Chihuahuas have a huge personality that defies their tiny frame, known to be highly active and intelligent canines.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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About this Breed
The world’s smallest breed – the Chihuahua makes up for its lack of size with a huge personality. The origin of this popular breed is largely unknown. While the Chihuahua we recognize today was first discovered in Mexico in the mid 1800s and taking its name from the Mexican city of Chihuahua, the ancestry of this tiny breed is somewhat of a mystery. The most common theory is the Chihuahua descended from an ancient South American dog called the Techichi, with connections to the Toltec civilization followed by the Aztecs. It is thought the Techichi were seen as mystic and spiritual guides that protected souls on their path to the underworld. Following their colorful history, Chihuahuas made their way to America in the late 19th century. This tiny toy dog was first recognized by the AKC in 1904. The dog’s name was suitably “midget”.
A notable feature of the Chihuahua breed is their tendency to shake when cold, excited or scared, providing many sweater-loving dog owners the opportunity to dress up their mini pooch. This fun loving and active breed is certainly people orientated, and often seeks a lot of attention. 20-30 minutes of exercise should suffice for this dog’s energy requirements. Despite their miniature frame, the Chihuahua is known to be bold and confident. Their protective nature often sees them get aggressive with other dogs, which can cause problems considering they will almost always be out-sized. Their size also makes this affectionate breed often unsuited to small children who may be too rough for them to play with. A healthy Chihuahua can live to around 18 years, so an owner should be prepared to train this energetic breed to ensure they don’t control their lives. Chihuahuas are generally easy to train which is highly recommended. This fun loving dog ranks as the 28th most popular breed.
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