Everything You Need to Know About Chihuahuas

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Small and sassy.

Chihuahuas are a small dog breed, but have enough attitude to make up for it. Currently the 29th most popular dog in the AKC registry, these small dogs have Terrier-like qualities and are not afraid to act larger than they are.

They can be short-haired or long-haired and come in all types of coat colors. Chihuahuas have large eyes and big personalities. The breed can be traced back to ancient 9th-century Chihuahua, Mexico where there are even ancient paintings that resemble modern Chihuahuas.

Chihuahuas don't need much exercise due to their small size which make them good city or apartment dogs.

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The Chihuahua has a round head with large, expressive eyes that are set into the skull. The ears are erect when alert but flare 45 degrees off the head when relaxed. The Chihuahua muzzle is small and close to the head.

General Appearance

The Chihuahua is a proud little dog that is notorious for its attitude. With Terrier-like qualities., Chihuahuas make good companions due to their small stature and individuality.


Chihuahuas can be short-haired or long-haired and can range in lots of colors and markings.


The Chihuahua is a small-statured dog with a slightly sloped spine. The legs are muscular for their size and they have a firm stance. They have slightly broad chests but not barrel-shaped. The tail is moderately long compared to the size of the whole dog and usually curves in a loop or to the side (never tucked).

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