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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 Pittsburgh?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Pittsburgh is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country because of its outdoor pet-friendliness and pet affordability. It ranks 20th and 22nd in these categories.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh as the 15th most pet-friendly city. They rank the city as one of the best places to have a pet because of the high number of dog parks and pet-friendly establishments.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of exercise and play. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. This is one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Riding Meadow Park, Bernard Dog Run, Hartwood Acres County Dog Park, Point State Park, and White Oak Park.
Life in Pittsburgh with a dog
Pittsburgh has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Industry Public House, Redfin Blues, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, and Mindful Brewing Company.
Pittsburgh has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and dog-friendly shopping centers. The city is also a favorable location when you want to find a place to live with your dog. A Zumper study ranked Lexington as the 38th best city in the country for pet-friendly rental listings.
When your friends and family are visiting Steel City, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dog as the city has dozens of pet-friendly hotels. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Omni William Penn Hotel, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, and The Oaklander Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and American Pit Bull Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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