At what Age Does a Chihuahua Dog Stop Growing?
The Chihuahua dog owes its name to the state of Mexico where it comes from, although the true name of its breed is chihuahueño and it is believed that it descends from a dog that was already used as a pet by the Toltec civilization. It enjoys a great popularity as a pet, mainly for its appearance and its small size. However, do not underestimate this dog that has great intelligence and personality.
If you have decided to adopt one of these little dogs you will surely wonder at what age a chihuahua dog stops growing, and in this article by dogsfud, we explain it to you.
What Weight Should a Chihuahua Dog Acquire?
Even more important than knowing when a chihuahua dog stops growing is knowing what weight our dog should have acquired once his physical development has completely taken place.
Chihuahuas should weigh at least 1.5 kg, however, this is a standard and it is possible that a dog of this breed weighs a little less. Regarding the maximum weight, two are differentiated, depending on whether the dog performs competitions or not:
- Dogs of an exhibition: maximum weight of 3 kg.
- Pet: can weigh up to 4.5 kg.
When Does a Chihuahua Dog Stop Growing?
The greatest growth of a dog occurs during its puppy stage and generally when they have reached adulthood they have almost acquired the standard weight. However, already in the adult stage, there are slight modifications such as the gain of muscle mass.
The duration of the puppy stage will vary depending on the size of the dog, in the case of small dogs such as chihuahua the transition to adulthood occurs between 9 and 12 months.
A chihuahua will grow until 7 or 8 months, although in the remaining months to meet the year or year and a half of age there will be other changes in the structure of its organism:
- Male: gain of muscle mass and enlargement of the torso.
- Female: muscle mass gain and hip widening.
Contrary to what many people consider, the different varieties of chihuahua are not differentiated by the weight they can reach but by the type of coat, differentiating the variety of long hair and short coat.
On the other hand, to ensure the proper development of the Chihuahua puppy. It is essential to offer the best care and provide a quality food that covers all your needs.
How to know if my Chihuahua has a Growth Disorder?
There are several problems that can cause growth alterations in the puppy dog. They can manifest themselves through the following symptoms:
- Dermatological disorders
- Loss of appetite
- Intolerance to exercise
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty in movement
After these symptoms can hide endocrine, metabolic and skeletal disorders that affect the proper development of the dog. Therefore, if you detect them in your pet do not hesitate to go to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Likewise, we recommend reviewing the article on the most common diseases in Chihuahuas to prevent the appearance of any of them. And detect them in time to combat them.