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Size: Small

Weight: 2 - 6 lbs.

Height: 6" - 9"

Life Span: 14 - 18 years

Health Problems: Patellar luxation; heart problems

Origin: Mexico

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Toy Breed

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Chihuahua requires short walks.

Grooming Needs

Occasional brushing is necessary for your Chihuahua.


The Chihuahua tends to be devoted to a single person and is an energetic breed.

Compatibility with Kids

Not a good choice for homes with small children.


Brought to Mexico by Spanish traders in the 14th century, the breed is thought to have come from the Techichi of the Toltec tribe.