How Big Does A Chihuahua Get

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How Big Does A Chihuahua Get

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. It comes from Mexico and is named after the state of Chihuahua. It is no secret that this breed can be extremely jealous and protective, ignoring its own size when facing up to a larger dog if something bothers or disturbs it. However, if adequately trained they can become loyal and calm companions, ideal for living in a flat without any problems. We know they are small but how big does a Chihuahua get? At we will explain.

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The answer to how big a Chihuahua gets is not as simple as it seems and depends on several factors. When raising this breed for competition, the most important thing is the dog's weight, which should never exceed 2.7 kilos (4lb 6.7oz). However, in terms of height there is no defined measurement. So, we're looking at a breed which can have many variations in size.

Teacup Chihuahuas such as apple head chihuahuas,can weigh as little as 3 pounds or even less.

If you want more information on weight, check our article on how much should a Chihuahua weigh.

How Big Does A Chihuahua Get - Step 1

A Chihuahua can measure between 15 cm (6 in) to a little more than 30 cm (12 in) tall in terms of its withers height. That is more than a 50% difference in height between one Chihuahua and another, and of course height will depend on what type of chihuahua we have.

How Big Does A Chihuahua Get - Step 2

A Chihuahua measures on average between 16 and 20 cm (6 in and 8 in) tall at the withers but there are some big ones whose height can exceed 30 cm.

Long haired chihuahuas can get to as tall as 9 inches.


A Chihuahua is a faithful animal that adapts perfectly to small spaces but it requires a lot of care and attention as their tiny size means they have delicate and fragile bones. Additionally this dog requires significant care to protect it from the cold, as low temperatures can affect it greatly. This is why many owners decide to put a coat on their pets during the coldest days of the year.

How Big Does A Chihuahua Get - Step 4

If you need more advice on specific Chihuahua care, at OneHowTo we recommend our article on What should a Chihuahua dog eat.

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  • Note that a correct Chihuahua puppy will not grow to its absolute full size until 18 months. However, most of its growth occurs during the first 26 weeks.
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I have a teacup chihua named Chiquita she is trained to dance like a charro horse cool ha
Rosa G. Munoz
I have a Chihuahua mix breed 15 lb 11 years old is she overweight or too old or how much does she eat per day
I have a male teacup Chihuahua ( Sammy) he is almost 6 mo's old and he's 2.5 lbs. He eat' s two times a day small amount of Pedigree Puppy Chopped Ground Dinner With Chicken & Beef. And his good boy snacks are Blue Buffalo Blue Bits Chicken Training Dog Treats . Thank you for the info in this article.
I have a 90mm x 1000mm gap at the bottom of a balcony. Would a chihauhau fall through a gap that size?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Stephen.
It really depends on the size of your Chihuahua, as they can vary in size. However, just for safe measure, we recommend trying to close that gap.
Kirk Duhamel
I don't know how small your dog is but if I was worried I'd put in a grill.
I doubt he/she would fall through but your puppy might get stuck.
how big does a chihuahua get in size
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Lilia,

Is there something you need answered which we didn't cover in the article? Let us know and we'll try to help.
tina manna
How do you measure the height of a chihuahua
OneHowTo Editor
You measure up to the withers, the place between their shoulder blades.
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