Your Chihuahua should get about 30 minutes of walking exercise every day. While this doesn’t seem like a lot, the average human walks anywhere from 3 to 4 miles per hour at a natural pace. This means 7 days of 30-minute walks takes your Chihuahua over 10.5 miles of walking minimum.
Today we’re going to answer the most frequently asked questions about Chihuahua walks, behavior, and more. Read on to see what questions are trending the most this week from Chihuahua owners just like you!
Table of Contents
- Can you walk a Chihuahua too much?
- How far can a Chihuahua hike?
- Do Chihuahuas like hiking?
- Why do Chihuahuas shake?
- What is the rarest color Chihuahua?
- How much should Chihuahuas eat?
- How often do Chihuahuas need to go outside?
- How often do Chihuahuas need baths?
- Do Chihuahuas sleep a lot?
- Do Chihuahuas like to be held?
- Do Chihuahuas pick one person?
Can you walk a Chihuahua too much?
Actually, that’s quite a hard thing to do. Despite their little legs, these dogs are quite hardy, and if you slowly build up the walking distance then your dog can definitely keep up.
That can be a perfect fit if you like a little scenic walking for fitness – you can meet your goals and share a perfect morning of afternoon with your tiny best friend!
How far can a Chihuahua hike?
In general, an in-shape dog (even a little one like a Chihuahua) can cover 5 to 10 miles at a time with you, although some hikers report even more. It really depends on how you build up the exercise for your dog. Dogs have been with us since the dawn of time, so they are wired to keep up.
Just treat it like you would hiking with a newbie hiker – start slow, keep them fed and hydrated, and before you know it, you’ll be covered lots of miles with your little buddy almost every day.
Do Chihuahuas like hiking?
Chihuahuas do seem to like hiking, but they can tire down, so you should be prepared to make a practical compromise. Get a backpack that your Chihuahua can ride in when the hiking gets to be a bit too much for their little legs.
That way you can keep going and your little one can get some rest when they need it!
Why do Chihuahuas shake?
Chihuahuas shake, and while it seems a little weird or even scary, this is totally natural. These little guys and gals have very high metabolisms and so if they get excited or nervous, shaking can and does sometimes occur.
This also means that your dog can get cold quite easily, so be sure when the temperature changes to have a nice blanket on hand. You might not be cold, but your Chihuahua may be, and they’ll appreciate your forethought.
What is the rarest color Chihuahua?
White is one of the rarest, if not THE rarest Chihuahua color. We don’t mean albinos, which do sometimes occur, but a white Chihuahua with black paws, eyes, and nose.
These little dogs lack melanocytes in their coat and this produces that pretty, white fur, and as this doesn’t happen often these adorable white Chihuahuas are very highly sought after and sure to cost you a pretty penny if you want a pup.
How much should Chihuahuas eat?
On average, a healthy adult Chihuahua is going to consume anywhere from 4 to 10 ounces of food every day, divided up into 3 meals. You can also give them scraps and treats, of course, just make sure that this does not make up more than 10% of their diet or your Chihuahua may become obese.
While a fat little Chihuahua is certainly cute, obesity comes with a number of health issues that you definitely want to avoid, so try keep those snacks at a minimum.
How often do Chihuahuas need to go outside?
Chihuahuas don’t have an enormous capacity when it comes to their bladders, so you should make sure that your adult Chihuahua goes out every 4 hours at most or ideally, every 3 hours. This will make sure that your Chihuahua doesn’t have to wait too long and will help you to avoid any potty ‘accidents’.
How often do Chihuahuas need baths?
Once a week is the best if you want your dog to always be good looking and smelling their best, but you can wait a little longer if you like. Just make sure that they are getting a bath at least once every 4 to 6 weeks, based on how active they are and their penchant for avoiding or jumping headfirst into messes!
Do Chihuahuas sleep a lot?
Chihuahuas do like their naps, though the amount of time will vary a little from dog to dog. That said, on average an adult Chihuahua is going to sleep anywhere from 14 to 18 hours every day, while a puppy may sleep as much as 20 hours in a day.
Provide your dog with a soft, fuzzy bed near to where you like to spend your evenings and that way your little one can always take a nap while staying close by, at least when they aren’t simply napping in your lap!
Do Chihuahuas like to be held?
Not really. While they are tiny dogs, Chihuahuas are still dogs, and they don’t like it when all 4 of their feet aren’t firmly on the ground. You can get them used to being held and they will tolerate it, but it’s best to start early. It’s much easier to teach them when they are puppies than when they are adults.
Just be sure while you are doing so that you speak calmly to help distract them and a treat definitely won’t hurt to show your dog that they are both safe and that they will be rewarded from time to time for trusting you when you pick them up.
Do Chihuahuas pick one person?
Yes, Chihuahuas have a habit of selecting one person to love and everyone else is often simply tolerated at best. This makes these dogs unpopular with your friends sometimes, as nobody likes to be so obviously snubbed.
You can minimize this a little by socializing them at an early age. Make sure that your Chihuahua meets other dogs and plenty of people whom you’ve given treats to for feeding the dog. This can soften them up to ‘outsiders’ and make your dog more popular with your friends.