General Chihuahua Information

Overall Pet Score 95
Temperment 97
Intelligence 90
Maintenance 85
Watch Dog 100

Meet a few of our sweetie pies!

Here at Sweetie Pie Pets, we breed beautiful Chihuahua puppies. We have a wide variety of size, color and features. Each litter is born in one of our loving breeding homes where we house no more than 4 adult Chihuahuas at one time. This, to ensure each of our babies gets all the love and attention they deserve.

These puppies are just a few of the beautiful babies we’ve produced in our breeding program!

General Information

Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated even though small in size. The breed can be any color – solid, marked or splashed and the coat may be long or short. These sassy little dogs are well known as “purse dogs” like the famous Bruiser in the movie Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon.

​Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that come in many different colors and markings, and can have either long or short coats, but they all have large, alert ears, big moist eyes, and huge personalities. Inside each little Chihuahua is a miniature king or queen ready to rule their realms, so they need to be taught what is acceptable in human kingdoms. They are intelligent and enthusiastic, so they usually don’t need extensive training.

We choose to give the Chihuahua an overall pet score of 95 because based on the criteria for a family without a lot of space. Chihuahuas are the prefect “city” dog since they do not need much exercise. Chihuahuas can be snippy if they aren’t socialized correctly, therefore if you have children, it’s important to buy from a breeder who has socialized it’s puppies with children. Chihuahuas have been breed to be a living teddy bear – who alerts you when someone’s at the door. We think that’s a perfect combination!

Size & Features

The Chihuahua has a shoulder height of 6-9 in. and weighs 2-6 lbs. Chihuahuas have large erect ears, and tiny feet. The tail may curve over the back or side. The most distinguishable “Chihuahua” characteristic may be it’s “apple” shaped head which generally retains it’s open fontanel for the entirety of their lives. The open fontenel is what gives it the “dent” look as an apple has a dent on its top. Veterinarians not familiar with the breed can sometimes mistake this open fontanel as being hydrocephalus. While the Chihuahua is more prone to hydrocephalus than other breeds, the open fontanel is actually considered a sign of purity in the breed.

Many people looking for Chihuahuas express their interest in the smallest, sometimes referred to as “teacup” or “micro-teacup”. Though these terms are not official breed terms, they have been used to describe those Chihuahuas under 3 lb.

We here at Sweetie Pie Pets do occasionally have these tiny sized pups, however, it is the rarity, and, they are not the right choice for most families. The smaller Chihuahuas are extremely fragile and need 24/7 care. Because of their tiny frames, they do not carry enough “energy” to last throughout the day and must eat every 2-4 hours, for their entire lives. An extremeley tiny Chihuahua cannot even make it through the night without eating and they will always need supplements to keep their blood sugar levels elevated. Most families have busy schedules and must leave their pets at home alone for several hours a day which is why a teacup chihuahua would not be the right fit. If you’re looking for a teacup, please know that you are facing about an around the clock, full time care for the next 10-15 years. Please remember that 4-6 lb Chihuahua is still a very small dog and much more durable.

​Chihuahuas are animated and entertaining creatures, famously loyal, who’d happily spend most of their lives curled up in your lap. Though they like to run and play, Chihuahuas are mostly an indoor pet, and do well in apartments. Chihuahuas are fragile and have to be treated with care and kindness—they might not be the best choice for young children. They were bred for the warmth of Mexico and don’t do well in cold weather. They will seek out the sun and love to burrow under blankets to keep toasty, which makes them even more adorable.

Chihuahuas can usually get all the exercise they need by running around indoors. If the dog becomes overweight it should be allowed to walk rather than carried from room to room. Chihuahuas may be taken for short walks but are not an outdoorsy breed.

Temperament & Character

Chihuahuas are sassy and have absolutely no idea about their classification as the smallest dog breed. If not trained properly from a young age, Chihuahuas can become aggressive. At Sweetie Pie Pets, we make sure to handle and love our pups starting from the day they are born. We train them to love people of all sizes. We set up “play dates” with our neighbors. We teach them to play dress up and to get along with other pets. After 8 weeks, most of our pups are ready to go to their new homes where they will need to continue their socialization.

When selecting a Chihuahua for your family, make sure you pick from a responsible breeder who has given lots of attention to their training, and then be sure and continue your pups training. Our favorite episodes of The Dog Whisperer is Chihuahuas from Hell which gives several examples of unsocialized Chihuahuas. There is no excuse for your Chihuahua to behave this way and the Chihuahuas shown in that episode are all examples of unsocialized Chihuahuas.

As long as your Chihuahua is correctly socialized and trained, they can usually live with children and other pets without a problem. They get along particularly well with other Chihuahuas. Small children may regard the Chihuahua as a toy, and their teasing can cause it to snap or bite. It is preferable not to leave the Chihuahua with children under the age of 12, unless they are well taught or supervised.

Intelligence & Training

Chihuahuas are fairly intelligent but do require some patience. They are easily crate trained, since they view their crate as their “den” and do not want to soil it. Chihuahuas also respond well to paper training and will remember their bathroom place once established. According to petrix.com Chihuahuas are in the middle of the field among the most intelligent dog breeds. However, they are sometimes not given the credit they truly deserve.

There is some discussion as to the maintenance of Chihuahuas. Granted, they are the smallest dog breed and are susceptible to injury and to issues such as low blood sugar, issues that larger dog breeds don’t deal with. Chihuahuas learn very quickly to avoid being stepped on or sat upon. But be aware, this is more of a learned behavior, and puppies simply haven’t gone through this “trial-and-error.” Chihuahua puppies can be injured very easily and care must be taken to keep them safe from young children.

Another serious issue is their inclination to have low blood sugar. This is a serious and possibly life-threatening condition and is especially common in the smaller ones. Chihuahuas must have continual access to food or you may come home one day to find your dear Chihuahua in a comatose state and will require quick action by the owner. Always have on hand a tube of nutrical, which is a high-calorie protein supplement. It’s for these concerns that we score the Chihuahua only an 85 on Maintenance. They do require daily care.