Long and smooth coat Chihuahuas
Long and smooth coat Chihuahuas

A Doberman brain in a midget body

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-15 years
  • Adult weight: maximum 6 pounds
  • Adult height:
    6-9 inches

What’s good and bad about the Chihuahua?


  • Has special affinity for the elderly
  • Needs love and much lap-sitting
  • Makes a good watchdog
  • Requires little maintenance, just occasional brushing, and minimal exercise


  • Beware of pranksters who yell “a rat”
  • May be snappy and obstinate and difficult to housebreak
  • Has been overbred which creates health and behavior problems – buy only from a reputable breeder
  • Small size means you must protect him but not to the point you create a frightened, nervous dog (and the need for visits to the doggy therapist)

Here’s a sweet Chihuahua puppy.