proof that chihuahuas save lives! the health benefits of chihuahua ownership

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did you know that owning a chihuahua can heal you of depression and other stress-related disorders?  ..that heart attack patients with chihuahuas are 8 times more likely to be alive a year later than those without a chihuahua?  ..and that children exposed to chihuahuas during the first year of life have fewer allergies and less asthma?

chihuahuas are life companions that provide their owners with unconditional love and acceptance. this devotional trait alone can be of tremendous benefit to our health.  the love of a chihuahua lowers our blood pressure, eases the loneliness that comes with aging or the loss of a loved one and also help us to overcome allergies.

calming hormonal changes in the body also occur when we interact with our chihuahuas.  these calming effects help people cope with depression and other stress related disorders.  the simple act of petting our chihuahua actually triggers a release of “feel good” hormones serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin.

serotonin is a hormone primarily responsible for our mood and prolactin and oxytocin are the two hormones primarily responsible for the production of breast milk.  essentially, a chihuahua is a great pet if you are suffering from any kind of depressive/anxiety disorder or if you are a new mother or mother to be.

as we pet our chihuahuas, the levels of our primary stress hormone cortisol decrease. cortisol is the hormone responsible for proper glucose metabolism, the regulation of blood pressure, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, immune function and, inflammatory response.

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several years ago, teaka the famous chihuahuas’ nonno (grandpa) suffered a severe heart attack.  he was rushed to the hospital and had to undergo emergency quintuple bypass surgery!

as he recovered, little teaka was by his side day and night to assist with his healing.  later, teaka’s nonno became one of the healthiest men on the block, golfed three times a week, went to the gym twice a week, ate a super healthy diet, was loved by his dear wife and two lovely daughters and he felt the healthiest he had ever been!

so the next time you get that soothing warm feeling from the mere presence of your chihuahua, just remember that it is truly beneficial to your health in more ways than one!  love your chihuahua and they will always love you back.

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helpful chihuahua information and facts chihuahua owners should know!

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the chihuahua, with its apple-dome skull and large luminous eyes, can wear a remarkably human expression at times

the chihuahua, with its apple-head skull and large luminous eyes, can wear a remarkably human expression at times and will want to be with you most, if not all of the time.

warning: don’t buy a chihuahua if you don’t have the emotional real estate in your heart or the time for the complete love and attention of this furry little pet.  they are like children.

chihuahuas can be smooth coat or long coat.  apple head or dear head, blue coat or merle coat,  there is no chihuahua breed standard distinction made between the two in the united states, since both smooth coat and long coat can occur in a litter.  experienced chihuahua owners say that each dog of this breed has their own unique personality; this is a very individualistic breed.

a few generalizations can be made. chihuahuas are graceful, energetic, and swift-moving canines.  they have often been described as having “terrier-like” qualities; that is, the qualities of being alert, observant, and keen on interacting with their masters.  they are extremely loyal and get attached to one or two persons.

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what is a teacup chihuahua? is this even a legitimate term? get the facts right here!

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what exactly does the term teacup chihuahua mean and is it a legitimate term for characterizing a specific type of chihuahua?  much controversy exists over this term, so let’s get the chihuahua facts!

the term teacup chihuahua is mainly an american term.  it’s often used to refer to the size of a chihuahua and shouldn’t be used to categorize a specific type of chihuahua as you would reference a short-haired vs a long-haired chihuahua or a deerhead chihuahua vs an applehead chihuahua.

are teacup chihuahuas tiny chihuahuas that fit into a cup?

most chihuahua puppies are born teacup-sized, but they usually grow out of it when they become adults.  in other words, teacup chihuahuas are just very small chihuahuas usually under 3 lbs in weight. they are not a different strain of chihuahua.

it is important to note that chihuahuas of this size must be handled delicately and dressed accordingly with the proper chihuahua clothes to keep them warm and properly shielded …

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chihuahua breed standards: official akc standard of the chihuahua breed

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chihuahua breed standards

chihuahuas are characterized by the american kennel club under the toy group breed and follow these specific show standards:

general appearance – a graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.

weight – a well balanced little dog not to exceed 6 pounds.

proportion – the body is off-square; hence, slightly longer when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks, than height at the withers. somewhat shorter bodies are preferred in males.

disqualification – any dog over 6 pounds in weight.

head – a well rounded “apple dome” skull, with or without molera. expression – saucy.

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chihuahua training: learn how to stop your chihuahua from barking!

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chihuahuas love to bark.  it’s a perfectly natural thing for them to do, just as it’s normal for us humans to speak.  it’s when our chihuahuas bark excessively that it becomes a problem for all concerned, including the neighbors.  the goal isn’t to to stop our chihuahuas from barking, but rather learn how to control the excessive barking.

the fact is, chihuahuas bark.  they do it when they’re excited or when they sense danger.  some do it when they’re bored – or worse, for no reason at all. in these cases, you want to teach your chihuahua that barking is only permitted under certain circumstances.

the first step in modifying this problem is to determine the reason why your chihuahua is barking in the first place.  once you’ve identified the cause or trigger, you can then plan your training solution.

why do chihuahuas bark?

  • to express their needs (being bossy).
  • they are staking out their territory.
  • to alert other members of their pack (that’s you and your family) of impending danger.
  • when playing, just through sheer excitement.
  • barking at other animals. depending on where you are in the world, it could be squirrels or any other small animal.
  • if they are isolated.
  • some chihuahuas bark excessively when separated from their pack (you and your family).
  • if they are trapped behind some type of barrier like a fence or window.
  • just for fun!
  • to express dominance (puppies normally test you out at some stage with a display of dominance barking).
  • they bark because their owners have inadvertently rewarded excessive barking in the past (this is crucial to understand)
  • through boredom or a lack of physical and mental stimulation.
  • may feel stressed or uncomfortable for some reason. things like feeling threatened or if they don’t have an appropriate place to sleep can cause excessive barking problems.chihuahuas that haven’t been properly socialized often become nuisance barkers.
  • may be looking for a response or some attention from their pack.

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did you know the affenhuahua is one of the most popular crossbreed dogs out there?

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did you know one of the most popular crossbreeds is the affenhuahua?  what the heck is an affenhuahua you ask?  well it’s a chihuahua mixed with an affenpinscher, also known as the monkey terrier, and is a terrier-like toy dog breed.  affenhuahuas are cute, intelligent and playful dogs that do well with children and are easy to train.

how did we figure this out?  simple.  we used the internet’s number one crossbreed tool that allows you to discover a type of crossbreed dog and calculate the most popular and sought after crossbreed dogs.  by choosing dog a and dog b, the tool shows you what crossbreed a mix of those two breeds would make.  in total there’s close to 200 different crossbreeds that can be discovered using the tool.

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