The Chihuahua is a tiny yet confident little toy breed originating from Mexico. They are an ancient breed, known for over 3,000 years, which makes them one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world. Aztec carvings show a tiny dog similar to a Chihuahua used to guard temples.
There are two coat varieties available: smooth-coated and long-haired. In addition, they come in two distinct sizes – standard, and micro or teacup, and a wide variety of colours. The teacup sizes can be as small as 1.2kg and stand less than 11cm at shoulder height. They’ve gained a great deal of attention in the past ten years due to their many famous owners who are regularly seen out with their dogs, including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Mariah Carey.
Chihuahuas are known for their bold and spirited personality. They tend to bond with one person and can be shy with strangers. They are highly intelligent, but are very strong-willed, requiring consistent training and socialisation to stop them from becoming yappy. Despite their size, Chihuahuas make loyal and loving companions but must be handled with care due to their small size and fragile nature.
Due to their small size, Chihuahuas are quite delicate and should be handled with care. For this reason, they should not be left alone with boisterous children. They may be reserved around strangers, but form strong bonds with their owners, which can lead to separation anxiety if left alone. They can be yappy dogs and can display ‘small dog syndrome.’
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Chihuahua, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.