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Chihuahua profile

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A little about Chihuahuas - Breed traits

The Chihuahua is a breed well known for its immense loyalty to one owner, and because of this has become one of the most common toy breeds. They enjoy exploring and short walks, but can be quite vocal and reserved around strangers and other dogs. They are also known to be bold and devoted.






The Chihuahua is a generally healthy breed, although health problems that can occur include patellar luxation, dental issues, hypoglycaemia, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and heart problems.

Insurance for Chihuahuas

View our page on insurance for Chihuahuas to see the common health issues vets describe for Chihuahuas and what you should be covered for. 


The Chihuahua can have two distinct coat types: smooth and long. The smooth coat is sleek and short, requiring minimal grooming effort, while the long coat is soft, slightly wavy, and often has extra feathering on the legs and ears. These dogs come in various coat colours, including fawn, black and tan, gold, and black and white.

Chihuahuas are low-maintenance in terms of grooming. Occasional brushing is usually enough to keep their coats in good condition, and shedding is minimal. Regular baths are recommended to help maintain their overall cleanliness.

Training and exercise

Don't be fooled by the Chihuahuas small size, they do have an abundance of energy and are surprisingly active and thrive on engaging activities. They require approximately 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise, simple tasks like leisurely walks or having them follow you around can fulfil their exercise needs.

Chihuahuas excel in agility and obedience courses, making them fast learners and eager participants in various training activities. Retrieving toys also serves as a delightful way for Chihuahuas to channel their energy and exercise their keen minds.

A day in the life of "Coco"

Woah. WOAH. Big dog approaching! Don’t you come at me with your massive paws and long legs. I fire off a few warning yaps, but he lurches closer. How dare you. 

I unleash a barking tirade at the fiend from the safety of my bag, nestled between the humans’ feet. As they sip the weird bean water, I get a ‘Coco, ssshhhh!’ and the great brute wanders away. YEAH, YOU KEEP WALKING.

I feel a jolt in my stomach as my owner lifts me out from my bag and cuddles me close. I quiver with excitement. I can see so much from up here and my human is so warm! I give a few under their chin and settle in as the human’s chatter. I’m reassured that my owner’s friend means no harm, but I can never be too sure, especially when their laugh is as loud as my bark. 

I scan the surroundings for threats, but everything seems under control. I keep an eye on the friend in case of incoming attacks, but my ferocious growls are heeded. It’s clear who’s in charge. 

My eyes begin to droop, and soon enough I am fast asleep. What could be better than an outdoor adventure with my favourite human? Bliss. 

I awaken to my owner adjusting my new jumper. The friend is finally gone and as I get my bearings, I see a big dog approaching. Woah. WOAH.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.