The Cost of Chihuahua Puppies & Adult Dogs (with Calculator)


As you prepare to welcome a new Chihuahua into your home, budgeting should be on your to-do list. In fact, there are many expenses to consider when raising a dog: vet fees, training costs, food, supplies, medical costs, grooming and more. To help make things easier for you as well as your Chihuahua, we have come up with a cost calculator that will give you a personalized estimate as to how much it should cost you to raise your furry friend.

A Chihuahua puppy is likely to cost between $375-$2,420 with the average price being $800. First-year expenses are around $3,330 and will be about $1,045/year (or $87/month) after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Chihuahua is $17,960.

As detailed in this post, these figures include most essentials. But you may incur additional optional costs such as insurance, dog walking or boarding services. You might also decide to spay or neuter your dog. All this could bring the overall cost of ownership between $72,925 (for less expensive areas and/or wallet-friendly products and services) and $141,660 (in more expensive areas and/or for more sophisticated purchases).

Through the course of the article, we discuss how these costs factor in and delve into why many of them may prove necessary. You will also find professional opinions from a licensed veterinarian, a dog trainer, a certified groomer as well as a dog walker and various tips to help you with your Chihuahua. At the very end, we have added our cost calculator that will generate an accurate estimate as to the overall cost of purchasing and raising a Chihuahua according to your situation.

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What is the price of a Chihuahua puppy?

Our team has combed through almost 900 ads from sources like the American Kennel Club and PuppyFind, to find the average price of purchasing a Chihuahua puppy to be $800, with 80% of prices ranging from $375 to $2,420. For a purebred with documents, the price goes up to $6,800.

Puppy CostRangeAverage Cost
Chihuahua$375 – $2,420$800

Adoption might be a more affordable alternative, with rehoming fees ranging from $50-$500. And you would be saving an animal. If you are actively looking for a dog, we strongly recommend doing some research and finding a reputable breeder or shelter. This will make a big difference in terms of your Chihuahua’s health and well-being.

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Puppies Price RangeAds Reviewed
$50 – $800456
$801 – $1,550267
$1,551 – $2,30085
$2,301 – $3,05054
$3,051 – $3,80023
$3,801 – $6,80014
Total899

This data is 100% original and has been collected by PetBudget’s team.

“As a veterinarian, I think Chihuahua breeding dogs should be evaluated or tested for the following conditions prior to breeding and throughout their breeding years: patellar luxation, eye examination by an ophthalmologist, cardiac evaluation. Buyers should ask the breeder about health screening tests performed.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

If you want to know more about the price of puppies in the US or compare this breed with 150 others, check our puppy prices article based on the analysis of close to 50,000 ads (for 151 different breeds).

Factors affecting the price of puppies and why prices vary for the same breed.

Purebred or mixed. Usually, mixed-breeds are sold at a lower price than purebred dogs.

Bloodline and breeder’s reputation. If the parents are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder, the price will be substantially higher. These breeders also tend to invest more money than others to take care of their breeding dogs and puppies.

Registration papers/pedigree. Some breeders are members of kennel clubs, the most famous being the American Kennel Club (AKC). They can also have their breeding dogs and puppies registered which would also add to their fees.

Health screenings and medical expenses. Serious breeders will have their breeding dogs and/or puppies evaluated/tested for different medical conditions. Moreover, some will take their puppies to the vet for an exam, deworming, vaccines, and/or microchip implantation prior to selling them. This drives the price higher but also reduces the risk to get an unhealthy dog.

Training and socialization. Some breeders sell their dogs after they are trained and socialized. It will increase the puppy’s price but generate savings as you most probably won’t have to invest in more training and also gives a better chance to get a well-behaved dog.

Breed popularity in the buyer’s location. Local supply and demand will have an impact on puppy prices. For example, small dogs tend to be more popular in metropolitan areas where people live in smaller spaces. Some breeds are more in demand in colder climates, others where hunting is popular, etc. It is worth looking for prices in different locations, but it is risky to buy a dog without having seen it before or at least have met with the breeder and visited the kennel.

