The smallest puppies in the world are the Chihuahua puppies. The smallest Chihuahua on record is only six inches. The Chihuahua is also the smallest dog breed on the planet.
Facts about the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua originally came from Mexico and has spread throughout the world. It is particularly popular in the United States and can be seen in movies and commercials. The animal is characterized by its compact size. In spite of their size, the dog is known for its temper. The Chihuahua was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1904.
The dog is known for its small and compact physique. However, the legs are robust and strong. Most of them weigh 2-12 lbs (1-6 kg). If bred carefully, the dog will not go over 6 lbs (3.6 kg). The Chihuahua rarely exceeds 9 in. (23 cm) height wise. The coat can be short or long.
Both styles are very popular. The head is typically shaped like an apple. The torso is shaped like a rectangle. The smallest puppies (and the adult Chihuahua) are also noted for their big eyes. The ears are erect.
The Chihuahua is noted for its short but powerful movements. These dogs are alert. Personality wise, they resemble the terrier. The Chihuahua is loyal to its master but is aggressive towards strangers.
The dog has a loud, high pitch bark. Keep in mind that the animal has a tendency to bite hands. But with proper training, the Chihuahua can be a loyal pet.
Care for the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua’s size and biological tendencies means it needs more care than typical dogs. The dog is susceptible to various health ailments. One of the most common problems is low blood sugar. The dog is also susceptible to seizures. It is very picky with food. Also keep in mind that the Chihuahua is born with the skull incomplete.
The dog was first discovered in 1850 in Chihuahua, Mexico. This is where the Chihuahua got its name. Archaeologists digging in the area believe the dog’s roots go back to ancient times. It is theorized that the Chihuahua was the product of a small European dog and a Central American companion dog.
Having the smallest puppies in the world can be fun, but one should exercise all precautions. Proper training is essential. Again, the dog needs to be checked by the vet regularly to avoid health problems.