The popularity of Chihuahuas has increased dramatically over the past few years. Both kids and adults are fascinated by the idea of bringing home a puppy of this breed. The Chihuahua is not a new dog breed. Archaeologists have found evidences of these dogs buried with human beings in ancient Mexico and in the United States. In fact, this is one of the oldest dog breeds. These small, cute dogs are favorites of all, especially kids.
- Chihuahuas have an excessively small body, but they look pretty and attractive because of their luminous and sparkling eyes and over-sized ears.
- The small variety are often called 'teacup' Chihuahuas, but the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not register any such type or variety, and so it cannot be considered as a legitimate name.
- These dogs were present in the 9th century A.D. This breed is supposed to have descended from the Fennec fox.
- In the Guinness book of records, Chihuahuas are not considered as the smallest dogs in the world. Yorkshire Terriers are the smallest dogs in the world. However, even the smallest dogs can prove to be dangerous for kids.
- The long-coated and short-coated are the two legitimate varieties of this breed. White, black, fawn, chocolate, brindle, silver, merle, and blue-gray are common coat colors. Some dogs are multicolored, such as black, blue, and chocolate, with tan and white markings.
- Though they are tiny and delicate, they compensate for their size with devotion, spunk, and personality. Their movements are swift and graceful. They are bold, alert, and lively.
- These dogs weigh about 1-6 lbs. Their height is about 5-9 inches. They are so gentle and sweet-tempered that they easily get adapted to the new environment. With proper care, they can live up to 16 years.
- They enjoy the companionship of other Chihuahuas more. There is a soft spot on their skull which is known as 'moleras'. It fills in with age, but you should take utmost care and try to prevent injuries.
- Instead of giving 1-2 big meals, these dogs should be given several small meals. They have a delicate digestive system, so it is better to avoid canned food. It is more likely to cause diarrhea. Dry food, rich in nutrients, can be mixed with some canned food and given.
- Owners need to take proper care of their pets as they are likely to be affected by jawbone disorders, vision problems, heart diseases, and tooth and gum problems.
- Taking them for walks with you can make them happy. They don't require any special exercise as such.
- Their name comes from their place of the origin, Chihuahua in Mexico, where they were discovered in 1850.
- If the body size is taken into consideration, then it is a fact that these dogs have a relatively large brain among all dog breeds.
- The largest known litter of a Chihuahua contained ten puppies.
- These dogs were considered as sacred animals by the Aztec and Toltec tribes of Mexico.
- They have such a short nose that it often makes them wheeze and snore.
- Records show that the first Chihuahua was accepted and registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904.
- They are known for their apple-shaped heads. They have pointed muzzles which add to their beauty.
- Miniature teacup Chihuahuas are enlisted under the 'Toy Dog Group'. These puppies are very expensive and hence are usually owned by rich people.
- The short-coated variety needs occasional brushing. They shed a fair amount of hair.
- Training these dogs can be a job of excessive patience. They learn new commands very slowly.
- These are excellent apartment dogs. Without thinking about their own size, they can unwisely and happily take on a dog twenty times their size. So owners need to beware.
Chihuahuas are small, pretty dogs who are loyal and intelligent, but may nip at a child who irritates them. They can be snappy when teased. So they should be kept away from small children.