It's an open secret among dog lovers and dog breeders that smaller breeds generally outlive larger ones
. Why this is so, is not generally known. In accordance with this trend, the diminutive Chihuahua is the longest living dog breed
The breed standard specifies that they can live from 11-18 years of age. However, there are people whose Chihuahuas have lived for over 25 years
! This is quite astonishing in the scheme of things. It's equivalent to a human living till they're 125 years. Chihuahuas are therefore long term companions and will grow along with your children till they are well into their teens.
However, this breed of dog suffers from certain breed specific health problems. Also, they are the only dog breed born with the dog equivalent of a "fontanelle". These holes in the skull when they are born, close up with time, but for the first 6 months of their existence, great care needs to be taken over them.
Chihuahuas also enjoy each other's company over that of other dogs. Not surprising really. If I was 6 inches tall, I would seek out my own kind too!
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