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Chihuahua Puppy Essentials
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I am so excited for you! You are planning on getting a new Chihuahua puppy! Or maybe you just got one and are lost on what this tiny ball of fur needs.

This article should give you a good start to help you check off the list of things you need for a chihuahua puppy.

WEARABLES

Your little dog will need a harness, collar, and leash.

Collar

A collar should not be very wide or heavy. 3/8″ wide is good for a puppy. It should be adjustable so it can be let out as your puppy grows. If you measure the puppy’s neck, it is best to do so while the puppy is standing up.

The collar should also fit snugly without being too tight. When you place a flat collar on your puppy’s neck, you should be able to fit at least two fingers between their neck and the collar. This will tell you it is a safe and comfortable fit for your new puppy.

ID Tag

Even if your new puppy is microchipped, it’s best to have an ID tag for your dog’s collar or your dog’s name and your phone number on your dog’s collar.

When your puppy has tags, it is more likely that he will be returned to you if he were ever to get lost. An ID tag can also go a long way in making your dog more approachable by strangers. It is a good indicator that your dog is not a stray and may need help if the owner is not close by.

Leash

Leashes should be 5 or 6 feet long and lightweight. Do not use the retractable kind for your Chihuahua pup. Some find that leashes can get dirty and stinky very easily. If this is something you are worried about, then choose a leash for your tiny breed dog that is odor-resistant and can be easily washed.

The leash should also be durable. Puppy’s love to chew and can easily grab their leash when it is within reach. If it isn’t durable, then you may find yourself having to buy a few until they are trained not to chew on their leash.

Harness

Chihuahua necks are far too fragile to be walked with a leash attached to their collar. Pet owners should instead use a harness to attach a leash to, not the dog’s collar. Different style harnesses will have different fits, which is also something to keep in mind.

Measure your Chihuahua around its rib cage before you purchase any kind of harness. Also, check the packaging to ensure you are getting the appropriate fit for your small dog.

If you don’t get the size right, it may be uncomfortable for the dog and even painful if it is too tight. If it is too loose, they can easily wiggle out of it.

Preferably you want the harness to be adjustable too. Sometimes it’s hard to find one small enough to fit your puppy. In that case, take them with you to the pet store and try them on there.

Remember, your puppy will do some growing, and it will be very quick. So, always make sure the size is appropriate for your tiny dog.



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GROOMING

Toothbrush

Chis are known to have dental issues when they get older, so it’s best to start with a dental routine now while your dog is young. Daily brushing is best, but if it becomes too overwhelming, try for every other day.

Some people like using actual toothbrushes made for dogs, but I prefer finger brushes. Try both (many come with both types in the same package). The soft bristles of these brushes are good for tackling the area that lies beneath the gum line.

Toothpaste

You can add a little toothpaste to the toothbrush, too, but don’t use toothpaste made for people. They make it for dogs too. When choosing a dog toothpaste, consider its cleaning power. It should be able to remove bacteria and plaque.

Many dog toothpastes also contain enzymes that have also been found effective against plaque. The toothpaste should also be free of any kind of foaming agents, so it is safe to swallow and does not need to be rinsed.

The flavor will also prove to be important. If it is palatable, you will find it is much easier to brush your dog’s teeth.

Nail Clippers

Nail clipping is something else you should start early, so your puppy will get used to it. You can use nail clippers or a nail grinder. Sometimes using a nail grinder is a bit easier than nail clippers. It is quicker and often much more efficient.

Click this if you want to read about how to clip your puppy’s nails.

Brush

Even if your puppy is short-haired, daily brushing will cut down on dander and shedding. It will also help you bond with them as a gentle brushing is very relaxing for dogs. And with more brushing, you should find fewer baths are needed.

You don’t need a brush with wire bristles as that can be painful, and Chihuahua coats do not need this type of brush. Nylon or plastic bristle brushes work fine for Chihuahuas and gives them a smooth coat.

Lately, we have been using grooming gloves. My dogs seem to enjoy them, and they are really easy to use.

Shampoo

Some people use people shampoo on their dogs, but this isn’t a good idea. PH levels are very different for dogs, so it’s best to use a good shampoo specially formulated for dogs.



chocolate chihuahua puppy

HOUSING / BEDDING

Playpen or Crate

You need somewhere to keep your little one when you can’t be with them. I prefer a playpen, but many people would rather use a crate.

Read this about whether you should use a crate for your chihuahua.

There are advantages to both.

Playpens give them more room. It’s easier to just quickly plop them in there if someone comes to the door or something. And you can move them out to the yard if you are working out there.

Crates are smaller, so they don’t take up as much room. They are better for traveling. And they give your pup more privacy and quiet when they need a nap.

Puppy Pads

Until your puppy is potty trained, you definitely need puppy pads. I like to buy the bigger pads as they cover more surface area.

