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Stuff every Chihuahua needs!

Updated on October 21, 2014

Does a Chihuahua hold your heart?

According to the American Kennel Club, the Chihuahua is "A graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament." It doesn't mention how smart they are, or what devils they can be. Or how Chihuahuas are like potato chips - one is never enough!

Feisty and wonderful, "Chi's" also have some special needs. The dog treats that may be a snack for another dog are more than a meal for these little guys. They need harnesses that won't choke them, toys they can carry, chewies that fit in their mouths, and treats that won't pack on the pounds. We've highlighted a few, but you can find many more ideas in our shop: Golly Gear.

Chihuahuas can do anything! - including herding sheep!

Maddie in the Choke-Free Shoulder Collar
Maddie in the Choke-Free Shoulder Collar

The Perfect No-Choke Harness!

The Choke-Free Shoulder Collar hugs your Chihuahua's shoulders, avoiding any pressure on the neck. Made of soft leather, it also avoids chafing and rubbing issues. Because of it's "hugging" design, precise measurements are important - sizes are inch-by-inch, starting with the very tiniest dogs at an eight-inch girth.

Zoe in the Padded Shoulder Carrier
Zoe in the Padded Shoulder Carrier

Tootling around town

We love these! Our little dog is safe and secure inside the Padded Carrier by Daba Doo, zipped in and with the tether firmly clasped to her collar. The sides are cushioned - comfy for our little dog.

Zoe loves it because her head is out and she can see absolutely everything in complete safety and comfort. Removable base support ensures a flat bottom if you need to put the carrier down. The base even has its own, removable cushion!

Tinki Vest in Lavender
Tinki Vest in Lavender

Soft and elegant Tinki Vest

We really don't know whether to call these soft collars, harnesses, or clothes! We do know that the Tinki Vest from Susan Lanci Designs is one of the most elegant, simplest, and finest small dog harnesses we've ever seen. The Tinki Vest has two wide straps, one circles the dog's neck, the other her rib cage, connected at the back with a ring for attaching a leash. The straps close with very strong, wide velcro closures, so some size adjustment is possible.

The design is elegant and simple and the material is fabulous. These vests are made of Ultrasuede, butter-soft. Colors are rich and vivid. Care is easy - a simple occasional brushing, mild detergent for most stains.

Essie in the ActiveDog harness
Essie in the ActiveDog harness

For those rough-and-tumble days

The Active Dog Harness by Dogo is adorable and a great practical harness for our little dogs!

Adjust the side straps once, and the Active Dog Harness is set for good! Super-easy to put on your small dog, just put the right front paw through the side opening, bring the harness over your little dog's back and snap the clasps. Then attach the leash to the silver-tone D-ring on the back.

When it's a casual jeans day, your little dog can have his own jeans - red or blue denim! There's even a tiny pocket and studs decorating the front! The Active Dog Harnesses in the new Black and Pink are comfort-mesh with contrasting white stripes down the front, and two studs on a gray strip.

Chihuahua Resources

There are organizations, clubs, online forums and groups devoted to Chihuahuas! Share your love for these pups!

Some of our favorite Chihuahua movies!

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    • jackinabox lm profile image

      jackinabox lm 8 years ago

      What beautiful dogs :)

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      JackieSonia 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have a 3 lb. chihuahua named Zoe. She just turned 3 in Nov. She is such a joy and fun to dress up. I have a couple of lenses about her.

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