Chihuahua

Overview

The Chihuahua is stylish, little and streamlined; it is a bit more than it is tall. It’s a saucy expression along with an attentive, terrier-like mindset. It ought to go out in a rapid pace with great reach and drive. Its coat could be smooth, with soft, shiny hair or long, using soft wavy or straight hair and fringed ears.

The saucy Chihuahua has earned its place as a favorite toy dog due to its extreme dedication to one individual. It’s reserved with strangers but great with other family pets and dogs. Some attempt to be more protective, but they’re not too powerful. Some could be very bold; others could be timid. It’s often temperamental. Some bark.

AKC RANKING 10
FAMILY companion, Southern (pariah)
AREA OF ORIGIN Mexico
DATE OF ORIGIN 1500s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION ceremonial
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 6-9 Weight: <6
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 6-9 Weight: <6
OTHER NAME none
The Chihuahua is a lively dog which still can get its exercise running from room to room inside. It loves exploring the lawn or going for short walks on a leash and particularly loves accompanying its proprietor on excursions. The Chihuahua isn’t an outside dog; it calms the cold and attempts warmth out. Coat care for your smooth is minimal. Maintenance of this long coat involves brushing two to three times every week.
  • Energy levelHigh energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessNot very playful
  • Affection levelSomewhat affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsShy
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingEasy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsLow maintenance
  • Cold toleranceLow tolerance
  • Heat toleranceHigh tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: pulmonic stenosis, hydrocephalus, patellar luxation, KCS,
hypoglycemia
• Occasionally seen: none
• Suggested tests: cardiac, knee
• Life span: 14 – 18 years
• Note: A soft spot (molera) in the skull (due to incomplete fontanel closure) is a common
breed trait.
The smallest breed of dog, the Chihuahua has a contentious history. 1 theory maintains that it originated in China and was introduced to the New World by Spanish dealers, in which it was subsequently crossed with small indigenous dogs. Another concept contends that it originated completely from Central and South America, descending in the indigenous Techichi, a tiny mute dog which was occasionally sacrificed in Toltec spiritual rituals. A tiny reddish dog was thought to direct the soul into the underworld, and each Aztec family maintained such a puppy, that had been sacrificed and buried together with almost any deceased relative. To make things worse to the Techichi, the Toltecs and their conquerors, the Aztecs, frequently ate puppies and the Techichi might have occasionally been on the menu. Regardless of what might have been short lifestyles, Techichis seemingly were well-cared for through life from the priests or their own families. Actually, the most probable origin of the Chihuahua is a blend of those theories: The native Techichi was likely crossed with tiny bald Chinese puppies, but again the date when this happened is contentious. The Chinese puppies might have been brought more than when a land bridge spanned the Bering Strait, or else they might have been attracted later by Spanish dealers. After Cortes conquered the Aztecs from the 16th century, the small puppies were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. About 300 decades later, in 1850, three miniature dogs were located in Chihuahua, Mexico. Some were attracted to the United States, however they sparked only moderate focus. Just when Xavier Cugat (“the rhumba king”) appeared in people with a Chihuahua because his constant companion did the strain catch the public’s hearts. It experienced a massive rise in popularity, and it has continued among America’s most well-known breeds.

 

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