Taking Care of a Chihuahua

A Chihuahua dog needs special care. It’s tiny size and high-strung temperament means a need for a little extra attention.

Chihuahua dogs are the smallest breed of dog in the world. A typical Chihuahua weighs 3 to 5 pounds, making them delicate and in need of special protection from their owners. A common household accident like fallen books or a dropped can of vegetables can result in a serious injury for a Chihuahua. When a Chihuahua puppy is in the house, they may even be stepped on due to their tiny size.

Chihuahua Supplies

Chihuahua dogs originated from Mexico in warm, dry climates. Today they can live anywhere as long as precautions are taken against cold weather. Small dog shoes and a sweater or coat may be needed for a Chihuahua dog who lives in temperatures that are near or below freezing. These tiny dogs have a high metabolism, but they have little fat or fur to keep themselves warm. Even long-haired Chihuahuas have thin fur that isn’t long or thick enough to provide much protection against the cold.

Even in warm climates, these small dogs love to be in warm spots. A heated dog bed is heaven for a Chihuahua- you may have trouble getting him to leave his bed! Your dog will also enjoy sleeping on or near you to take advantage of your warmth. You can never make a Chihuahua too warm, so coats, warming supplies and plenty of blankets will keep him happy.

The food you select for your dog should have small pieces to allow him to eat them comfortably. Hard dog food in large pieces can be painful for them to try to eat. Tiny hard pieces or soft food of any size is best for these little dogs. Offer the food several times a day. The small stomachs and high metabolism of these dogs makes them hungry often.

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