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Chihuahua

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The lively Chihuahua readily gives affection, but demands it as well. They are intensely loyal and can become attached to their owners to the point of jealously.
CBSmall in stature, the Chihuahua has a very large personality. They are fun-loving creatures that love nothing more than to be around their owners. They tend to form a bond with one person and could be quite demanding if they are over-pampered.

Chihuahuas are fast learners. They will do just as well in obedience or agility sports as large dogs. Though intelligent, they are very willful and need persuaded to do what you’d like them to. Chihuahuas are curious dogs and love to explore, which makes them prone to escaping the yard.

Chihuahuas are not recommended for families with smaller children (younger than eight) because of their small size. They are wary of strangers and need to be socialized young to avoid being unfriendly to other humans or dogs. They can be aggressive toward other breeds, but seem to recognize their own kind. They make great watchdogs, though, and tend to think they are larger than they are.

Major Health Concerns: Due to their short nose, the Chihuahua tends to wheeze and snore. They are prone to corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma due, in part, to their prominent eyes. They are vulnerable, in early puppy hood, to fractures caused by accidents. Some have a section of their skull that remains open during their entire life.

Interesting Fact: Chihuahua’s can have short or long-haired coats and range in colour from Black to white and everything in between. The height of a Chihuahua varies more than in any other breed.

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