Age. As most people want to get their puppy as young as possible, prices tend to be lower when the dog gets older. For example, on average a 6-month-old pup is likely to be less expensive than an 8-week-old one.

Coat color and markings. Coat color trends can change quickly. For any breed, some colors are more popular than others, sometimes temporarily. When the interest for a specific coat color grows, puppies get more expensive as an increase in demand leads to a higher market price. Also, for purebred dogs, only specific colors and color combinations are accepted by kennel clubs. Finally, puppies with rare colors can be very expensive as well.

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The cost of supplies for a small dog

Ideally, you will want to have a certain amount of supplies on hand to welcome your Chihuahua into your home. For small dogs, you will be looking at a $345 initial investment on average for the first year. This is based on the analysis of 250 products on famous marketplaces such as Walmart, PetSmart, and Amazon.

Supplies PricesRangeAverage Cost
Food & Water Bowls$5 – $20$15
Dog Collars (x2) $5 – $40 $20
Leash $5 – $20 $10
ID Tag with Phone Number $5 – $20 $10
Dog Bed (24″ or 30″) $15 – $65 $35
Dog Crate (24″ or 30″) $20 – $80 $40
Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080) $15 – $110 $55
Pooper Scooper $10 – $30 $20
House Training Pads (75-100) $15 – $45 $25
Stains and Odors Removal Spray $5 – $20 $10
Toys $15 – $50 $30
First-Aid Kit $15 – $50 $30
Brush $5 – $45 $15
Shampoo $5 – $20 $10
Tooth-brushing Kit $5 – $15 $10
Toenail Clippers $5 – $20 $10

As your Chihuahua grows, the price of supplies does ease up. For each subsequent year, your expenses are likely to range between $55 and $260, putting the average cost at $140. This considers all the items that need to be repurchased, such as toys, bed, shampoo, sanitary bags, tooth brushing equipment and the like.

Total Supplies CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year$150 – $650$345
Subsequent Years$55 – $260$140

The quality of products and the store choice will have a notable influence on prices. Additional equipment or items may be necessary in some cases, such as clothing, a play pen, fences, anti-chew sprays, muzzles, and harnesses, but are not included in our necessary expenses. Take that into consideration when planning costs.

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Training a Chihuahua

According to dog trainer and animal behaviorist, Alexa Diaz, Ph.D., professional training is recommended for a Chihuahua. Private lessons will help with positive leadership, potty and crate training. Additionally, group classes for basic obedience and socialization purposes should also be considered. You will be looking at anywhere between $750-$1,000 for 5-7 private lessons and $150-$200 for 5 group lessons, depending on your locality.

Training CostRangeAverage Cost
Chihuahua$900 – $1,200$1,050

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“Chihuahuas are very smart and learn easily. They bond with one person more than a family. Chihuahuas are instinctively shy and fearful, therefore needing lots of training and socialization to help them relax in the world of giants (humans). They love to snuggle under the covers with their owner.”

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Medical costs for a Chihuahua

Leslie Brooks, DVM, a licensed veterinarian estimates the medical costs to fall between $385 and $795 for the first year with a Chihuahua puppy and $280 to $645 every year after that. These costs are based on her experience and may obviously vary depending on many factors such as location, the clinic taking care of the dog and the dog’s health itself.

A one-time $50-$300 expense must be planned for spaying/neutering a Chihuahua if the owner decides to go down that road. Most clinics would charge $100-$300 for the procedure but it is possible to find low cost alternatives that will run you as low as $50. In general spaying (female) is more expensive than neutering (male).

Medical CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year Vet Cost$385 – $795$590
Spay/Neuter (optional)$50 – $300$175
Adult Year Vet Cost$280 – $645$465

Vet cost for a Chihuahua puppy (first year)

Through the first year, Dr Brooks suggests making at least three trips to the vet, with the first one scheduled at roughly 8 weeks of age. Each trip will cost you anywhere between $65 and $170 and they will cover exams, essential vaccines, a fecal examination as well as the first three doses of heartworm and flea prevention.

