aggressive dogs and risk getting hurt.

Similarly, with children, the best way to avoid this as much as possible is to socialize with other dogs frequently while they are young.

Do Chihuahua’s bark or howl?

Due to the Chihuahua’s protective nature, they tend to be very vocal and bark at any and all intruders in his territory. Despite their reputation for being yappy, chihuahua’s can be taught to moderate their barking if needed. However, if you like constant peace and quiet the chihuahua may not be the dog for you.

How much exercise does a Chihuahua need?

Due to their lack of size, the chihuahua is the perfect house pet. They require little exercise and don’t take a lot of preparation in order to keep them safe at home. All they truly require is a little outside space for them to play around in like many dogs do.

Trainability

Chihuahuas need little obedience training. They need to learn only a few basic words, like no, yes, wait and come. Some individuals are easy to train, while others are a bit more stubborn.

No is particularly important because you need to be able to stop your Chihuahua from barking and from acting suspiciously or aggressively toward strangers and other dogs.

As chihuahua’s are usually house pets which spend very little time out and walking, housebreaking is even more important. Chihuahuas need to learn where to go to the bathroom, and where not to go – and this can be the biggest training challenge in this breed.

What type of bed do I Need for a Chihuahua?

The best type of bed for a chihuahua is one they can cuddle up in to keep warm. Having a bed with a lot of bedding allows them to keep warm and comfortable so that they may sleep in comfort. At Raised by Humans we supply the doughnut bed of which is the perfect type and sized bed for a chihuahua with the ring allowing a pillow for them to sleep in comfort. To find out more check out our Dog bed range.

By Raised By Humans