Updated August 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM

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Q5: Are Chihuahuas good with children?Chihuahuas can be very good with children if they are trained to handle it well. However, small children can be very dangerous for Chihuahuas because they may not understand how fragile these animals are or have the physical dexterity to avoid hurting them by laying, falling or stepping on them. It's always best to hold the Chi while small children are about. Then you can let the children approach to pet and pamper under your direct coaching and supervision.

​Q6: What is a Teacup Chihuahua?The short answer is: There is no such thing as a Teacup Chihuahua. The long answer is...The Chihuahua Club of America, Parent Club of the American Kennel Club makes the following statement in regard to the teacup designation: Tea Cup Statement The Chihuahua Is A Chihuahua The Official AKC Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat types. The difference in coat type (the Long Coat and the Smooth Coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed. Our standard does not categorize the Chihuahua by size. For the purpose of showing and record keeping, the American Kennel club includes the Chihuahua (along with 19 other breeds) in the Toy Group. Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature ALL Chihuahuas registered with the AKC are considered to be a toy breed of dog. As with all living things, there will be size variance between individual dogs within this breed. Look within the human family - brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes.
​They are described as humans, male or female, and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further. The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas - Long Coat / Smooth Coat! Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size differences and physical appearances are many and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate. Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. The Chihuahua Club of America is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading. Occasionally, within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small. That puppy is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct.
To attach any of these additional labels to a particular puppy is to misrepresent that Chihuahua as something that is rare or exceptional and causes a great deal of confusion among those new fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.
 The Chihuahua Club of America does not endorse nor condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective puppy buyer not to be misled by them. We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy. While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their general health and well-being. 

​Q7: I've heard that Chihuahuas are nervous, high-strung dogs. Is that true?Yes, Chihuahuas tend to be high-strung dogs, meaning that they are generally nervous about changes in their environment, tend to bark easily, and are suspicious of strangers. They also tend to be emotional and will pout when they aren't happy. express their The are also very loyal to their masters, however, and therefore can be trained and socialized to minimize these tendencies.

Q8: What are the differences between the smooth coat and the long coat Chihuahuas?The issue of whether or not there is a difference in personality seems to be a topic of debate within the Chihuahua community. Some claim that there is no difference in personality; others claim that longcoats have a tendency to be "soft-tempered" while smoothcoats tend to be more aggressive.Smoothcoats tend to have coarser fur than longcoats -- almost like bristles in some cases. Smoothcoats shed more than longcoats. However, longcoats do shed as well. Heavily coated longcoats require brushing about once a month, but this can be a pleasant exercise for both Chi and master rather than a chore. As far as bathing is concerned, as a general rule, the longcoats will need to be bathed more frequently, and it'll be a longer process (both washing and drying).

Q9: Is it safe to take your Chihuahua on a cold weather walk?As long as you are aware of the fact that Chihuahuas, especially short haired ones, have a difficult time maintaining body temperature in the cold. If the temps dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, then a sweater or jacket is highly recommended. If the temps are below freezing, then limit the time that your pet is in contact with the ground to a few minutes at most.

​Q10: Are Chihuahuas sociable with other dogs?Chihuahuas generally do not get along very well with other dogs. However, they usually get along well with other Chihuahuas. They can also be socialized to get along with dogs of other breeds.