The smallest dog in the world, the Chihuahua is a loyal and active dog. They thrive on attention and need to be kept occupied. Chihuahuas are good family pets when treated respectfully, but they have a reputation for snapping at strangers or small children who they may perceive as a threat. They are prone to barking and can dominate their owners. Chihuahuas shed all through the year.
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15 - 17 years
A genetic predisposition means that an individual may have a tendency to develop certain diseases as a consequence of inherited defects in the genes. Although some disorders occur because of spontaneous mutation of genes, many genetic disorders are inherited. These conditions are seen quite often in canines, mostly but not exclusively, in purebreds. Having said that, this breed has an increased risk for the following conditions which may or may not manifest: