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I have laughed out loud more since my Chihuahua arrived than I have in a long time. He loves to play with the cat and hang by the pool with the grandchildren. He loves going anywhere I take him and he is a very sweet little guy socially.
A Chihuahua can easily be summed up as a tiny dog with a huge personality. Typically standing between 5-8 inches and rarely weighing more than six pounds, these dogs share little in common with their bigger ancestors apart from their big-dog attitude. Their compact size makes them ideal for living in apartments or other small spaces.
Chihuahuas are considered a national symbol of Mexico and are one of the oldest breeds of the Americas. While the AKC did not recognize the Chihuahua as an official breed until 1904, there is documentation of them being raised by the Aztecs in the early 16th century. Standing between 6-9 inches for the standard breed and 4-6 for the Teacup variety, Chihuahuas come in many different sizes and colors, and in both longhair and shorthair varieties. Chihuahuas are typically light to moderate shedders, but the shedding lasts all year.
Surprisingly, these dogs are a top watchdog candidate due to their extreme loyalty and territorial personalities. They may not have much bite, but the bark is often enough to scare away potential intruders. Their loyalty also makes them a great choice for first-time pet owners, just makes sure that children know to play gently with such a small dog.
Those in the market for a Chihuahua should be aware of the time commitment; Chihuahuas have some of the longest lifespans in the canine world, most living between 10-18 years. Relatively speaking, Chihuahuas don't need much exercise, and 30 minutes a day should be plenty to keep these dogs happy and healthy. Chihuahuas are also capable of competing in dog sporting events, such as agility and obedience competitions.
How dog-friendly is Houston?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Houston is ranked as the 36th most pet-friendly city. WalletHub notes that Houston is one of the most affordable cities for owning a dog. The city ranked 28th overall for pet budget.
Dog parks and activities
As one of the nation’s largest cities, Houston is filled with plenty of dog parks. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Houston has 16 dog parks, approximately 0.7 parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Congressman Bill Archer Park, Millie Bush Bark Park, and Danny Jackson Family Dog Park.
Being close to the Gulf of Mexico, there are several opportunities to beat the Texas heat. Your dog will love splashing around in the refreshing water, so long as they keep their paws cool in the hot sand. Some of the best dog-friendly beaches in the Houston area include Seawall Urban Park Beach, Stewart Beach Park, and East Beach.
Houston also has a swimming club for dogs to enjoy. It’s called Rummy’s Beach Club. It offers a warm water pool along with a private park just for dogs.
Life in Houston with a dog
With over 510 dog-friendly restaurants, Houston is one of the best places to grab a meal with your K9 friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Houston include Porch Swing Pub, Barnaby’s Cafe, Backstreet Cafe, and the Buffalo Grille.
Houston offers plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. There are flexible options for getting your pup around the city as The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County allows small pets on the city’s public transportation.
One of the highlights of owning a dog in Houston is the annual dog day hosted by the Astros. During this game, you can bring your furry companion with you to Minute Maid Park. Just make sure to get your tickets early in case they sell out.
Popular breeds in HoustonHouston is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.
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