The Ideal Weight for a Grown Chihuahua

by Jane Meggitt
For your Chi's health, make sure he isn't too fat or too thin.

For your Chi's health, make sure he isn't too fat or too thin.

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The Chihuahua is a lot of dog in a little body. When full-grown, Chis might weigh less than weeks-old puppies of large and medium breeds. Ideally, an adult Chi weighs between 4 and 6 pounds, although a little heavier is preferable than too thin. Feeding your tiny dog correctly and consistently makes a huge difference in his health.

Overweight Chihuahuas

The American Kennel Club breed standard for the Chihuahua states unequivocally that the dog can't weigh more than 6 pounds. While that's the standard for the dog show ring, when you're dealing with one of the world's smallest breeds, an extra pound or two is a big deal. If your dog weighs more than 8 pounds, especially if he looks chubby, talk to your vet about putting him on a diet.

Underweight Chihuahuas

Smaller is not better when it comes to Chis. Very tiny dogs, weighing under 3 pounds, often don't live as long as larger Chihuahuas. One meal a day isn't enough for the Chi's metabolism. Your vet can recommend a feeding schedule and the best food for bringing your tiny Chi up to a healthy weight.

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About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.