If you are after a lapdog that has absolute buckets of personality, you cannot go past the charm of the Chihuahua (long coat). Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Chihuahua (Long Coat)
The Chihuahua (long coat) is said to be the world’s smallest dog standing at 15 to 20cm tall and weighing a mere 2 to 3kg. They are a very lightly built dog with a large, rounded skull and large dark eyes. The Chihuahua (long coat) has a long, soft, flat or slightly curly coat with fringed ears, feathered feet and legs and a ruff around the neck. The coat comes in different colours include white, cream, sable, sand, blue, and black.
Temperament of the Chihuahua (Long Coat)
The Chihuahua (long coat) is an excellent companion dog that thrives on human contact. The Chihuahua (long coat) has often been described as being feisty, cunning, clever and protective. They will become very attached to their owners and can be quite reserved around people that they don’t know. While the Chihuahua (long coat) can be trained, it can take longer than with other breeds of dog. The Chihuahua (long coat) also has quite a loud voice for its size and it is not uncommon for them to use it!
Caring for a Chihuahua (Long Coat)
The long coated Chihuahua does require some grooming in order to keep its coat in tip top condition but this should only need to be in the form of a thorough brushing once or twice a week. Even though the dog is tiny in size, it is quite active and thus it will need regular exercise in order to keep it healthy and to maintain its weight. The teeth are prone to tartar build-up so you should give plenty of chicken bones in order to keep the teeth clean. The eyes can also be vulnerable to injury or infection so care does need to be taken. The long coated Chihuahua will live for around 12 years on average but it can live for 15 years or more if fed with the correct nutrition.
Who is the Chihuahua (Long Coat) Suited To?
As the Chihuahua is so small, it is suited to all types of living conditions – even the smallest of studio apartments in the city! However, while they are an indoor dog, they do still need to be exercised so potential owners need to be aware of this. The Chihuahua is not recommended for families that have young children but it is perfect for just about anyone else.