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.
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).