Besides, she advises owners to pursue heartworm and flea prevention, each accounting for $50-$105 and $70-$105 for the rest of the year. Heartworm prevention helps prevent the development of heartworm disease which is problematic in the US especially in the Southeast part of the country.

Moreover, the Chihuahua may require vaccines that depend on its owner’s lifestyle and activities:

  • Leptospirosis ($15-$25) for dogs exposed to wildlife, standing water, or taken on camping/hiking trips often.
  • Lyme ($60-$80 including a booster shot) if the dog is exposed to ticks often.
  • Influenza ($70-$90 including a booster shot) mostly if the daycare or kennels the dog is visiting require it due to intermittent influenza outbreaks.

If spaying (female) or neutering (male) is considered, the owner should expect a $100 to $300 bill in most clinics, depending on the area. It is also possible to find low-cost options as low as $50-$100 in some places. Note that, generally, spays tend to be slightly more expensive.

Medical expenses for the subsequent years

For an adult Chihuahua, one trip per year is recommended by licensed veterinarians like Dr Brooks. The yearly visit price should range around $125-$265 and includes a general examination, necessary vaccines, heartworm test and, for older dogs, some blood work to detect any potential hidden issues. Recommended heartworm and flea prevention will run about $55-$70 and $100-$150 for every adult year, respectively.

Optional booster shots for the lifestyle vaccines (Lyme, Leptospirosis, and Influenza), could also prove to be necessary and cost $15-$45 each. In some cases, Leslie Brooks, DVM, also does a fecal examination ($40-$50), especially if the Chihuahua shows an inconsistent stool quality.

Chihuahua potential health issues

Chihuahuas can be prone to certain diseases or medical conditions like the ones listed by Leslie Brooks below.

Health ProblemLikelihoodTreatment Cost Estimate
HydrocephalusMedium$1,000 – $8,000
Patellar LuxationHigh$300 – $2,000
Collapsing TracheaHigh$250 – $4,500
Dental DiseaseHigh$400 – $800
Mitral Valve Disease of the HeartHigh$300 – $800

Hydrocephalus: $1,000 – $2,000 for diagnostics and treatment with medications alone and $1,500 – $8,000 for diagnostics and surgery if medications alone are not sufficient.

Patellar luxation: the low end of the cost estimate covers pain management as needed and joint supplements, while the high end of the range is if surgery is needed. Not all dogs need surgery (only if it is causing them a lot of pain and if they cannot get their knee back in place on their own).

Collapsing trachea: a Chihuahua owner can expect to pay $250-$450 for diagnostic x-rays and medications to control symptoms. If the condition is severe enough, surgery might be needed and could cost $3,000 to $4,500. However, surgery is usually not recommended due to many severe complications post-surgery.

Dental disease: this is the cost estimate for the dental procedures to clean the teeth and remove any infected teeth if needed. It will likely need to be done two to four times throughout a Chihuahua’s life.

Mitral valve disease of the heart: the high end of the range is if an echocardiogram needs to be done on top of x-rays and lifelong medications expenses.

“Chihuahuas are fairly healthy dogs with minimal health concerns but will need dental procedures regularly throughout their life that should be budgeted for, or they may develop painful tooth root abscesses.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

Dog insurance cost

The latest North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s State of the Industry report puts the average price of accident and illness coverage plans at $565. For accident only plans, the average yearly cost is $190. Insurance can come in handy as it is impossible to predict some medical expenses. Check with pet insurance companies to get a quote and know more about coverage.

It is also possible to get complete health coverage with some insurance companies but it gets much more expensive, except for Eusoh (see below).

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As mentioned, some medical conditions can be expensive to treat. Although purebred dogs may have a higher incidence of some inherited disorders, mixed breed dogs are also likely to develop health conditions, such as cancer and heart disorders. No dog owner should have to make critical decisions about their pets based on their ability to afford care. That’s why pet insurance is more popular every year in the US.

