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Chihuahuas pack a lot into a tiny body. They are intelligent, require little exercise and grooming and can live quite happily as city dogs. And, as small dogs, extra weight can be detrimental to a Chihuahua's joints.
According to the American Kennel Club, Chihuahuas should not exceed 6 pounds. Doing so puts extra stress on their joints. A veterinarian can help monitor Fido's weight, ensuring he is not exceeding what is recommended for his size.
Working with both small animals and exotics, Pamela Meadors has devoted more than 15 years to the veterinary field. She possesses a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and is the proud mom of a blind hedgehog.