Chihuahua

Chihuahua

A loyal companion

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Getting to know your Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is widely regarded as the smallest pedigree dog breed in the world.

It's tiny size makes it a popular companion dog suited to an indoor lifestyle, often adapting well to apartment living. Chihuahuas are typically devoted to one person and are known for being packed full of personality. They can appear nervous and anxious when meeting new people or animals, but every dog is unique so a lot will depend on how your Chihuahua is raised as a puppy. Chihuahuas are known for their fussy appetites. Mix feeding your Chihuahua wet and dry food is a great way to offer different textures, flavours and aromas that will help satisfy them.  

  • Size
    Toy
  • Colour
    All colours from fawn to black
  • Coat Length
    Short and Long
  • Age Expectancy
    12+ years
  • Weight
    1 - 3kg
  • Grooming
    Low-medium
  • Lifestyle
    Indoors

Temperament

Breed experts view Chihuahuas as having individualised personalities. Even littermates are known to demonstrate completely unique behaviours from one another. Despite having a variety of personalities, Chihuahuas are often considered to be lively, affectionate and devoted to their owners. Chihuahuas are quick, aware and have a tendency to be protective. Since they are so small, this courageousness is usually demonstrated by barking. Socialising from an early age will help your Chihuahua feel more comfortable around unfamiliar people and other dogs.

Weight

Chihuahuas are recognised as the smallest dog breed in the world weighing usually no more than 3kgs. As a member of the toy breed group they often make wonderful companion dogs. Being a smaller dog it can be very easy to overfeed them causing weight gain and obesity. Portion controlled meals two to three times a day can prevent over-feeding.

Muscles & Joints

The Chihuahua stands out with its compact and lean body shape. Despite being a small dog, the Chihuahua can be prone to knee issues and arthritis. A diet with a source of glucosamine and chondroitin can help maintain healthy bones and joints. 

Skin & Coat

The Chihuahua’s coat comes in two types:smooth coat (short hair) and long coat. If you have a smooth coat Chihuahua grooming requirements are low. If you have a long coat Chihuahua you can expect to have to brush them a couple of times a week. To keep your Chihuahua’s coat looking healthy and shiny you can feed them a diet such as ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua which is enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA), Omega-6 fatty acids and borage oil.

Interactive puppy guide

It is important to start training your Chihuahua from the moment you get home. Take a look at our interactive care guide that is full of useful advice for welcoming your new family member and getting them properly settled into your household routine.

Puppy Care
Puppy Care

Interactive puppy guide

It is important to start training your Chihuahua from the moment you get home. Take a look at our interactive care guide that is full of useful advice for welcoming your new family member and getting them properly settled into your household routine.

What to feed your Chihuahua 

From junior to adult

Not surprisingly, Chihuahuas are known for their fussy appetites. ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua food helps appeal to their fussy appetite with highly digestible proteins and a combination of flavours and aromas, delivered in a very small kibble that is easy to break and chew.

Because Chihuahuas have a miniature jaw

The ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua kibble has been specifically designed for the Chihuahua’s small jaw. The kibble’s unique texture and smaller shape makes it easier for them to pick up their food and encourages proper chewing habits and good dental hygiene. 

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Because Chihuahuas have a miniature jaw

chihuahua kibble 2x2

The ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua kibble has been specifically designed for the Chihuahua’s small jaw. The kibble’s unique texture and smaller shape makes it easier for them to pick up their food and encourages proper chewing habits and good dental hygiene. 

Adult

Over 8 months

Enhanced palatability

Chihuahuas are known for their fussy appetites. The diet contains a special combination of aromas and flavours to satisfy the fussiest of Chihuahuas

Stool and odour reduction

ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua diets are rich in highly digestible proteins and contain the mineral zeolite, which benefit intestinal health and help reduce stool size and odour.

Dental health

Chihuahuas can be prone to dental disease due to their tiny mouths and crowded teeth. To help keep their teeth in good health, ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua kibble contains calcium chelation minerals to help prevent tartar formation. 

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Adult

Over 8 months

chihuahua products adult nz wet avail 2x

Enhanced palatability

Chihuahuas are known for their fussy appetites. The diet contains a special combination of aromas and flavours to satisfy the fussiest of Chihuahuas

Stool and odour reduction

ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua diets are rich in highly digestible proteins and contain the mineral zeolite, which benefit intestinal health and help reduce stool size and odour.

Dental health

Chihuahuas can be prone to dental disease due to their tiny mouths and crowded teeth. To help keep their teeth in good health, ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua kibble contains calcium chelation minerals to help prevent tartar formation. 

Tailor-made nutrition

Specially formulated for the Chihuahua

Every breed has different needs. Chihuahuas have a small jaw and fussy appetite. Being mostly indoor dogs, a diet with targeted nutrients to help reduce flatulence, stool and odour volume is best. They are lively, devoted and willing to please their owners. Chihuahuas are unique. That's why ROYAL CANIN® Chihuahua food has been specially tailored for their health needs.

We would love to see your Chihuahua

Share your Chihuahua photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #RoyalCaninChihuahua to see them here. 

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