When do chihuahua stop growing?

Chihuahuas are known for their small size with an average height if 6 inches and weight of 6 lbs. They’re so tiny when they’re born with a length of just 3 to 4 inches and a weight of 3 to 5 lbs. They’re so small that they can fit comfortably at the palm of your hand. Each passing week, furparents await their development and they’re really quick to grow due to the nourishment they get from their mommies. However, you will notice that your pups’ growth slows down when your Chis are between 3 and 6 months old. There’s not much improvement in your Chi’s growth chart during this time because their body uses most of the calcium for the development of their permanent teeth. After the 6th month, Chihuahuas are usually close to their adult size so furparents already have an idea of how big or small their furry friends will be. They usually stop growing at the age of 8 to 12 months. This is when they’re considered adults. At this age, their bodies have matured and they’re fully grown. Their height will be stable but their weight is a different matter since it is influenced by their diet, exercise, and health condition. Chihuahuas are prone to weight gain so it’s best to give them proper exercise and nutritious diet so that you’ll always have a healthy and happy Chi.

Knowing your furbabies’ adult size can help you determine their needs in terms of diet and exercise. You can also prepare the accessories that they can use such as clothes, crates, bed, harness or leash size. It will also help you give better care for your furbabies’ health and physical condition. Smaller Chihuahuas are more delicate and prone to physical injuries. Check the Chihuahua growth chart to guide you on your Chi’s development and the milestones that they should be hitting. But take note also that each dog’s development is different. Their individual growth is influenced by their genes, nutrition, hormones, level of physical activity, and overall health. It is best to consult with your vet if your Chi is underweight or overweight so that you will be given professional advice on how to provide the best nutrition and environment for your Chi’s optimum development. This is all part of being a responsible furparent.

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Written by Susan Sullinger


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