Taking care of a Chihuahua
Chihuahuas have two distinct coat types - long and smooth. Long coated Chihuahuas (like the name suggests) have long and slightly curly flat hair that’s prominent around their ears, chest, and tail. Smooth-coated Chihuahuas have shorter and more even hair that covers their whole body.
Chihuahuas should be brushed once a week with a grooming mitt or brush, which only takes a few minutes. Chihuahuas may develop build-up around their eyes, so regularly wiping down their faces can help curb this from happening. If you create a grooming routine around brushing and wiping, you should only need to bathe a Chihuahua every 1-2 months.
Chihuahuas don’t have high exercise needs, but still have a lot of energy and can sometimes exert themselves too much. Their small size makes them ideal city pets or beloved pets for owners without much yard space. But if they don't have a yard to run around in, you might need to take these little dogs out for walks—a 20 to 30-minute daily walk helps keep this tiny dog happy.
Chihuahuas have fast metabolisms, so opt to feed small meals several times a day. It’s recommended to buy high-quality food for Chihuahuas as they can susceptible to dental diseases and obesity. A combination of lean meat like chicken or beef with small-sized kibble offers a balanced meal that could keep a Chihuahua full.