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Chihuahuas Like Blankets

Updated on August 28, 2011

If you're thinking of getting a chihuahua, you'll want to stock up on some small fleece blankets. Chihuahuas adore blankets of all kinds but seem to be especially fond of things that are soft, the softer the better. This one is a teacup dog, weighing just over 3 pounds.

Because of their lineage, derived from the sun loving regions of Mexico, chihuahuas are not resistant to cold and must be kept warm at all times to maintain good health. They should never be left outside more than a couple minutes and should always be accompanied. (Owls are extra hungry during winter and may see chihuahuas as food if there is not an imposing human form lingering close by.) Some people train their small dogs to use housebreaking pads during the coldest winter days to keep them from needing to go out in inclement weather. Because they are so small they are prone to getting hypothermia and must be closely supervised.

Leave a blanket in each room where your chihuahua will want to rest.  Chihuahuas instinctively make their blankets into tunnels, perhaps resembling the dwellings of their ancestors, which some think may have been an animal similar to the fennec fox.

Long haired chihuahuas aren't quite as sensitive to cold as those with short coats, but they still appreciate warm blankets. Soft plush toys and pillows are also favored by them. Chances are, sooner or later you will find your chihuahua curled up on anything cosy that is left within jumping range.


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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      This is so adorable! And, I love the pictures! I'm a huge animal lover, and I just got onto Hubpages. I'm so glad I did. There are so many interesting articles and wonderful people to meet. Yes, I would think seeing how little chihuahuas' bodies are, they would definitely need something to help keep them warm.

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Wow, so glad I could be of help to you and to the dog. Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

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      Anaya M. Baker 6 years ago from North Carolina

      The funniest thing, my neighbor just dropped off her chihuaha-mix dog while she shows her apartment. He was running around whining, then I saw the title of your article and gave him a blanket. Worked immediately!

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Thanks, GraceNotes!

      66 degrees is colder than most chihuhuas want to be. They like it hot, and will often sun themselves even on a warm summer day.

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      gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

      What a cute hub.

      I've got a friend who has a couple of chihuahuas, but she likes to keep her house about 66 degrees, year-round. She says her dogs are huddled under little blankets, and I believe it. Of course, they could stay together for more warmth!