The Chihuahua has been an increasingly popular breed in recent years - and for good reason too! Here are 10 reasons to adopt a Chihuahua!
Despite their adorableness, Chihuahuas should never be considered a toy or adopted simply for their cuteness! It's important to always understand a range of breeds prior to adoption so you can make the right decision for both the dog and yourself.
For those with the right lifestyle and environment in which to provide a great home for a Chihuahua, here are 10 good reasons why you might consider adopting one of these beauties.
#1 The Chihuahua knows how to charm
When it comes to charming, Chihuahuas know where it's at. Teasing and playing comes naturally to them and you'll soon find yourself wrapped around their little paws. And let's face it, you don't get much cuter than a Chihuahua sporting a snuggly wooly coat in winter!
#2 The Chihuahua is an active breed
By nature, Chihuahuas love to run around. They have a drive designed for play and expending their energy through running. Just watching them will give you a taste for life! However, they usually won't want to run marathons every day so it's important not to overdo it.
#3 The Chihuahua is a pint-sized pet
The Chihuahua is considered to be the smallest dog in the world. Their weight varies between 1kg and 3kg, and they don't typically grow over 16cm (we've had laptops that have weighed more!). This size can be a huge plus for those looking for a small dog that can be carried around easily.
#4 They have a high life expectancy
Despite appearances, Chihuahuas are by no means fragile nor weak. In fact, many can live a lot longer than other dog breeds. Studies have shown that the life expectancy for a Chihuahua can vary between 13 and 20 years.
#5 They're a big ball of love
This breed loves cuddles and love. Though not as clingy as the Bernese Mountain Dog, they are gentle and loyal pets who will love snuggles on the couch (or in bed with you).
#6 They make great guard dogs
Chihuahuas may be tiny, but they serve as the perfect doorbell (or guard dog) to any stranger coming to your home. Their suspicious and protective senses will see them bark to alert their parent to a visiter (or intruder).
#7 This is a brave breed
Chihuahuas are known for being brave and appearing fierce. They certainly aren't scared of other dogs, even if they are much smaller in comparison. We suspect they think they're the lion of the dog world!
#8 They are highly intelligent dogs
It is true that a Chihuahua can adapt to all kinds of situations and use their intelligence to help them assess their situation. Chihuahuas usually respond well to commands with the right kind of training.
#9 They have character!
This is not a teddy bear or a fashionable accessory. The Chihuahua is a dog that knows how to gain respect and will use it's intelligence to interact and play with you. However, they can also be stubborn, so it's necessary to train them as early as possible.
#10 And finally, the best reason...
Lively, intelligent, cute and loving... this dog breed has all of the qualities to make the ideal pet! They will remain loyal and snuggly to a loving, caring and attentive pet parent. What could be better!
What do you love most about Chihuahuas?