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The Best Food Types Specifically for Chihuahuas

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Probably one of the dog breeds with the most Hollywood exposure is the Chihuahua. From the affluent neighborhood of Beverly Hills to the scholarly halls of Harvard University, the Chihuahua has strut its tiny butt on the big screen.

So what makes the Chihuahua special? Well, for one, being small makes them perfect eye candy as he or she can fit inside your bag while you make your way in the mall.

Chihuahuas, being the world’s smallest dog give the saying “Size doesn’t matter” a whole new meaning.

Despite standing only five inches high and weighing as little as two pounds, these dogs also have a reputation for nipping at outsiders who appear threatening to them. But fret not, as these little babies are excellent companion dogs.

They seek and love attention from their owners and can be counted on to be loyal to their fur parents. Not surprisingly, these little champs are the jealous but faithful types.

They are also fond of having their playtime and love the sunny, summery weather. 

Every ounce of their little but mighty body needs nutrition. And because this breed of dog has a longer life compared to others, they can be more prone to illness. That is why experts recommend paying attention to the ingredients before buying Chihuahua dog food.

To help those chihuahua parents of the best food types for them, we have compiled a list below. 

  1. Meat as the main ingredient is a yes.

High-quality protein such as meat or chicken is a good sign. If you see corn or wheat as the first ingredient listed, then it is best to check another pack. It doesn’t really matter what brand you choose as long as it says meat. 

  1. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are plus points. 

Those food types that contain antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables partnered with meat is a sure win for your little one. These support immune function, ensuring you have one healthy pup.

  1. Dry food is better.

Dry food is better because it prevents plaque build-up. With the wet variety of commercial Chihuahua dog foods, stain and food remnants are prone to cavities and plaque.

But you don’t have to settle for kibble. There are other options available. But if you do want to feed kibble, opt for a high quality food with meat as it’s first ingredient.

  1. Freeze-Dried Dog Food: This type of food retains more nutrients compared to kibble because it’s minimally processed. It’s made by freeze-drying raw ingredients, which preserves the natural flavors and nutrients. Just add water to rehydrate before serving.
  2. Dehydrated Dog Food: Similar to freeze-dried, dehydrated dog food involves removing moisture from raw ingredients. It often requires adding water to rehydrate before feeding. It’s less processed than kibble and can be a healthier option.
  3. Air-Dried Dog Food: This is made by slowly drying the food at low temperatures. It retains the nutrients and flavor of the raw ingredients without the need for refrigeration. It can be served as is or rehydrated with water.
  4. Cold-Pressed Dog Food: This type of food is made by pressing ingredients at low temperatures, which helps retain more nutrients compared to traditional kibble. It often contains fewer artificial additives and preservatives.
  5. Baked Dog Food: Baked dog food is cooked at lower temperatures than kibble, preserving more nutrients. It usually has a different texture and can be a good alternative for dogs with sensitivities to traditional kibble ingredients.
  6. Dog Food Mixes: These are often freeze-dried or dehydrated mixes that you combine with fresh ingredients or meat. They allow for customization of your dog’s diet and can be a great way to ensure balanced nutrition.

Each of these options provides a different way to give your dog a nutritious, convenient meal without the highly processed nature of traditional kibble.

  1. Homemade dog food is also a great choice.

Whenever we read homemade, we always think of it as extra work and time-consuming. However, it is not as hard as it sounds.

It is best if you make the dog food from fresh ingredients.

Some Chihuahua parents or dog parents feed their dogs with leftover food as it is less expensive. But keep in mind that spoiled food is not good for your dogs. Neither is some human food.

You do not need to buy expensive ingredients, and you do not need to prepare plenty. Remember you are feeding a small dog, which also has a small intestine.

A recipe that you can try is a mix of steamed chicken, carrots, and apple. Keep away from soy, wheat, and corn as these ingredients tend to trigger allergens. 

Also here is the recipe I use to make food for my own dogs.

A little reminder, though, don’t forget to consult your vet before serving homemade dog food. 

Christine Jarn

Monday 29th of June 2020

I use dry and homemade. The dry is down all the time as my boys tend to nibble. A couple kibble before their walk or a few before bed. They get 1/3 cup each of homemade wet for dinner. I make it once a month and freeze it in snack size freezer bags. If that helps anyone.


Monday 29th of June 2020

How do you make your homemade food Christine?

Patti Herbert

Friday 18th of October 2019

Cathy, one of the very best dry dog foods around for small guys, including Chihuahuas, is First Mate Chicken and Blueberries, Small bites. Family run business in Burnaby, BC Canada. No recalls in company’s history. Grain free. My guys with allergies and other health issues, turned right around and are now in optimal health! Just thought I would share!


Friday 18th of October 2019

Thanks for sharing Patti! I haven't heard of them before.