Chihuahua Breed Maintenance
The coat of the smooth Chihuahua is easy to maintain. Brushing or wiping the coat with a damp cloth once a week will suffice. Caring for the long coated variety is also quite simple; a soft bristle brush works best and should be used several times a week. Neither short nor long coated varieties are hypoallergenic. Your dog can be bathed about once every month or two, but be sure to prevent water from getting in the ears. The eyes, ears, and teeth of this breed are quite vulnerable to infection, so should carefully be kept clean. The nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. This breed is considered to be a below-average shedder. This lively dog enjoys walking and exploring, and should be kept on a leash when out and about. Sensitive to the cold, a sweater is a good idea on cool days. This breed is very good for apartment living as long as you can provide adequate exercise. They can be walked 20 to 30 minutes daily to keep in shape; many calories can also be burned through their stereotypical shivering. A body harness is suggested for this dainty breed rather than a collar, especially since tracheal collapse can be a concern. This vivacious dog needs to eat 1/8 to 1/4 cup of high-quality food twice daily.