Examining Teacup Chihuahua Puppies

Teacup Chihuahua puppies are the smallest breed of dogs that you can find. Unlike other breeds however, you are likely to find them in different sizes, colors, coat length and head shape. Native to Mexico, both mature male and female teacup Chihuahua puppies attain the same weight and height; between 4 and 10 pounds and 6 and 10 inches respectively. Up to five puppies can be born at a time. These puppies also have a long life span and can live for 20 years.

Appearance

Teacup Chihuahua puppies can have short or long hair, which can be in white, brown, tan, black or any other color. They have characteristic large eyes that are rounded. The ears remain erect most of the time with the skull being round. Puppies with short hair do appear to be very smooth, unlike those with long hair.

Temperament

Teacup Chihuahua puppies are very loving and tend to develop an emotional attachment with their owners. Mature puppies actually become over-protective of their owners especially in presence of strangers. This is one of the reasons why they are good as house pets. They are however not appropriate to keep when small children are around. This is because can easily attack when provoked. Chihuahuas generally prefer to mix with other Chihuahuas than with other breed of dogs.

Unlike most breed of dogs, teacup Chihuahua puppies like to remain in their dens rather than in the open. They are most likely to be found under beds, pillows or blankets when indoors. These are the areas they believe are safe. Apart from safety, the puppies prefer such areas because of their tendency to shiver when exposed to cold or when stressed.

Health

Although very good as house pets, Chihuahua breed of dogs are susceptible to several health challenges, most of which are hereditary. Hydrocephalus, which is an abnormal large head, is often common among puppies. Another major health challenge is low blood sugar, which often leads to coma and can be life threatening. Due to their large eyes, these puppies are usually susceptible to eye infections and possible injury.

Like with most breed of dogs, Chihuahuas also have dental issues. Dental problems are in most cases brought about by over-feeding and lack of exercise. Like with all small breed of dogs, Chihuahuas are susceptible to physical deformities and heart murmurs when they mature.

Care

Teacup Chihuahua puppies require proper care right to when they finally mature. As part of care, they must be offered regular veterinary examinations for the purpose of detecting any health issues. Proper nutrition is also mandatory. Unlike most breed of dogs, Chihuahuas tend to be very picky when it comes to eating. They tend to prefer warm fresh food.

Contrary to common belief, Chihuahuas with long hair do not require trimming. This is because they do not shed much. They however need regular grooming and bath. The eyes in particular need to be cleaned on a regular basis especially when weather conditions are dry to prevent eye infections.