Chihuahua: Personality & Health Issues
Inherited Health Disorders:
Corneal Degeneration (Dystrophy)
Iris Atrophy:
A thinning of the iris, common in older dogs.  Can cause sensitivity to light.
Dry Eye (KCS-Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca):
A lack of quantity or quality of your dog's tears, causing eye irritation.  If this condition is untreated, it can lead to ulcers on the cornea, and/or loss of vision.
Glaucoma , Deviated Eyelashes (Trichiasis)

Hemophilia: Hemophilia is a disorder in which blood will not clot properly to aid in the healing of wounds.  A dog with a mild form or hemophilia might never even need treatment, unless excessing bleeding occurs due to trauma or surgery.  Unfortunately, dogs with severe hemophilia often die from uncontrollable bleeding problems.  Once you know your dog is affected, your vet will help you with managing this lifelong disorder.  This will include being vigilant for signs of bleeding, and occasional blood transfusions.
Pulmonic Stenosis
Mitral Valve Defects:
A defect in the mitral valve can create a leakage of blood into the left atrium of the heart.  Affected dogs will have difficulties breathing, and tire quickly; they may even faint or collapse.  There is no cure for this condition, but it can be managed with a special diet, exercise restrictions, diuretics, and medication. 
Exercise your Chihuahua regularly and feed it lightly.  Check its teeth for tartar deposits and brush them occasionally; have a veterinarian check them twice a year.  The eyes are susceptible to drying of the cornea, or hypertrophy (secondary glaucoma).  Clean the smooth coat with a wet cloth or glove.  Bathe the long coat once a month and dry it thoroughly.  Keep the dog off of freshly fertilized grass and away from sprayed bushes.  Don't let is lick or eat toxic products used in treating it for parasites.
Average Lifespan Of The Chihuahua: 12-16lbs.
Average Weight: 2-6lbs.
Collapsed Trachea
Patella Luxation: A serious knee disorder usually found in middle aged dogs, that can only be corrected by surgery.
Dislocation Of The Shoulder
Exercise Requirements: 1/5
Affection Level: 2/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 1/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:

Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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