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The Beginner’s Guide to the Chiwawa Dog

The Chihuahua, otherwise known as the chiwawa dog, is one of the most popular small sized breeds. In fact, the chiwawa breed is actually the world’s smallest formal breed of dog, bearing in mind that toy or miniature breeds are not recognized as standalone breeds. For many, the chiwawa dog is a symbol of companionship and convenience, being a favored “lap dog” breed for hundreds of years. The chiwawa is a great breed of dog but it may not be suitable for all families. Keep reading to learn whether the chiwawa dog is a good match for you and/or your family.

Physical Traits

As mentioned earlier, the chiwawa dog is the world’s smallest dog, which also means that it is more fragile that most breeds of dog. To qualify as a show-worthy purebred, the chiwawa must be no more than six pounds. Although purebred chiwawas may sometimes exceed this weight, it simply means that they would be ineligible to participate in most dog shows. This breed can vary quite a lot in height, but usually tends to be somewhere between six and ten inches tall. Some, however, have been reported to be as tall as a foot and a half. They are generally said to have a boxy shape, however the chiwawa body tends to elongate a little so that it is not quite a perfect square or rectangle.

The chiwawa dog can be short haired or long haired and comes in a wide range of colors. It has an apple shaped head, slightly large eyes (but not bulging), as well as a short nose. Being that the chiwawa breed is quite compact in size and build, it is very graceful and fluid in its movements, which most owners find surprising but pleasant. Although its movements are easy, they are also sturdy and sure.


The chiwawa dog is said to have a personality that is unlike any other breed of dog in the world. This breed is quirky and almost a little peculiar, but in general the chiwawa is considered to have a personality similar to what you find in many breeds of terrier. This is usually represented as confidence, loyalty, cleverness, cunningness, and bravery. They are typically affectionate and prefer to have human interaction or the companionship of another chiwawa. This breed tends to bond well with its owners—usually just one or two people in the family—and will feel the urge to protect them. This can come out as standoffishness or snippiness with strangers and even other family members if jealousy is provoked. Some owners feel this is a good trait while others, typically those who have a lot of strangers coming and going or who have small children, find it to be an annoyance.


The chiwawa, just like most other breeds of dog, have individual personalities and will show this in a multitude of ways. Some chiwawas are timid and submissive while others are stubborn and tough. There is, however, a very strong connection between this dog’s temperament and its bloodline. In some breeds of dog there are characteristics that are so heavily ingrained into their genes that it is said that these traits are passed down from grandparents and parents. Therefore, a chiwawa that comes from a line of notoriously stubborn, difficult-to-train, and reclusive dogs is most likely to end up this way regardless of the training techniques that are used. This also works the same for dogs that come from generally “good” lines, such as having parents and grandparents that were easygoing, smart, and sociable.

The general temperament associated with the chiwawa dog is possessive but very loving and affectionate. They must have a healthy amount of physical contact with their owners on a daily basis. In fact, they are one of the neediest breeds when it comes to physical affection such as petting or simply allowing the dog to sleep on the owner’s lap for a few hours. If this breed is not given enough attention they will not hesitate to resort to measures that will get your attention, sometimes even being destructive. They are also very smart but can be difficult to train if you don’t make it worth their while.

Benefits of a Chiwawa Dog

If you like the idea of having a dog that will snuggle in your lap for hours on end, alert the presence of strangers with sharp barking, and entertain you for years with their quirky behavior then a chiwawa may be just the right breed for you! Some additional benefits to owning a chiwawa is that they are small and can easily be taken with you. They also do not consume as much food as a large dog and will undoubtedly save you money in the long run. Chiwawas also do not require a lot of space or exercise, which means that they can easily be content with living in a small environment, such as an apartment, without the need for additional exercise.

Potential Disadvantages

The potential disadvantages of having a chiwawa really depend on how you look at them. For some, having a small dog is a great benefit but it also means that the dog is much more fragile and can easily break a bone if it is stepped on or falls from a moderate height. The loyalty that this breed has is admirable, but it can sometimes become downright suffocating to an owner. If you don’t like the idea of your dog shadowing you around the house and yearning for your affection then you probably shouldn’t get a chiwawa.

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