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What are Chihuahuas?

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According to the American Kennel Club, Chihuahuas are a small, intelligent breed of dog notable for their large ears and expressive eyes. Chihuahuas are named after the Mexican state in which they were first found. Some hold that the Chihuahua is descended from the Fennec fox, although this is untrue.

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Chihuahuas come in many different colors and patterns. Their fur is usually short, although longer-haired varieties exist. They are even-tempered dogs and are suitable for families and young children. Chihuahuas, due to their diminutive size, may get cold easily. Most Chihuahuas require minimal grooming due to their short fur, but longer-haired ones may need intermittent brushing.

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    What is a mini Chihuahua?

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    Mini, micro or teacup Chihuahuas are marketing labels for Chihuahuas that are smaller than average. The American Kennel Club does not have divisions for Chihuahuas by size, and exceptionally small dogs do not receive any preference in the show ring.

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    What is the average litter size of a Chihuahua and a min-pin mix?

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    Although there are few statistics kept on mixed breed dogs, the average litter size for both Chihuahuas and Miniature Pincers is two to four puppies. This suggests a Chihuahua and Miniature Pincer pairing is most likely to result in two to four puppies per litter.

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    Do chihuahuas shed?

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    Chihuahuas, just like most other dog breeds, shed hair all year round and may shed more in the spring or fall. Because of its small size, the shedding may not be as apparent as that of larger dog breeds.

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    How long do Chihuahuas live?

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    According to Vetstreet, Chihuahuas live 12 to 20 years. Healthy Chihuahuas have one of the longest life spans of any breed of dogs. They are also the smallest breed and the only natural toy-sized breed.

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