When comparing pet insurances, price is a significant factor, but it is also essential to consider:
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Reimbursements percentage and limits
Services included (emergency visits, hospitalization, surgery, medications, specialists, cancer treatments, pre-existing conditions, etc.)
When coverage will start

The price will vary depending on multiple factors, including the dog’s breed, age, location, and the plan chosen. You can compare pet insurance prices on comparison websites like PetInsuranceReview.

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For complete health coverage at a low cost, Eusoh is the best option. On average, members save around 50% when compared to traditional pet insurance. I love the idea of not having to worry about being able to afford medical care for my furry companion. Dogs are family, after all!

– There is no premium, so you don’t overpay for care in your monthly contributions. Any unused contributions are rolled over entirely as a credit.
– You can easily know in advance what will be reimbursed and by how much (usually 80%), and you can submit expenses easily from your smartphone.
– You can choose the veterinarian or healthcare provider you want and are covered for a wider range of services.
– You can get advice from other Eusoh members.

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The cost to feed a Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are very small dogs, averaging 5 lb. on the scale (usually 3 to 6 lb.). As a result, your food-related expenses are not likely to be high. A Chihuahua eats around 50 lb. of dry food every year, putting your expenditure in the $50-$90 range for the first one and $25-$90 for every adult year. These figures are based on the prices of four popular brands available in most stores (see details below).

Yearly Food CostRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$50 – $90$70
Adult Dog$25 – $90$55

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Treats CostRangeAverage Cost
Yearly Treats$40 – $240$150

This cost estimation for treats is based on the premise that the dog gets one big treat every day. If you give your dog a treat every other day, you can divide these amounts by two. If it is once a week, divide them by seven, and so on. Enter the relevant information in the calculator at the end of the article to get your personalized cost estimate.

With food and treats, you must be ready to pay much more if you opt for premium grade products compared to regular ones.

Four dog food brands compared

A Chihuahua puppy will need to eat about 50 lb. of dry food during the first year.

Puppy Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Puppy Chow36 lb.2$27.78 (Walmart)$55.56
Purina One – Smart Blend Puppy16.5 lb.4$21.98 (Walmart)$87.92
Pedigree – Puppy36 lb.2$25.83 (Walmart)$51.66
Blue Buffalo – Puppy30 lb.2$44.08 (Amazon)$88.16

Every year after that, the owner will still feed his dog close to 50 lb. of food.

Adult Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Dog Chow50 lb.1$22.98 (Walmart)$22.98
Purina One – Smart Blend40 lb.2$40.36 (Walmart)$80.72
Pedigree – Adult50 lb.1$25.83 (Walmart)$25.83
Blue Buffalo – Adult30 lb.2$44.98 (Amazon)$89.96

Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable food for your dog. Also, buy in bulk when possible to save money.

Example for a more expensive premium brand

Royal Canin – Size Health NutritionQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Small Puppy13 lb.4$44.99 (PetSmart)$179.96
Small Adult14 lb.4$41.99 (PetSmart)$167.96

This illustrates the price difference between budget-friendly and premium dog food.

Grooming cost for a Chihuahua

According to Corryne Smith, certified groomer, professional grooming for a Chihuahua should cost around $35 to $55 per visit. She would recommend 3 to 6 visits per year depending on your dog.

Yearly Grooming CostRangeAverage Cost
Chihuahua$105 – $330$220

Usually dog grooming services include a bath and shampoo, hair removal (if needed), brushing and styling, nail trimming, teeth brushing and eye and ear cleaning. Several variables affect the amount of grooming time, such as dog’s size, coat condition, health and age, behavior and the services requested.

If you have the skills and knowledge and would like to handle the grooming yourself, an all-inclusive grooming kit costs between $25 and $290 and averages around $75 at Walmart, PetSmart, or on Amazon.

