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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 Tempe?
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, Tempe is ranked the 9th most pet-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city received an A for its number of pet sitters and dog-friendly hotels. It also scored a B+ for dog-friendly rentals.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tempe
Tempe has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and enjoy the warm Arizona sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are The Barking Bodega, Tempe Sports Complex Dog Park, Papago Bark Park, and Mitchell Dog Park.
In Tempe, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Hayden Butte Preserve, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and Shaw Butte Trail.
Life in Tempe with a dog
Tempe has a healthy number of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Snakes & Lattes, Salut Kitchen Bar, Cornish Pasty Company, Kings Fish House, Devil’s Advocate, and Casey Moore’s Oyster House.
Tempe has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet daycares, and pet stores. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If you ever have friends or family visiting Tempe, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Apache Inn, Tempe Mission Palms Resort, Drury Inn & Suites, and Graduate Tempe.
Popular dog breeds in Tempe
Tempe is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Shih Tzus, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many canine companions throughout the city.
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