Chihuahua (long hair)
Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world, but despite our size, we have rich personalities.
Originally we were bred as guard dogs. And there is no doubt we will tell if we discover something "abnormal".
The Chihuahua has strong ties to its owners. If we are not socialized from an early age, we can become overprotective towards them. We can also become dominant over others, so socialization is important.
Note that it is common for us to be somewhat reserved towards strangers.
Most often we associate with one or two people, and towards them, we are as loving as we can be. A Chihuahua loves cuddles!
Adapts to the owners' lives
"Adaptable" is a descriptive word for our breed. It is largely up to the owners to decide how active they want us to be!
You do not necessarily bring a Chihuahua with you on the longest mountain hikes. But do not underestimate our capacity either. We like to endure longer trips than people think.
On a normal weekday, we do not require hours of walking. Walks last between 30-60 minutes are usually adequate. Remember that we appreciate just as much to play inside as outside! This can also be a good outlet on a stormy day.
Chihuahuas are talkative
As mentioned, we are whistleblowers, so we will report when people come.
Of course, we do this with our voice. We can bark quite loudly, so be prepared for that.
However, very few people appreciate loud barking if it's excessive. The best medicine against barking is socialization and exercise. If we are not socialized, we can quickly become whiny dogs.
Wondering what a Chihuahua sounds like? Watch the video below:
Relationships with other animals
If we are introduced to other animals from an early age, the chances are high we will find the tone.
However, with a lack of socialization, it can be difficult for us to relate to other animals. Our fearless personality means that we do not hesitate to protect ourselves. It is not uncommon for us to be bossy towards larger animals.
How much grooming does a long-haired Chihuahua require?
Short-haired Chihuahuas require minimal fur care, while long-haired Chihuahuas require slightly more care.
Brush through the coat at least once a week.
We do shed some, but it is rather manageable. Just be careful when you hoover, as our tiny size makes us prone to hoover accidents. *Swosh* and we're stuck in there.
Chihuahuas lives long lifes
Most long-haired Chihuahuas are genetically healthy. Some may have problems with the kneecap, a condition called kneecap dislocation. Heart problems, water head, tartar, bite, and tooth defects can also occur.
Small dogs usually live longer than large dogs, and in our case life expectancy is estimated at 12-18 years.