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Description: The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and was
named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas are graceful, alert,
swift-moving little dogs with a saucy expression. There are two distinct breed
types, one with a long coat of soft texture, the other with a short coat. Identical
otherwise, both can be whelped in the same litter. They have round apple-heads,
large protruding eyes and a short, stout muzzle. Their bodies are slightly longer
than they are tall, and ears are large and flaring. Although their bodies are fairly
evenly-muscled, their bones are prone to injury due to their fragility. In the past
they may have been considered rodents by their ancestral owners, who may have
raised them for food! Now adored for their small size, the Chihuahua is a bright
eyed, dainty dog who is perfect for apartment living. They do better with indoor
living than outdoor living. Puppies are so small they can fit in your hand easily.
Most breeders recommend adopting a Chihuahua puppy between the ages of 4 -
12 months as they will be more mature and agile and not so apt for injury.

Type: Companion Dog

Height: 6 - 9 inches.
Weight: 1 - 6 lbs.

Colors: Any color or mixture is allowed. The coat can be solid, marked, or
splashed in any color combination. The more common colors are red, sable, fawn,
black and tan, tricolor, and brindle.
Coat: Long coat: Long, soft to touch, slight waviness is permissible. They have a
lot of fringe and often have an undercoat. They have a large fringe on the neck
and feathering on the tail, feet and legs. Short coat: Short, glossy, dense, and
soft to touch. Both versions may come from the same whelp, although the
interbreeding of the two is not allowed anymore.

Temperament: Chihuahuas are bold or shy, playful and very alert. They love to
alert their owners to whatever is going on, and some tend to bark. Some breeds
are afraid when the wind blows, while others will challenge dogs many times the
size of themselves. They tend to be quite devoted to one person. They are
sometimes reserved with strangers and a favorite among the elderly. They are
graceful, humorous, and a good watchdog. Although playful, Chihuahuas are not
to be messed around with. They can be aggressive towards other dogs and wary
of strangers. On top of that, they are quite fragile and do not tend to realize it
when picking a fight.
With Children: Yes, If children are gentle. Chihuahuas should be socialized early
on to avoid any aggressiveness, which usually results in the Chihuahua itself
getting hurt due to their easy breakability.
With Pets: Yes, lives happily with others as long as it is socialized early on. Some
Chihuahuas can become hostile towards other animals if they are not introduced
early on. They tend to be one-owner animals, but can be fine with other pets as
long as they are socialized.
Special Skills: Family pet.

Watch-dog: Very High. They are very alert and some love to bark.

Guard-dog: Very Low. Bold as they are, a Chihuahua has no chance against
another dog or person.

Care and Training: Short haired Chihuahua should be brushed gently or wiped
with a damp cloth. The long haired Chihuahua should be brushed daily with a soft
bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears regularly and keep nails
trimmed. Chihuahuas should be socialized early so that they will get along with
other dogs and pets. Minimal exercise is required for both varieties of

Learning Rate: High. Chihuahuas are very intelligent.

Activity: Low - Moderate. Some Chihuahuas will play and jog with their owners,
while others are just too small to do a lot of exercise. They are the ultimate lap

Special Needs: Socialization, supervision with children and other animals.

Living Environment: Must live indoors due to their fragile bodies, but they enjoy
outdoor activity.

Health Issues: Collapsing trachea. heart problems, hydrocephallic, and patellar
luxation. Other health concerns include eye problems and hypoglycemia.
Chihuahuas are very fragile dogs whose bones can break easily.

Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Litter Size: 1 - 4 puppies.

Country of Origin: Mexico
History: Discovered by Americans in Mexico around the mid-nineteenth century,
around 1850, the true origins of the Chihuahua's ancestors still remain a mystery.
Several theories seem to indicate that Spanish traders may have brought a small
dog from China to Mexico in their explorations, and from there that small dog bred
with the local dogs, possibly the Mexican Hairless Dog or Techichi, a breed kept
by the Aztecs and Toltecs. Others say the breed was mixed with the Chinese
Crested. The Techichi was a breed, in legend, used by the Aztecs and Toltecs as
sacrificial dogs and possibly even as food. Chihuahuas' coats were the
determinate for whether they lived or died, according to myth. The Aztecs are said
to have believed that Chihuahuas born of blue coat were sacred, while those born
of a red coat were sacrificed on funeral pyres. Other theories suggest that
Chihuahuas have been around for thousands of years, having lived with the
Africans, transported to Malta in 600 B.C., and then lived there for centuries. The
likeness of a Chihuahua was recorded in Rome in the Sistine Chapel on a fresco
painting by Botticelli in 1492. Not only did this little dog get around to Europe, but
in 1910 a zoologist uncovered the remains of a tiny dog in Egypt who shares the
same characteristic soft spot, or mollera, on the skull that Chihuahuas currently
have. Therefore, they may have also existed in Egypt some 3,000 years ago. In
the 1850s, a few of these small specimens were brought to America from Mexico,
but remained out of the spotlight until later. The Chihuahua first came to be
known popularly in Mexico City around 1895, and the breed was named after the
city it supposedly came from, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1904 it was registered by the
AKC, and has since gained popularity in the States. Even more popularity came to
rise after certain Taco Bell commercials, using this tiny canine as the icon of their
company, ultimately causing every Chihuahua owner to help their dog learn the
phrase "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!"

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