You can also get the reusable, washable ones too.

Bed

You definitely need at least one dog bed. If you are using a crate, you can get the ones that fit inside there.

Get a washable bed (or one that has a washable cover).

It’s best to have several beds and put them in the rooms you are in the most.

I have three dogs, and I have three beds in my office, several on top of my bed (my dogs sleep in my bed with me but in their own little beds), and several in the family room.

Blankets

Chihuahuas LOVE blankets. They love burrowing in them, and you can never have enough of these. When choosing a blanket for your dog, find one that is 100 percent polyester, Sherpa, fleece, or flannel material.

The size you choose is dependent on the size of your dog. For your Chihuahua, you will want something on the smaller side. Also, read the washing instructions carefully to make sure you won’t have any issues keeping it clean.



white and brown puppy in grass

FOOD AND FEEDING SUPPLIES

Puppy Food

Start your puppy out on whatever they have been eating up to now so as not to upset their tummy.

You can switch them gradually to a high-quality puppy food if you want to feed them something else.

Treats

Treats make great incentives for potty training and general training too. Get small or tiny treats as these little guys don’t need much.

Food and Water Bowls

Of course, your fur baby needs its own food and water bowl. Don’t get plastic. Stainless steel is the best. Ceramic bowls work well too.



TOYS

Balls

Believe it or not, there are some balls small enough for Chihuahuas. Many dogs, including Chihuahuas, love chasing after balls.

Chew Toys

Chew toys are a must for a puppy. They love and need to chew. Better to chew on their toys than your shoes or furniture.

Soft Toys

Many puppies (just like human children) need a soft “lovey” for comfort and to cuddle with.

Games

Food game toys are great toys to keep your puppy occupied and busy when you can’t be with them. It also helps with their cognitive development.



sleeping puppy on back

OPTIONAL

These are things that you may not need but are nice to have.

Chihuahua Care Book

Of course, you can find a lot of the same information online and on this site too, but if you’d like to have a physical book at your fingertips to help you raise your chi baby, this is the book on Amazon I recommend.

Enzyme Cleaner

When your puppy has accidents (and he will), you need to make sure you get all the smell up so he won’t potty in that spot again.

Enzyme cleaners are great for this. But you can also use white vinegar.

Pet Sling

I find a sling handy when one of my dogs wants to be held, but I need to be using my hands. I also use it when I’m going to visit friends and take one of my chis with me.

When I had Kilo (RIP sweet girl), I would use my sling to take her up and down the stairs. She couldn’t climb them anymore, but I need to hold the railing myself going up. So I’d carry her in her sling.

Pet Stroller

Strollers are great anytime you go to an outside public gathering (a festival, cookout, etc.) and want to take your dog. A stroller gives them a safe place where they don’t have to worry about being trampled on. They can still see everything going on.

Car Seat

If your Chihuahua puppy is going to be traveling a lot in the car with you, a car seat to keep them safe is a good idea.

Clothes

Chihuahuas tend to get cold easily, so it’s best to keep a couple of sweaters around to put them on when it’s chilly. If you take them on walks in the winter, a coat is a good idea too.

Chewing Deterrent

Puppies love to chew but don’t understand why it’s okay to chew some things, such as their chew toys, and not other things, such as your chair leg. Just spray on a chewing deterrent on what you don’t want them to chew on.

First Aid Kit

You never know when you are going to need one of these. We have an article on what you need in your first aid kit to help you set one up, or you can get a kit already put together.

Depending on how your home is laid out, you may want to get a baby gate to keep your little munchkin from going into areas you’d rather they not go into.



I made a printable checklist for you. No opt-in is needed. All you need to do is click on it and download the PDF file. Then open it and print it out.

Chihuahua Puppy Supplies Checklist

Okay, that’s it. If you have any questions about any of these products or any questions about your puppy, feel free to leave a comment.

 

 
 
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Ashley

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

i love this list and it has helped too much!!! thank you!

Cathy

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I'm so glad Ashley!

Dina Tonn

Friday 10th of April 2020

Hi I'm looking for a small male chihuahua that is completely house trained Do you have one?

Cathy

Friday 10th of April 2020

No, sorry Dina, I don't sell them. I just write about them.

Kay Mitchell

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Got my baby "Cricket" in December. Love him so much already. Found him at our local shelter, he is 9 months old now and a hand full!!!

Cathy

Friday 24th of January 2020

Chi puppies are little balls of energy but so much fun!

Cristen

Saturday 31st of August 2019

I have a 6 month old and your list is perfect. You didn't miss anything. Very well done.

Cathy

Saturday 31st of August 2019

Yay! Thanks Cristen,

Thursday 25th of July 2019

This was so helpful! I get my pup in a couple of days!! so exited!

Cathy

Thursday 25th of July 2019

Yay! I'm excited for you!