We all know Chihuahuas are small, fun little dogs that any couple or single person can own and cherish. These type of dogs are known for acting fearless and always loving their owner no matter what.
However, taking care of such a small dog can become a handful. Even more so than any other type of dog. Here are some tips that may help anyone who is planning on caring for these lovable Chis.
The first tip for caring for a Chihuahua is that they would rather be around a couple or single person, than a whole family. This may seem a bit much, however, these dogs do not like hanging around groups of people, unless they were trained correctly.
Many Chis usually don’t play well with other dogs and would rather be around a human being. If the Chi you are planning on owning didn’t grow up around other dogs, then most likely it would rather be secluded with its owner.
The second tip for raising a Chihuahua is that you don’t have to take them for walks as often as other dogs. Since they are so small, they do not require much exercise. They do need some activity every day to stay healthy so play with them or take them for a walk.
With such a small body, they will probably need to go out to potty a bit more often than most. This is a plus and also a minus, depending on how you are looking at it. The least you could do is take them out for a walk once a day, and if they need to potty then allow them to do so in the backyard.
The third tip for raising a Chi is that they can become very picky eaters. They would rather have the food they are most used to eating than trying out different types of cuisines. Most dogs would eat anything, however Chihuahuas are special. If they do not like the food they are given, they will not eat anything for a couple of days till they feel like there isn’t any other option but to eat the food offered.
When owners of a Chihuahua see this type of behavior, they tend to think their dog may die from starvation. That isn’t the case.
One of the best things about taking care of a Chi is that you don’t have to keep buying food every single week, because they don’t eat as much as other dogs. If it seems like they haven’t eaten in a couple of days. Do not worry, it is natural. Chihuahuas only need between 1/4 cup and 1 cup of food in a day, depending on the size, activity level , and metabolism of the dog and the quality of the food.
The final tip for taking care of a Chi is that they shed just as much as any other dog. If you haven’t groomed them regularly, they can spread hair or fur all over the carpet, couches, any type of clothing, and even your bed. It is best to groom them three to five times a week, depending on the type of Chihuahua you own. A small amount of fur would require weekly grooming and a huge amount would require daily grooming.
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