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Training and intelligence
Chihuahuas are clever dogs, but it depends on the amount of effort the owner is prepared to put in. This breed can often suffer from small dog syndrome - people will tolerate bad bahaviour from them that would simply be intolerable and impractical in a bigger dog.

Temperament
Chihuahuas have a confidence way beyond their tiny stature. They are cheeky and brave, and nothing and no one is too big a task or opponent for them. They may be best kept on lead as they have been known to run up to and provoke much larger dogs - and the Chihuahua unfortunately comes off owrse in any ensuing interaction.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Chihuahuas are not keen on strangers of any kind. Socialisation is a must to prevent them being over protective of their people, or antagonistic to other dogs. The Chihuahua does not think of itself as small and conducts itself accordingly.

Grooming and shedding
There are two coat types in the Chihuahua breed, smooth and long. The longer obviously needs more grooming than the smooth, but grooming of either is not excessive. They shed little.

Exercise
The Chihuahua does need exercise, although they have bursts of energy. Some of their energy could be used in learning tricks, which this clever dog should be quick and agle enough to pick up well.

Need for company
They do like to be with their people, but Chihuahuas will tolerate being left for short amounts if brought up to it.

General
Like many toy breeds, Chihuahuas can suffer from a collapsing trachea, so it is better to have them on a harness than a lead. They tend to bond with one or two people. Because of their size they may be too fragile to live happily with young children. They like the company of other Chihuahuas.

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Books


The Chihuahua: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

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An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet is the series to turn to when you want a basic reference that's reliable, up-to-date, and complete. These guides feature: Expert authors, plus renowned guest contributors on specialized topics Full-color photos throughout Basic information on the breed, species, ....


Chihuahua (Kennel Club Dog Breed Series)

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The affectionate and beguiling Chihuahua holds two distinctions among pure-bred dogs: he is the smallest and the longest lived dog in the world. Weighing as little as one pound, the Chihuahua often enjoys good health until the age of twenty years. Many characteristics endear the Chihuahua to his millions ....


Chihuahua Handbook, The (Barron's Pet Handbooks)

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This detailed manual shows owners how to feed their bird the proper food to avoid feather problems, digestive disorders and general ill health. There are even instructions for making your own bird food. Over 50 full-color photos and 20 black-and-white line drawings included. ....



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RSPCA seeks special home for Peggy and Pip

RSPCA inspector Marie Hammerton, with special needs Chihuahuas Peggy and Pip.

RSPCA inspector Marie Hammerton, with special needs Chihuahuas Peggy and Pip.

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Peggy and Pip seek a special home

Peggy and Pip, a mother and daughter Chihuahua duo are looking for a new home thanks to the RSPCA.

Peggy and Pip, a mother and daughter Chihuahua duo are looking for a new home thanks to the RSPCA.

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Battersea rehomed Bobby the Chihuahua

You can find out more about Bobby’s story in Battersea’s new ITV1 series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Monday nights at 8pm.

You can find out more about Bobby’s story in Battersea’s new ITV1 series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Monday nights at 8pm.

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Bella my MultiShiChi

My Maltese, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua with Yellow eyes and a cute stripe on her nose. 8 Months old and super playful and sweet.

My Maltese, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua with Yellow eyes and a cute stripe on her nose. 8 Months old and super playful and sweet.

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"That's the Spot"

My best buddy, Dr. Gonzo, recieves a back-scratch on her favorite

My best buddy, Dr. Gonzo, recieves a back-scratch on her favorite "spot".

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"That's The Spot"

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Next Taco Bell Dog

Mommy and Daddy's pride and joy he goes where we do...ALWAYS!

Mommy and Daddy's pride and joy he goes where we do...ALWAYS!

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Like Peas & Carrots

My three Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross dogs . From left to right , Roly (son) , Dillon (Dad) & Bonnie (Mum)

My three Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross dogs . From left to right , Roly (son) , Dillon (Dad) & Bonnie (Mum)

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Sleepy Petey

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dats my baby!!!

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she is tiny she likes to play with tennis balls and she is really cute!!!

she is tiny she likes to play with tennis balls and she is really cute!!!

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