Dog Breed Guide: Chihuahua

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ChihuahuaBy Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Chihuahua

Height (to base of neck): 6-10″

Weight: 4-10 lbs

Color: Many accepted colors, including white, black, and tan.

Origin: Mexico.

Coat: Smooth or long haired.

Life Expectancy: 15-20 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Minimal

Is a Chihuahua the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Chihuahua can be a very temperamental bred and fiercely loyal, verging on overprotective of its owner.  It is typically not well suited to families with children due to its propensity to biting and doesn’t often get along well with other animals.  Early socialization can be pivotal in creating a more desirable companion.  Exercise and grooming needs are minimal.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Chihuahua

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best  receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Skin Allergies $350 $5,538
Ear Infection $196 $4,724
Periodontal Disease $399 $1845
Bloat $362 $1657
Fracture- Bone $2,326 $7,414


Photo of a Chihuahua

Torrey a chihuahua
Torrey, a Chihuahua, has been protected by Pets Best since 2005. Torrey was the first pet enrolled on a pet insurance policy from Pets Best.

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