Ears: You will be required to wipe their ears every week, to clear off pests and other infection-causing germs.
Eyes: Those button-like eyes need to be taken care of! You might want to check for soreness, redness, and debris almost every day to avoid infections and other eye problems.
Teeth: Chi-Chi needs to be brushed at least 3 times a week.
Nails: You will be required to trim down their nails once in a week or fortnight to avoid scratching and injuries thereupon, especially for the hairless ones.
Hair: If your Chi-Chi is long-haired, you will be required to brush his hair once a day. For short-haired ones, just once a week brushing is enough. For the hairless variety, all you need to do is to wipe them down with a wet cloth a couple of times a week. Remember to apply lotion for the hairless ones, as they tend to get sunburns very easily during summers.
Recommended daily amount: These small dogs need half or maximum one cup of dry dog food daily, coupled with some nutritious diet. Overfeeding should be strictly avoided, as they tend to gain weight very easily.
What food to choose: You will be required to feed a good quality and nutritious kibble to your Chi-Chi, specially formulated for his age and size.
How to keep good shape: These are small energetic pups, which need moderate levels of exercise. They also tend to gain weight if overfed. So the trick is to feed right and exercise right to keep them in good shape. Since they love to play around, it also forms a part of their daily exercise regime.
How many times to feed your dog: You will be required to feed 2 to 3 times a day.
Speaking of the general issues, Chi-Chi can be predisposed to obesity as he a food-lover. You will be required to protect your hairless variety from the sun and cold. They are prone to dental issues, eye disorders, and cardiac problems, kidney stones, hydrocephalus, and spinal injuries. Let’s look at some of the other problems faced by Chi-Chi.
Condition - A luxating patella (also called patellar luxation) is the scientific term for dislocation of the knee-cap. It is a genetic disease, starting to show symptoms when a puppy is four months old. An affected Chihuahua may limp while walking, or avoid the use of the affected leg.
Treatment – for acute cases, surgery is the only option. Most of the time, the vet would just observe the condition to keep track of future problems.
Conditions –Just like humans, dogs also suffer from low blood sugar which is also known as Hypoglycemia. The symptoms are similar to those in humans - weakness, dizziness, confusion, unusual drowsiness, or even fainting. When encountered with such symptoms, you must ensure to take them to a vet who might suggest a new diet plan or other methods to keep them healthy. Sometimes, Hypoglycemia could also be a symptom of other diseases, such as diabetes or liver failure, hence cannot be taken lightly.
Treatment – Proper diet is the prerequisite to keeping Hypoglycemia at bay. Being a small-sized breed, missing even a couple of meals may also lead to a drop in blood sugar levels, leading to severe concerns such as seizures and fits.
Condition - The trachea is a tube meant to carry oxygen through breathing from the mouths and noses to the lungs. If the tube collapses, the Chi-Chi will experience trouble in breathing, leading to a chronic hooting cough. When the tracheal collapse is acute, the Chi-Chi may develop blue gums, may even faint as they cannot breathe. This situation needs immediate assistance from a vet.
Treatment – Ideally, cough suppressants or asteroids are administered to open the dog’s airway to enable breathing.
Training a Chi-Chi would require you to be firm and persistent. It is a must to provide positive reinforcement supported with rewards and appreciation. They are very quick learners and love to be cuddled and hugged, which may give you very good results. Since they tend to get attached to one person in general, it will be required to impart socialization training from the early days. Other pieces of training include obedience and agility training.
Chi-Chi is an energetic, smart, cute, and bright dog who is friendly and lively. They are very loyal and get along with members of their family pretty well. Though they may find a special bonding with one of the members, they mingle with all or several of the family members. They love playing with small toys. They cannot tolerate being left alone for long periods. The Chi-Chi needs a consistent regime of exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes a day, including trips to the parks, small walks, and indoor and outdoor playtime. You need to keep an eye on his hind legs while he is jumping or climbing, as they may have inherited the delicate legs of the Chihuahua. The Chi-Chi is naturally inquisitive and exploring. You can provide them with dental chew toys to help them keep their teeth clean between brushes.