Chihuahua dog personalities
The Chihuahua dog makes an excellent companion because of their loyalty and need to be close to their owner, while their size makes them a convenient pet for many households. Some owners have even been able to let Chihuahuas ride inside the pocket of their coat, in a purse or tote bag or simple just carried under the owners arm. Chihuahuas enjoy outdoor activities and are easy to travel with.
However, the Chihuahua can also be curious and mischievous at times. If they are left along for a long period of time at home they will often find something to get into and leave you with a mess. Often the Chihuahua won't get along with other breeds but they will do fine with another of their own breed. Therefore, you should either stick with just Chihuahua or you should choose carefully before you add a second breed to your household.
The movies and advertisements by companies such as Taco Bell made the Chihuahua dog very popular. As a result it is now easy to find poorly bred Chihuahuas if you do not carefully select the breed to fit in with your household. Many families think the breed is perfect because of their self-confidence and easy trainability.
However, buying simply from pet stores, newspapers or on the Internet can lead to getting a dog that was bred without a concern for their health or temperament and you will have no way of knowing whether or not it will work with your household.
The small litter size of the Chihuahua has led to a limited number of puppies available from good breeders. Therefore, before you decide if the Chihuahua is right for you it is best to carefully consider their temperament.
You need to focus on feeding requirements, exercise needs and grooming when it comes to caring for your Chihuahua. Only give your Chihuahua dog a small amount of food at each meal. All that most dogs require is about two or three ounces of high quality dog food and a few puppy biscuits. Instead of one large daily feeding it is better to have two or three small meals a day. A few of the larger dogs of the breed can eat up to a half can of dog food.
While the Chihuahua won't object to being carried around they are actually capable of walking long distances. However, most of the dogs exercise will come from simple playing around the house, which makes them an excellent pet for the elderly.
When it comes to grooming you should use a soft brush and rub them down with a wet towel or glove to make their coat shine. Trim their nails regularly and keep their ears clean.