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The Chihuahua is widely regarded as the smallest pedigree dog breed in the world.
Chihuahua adult in black and white on a white background

About the Chihuahua

There are two distinct varieties of the breed – the short-haired Chihuahua and the long-haired Chihuahua – each with their own distinct temperament. Chihuahuas can become very devoted to one person.

Due to their size and fragile build, it is important to make sure children are taught how to handle these dogs properly. Their temperaments can vary quite drastically, with some being particularly challenging to train.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed Specifics

Country: Mexico
Size category: Very Small
Avg life expectancy: 14-18 years
Alert / Lively / Confident / Even-tempered / Friendly

Key facts

Needs little exercise
Suitable for small homes
Great companion

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