Chihuahua FAQs

Those who fall in love with the Chihuahua often find themselves wanting to know every thing they can about these lovable little dogs. Here are some important answers to the most frequently asked questions.

How long do Chihuahuas live for?

Surprisingly for such a small breed, the Chihuahua has a very long lifespan for a dog. On average, they can live for 12-15 years but they have also been known to live as long as 20 years old! This makes them a big commitment, but it also means they provide their owners with a lifetime friendship.

How much exercise do Chihuahuas need?

Because of their size, Chihuahuas don’t need too much rigorous exercise. This makes them god pets for elderly or disabled people, and it also means they’re suited to city life with apartments and smaller dog parks. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t love getting out and about! In fact, they will relish the chance to be outdoors and explore new scents and other dogs. They can be very playful and they will love the chance to play tug of war or fetch a toy. This makes them great fun as pets.

What types of Chihuahuas are there?

Chihuahuas come in a large variety of colours, coat types and even head shapes! So, make sure you choose one that fits your lifestyle and your preferences. For example, choosing between a long and a short haired dog can mean the difference between having to groom regularly or not. However, both varieties will shed hair and the short haired Chihuahua sheds all year round as opposed to just once a year.

What is a deer head Chihuahua?

This type of Chihuahua has a slightly longer snout and a narrower domed skull, setting it apart from other Chihuahuas. Their snout and their forehead are more defined from each other, giving a deer-like appearance to the face. In addition they have slightly longer legs and are not as stout as most Chihuahuas, adding to their graceful deer-like appearance.

What is an apple headed Chihuahua?

Apple headed Chihuahuas are stouter, and generally have a more rounded head shape with a sharp right-angled snout. Their legs are shorter than their deer headed cousins.

Are Chihuahuas a typically “yappy” dog?

Chihuahuas are sometimes seen as highly strung but the truth is they are simply very energetic and can get over excited, for example when you come home in the evening they will run around in circles and bark. This tends to happen more often with puppies, so they will usually grow out of it after a few months.

Why do Chihuahuas shiver?

There are all sorts of reasons why Chihuahuas shiver – they might be cold, excited, frightened or simply shivering with anticipation, for example if they’re about to be fed or walked. This is simply one of their eccentricities! However, it’s true that the short haired varieties can get cold very easily and if you see them shivering you may want to bring them indoors or put a doggy coat on them. This could also be one reason why these little dogs are so fond of the sun and will spend hours soaking up some rays if given the chance.

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