Chihuahua owners reviews
Representatives of the Chihuahua breed are the smallest dogs. They got their name in honor of Chihuahua - the state, located in Mexico. For the first time dogs attracted attention in 1850. If you combine the reviews of the owners of chihuahua from different countries, it can be confidently asserted that in modern dog breeding the representatives of this breed played a significant role in the formation of many dwarf species.
History of the breed
According to the cynologists, the ancestors of chihuahua are the techichi dogs. This breed has been known since ancient times. The formation of tecici took place during the life of ancient Indian tribes, such as the Maya, the Toltecs and the Aztecs. They miniature dogs were considered sacred animals and very revered.
Initially, in the ancient breed there were representatives with a thick long coat. A little later, there were individuals who possessed a short woolen cover. In the blood of short-haired species as a result of crossing, genes were formed by Mexican crested, or naked dogs. Crested specimens were kept by sailors on their ships, as they possessed small dimensions and just perfectly caught rodents.
Europeans first noticed such unusual dogs in about 1800. At that time trips to the south of North America were very popular, and enterprising Mexicans began to sell rare specimens in the border areas of Mexico. The first animals that got to Europe, caused a sea of delight and interest, combined with an unusual name - "chihuahua". Reviews about the breed of the first owners of miniature dogs were so enthusiastic that rumors about it began to spread at the speed of light.
Chihuahua in Russia
In our country, cute little dogs appeared only in the late 50's. Contributed to this is not the European owners, leaving the animal laudatory reviews. Chihuahua dogs were presented to NS. Khrushchev F. Castro as a sign of international friendship.
Some time later, Khrushchev's daughter gave them to E. Zharova, who is known as the author of that-terrier of Russian origin. She tried to make sure that a thoroughbred female was brought to Russia, from which the first Chihuahua with a pedigree in Russia appeared.
If you take into account the feedback of the owners of the Chihuahua, then we can say that the breed has a lively character. They are smart, energetic, have a good reaction and, despite their small size, are absolutely fearless.
To the peculiarities of appearance are too large erect ears. Also these animals have the following manner: the chihuahua mini (owners' reviews only confirm it) somehow hold their tail high in a special way.
There are two types of dogs: long-haired chihuahua and representatives of the breed, having a short coat.
Indisputable advantage of this species is a stable psyche. For animals belonging to small dwarf species, this is a very important factor. It is almost impossible to meet a hysterical or a cowardly pet among chihuahuas. It's not for nothing that many people call tiny dogs a brave warrior.
Observation and high intelligence are two more pluses of the representatives of the breed. Pets immediately understand that in the near future you are going to take them out for a walk or take them on a visit. At a glance of his master, the dogs will immediately know that they have done something wrong.
In addition to observance, chihuahua longhaired (the owners' reviews confirm this) are extremely curious. They are interested in everything. Animals can watch your actions for a long time - for example, how you knit or work at a computer.
The shortcomings of this breed can only be attributed to the superabbidity of miniature dogs. They just do not tolerate injustice, so if you shout at your pet simply because you have a bad mood, it can lie all day in its place, completely ignoring you.
If you compare the feedback of the Chihuahua owners, you can conclude that the long-haired representatives of the breed are much softer and less temperamental than their short-haired relatives. But they are all very devoted to their masters, sometimes they can be jealous, but they do not show aggression.
Care of the dog is, first of all, daily hygienic procedures and mandatory care for the animal's fur. Unlike shorthair chihuahua, representatives of the species with a long head of hair, it is required to comb out at least 2 times a week. It is desirable to use a special brush.
Regularly inspect the eyes, ears and claws of the dog. Eyes should be wiped every morning with a damp cloth moistened with warm boiled water. The ears should be cleaned every week. Be sure to follow the claws of the animal, cut them on time. Otherwise, the dog may even get injured.
All hygienic procedures should be performed from the moment the puppy first enters your home. Gradually, accustom your pet to wash his paws after walking, to stand still during water procedures, as well as to regular nail cutting and teeth cleaning. If you gradually accustom the baby to all hygienic procedures, the adult dog will take them for granted.
What to Feed Chihuahua
Nutrition in the life of a puppy and an adult is the main thing. After all, how your pet will feel, how motivated and cheerful it will be depends first of all on how you will feed it. More specifically, the diet of chihuahua can be based on feeding with dry food or natural food.
Important! Vets do not recommend to feed dogs at the same time with dry mixtures and products of natural origin. It is necessary to choose one thing. A mixed version will not be of use to your dog.
Dry food for chihuahua (reviews and comments of owners are only confirm) is the best option for feeding. If you pick the right food, then no harm to the dog will not. Select the feed that belongs to the group of the "Premium" class. Their composition is exactly balanced, they contain all the necessary supplements, vitamins and minerals. During feeding this product should not give the pet any additional complexes, as this will lead to an overabundance of vitamins in the animal's body.
If you are an ardent opponent of dry food and prefer to feed your pet with only natural products, then you should follow certain rules and not give the dog what is prohibited.
It is highly not recommended to feed the Chihuahua as follows:
- Pork. Fatty meat is poorly digested, it is quite heavy food, which can also cause allergies.
- With milk. An adult from dairy products is best given kefir, cottage cheese, fermented baked milk. Milk in adult dogs can often cause problems with stools.
- Sweets. You can not treat a pet with sweets, gingerbread, sweet biscuits, chocolate.
- Bones of birds. They should be excluded from the diet, because their sharp and small pieces can damage the esophagus, and this will lead to more complications.
Education of the Chihuahua
Many beginning factory owners mistakenly believe that indoor decorative dogs do not need any training and education. This opinion is erroneous. Each dog, regardless of its size, should be taught to its owner by certain commands. She must perceive her owner as an absolute leader and fulfill all his requirements.
Education should begin at an early age. Gradually and unobtrusively the owner should accustom the pet to that he knew that he has his place, where you need to rest and sleep. Natural needs should be handled outdoors or only in a special tray.
Many owners of chihuahua argue that males after reaching sexual maturity begin to mark the corners in the apartment. To prevent this from happening, the owners initially envisage such an operation as castration of the Chihuahua. The reviews of cynologists about such procedures are ambiguous. The fact that the dog begins to mark the corners in the apartment is, first of all, a lack of education. The adult individual, who walks several times a day, trained by the most basic commands and skills, will not do this. For her, this is not permissible, since in dogs constantly subjected to training, all teams eventually become reflexes. And the testimonies of the owners of chihuahua, which are constantly engaged in their pets, this fact only confirm. So try to give the dog more time, walk it, play with it, and your pet will never give you any trouble.