A graceful, alert, swift-moving compact little dog with saucy expression, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.
Your puppy’s breeder should provide you with a medical history for you to bring to your vet. Your veterinarian can advise you on how to continue to keep your puppy healthy and free of fleas, heartworms and other parasites. Immunizations are strongly recommended to prevent serious disease. Rabies is required by law. Chihuahuas are generally a healthy breed. But like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation, cardiac and eye disease.
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Chihuahuas are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Chihuahuas can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.
Chihuahuas are animated and entertaining creatures, famously loyal, who’d happily spend most of their lives curled up in your lap. Though they like to run and play, Chihuahuas are mostly an indoor pet, and do well in apartments. Chihuahuas are fragile and have to be treated with care and kindness—they might not be the best choice for young children. They were bred for the warmth of Mexico and don’t do well in cold weather. They will seek out the sun and love to burrow under blankets to keep toasty, which makes them even more adorable.