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Description of the Chihuahua

The smallest breed in the world takes its name from the Mexican state where it became fashionable in the late 19th Century. From there its popularity spread to America, and with the publicity gained through celebrity and film star owners the breed became a canine sensation. Bold and saucy in temperament, the breed comes in two varieties: the smooth coat and the long coat, and share the same physical attributes apart from coat type. Outgoing and confident, the Chihuahua has a huge personality in a tiny frame..

At a glance.

Breed Group:Toy 

Vulnerable Native Breed: No 

Size: Small 

How much exercise? Up to 30 minutes per day 

Length of coat: Short (Smooth) or Long

How much grooming? Once a week (Smooth) more often for Long

Supposedly sheds? * Yes 

Town or Country: Either 

Minimum Type/size of home: Flat With garden/terrace

Minimum Garden Size: No minimum

Lifespan Over: 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. 

More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.