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09/30/2022

Chihuahua

Aside from being deathly afraid of people, Walter (formerly known as Macho) is WONDERFUL! He’s an extremely fun addition to our lives!

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Chihuahua Characteristics

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.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive

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 Oregon?

Super dog-friendly! Oregon is regularly ranked in the top five best states for pets. Two of the best review sites for pet safety and comfort are Pawsafe and Safewise. Both give Oregon excellent marks. 


Pawsafe’s study examined each state according to some pet-friendly metrics. They evaluated things like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In the Pawsafe study, Oregon ranked as the 4th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws, which related to animal abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


In their own separate study, Safewise also ranked Oregon as the 4th most pet-friendly state, for many of the same factors. Combining these two studies puts Oregon at the front of the pack of pet-friendly states!

Are cities in Oregon pet-friendly?

Consumer review site Wallethub has an extensive survey of the 100 largest cities in the country and then ranks them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few Oregon cities did.

Portland

In their study, Portland was the 19th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 4th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 76th for pet budget, and 21st for pet health and wellness. 


In a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study that ranks cities for dog parks per capita, Portland ranked 2nd on the list at 5.4 per 100,000 residents.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oregon

BringFido lists Oregon as a very pet-friendly travel destination with over 4400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Thirty-eight percent of Oregon residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much! 


What dogs do people love in Oregon? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oregon are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Boxers, and Border Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oregon

Oregon saved 35,980 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 612 animals were killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 46 of the animal shelters within Oregon are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is moderately high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is barely short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Good job, overall!

 

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