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Despite their small size, Chihuahuas are bold, confident, and possess the loyalty and charm of a large breed. They are natives of Mexico, and were originally believed to be the spirit guides that protected souls as they traveled through the underworld. Chihuahuas come in two different coat types: smooth and long. They are very protective, and would be useful as a watchdog for someone living in an apartment. They thrive on affection and companionship, and being with their beloved humans.

Common Health Conditions

  • The Chihuahua's round, protruding eyes are one of his most distinctive characteristics, but they are prone to a number of genetic eye disorders as well as to frequent injuries.
  • Chihuahuas can also be born with a liver defect known as a portosystemic shunt, in which blood is diverted away from the liver.
  • Hypoglycemia—also known as low blood sugar—is a condition found in most toy breeds. Their small bodies have a harder time regulating their blood sugar, but if it’s caught early on there’s virtually no risk and it’s easily treatable.
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