Chihuahuas generally come in two varieties: smooth coat and long coat.
Smooth coat Chihuahuas don’t require much grooming — a weekly brushing does the trick — but they actually shed more than their long-haired counterparts. Long coat Chihuahuas require brushing at least two to three times per week to ensure their fur doesn’t get tangled or matted. Whether long- or short-haired, the Chihuahua’s coat can come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Some are a solid-color like white or tan, while others are marked or splashed.
Chihuahuas make ideal city dogs since they don’t require as much exercise as larger dog breeds. The exercise needs of most Chihuahuas can be fulfilled simply by running around the house. Though Chihuahuas generally prefer to be curled up inside with their favorite human (even when they live with a family, these pampered pooches tend to be especially loyal to one person), they do enjoy exploring outside. Just make sure they have a coat or sweater on if the weather is chilly — their tiny bodies need some extra help staying warm!
This toy breed may not require a lot of grooming or exercise but Chihuahuas still need a lot of training, care, and attention.
Notoriously demanding, it’s important to start training a Chihuahua when they are young; they will rule the roost if not trained properly from a young age. Their small, fragile frame and propensity for snapping mean Chihuahuas and small children are not a good combination. However, Chihuahuas can get along well with other dogs, provided these miniature mutts don’t rough house with larger breeds.