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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 Surprise?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Surprise is ranked the 35th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet dog-friendly rentals and a B+ for its cost of dog insurance.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Surprise
Surprise and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and stretch its legs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Community Park Dog Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Roscoe Dog Park, and Parkridge Park.
Surprise and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Trilby Trailhead, Sun Valley Trailhead, and Sierra Montana Park.
Life in Surprise with a dog
Surprise has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Culver’s, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jim’s Burgers & Eggs, and Great Eagle Bar & Grill.
Surprise has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Surprise, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Hampton Inn Suites, The Windmill Suites, and Residence Inn.
Popular dog breeds in Surprise
Surprise is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Pitbulls, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Goldendoodles. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.
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