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Brindle Chihuahua

The Appeal of a Brindle Chihuahua

A brindle Chihuahua is a type of the well-known breed named for its color. Chihuahuas, which are frequently called Chis, are an affectionate and lively breed of dogs that enjoy human interaction. These tiny dogs are smart and engaging and their very size makes them perfect as apartment dogs. They require less exercise than larger breeds but do need to be handled carefully in deference to their size and fragility. Chihuahuas are considered great one person dogs rather than family dogs.

The brindle Chihuahua is considered a rare find because that color pattern is not very widely seen in the Chihuahua breed. Brindle is a rare color in Chihuahuas but not a new color and it is part of the genetic make-up of the dogs. However, it is a recessive trait that appears more rarely than the solid color more commonly seen in Chihuahuas. Brindle describes a coat pattern where there are dark colored, almost black, patches on top of another color. This causes a sort of pattern which is different from striping seen in some Chihuahua dogs. Sometimes there is what is called reverse brindling and black becomes the base color and the pattern is caused by alternative colors such as blue, fawn or deep brown.

If you are thinking of getting a Chihuahua a brindle Chihuahua can be a great choice if you value and appreciate the rarity of the coloring. You may also need to be prepared to pay a little extra as breeders sometimes charge a premium for the unusual color. If you are picking a Chihuahua for a pet, there are some details other than the color that will factor into your choice.

Those who wonder about whether the brindle Chihuahua is a newly bred color will be interested to know that the Chihuahua itself is considered one of oldest breeds among dogs.  There is proof that this breed has been around since before the 16th century, predating the Mayans and the Cholula Pyramids. The dog is accepted as having originated in Mexico and was in fact named for the Mexican state of the same name. They were imported into Europe by Christopher Columbus and formally introduced in North America in the 18th century. They became registered in the American Kennel Club in 1904.

Brindle Chihuahuas like the rest of the breed are typically 6 to 9 inches tall. These are one of smallest of dog breeds and are a part of the Toy group of dogs. Chihuahuas and Chi puppies are not considered easy dogs to have around children because they do not respond well to teasing and can be irritable if provoked. Despite their small stature, their wariness of strangers and willingness to bark actually makes them good watch dogs. Chihuahuas can learn to handle other pets in the family if they are introduced to them when very young otherwise the adjustment can be harder.  

Another physical detail of the Chihuahua breed is that it comes in two coat varieties, the long hair and the short hair. As they are known to shed, this is a choice that will have to factor in a family or individual’s choice of their pet. The Chis with the short coat need once a week brushing while those with a long coat require daily brushing to retain a well-groomed look and to avoid matting and tangles.

Those who are thinking of getting a brindle Chihuahua should know that these are not easy dogs to train and socialize after they grow out of puppy hood. It is easiest to raise them as well-adjusted to their social environment, if they are introduced into that setting at an early age.

Chihuahua tends to live long by the standards of pet dogs and can be expected to have a life span of 18 years or more. Hypoglycemia and patellar luxation are among the health problems that can affect the breed and you should be watchful of the molera or soft spot on the head of a Chihuahua as that is the unprotected area of the breed’s skull.

By choosing a brindle Chihuahua you can have the joy of long-term companionship in an unusual and lively package.



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