chihuahua breed information


Chihuahuas may get their name from the Mexican State with the same name, but the origin of the Chihuahua is highly debated, with speculation ranging from Mexico to Egypt to the Aztecs. We do know that because they were considered holy, they were used in religious ceremonies and were generally pets of the upper class.

These highly intelligent dogs come in two types – smooth coat and long coat. They are generally confident and self-reliant and can make excellent family dogs. What they lack in size, they make up for in spunk with an attitude the size of a Great Dane. They are a popular choice for city-dwelling pet parents due to their smaller stature and limited grooming requirements.


While this spunky breed makes a great companion, Chihuahuas are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chihuahuas are prone to include knee issues such as medial patellar luxation; skin and coat conditions such as color dilution alopecia and demodicosis; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; and heart problems such as pulmonic stenosis.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your spunky Chihuahua inherits more than just his dad’s attitude or his mom’s self-reliance, you’re covered.

Common health issues

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