Looking after a toy breed like a Chihuahua is a bit different to taking on a larger dog like a Labrador. Here are some special considerations you need to keep in mind when bringing one of these little dogs into your family.
Toy breeds are so little and the Chihuahua in particular has quick little legs that mean he can easily get from one end of the room to the other, and under your feet in a flash. These tiny dogs can trip you easily and can have their little feet crushed by a human foot. In addition, they can be injured when jumping off high furniture or if they are accidentally dropped. This is one of the reasons why they aren’t so good for young children – they are simply too fragile to be treated roughly.
Small dog restrictions
There are some activities which you will not be able to do with a toy breed. For example, the Chihuahua is not built to be a jogging or a hiking partner. His legs are short and he will usually not get very far! Before trying out a new sport with your dog, be sure to check first with your vet in case the activity isn’t advisable for a small breed.
Chihuahuas and other small breeds can look like prey to larger predatory animals like foxes and hawks. They can also be injured by bigger dogs. So, all garden exercise and playtime in the park need to be closely supervised. You should always be at your dog’s side to make sure he doesn’t get into trouble.
Toy breeds tend to be a little bit more difficult to house train. The good news is that crate training is very effective, and because these dogs are so small there is usually less stress involved in using the crate for periods of confinement.
Toy breeds eat less
Be sure when feeding your Chihuahua that he is getting the right amount of food for his size. If you aren’t sure, check with your veterinarian. A toy breed can put on weight very easily if he is overfed, and this can lead to all sorts of health problems.
You don’t need a huge garden or house
The beauty of the toy breed is that he is happy enough in an apartment as it doesn’t seem so confined to such a tiny dog. This doesn’t mean he needs less time outside though! Time to explore his surroundings and run around off the lead is still very important, and will be the highlight of his day.
There will be less mess
The Chihuahua and his Toy cousins eat less and so the good news is that they will poop less too!
Now that you know these essential facts, you should be ready to welcome a Chihuahua into your home and enjoy all the fun it brings!