Last Updated on June 18, 2021 by admin
Determining the healthy weight for a Chihuahua is not as easy as putting them on a weight scale, as there are other factors that come into play as well in determining a chihuahua’s size and weight.
First, there is expected size as a breed and then you also need to take into account the size and weight of each chihuahua as an individual. It is important to understand this distinction because most chihuahua pets will not fall within the expected weight range of the breed.
Chihuahuas as a breed
The chihuahua is a balanced, kind terrestrial dog, weighing an average of 6 pounds. The round apple head is a birthmark, with characteristic stable ears and full, bright eyes. Coats come in many colors and patterns, and they can be long or short. The types are the same except for the coat.
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Chihuahua ideal weight and height
According to American Kennel Club, the average chihuahua weight is 6 pounds; so, it is a balanced and small dog. Breeding standards (both British and American) declare that weight above 5.9 pounds (equivalent to 2.7kg) is considered overweight.
The body proportion is off-square, but the height is measured from shoulders to buttocks instead. Charlotte Wilcox has mentioned some interesting facts in her book titled ‘The Chihuahua’. She mentions that typical length varies from 6 to 9 inches; however, some can even reach 12 to 15 inches. It is fascinating to note that shorter bodies are more likely in males.
What type of chihuahua is considered a fat chihuahua?
If your chihuahua weighs more than 6 pounds, the first thing you should determine is whether this is a matter of body composition or fat. If this is just the natural shape of the body, then there is no need for concern; in some cases, a weight above 6 pounds is perfectly healthy.
How to know if your dog is overweight?
If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs or see their frame when your dog is wet in the bathtub, and especially if this is accompanied by movement problems, this is a sign that your dog is carrying excessive weight.
That being said, a veterinarian will be able to do a thorough examination and be able to rule out any health concerns that can cause obesity, such as canine diabetes and conditions such as patella luxation or arthritis that can reduce a dog’s ability to exercise.
Through my personal interactions with chihuahuas, I think chihuahuas have the honesty, beauty, and attitude of a big dog. These dogs have a powerful combination of smartness and confidence, so they can easily be termed city pets.
To sum up, ideally, a chihuahua should not weigh more than 6 pounds. You can examine the unusual weight through some signs. In case of any unusual appearance, you should take your dog to a vet. If a chihuahua is declared to be healthy despite weighing more than 6 pounds, then a combination of fewer calories and more work can put it back on track gradually.