Additional costs to consider

Additional CostsRangeAverage Cost
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
Dog Walking (per walk) $15 – $25 $20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

License

On average, the cost of a license in the U.S.A ranges between $10 and $20. The cost of a license could be slightly higher if your dog is not spayed or neutered. In many states and territories, it is against the law to have an unlicensed dog, so we highly recommend getting your Chihuahua licensed as early as possible. In the unfortunate event that your dog is lost in the future, a license will also make locating it that much easier.

Microchip

Microchips play a crucial role in the identification of your dog. Many states require pets to be microchipped, making it a necessity depending on where you live. This can run you $25-$50 on average.

Dog walking

Chihuahuas need a moderate amount of exercise. If you cannot walk your dog during the day, Tamaria Reddick, a well-reputed dog walker and dog sitter, would recommend hiring a dog walker for a daily 30-minute walk. On average, these are affordable. A 30-minute walk usually costs between $15 and $25 ($20 to $50 for 1 hour) depending on your location.

But you must be aware that those costs add up very quickly if you need a dog walker five days a week all year long. To find a dog walker in your area and validate the price, you can use apps like Rover or Wag. If the dog is not properly socialized, it might need private walks which are more expensive.

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Traveling

If you are traveling for an extended period, you will also need to consider the price of pet-services, such as dog boarding. Prices vary depending on location, the time of the year and the level of service but you can reasonably expect to pay somewhere between $25 to $85 per day of dog boarding.

During particularly busy times, such as the holiday season, we recommend booking such services in advance, as you are likely to get better rates, while also guaranteeing a safe and secure place for your dog to stay. The most affordable and sensible option, however, is to see if any family and/or friends might be comfortable with hosting your dog, as this drastically cuts your costs.

Apart from these types of services, taking your dog with you is also an option. These days, many airlines and train companies can make provisions for dogs provided you submit a request ahead of time. The cost varies drastically and can only be assessed on a case-by-case basis, as it depends on several variables such as location, destination, mode of transport, etc.

Yearly and monthly cost for a Chihuahua

The cost of a puppy during the first year

Using the metrics and explanations detailed above, the cost of raising a Chihuahua puppy for the first year falls within the $2,040 to $5,795 range, with an average cost of $3,280. Most of this amount will have to be spent before or shortly after welcoming the pup.

First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$375 – $2,420$800
Supplies$150 – $650$345
Training$900 – $1,200$1,050
Medical$385 – $795$590
Food & Treats$90 – $330$220
Grooming$105 – $330$220
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
First Year Total$2,040 – $5,795$3,280

The owner’s situation and preferences might require him to pay some of the optional expenses listed below.

Optional First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Spay/Neuter$50 – $300$175
Insurance$350 – $780$565
Dog Walking (30 minutes per day)$15 – $25$20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

To illustrate this, the average cost of $3,280 will rise to $8,500 if the dog is spayed/neutered, enrolled in an insurance plan, professionally walked five days a week for forty-two weeks and boarded for seven days during the year.

Potential First Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$2,440 – $6,875$4,020
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$5,765 – $12,720$8,500

Yearly and monthly cost of a Chihuahua for the following years

As welcoming a new pet entails initial costs that do not have to be renewed, expenses go drastically down for the following years. In fact, the yearly budget falls between $515 and $1,585 for all the essentials ($43-$132 monthly).

Adult Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Supplies$55 – $260$140
Medical$280 – $645$465
Food & Treats$65 – $330$205
Grooming$105 – $330$220
License$10 – $20$15
Adult Year Total$515- $1,585$1,045
Estimated Monthly Cost$43 – $132$87

This time, the average cost of $1,045 will rise to $6,890 if the owner adds insurance, dog walking services (five days a week for fifty weeks) and dog boarding for seven days during the year. It is a major difference as your monthly budget for the pet would be $574 instead of $87.

