As long as your Chihuahua is on a proper diet and not gaining weight, exercise can be minimal. This is one reason they make such great pets for individuals that have difficulty with walking or mobility.
When you purchase a collar and leash for your Chihuahua, keep in mind that they have very small, delicate necks in comparison with other dog breeds. When walking your dog, it is crucial that the leash never be jerked or yanked on (since the neck could easily be injured). For this reason, a body harness is a preferred choice over a collar and leash for both comfort and safety.
Most veterinarians will recommend the following schedule for feeding puppies six weeks or older (after being weaned):
Six weeks to three months – four meals a day
Three months to six months – three meals a day
Six months to one year – two meals a day
One year and up – one to three meals a day
While this is the standard for most dogs, many Chihuahuas prefer to eat several small meals throughout the day, regardless of age.
Small size dry dog food is fine for your dog, although the preferred choice would be dry food mixed with canned food. Feeding your Chihuahua canned food only is not a good idea. Generally, their digestive tract cannot process canned food alone, which may result in diarrhea and dehydration. Several Chihuahua owners mix dry dog food with a small amount of white rice and cooked, diced chicken.
Chihuahuas also love special treats. If you forget them, no need to worry, because your dog will surely remind you! A small treat each day or an extra one for special occasions is acceptable. These treats should be very small and not be given more than once or twice a day.
If you notice your dog gaining extra weight around the chest area, and developing rolls of fat around the hindquarters, it is probably time to go on a diet! Start by cutting out excessive treats (especially those that come from your plate), and stick with quality dry food, mixed as mentioned above.
One of the benefits of owning a Chihuahua is that they can live just about anywhere. This breed is content, whether living in a large or small space (they shouldn’t live in a dog house outdoors, though). Chihuahuas love to take walks, although they are usually homebodies, where they would be just as content curling up in their owner’s lap and sleeping the day away.