The Chihuahua is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are affectionate, loyal, intelligent and loving dogs. Their intelligence makes them very good companions for children and adults alike. They have been known to make excellent guard dogs and they are often used as therapy animals.
There are many different types of Chihuahuas available today; however, there is only one breed that is considered to be “the” Chihuahua: the Chipoota. These are the smallest of all Chihuahuas and their fur color varies from light brown to black.
Chipoots come in a variety of colors such as red, orange, yellow, white and gray. They tend to be medium sized dogs with short legs and long bodies. They do not grow much longer than twenty inches (50 cm) at the shoulder length and weigh between six pounds (2 kg) and eight pounds (3 kg).
Poodles come in three recognized coat types: curly, corded and powder puff. All varieties have a sleek, thick coat that only requires occasional brushing. They can be any color from black to white with various markings. Poodles are very intelligent dogs and thrive on having a job to do.
The Chihuahua Poodle mix has inherited the long body of the Chihuahua and their short legs. These dogs mature at around 17-22 inches (43-56 cm) in length and weigh between 7-16 pounds (3.2-7.3 kg).
They have a muscular build and a relatively broad head.
The temperament of the Chihuahua Poodle mix is somewhat similar to both parent breeds. They are friendly, loyal, loving and playful dogs. They have a tendency to yap a lot and can be protective of their owners; however, they are not well-suited to homes with small children.
These dogs are intelligent and eager to please. They can be trained fairly easily and enjoy having a routine in their lives. They get along well with other dogs and pets in general as long as they are socialized while they are young.
The Chihuahua poodle mix does not shed very much. Their fur is thicker and stands off of their bodies so it doesn’t fall onto your clothes or furniture. They do need to be bathed and brushed regularly though. This is necessary to keep their coats healthy and avoid developing any tangles or matting.
The average lifespan of a Chihuahua poodle mix is around 15 years.
They are prone to a few health issues such as spinal problems (especially in the smaller types), eye issues, epilepsy, heart problems and obesity. It is important that they eat a well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise.
The Chihuahua Poodle mix makes an excellent companion for an owner who is around a lot. They bond very closely to their owners and can suffer from separation anxiety. They do not do well in homes where they are left alone all day.
They can also be rambunctious as puppies and may not be suitable for older people or children.
The Chihuahua Poodle mix is not a breed for everyone. They are high maintenance in regards to grooming, training and general care. On the other hand, they are sweet, trusting and very loving dogs that enjoy being around people.
It is important that you do your research into the pros and cons of owning this particular mix and make an informed decision before getting any dog breed.
The Cocker Spaniel is a friendly, outgoing and often obstinate breed. They are incredibly friendly and loyal to their owners but they are often willful and somewhat difficult to train. They are very playful dogs that get along well with children and other pets.
Cockers are generally bright, active and have a great deal of stamina. They also have a lot of endurance and can usually keep going despite a lot of hardship. In fact, they have a reputation for being strong-willed, meaning that they often don’t react well to harsh training methods.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a small to medium sized dog weighing between 30 and 60 pounds (14-27 kg) and standing 12-14 inches (30.5-35.5 cm) tall. It has a brown, often black, coat and erect ears.
The hair on its tail is usually particularly long. The head is rounded and its eyes should always be brown in color. The coat of the American Cocker may change depending on whether it is a puppy, adult or senior.
The Cocker Spaniel is an incredibly energetic breed. This means that it needs a considerable amount of exercise to keep it happy and healthy. It needs to be taken on long walks or jog every day. It is not suited to living in an apartment and really requires a lot of space.
Also, because it has so much energy it does not do well left on its own for long periods of time and can become anxious or destructive.
Cockers are sociable dogs that were bred to work and think as a team with human owners. They thrive when they have somebody to love and care for them as well as give them jobs to do. They do not like being left alone and will become anxious and depressed without the company of humans or other dogs. If you are the type of person that likes to come home, eat dinner in front of the TV and go to bed then this is definitely not the breed for you!
Cockers are easily trained if their owners are consistent, firm and fair. Due to their strong wills they can be difficult to housebreak when they are puppies but it is important to maintain a strict routine. Praise should be given generously when they do something right and they should never be struck with a whip or anything similar, as this only causes them to become anxious and more difficult to train.
Because the Cocker Spaniel is so friendly it is very important to make sure that it is trained not to go chasing after other animals or people unless told to do so. They have a habit of rushing toward people in order to greet them which can lead to unfortunate incidents.
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Pirate Booty Auctioned for Worthy Cause by SV ALERIO – scholarship.law.gwu.edu
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