Potential Adult Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Insurance$865 – $2,365$1,610
With Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$4,790 – $9,210$6,890

Chihuahua total cost of ownership

Chihuahuas like other small breeds tend to have a longer lifespan. They will bring happiness to their families for 15 years on average (usually 14 to 16 years) and the total cost of raising them can be placed in the $9,250 to $27,985 range ($17,910 on average).

Total Cost of Ownership (15 years)RangeAverage Cost
Chihuahua$9,250 – $27,985$17,910

Once again, these amounts can change drastically depending on additional expenses incurred by the owner. Using the scenarios detailed previously we have calculated the total cost of owning a Chihuahua in the table below.

Potential Total Cost of Ownership (15 years)RangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$14,550 – $39,985$26,560
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$72,825 – $141,660$104,960

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The cost of a Chihuahua – A summary in 7 questions

1- How much is a Chihuahua puppy?

On average a Chihuahua puppy will cost $800 in the USA. Most puppies can be found between $375 and $2,420. The price will vary depending on the breeder and location as well as the dog’s bloodline, color, and age among other things.

2 – How much are dog supplies?

A new owner can expect an initial investment between $150 and $650 in supplies when welcoming a small dog. Every year, the cost to renew some of them should be between $55 and $260. Prices vary depending on location, stores, brands, and products quality.

3 – Does a Chihuahua need training and how much will it cost?

Having a Chihuahua professionally trained is usually recommended (both private and group training) and should cost around $1,000 to $1,200. For this breed, training should mainly focus on basic obedience, socialization, potty training, crate training, and positive leadership.

4 – What is the cost of preventive medical care for a Chihuahua?

Preventive medical care should amount to around $385 to $795 for a Chihuahua puppy during the first year and around $280 to $645 every adult year. This does not include a spay or neuter procedure (usually between $100 and $300).

5 – How much food does a Chihuahua eat and how much will it cost?

A Chihuahua will eat around 50 lb. of dry food yearly (it varies for each dog and food brand). Annual expenses should be between $50 and $180 for a puppy and $25 to $170 for an adult dog. Other types of food and treats would increase the costs.

6 – How often should a Chihuahua be professionally groomed and how much will it cost?

A Chihuahua should be professionally groomed 3 to 6 times every year. Most dog owners will not be able to groom the dog themselves. Each visit to a grooming salon should cost from $35 to $55 for this breed depending on the dog and the services offered.

7 – Are there any other expenses to expect?

In the United States, a dog license usually costs between $10 and $20. The cost could be slightly higher if the dog is not spayed or neutered. Having the dog licensed is mandatory almost everywhere.

A dog microchip costs $25 to $50 on average in the US and is generally implanted during a medical appointment. It is placed under the skin usually between the shoulder blades. Dogs adopted from a shelter or bought from a breeder sometimes already have a microchip.

According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry Report, the average annual price is $566 for accident and illness coverage plans or $190 for accident only plans.

Dog walkers usually charge $15 to $25 for 30 minutes group walks and $20 to $50 for 1-hour long ones. Prices vary mainly depending on location. Private walks are more expensive.

A dog owner should budget $25 to $85 per day for dog boarding services. Prices vary depending on location, time of the year, and the level of service among other things.

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To help you out, this guide contains all the primary expenses that are necessary to ensure your future dog’s well-being. Make sure to take these considerations seriously before adopting or purchasing a Chihuahua, as they are imperative to your dog leading a healthy, happy, and comfortable life in your home. Moreover, the dog should not be a financial burden on you or your family, so make sure to carefully read through each section to better understand the expenses that come with owning a Chihuahua. Figures provided in this article are for informational purposes only. A dog owner should always find the actual costs applicable to his own situation before making any decision.

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Johann Chapuis has assembled a fantastic team of licensed veterinarians, animal behaviorists, dog trainers, groomers, and walkers to write every article and offer the most accurate content on petbudget.com. Being a pet lover and owner himself, Johann is sharing his experiences and his financial aptitude cultivated during his MBA with a specialization in finance and the numerous years he spent working as a business manager and entrepreneur.

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