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Looking for the perfect companion to curl up in your lap? Chihuahuas may be small but they make excellent cuddlers. Often seen in the press wearing all kinds of dog accessories, these cute puppies love older people and sitting in the sun. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed.

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What is a Chihuahua?

Part of the Toy family, Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog (arguably the smallest dog in the world) and originate from Mexico. There are two varieties - the Smooth Coat or the Long Coat. Chihuahua’s coats (both the long and short haired varieties) can be a wide range of colours, from splashes of black and tan to marbled patterns.

Note that a Chihuahua is not a “teacup dog”, a term which has developed in recent years to describe breeding of tiny dogs. The practice of breeding “teacup dogs” has been criticised and is not something we would advocate due to the severe health problems it can cause.

How much exercise does a Chihuahua need?

According to The Kennel Club, these tiny dogs only need up to 30 minutes a day of exercise. A nice walk around the park will give those little legs the workout Chihuahuas need to stay happy and healthy.

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She is very agile and fit for such a small dog. Two short walks a day can be enough. A long walk? - no problem - she will be sprinting all over.

- Christopher, Owner of Lexi

What is the temperament of a Chihuahua?

Chihuahuas are funny dogs with big personalities. These loyal dogs love spending time with their owners and are usually even tempered. They’re a better match for older owners, though, as they might not be patient with children.

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Harvey is an energetic, fun, little bundle of love, fur and sweetness. He enjoys any food, and is known for asking for it!

- Rachana, Owner of Harvey

Are Chihuahuas easy to train?

Chihuahuas are very smart dogs and are easy to train - high paws! According to The Kennel Club, "He is highly intelligent, easily trained and makes a delightful companion." It's worth noting that because of their small size, Chihuahuas can be a bit tricky to house-train at first. With proper training and patience, though, these pups will be house-trained in no time.

Rocco is very well trained and loves to meet and play with new people.

- Owner Emma on her Chihuahua, Rocco.

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Sasha, Owner of Darcy:

Darcy is an extremely friendly, playful chihuahua puppy, who loves walks.

"She has a funny little walk and 'trots' along, picking up her feet like a real little lady. When she lies down, she will cross her front paws like a human lady would cross her legs. She’s very often found sleeping in my washing baskets or next to radiators."

Chris, Owner of George:

He has a tendency to steal anything within reach if it is food, plastic or wool. Food I can understand. I can't fathom the other two.

Most common Chihuahua names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Bella
  • Coco
  • Charlie
  • Teddy
  • Lola
  • Alfie
  • Poppy
  • Oscar
  • Gizmo
  • Honey

Want to make sure your clever Chihuahua, owned or borrowed, is entertained? Here’s a quick tip to ensure your pup is having a great time:

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Chihuahuas. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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