Height: 6” to 9” at the shoulder
Weight: 2 to 6 pounds
Lifespan: 15 to 17 years
The majority of Chihuahuas are healthy dogs—like all breeds, some may have health issues. Look out for patellar luxation (an issue with the kneecaps that is hereditary and develops later in life) and heart and eye conditions.
Grooming is minimal. Short-haired Chihuahuas in particular need very little grooming. Long-haired Chihuahuas should be brushed once or twice a week, and both types should get their nails trimmed, their ears checked, and their teeth brushed regularly.