Basic Puppy Training

How to train a Chihuahua

To train any animaal successfully, one must know all there is to know about that animal. Let us see what there is to learn about the Chihuhua breed of dog.

About the Chihuahua - Country of Origin, History of the breed.

A Chihuahua mother with her pupIt is of very strong belief that the Chihuahua may have originated from the Fennec Fox, a very small animal with big eyes and ears. This is the main explaination for the animal's tiny frame, luminous eyes and large ears. The name CHIHUAHUA comes from the Mexican State of Chihuahua, where the earliest specimens of the breed of the dog was found.

The Techichi, a small, mute dog kept by the ancient Toltec people, is believed to be the ancestor of the Chihuahua. There are no records of the Techichi dog available prior to the 9th century. Dogs very similar to the Chihuahua were found in the Pyramids of Cholula, predating to 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza, the largest, most famous and most accessible Mayan site, on the Yucatan Peninsula.

An adult Chihuahua dogThe origin, of the Chihuahua that we have today, is therefore present-day Mexico. The breed may have traveled to Europe with Christopher Columbus. A historical letter written by Columbus to the King of Spain makes reference to the tiny dog. By the mid-1800s, the breed had traveled to the United States from various European countries and from Mexico. It was the first breed registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and consistently ranks in the top 15 breeds in popularity in the US.

Today's Chihuahua, happens to be the smallest breed in the world, and is very much smaller than its predecessor. The Chinese Crested Chihuahua also known as the Chi-Chi or the Mexican Crested is a designer breed that is the result of pairing a Chihuahua with a Chinese Crested. Perhaps the Chinese Crested, brought from Asia to Alaska across the Bering Strait, was responsible for the reduction in size. Modern Chihuahuas are also found in a myriad of colors.


A General Description of the Chihuahua.

A cute chihuahuaThe male Chihuahua dog is more preferred because they have shorter bodies but they appear to be longer when measured from the shoulders to the buttocks. Chihuahuas are known for their slightly oval head, historically, the Chihuahua as developed in Mexico and the United States has displayed a a Molera, a "hole in the head" which may not always be there, their small body and large, sharp ears. The Chihuahua's snout is usually short and slightly pointed. Chihuahuas have lean jaws and cheeks and blue, mole, pink or chocolate colored noses, slightly arched necks, well-rounded ribs and a tail that is either up or curled in a loop with the tip of it slightly touching the back.

The Chihuahua Coat

There are two types of Chihuahuas. One of which has smooth, soft glossy coat, which covers the whole body except the head and ears. The other version has a long coat with an undercoat. This type of coat could be either curly or flat.

Chihuahua Height and Weight.

The Chihuahua being a small breed grow to a standard height:

All adult males : between 6 and 10 inches tall, and a weight of under 6 lbs.
All adult females : between 6 and 10 inches tall, and a weight of under 6 lbs.

Personality of a Chihuahua.

Temperament of a Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas are adaptable dogs in as much they can live happily in both tiny apartments as well as busy city lives. Categorized asA Chihuahua Dog highly excitable, Chihuahuas are edgy dogs. Good training can bring out the very best in Chihuahuas, who are lauded for their personality and devotion. Most Chihuahuas are known to bond with usually a single, grown-up member of the family and eventually become possessive about him/her and may not be best suited to be children's pets. Owing to their small size, this breed is very sensitive to cold weather condition. They are extremely devoted towards their owners and equally snappy towards strangers. However training Chihuahuas through positive reinforcement and constant interaction can teach this breed some important socializing skills.

In very warm climates, the Chihuahua breed of dog will need air-conditioning to breathe properly, while in very cold climates, they will need heat as they do not hold body heat well. Most Chihuahuas will want to wear a sweater indoors and outdoors much of the time. They are ideal as full-time indoor dogs since they can more easily be paper or litter trained than outdoor potty trained. They will like a walk outdoors, but want to stay with their owner or cuddled in a blanket on their beds. Because of their loyal nature a Chihuahua dog is excellent in households housing elderly individuals. Chihuahuas, because of their sharp teeth are not fit as companions to small kids as they might even unknowingly bite kids while playing.

How to take care of the Chihuahua Puppies?

A Chihuahua PuppyChihuahua puppies should be kept indoors till the time they are old enough to be independant. Chihuahua puppies are very active and playful and should be given chewable toys to prevent chewing up of valuable furniture. Their ears and eyes should be cleaned preventing infection from setting in and they need vaccination at the right age. Chihuahua puppies enjoy sunbathing and also need adequate rest. It is of utmost importance to to give them only nutritional dog food.


How do I train my Chihuahua.

Having learnt about a Chihuahua, it is now time to learn how to train your four legged friend. Please click on the images of any of the Chihuahua Puppies above, or on the image below to be taken to  Logo of where you will not only learn how to train you Chihuahua, but learn all there is to know about the Chihuahua breed of dog

How to train my Chihuahua


Knowledge is everything. The more you know about your Chihuahua friend the better. There is no other way to do that other than books on the Chihuahua breed of dog, which has the best, a sample is displayed below:

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