WHY DOES MY CHIHUAHUA SNORT OR SEEM TO CHOKE FOR NO REASON?
This is a characteristic of the breed and usually occurs when they are exited or playing or for no reason at all. There is no need to do anything, as they will stop themselves. The noise is actually reverse sneezing causing the throat to go into spasms. However in very rare cases this can be caused by a soft or dropped trachea. It can be a result of chronic tonsillitis or the dog being overweight your vet will tell you if any medical condition is evident.
WHY HAS MY CHIHUAHUA GOT SO LITTLE LONG COAT?
The Chihuahua has five stages of coat and does not get its full coat until it is about three years old. If it is an entire female it may lose some coat when the hormones change with her heat seasons or when she has puppies. You should not put coats or jackets on Chihuahuas when they are young. Incorrect feeding also has an effect on skin condition and coat growth. If none of these apply to yours check with your vet in case yours is deficient in vitamins, minerals or has allergies etc.
WHY IS MY CHIHUAHUA SO MUCH BIGGER/SMALLER THAN OTHERS ARE?
Chihuahuas range in size from two to six pound for the show standard but can be as small as one pound or as big as ten or more pounds. There is no such thing as miniature, standard, tea-cup, toy or pocket sizes there is only the Chihuahua, that, like people comes in all sizes even in the same family.
Very tiny members of the chihuahua breed are often referred to as Teacup chihuahua or sometimes as “toy” Chihuahuas, but those are marketing ploys rather than actual varieties. Be wary of breeders who use these terms. What they are doing is advertising what is essentially the runt of the litter as something special or valuable.
What you may get instead is a dog with health problems and a shorter life span. The Chihuahua Club does not categorize the Chihuahua by size. The Chihuahua itself is a member of the Toy Group, but there’s no such thing as a toy Chihuahua or a teacup Chihuahua. Neither term is mentioned in the chihuahua breed standard.
If it is of normal size and kept in good condition the average for the breed is ten years. Many live more than twelve years but of course it generally depends on the individual dog and to some extent the "line" it is bred from.
Yes, but we would encourage families with young children to purchase a larger specimen. Because the smaller ones have fine bones and ligaments we don't generally advise them for children under 8-10 years or for very rough and tumble games with large groups of children, particularly if bikes and ball games are involved.
The Chihuahua is deeply devoted and fiercely loyal. They typically become extremely attached to one or two people. They are bold, fearless, and highly protective of their masters. They thrive on inordinate amounts of attention. The Chihuahua is by nature gentle, loving, and sweet-tempered. They are wary of strangers and make excellent watchdogs. This breed is not well suited for children or other pets.