The Height of a Chihuahua

by Catherine Lovering
Chihuahuas live an average of 14 to 18 years.

Chihuahuas live an average of 14 to 18 years.

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Chihuahuas are the ultimate pocket dog, small enough to tote in a handbag during a shopping trip. With an average height of 6 to 9 inches, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed and make loyal and protective companions.

Tiny and Brave

Chihuahuas come in a variety of colors, with long or short coats. A member of the breed should have a maximum weight of 6 pounds to meet the American Kennel Club's standard. The AKC does not have a height standard. Few guardians would say their pup is not a Chihuahua if it puts on a couple of extra ounces, however. In fact, Dogster puts the average weight of a Chihuahua at between 2 and 8 pounds. The website points out Chihuahuas do not shy away from confronting larger breeds -- meaning their bravery can get them into trouble, so guardians often have to be protective of their diminutive friends.

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About the Author

Catherine Lovering has written about business, tax, careers and pets since 2006. Lovering holds a B.A. (political science), LL.B. (law) and LL.L. (civil law).