The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog breed measuring up to 23cm at the withers. They typically weigh between 1kg and 3kg with an ideal weight between 1.5kg and 2.5kg. Life expectancy typically ranges from 15-20 years.
Chihuahuas are known for their sassy, “big dog attitude”, confident natures. They are very loyal and like to remain close to their owner, and are wary of both strangers and young children; sudden movements aren’t usually well received.
In terms of health, Pugs are susceptible to some genetic conditions, including heart problems, loose kneecaps, tracheal collapse and idiopathic epilepsy.
The joyful, cheeky and loyal side of Chihuahuas make them a great companion for those living alone or in a couple, ideally without young children. They enjoy being active but will treasure downtime with you.
Chihuahuas are well adapted to city life and do not require long walks. A short 20-30 minute walk will be sufficient, although protection from the cold and/or wet should be provided.