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Meet the world's smallest dog.
Height: 6 to 9 inches at shoulder
Weight: 3 to 6 pounds
Coat: smooth or long
Life span: 10 to 18 years
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The Chihuahua's charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and colors. He's all dog, fully capable of competing in dog sports such as agility and obedience, and is among the top 10 watchdogs recommended by experts. He loves nothing more than being with his people and requires a minimum of grooming and exercise.
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General Characteristics
Apartment appropriate
Cold tolerance
Ease at being home alone
Ease of training
Friendly toward strangers
Need for exercise
Tendency to bark or howl
Potential for weight gain
Compatible with kids
Easy to groom
Good for novice owners