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What Is the Best Puppy Food for a Chihuahua

By November 27, 2012 | See Comments

What Is the Best Puppy Food for a Chihuahua

It is important to feed Chihuahua puppies a high-quality dry dog food that is specifically formulated for small-breed puppies. Chihuahua puppies should eat often, so it's necessary to keep the food within their reach.

Chihuahuas are not necessarily picky eaters, and your puppy may be willing to swallow just about anything. This can create serious health problems, since puppies that don’t get the right balance of nutrients may not grow up to be healthy dogs. Malnourished Chihuahuas can develop skin problems and, puppies who miss a meal can even be at risk of death. To avoid an upset stomach, find out what the Chihuahua puppy has been eating at the breeder’s and have the same food ready before you bring the puppy home. If you want to change the puppy’s diet, do so gradually to avoid the digestive problems that often accompany a sudden change of food.


According to the Chihuahua Club of America, Chihuahua puppies do best when you feed them a high-quality dry dog food that is formulated specifically for small-breed puppies. Since Chihuahua puppies are prone to hypoglycemia due to their small size, owners should leave the food where it is available to the puppies at all times. Frequent, small meals help to keep Chihuahua puppies healthy, and by keeping the food within the puppies’ reach they can snack whenever they want. Chihuahua breeders such as Steve and Lindy Nearman of Happy Trail Chihuahuas, who have been raising dogs since 1982, suggest that you feed Chihuahua puppies four times a day until they are three months old, then decrease to three times a day until they reach six months, after which you can cut back to feeding them twice a day. Make sure the kibble you use consists of tiny pieces so your Chihuahua puppy can’t choke on it.

Custom Diet

The Chihuahua Club of America does not recommend that you feed Chihuahua puppies a combination of natural foods to create a custom diet for the pups. Such diets can be a great deal of trouble, but if this is what you feel is the best way to feed a pup, make certain the diet includes all of the necessary nutrients. Custom diets use either dry kibble or frozen natural foods as the base and then add other ingredients such as goat’s milk, baby cereal and single-meat baby food. Never feed table scraps to your Chihuahua, and go easy on the dairy foods, as these can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Discuss homemade food with your veterinarian for suggestions for nutritional ingredients.

Crisis Feeding

Watch Chihuahua puppies who are not eating properly for signs of hypoglycemia. Some of the symptoms of this deadly condition are listlessness, weakness, coordination problems, feeling cold to the touch or grey-looking gums, skin or ears. Keep Chihuahua puppies suspected of having hypoglycemia warm and immediately administer a concentrated nutrient paste, a small amount of clear corn syrup or a bit of sugar. Look for signs of improvement, and call your veterinarian right away if the puppy doesn’t get better quickly.


The Chihuahua Club of America advises that table scraps and canned foods can also cause problems for Chihuahuas, including digestive upset and diarrhea, and shouldn’t be fed to them. Some specific foods to avoid because they are toxic to dogs include chocolate, raisins, onions, mushrooms, coffee and tea. Since Chihuahuas are so small, even a tiny amount of these, or other, toxic foods can result in death. Water is essential for puppies, and your Chihuahua should have fresh, clean water available at all times. Without it, tiny puppies can quickly become dehydrated. If your Chihuahua puppy seems ill, dehydrated or has eaten something that is potentially harmful, call your veterinarian immediately.

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References & Resources

The Chihuahua Club of America: Chihuahua Puppy Care
Chihuahua Puppies Guide: What To Feed Your Chihuahua Puppy


Is it okay to feed a chihuahua with a mixture of can food and dry food(ground), with a little bit of water. I stated doing this because my dog stated coughing on winter. I went to the vet and my dog its okay now. But i keep feeding her with dry food(ground) with water. Is this fine or should I stop. Thank you.




My chihuahua was doing the same but the bad thing was she wasn't eating drinking or using the bathroom so we took her to the vet and they said she might have parvovirus and the test was like 500 dollars so we waited a couple of days and found out my cousin gave her a porkchop bone


It does sound like your puppy is ill, but any number of things could be causing this problem. The best course of action is to take him to your veterinarian, who will be able to examine him, get more information about his condition, and run tests to determine what's wrong and how to treat it. Good luck! I hope he's feeling better soon.


My chihuahua puppy has not eaten in a few days not playful like he use to be what can be the problem

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