Tall chihuahua

How tall is a chihuahua? What is the biggest chihuahua in the world? This post will answer these questions by presenting the physical characteristics of these adorable dogs that are the Chihuahuas. In addition, we will talk about the physical behavior and care needed to keep these animals healthy, thus allowing them to have a long life.

Tall chihuahua

How tall is a chihuahua dog? Chihuahuas are considered small dogs and can range in height from 6 to 9 inches tall at the withers. Males can be slightly larger than females. It is also possible that some animals get a little smaller as well as a little bigger can also be observed.

Who is the tallest chihuahua in the world?

In 2016 the writer Melanie Nicholas presented that the biggest chihuahua in the world would be Milo, coming in at more than 1 foot tall and a healthy 28 pounds. Milo is a happy dog and brings a lot of joy to his owners who live in Los Angeles in the United States. Because of Milo’s size the dog was nicknamed Milo the Giant Chihuahua.

Milo is a non-standard Chihuahua and that is why the breeding of this type of animal should be avoided. Chihuahua dogs that show this type of change in height may also have other genetic anomalies and even predisposition to various diseases. Therefore, before breeding an animal outside the breed standard, a veterinarian must be consulted.

About the Chihuahua breed

One of the theories about the origin of the Chihuahua believes that these dogs lived wild in Mexico. These small dogs were captured and domesticated by the indigenous people of the region.

Physical characteristics

The head is very round and small, and the eyes are round. The ears are large and are always on alert. It is a dog with a compact body, short and muscular limbs, its tail is moderately long, carried high, arched or in a semicircle.

The Chihuahua’s coat can be short-haired or long-haired and can be found in many shades and combinations except for the merle color.

Behavior / Temperament

Chihuahuas have a strong personality. They are small dogs but agile, alert, restless and very courageous. It’s a dog that can bark a lot. They can react to any strange movement, always calling the tutor’s attention. Therefore, it is considered a good guard dog.

Breed health

Chihuahuas are very healthy animals, but they need to do physical activities such as playing and going for walks to burn off some energy. This breed can have some genetic diseases such as:

  • Patellar deviation;
  • Cryptorchidism;
  • Hydrocephalus.

Patellar deviation is a disease where the animal may limp and feel local pain, as the patella leaves the anatomical place, which may lead to injuries from temptation and other complications.

Cryptorchidism is the disease present in males where one or both testicles are not observed in the scrotum. The puppies are born with the testicles in the cavity and until 8 months these testicles tend to be in the scrotum.

After 8 months of the absence of one or more testicles the animal is considered a cryptorchid. In these cases, castration of the animal is indicated, since the testicle in the cavity has a greater predisposition to become a tumor that can worsen the health of the animal.

Hydrocephalus, on the other hand, has no well-described causes. It is the disease that happens in the intra uterine life where there is a large accumulation of liquids in the puppy’s skull. Thus, the bitch may have difficulties when giving birth to the animal in a natural way, being a necessary cesarean section. Puppies often die due to neuronal complications generated by hydrocephalus.

Dogs with these genetic disorders are discouraged from breeding. And there must be veterinary monitoring for better resolution of the cases.

These animals do not have so many reproductive problems, but gestational follow-up with a veterinarian is advised due to the high incidence of hydrocephalus, which can lead to dystocia, resulting in the mother and the offspring’s death.

Animals must have a routine of being vaccinated and dewormed. In addition to care with ectoparasites such as fleas and ticks. When these preventive cares are not applied, the animals can present health problems.

Illness, happiness, excitement, or fear can cause the animal to shiver; this same sign can be seen when they are cold. If constant tremors are observed, a veterinarian should be sought.

General Care

Short-haired dogs do not need clipping, while long-haired animals may need clipping. Bathing these animals must be done constantly and they must have their fur brushed at least twice a week.

Baths in this breed are indicated with specific shampoos for dogs and neutral shampoos. Bathing should be done very carefully, especially to avoid getting water into the ear. The animal must always be very dry after bathing to avoid the growth of microorganisms that can lead to dermatitis.

Brushing the dog’s teeth is necessary to prevent tartar buildup. Brushing the teeth should be done every 48 hours, using specific toothpaste for dogs. As for nail clipping, the nail should be cut once or twice a month. Cutting the nails prevents the animal from getting hurt or even hurting the tutor.

Conclusion 

The chihuahua breed dogs are small dogs, however there are dogs like Milo that can be giant animals. Some pathologies that can also lead to other types of malformation in dogs can make the dog grow longer than expected. A veterinarian should be consulted if any morphological alteration is observed in the pre-established characteristics for chihuahua dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tall chihuahua

 

How heavy is a chihuahua?

The Chihuahua’s weight should be between 1 and 3 kg.

How long does a chihuahua live?

Chihuahuas usually live between 12 and 20 years, depending on their genetics and general care.

Does the chihuahua bark a lot?

Yes, because they are dogs that have great hearing and any noise they find suspicious they will bark. Thus making them good dogs to guard.

Reference

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Confederation, 2015 Official Breed Standard: chihuahua. Available at: https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_187.pdf, accessed January 22, 2022.

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