why does my chihuahua snore? how can a tiny dog make so much noise?

nadia chihuahua facts, chihuahua Q and A, teaka 27 Comments

teaka the famous chihuahua snoozing – how can something so small snore so loud!”

snoring is a common occurrence in chihuahuas and has nothing to do with a collapsed trachea.  it is attributed to their short muzzle and sometimes it is loud enough to wake the house up.  it can be incredibly funny when you have visitors as no one can believe that such a small dog can make that much noise.

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apple head chihuahuas vs. deer head chihuahuas: how are they different?

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apple head chihuahua

we have all heard the term teacup chihuahua, but what do the terms apple head and deerhead mean when it comes to describing characteristics of the chihuahua breed and what exactly makes an apple head chihuahua different from a deerhead chihuahua?

the term apple head is used to describe any chihuahua with a round or ‘dome-like’ head similar to the shape of an apple.  the upper part of the chihuahua’s skull is wider than the lower part in the jaw area.

if you look close at the top of the skull of most chihuahuas, you will notice that it is slightly sunken in just like the top of an apple.  this area is called molera, a spanish word for ‘fontanel’, or any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus and it is similar to the ‘soft spot’ that human babies have on their heads upon birth.

according to chihuahua breed standards, the term apple head is required in the description of the ‘head’ of a chihuahua that includes an apple domed skull with either the presence or absence of molera.  it is also used when referencing chihuahua puppies at an age where it is noticeable.

chihuahua skull

the term deer head is used to describe any chihuahua that does not have the characteristic apple shaped head. deer head chihuahuas tend to have a longer noses and a head shape similar to that of a miniature young deer.  they also tend to have less chihuahua health problems.

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dental treats for bad dog breath in your chihuahua

nadia chihuahua facts, chihuahua health concerns 4 Comments

does your chihuahua have bad breath or tartar buildup?  teaka the famous chihuahua used to love to chew her dental treats. aside from regular brushing, dental treats help clean her back molars so her kisses are always fresh!

dental breath treats will help to strengthen the digestion process and support periodontal health.  here’s what to look for when buying them:

useful ingredients in dental treats

  • dog dental treats made with parsley seed oil helps minimize bad breath
  • treats that contain chlorophyllins, a semi-synthetic, water-soluble form of the plant pigment chlorophyll, work on your chihuahua’s digestive system to neutralize mouth odors
  • pumice in treats helps to reduce the plaque that builds on teeth – a culprit of stinky breath
  • anise is another ingredient that has refreshing qualities for your chihuahua’s breath

products that fight strong bad breath

  • dog breath treats that come with antibacterial and anti-plaque properties powerfully target the source of bad breath
  • refreshing dental rinses made with yucca extracts and mint oils help lessen digestive-tract odors. pour an ounce or two in your dog’s water bowl to freshen his mouth
  • specially formulated chews with bacteria-fighting ingredients and prebiotic elements work overtime. they help zap odorous plaque, while supporting the healthy bacteria in your chihuahua’s stomach

benefits of natural breath remedies

natural supplements and freshening drops are available for controlling your chihuahua’s bad breath:

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15 things dogs dislike about humans! do you do any of these with your chihuahua?

nadia chihuahua facts, chihuahua videos

so the first thing was rushing your dog when they have to go potty …  we all know chihuahuas are notorious for taking their time to go to the bathroom and they will go to the extreme to find just the right spot to go!  but, did you know they really dislike it when we rush them through the process?  be sure to watch the video for the 14 other things we do that our chihuahuas dislike!

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is there such a thing as a micro chihuahua? …a pocket chihuahua?

nadia chihuahua facts 17 Comments

there is no such thing as a micro chihuahua or a pocket chihuahua.  micro-size or teacup chihuahuas are usually the runts of a litter and tend to mature with several chihuahua health problems, have a shorter life span and need more care than the average chihuahua.

some even need to be tube fed or bottle fed until their little bodies are developed enough and they can eat on their own. it is also not uncommon to have to pay daily veterinarian fees to keep these so-called ‘pocket or micro chihuahuas’ from becoming a sick chihuahua as they age.

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