Get to know Long-Coat Chihuahua
All you need to know about the breed
“Best buddy” is the ideal phrase to describe the Long-Coat Chihuahua, the ideal companion dog. Loyalty is a given for a breed that easily cosies up but is always on alert where their owner is concerned. Barking at strangers may happen with the Chihuahua but it’s hardly cause for concern. They’ll soon be diverted by another nonstop activity. Playtime is anytime as far as they’re concerned!
The power-packed personality of the Chihuahua breed is evident in their official ranking: They currently hold 11th place on the American Kennel Club’s annual list of most popular breeds.
The breed never grows past 3 kilograms - 6 pounds - so taking them pretty much anywhere is doable.
When it comes to dogs, we’re often advised to watch children for fear that the dog may hurt them unwittingly. But because this breed is so small, children are the ones who could actually harm the Chihuahua without meaning to. They can be fragile so keep a watchful eye. Indoor play is ideal as are small dog parks. Mental stimulation is great for the Chihuahua breed, and games are an ideal pastime too.
Far from being a hulking security dog, Chihuahuas can be just as protective of their flock. They tend to be reserved with strangers, but this wariness falls away once a new relationship is formed.
2 facts about Long-Coat Chihuahuas
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Long-Coat Chihuahua
This is one dogged dog
The headstrong Long-Coat Chihuahua temperament and wilful determination is surprising, given their compact size. But small can still mean mighty when it comes to getting their way. The Long-Coat Chihuahua is smart and will outsmart you if you let him! The solution: Train your dog from an early age, rewarding good behaviour and ignoring the behaviour that you don't want to see. Training your Long-Coat Chihuahua well can offset any tenacious streak they may have and instill good behaviour.
Too much exercise could wear them out
The Chihuahua breed is a high-energy one for sure, but don’t mistake this characteristic for your Long-Coat Chihuahua’s desire to take super long walks or play endlessly, although some Chihuahua's may surprise you. A small body means that less is more. Indoor activity on a daily basis is stimulating for the Long-Coat Chihuahua dog, and they’ll get plenty of enjoyment out of outdoor activities as well. And as with all smaller dogs, if they get too tired, you can just pick them up and put them in a carrier the rest of the way home!
Chihuahuas can have a few health issues
Small dog breeds can be prone to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. It’s easy to think that the Long-Coat Chihuahuas’ little bodies don’t need a lot to go on but too-long a stretch between meals and your dog may have a serious dip in energy. Stick to a regular meal schedule and feeding guidelines on food packaging. The breed can also occasionally have cardiac concerns such as narrow heart valves or atrioventricular valve disease, or potential heart valve problems, eye disease, and patellar luxation, or loose kneecaps. Regular vet checkups can stem any problems before they start.
Caring for your Long-Coat Chihuahua
Grooming, training and exercise tips