The Chihuahua is a toy dog that hails from the county of Mexico and is best suited as a companion type of dog. It has a life span of 12 - 15 years and comes in Fawn, white, blond, black-and-tan, patched, as well as other colours. Its Eyes and nose are dark in dark-coloured dogs, lighter in light-coloured dogs.
Chihuahuas have longer hair on the ears, chest, stomach, legs, and tail. Their Tail stands erect; the ears prick up, but the tips may droop slightly. If two dogs are equally good in type the more diminutive preferred. Being as they are a small breed of dog they only tend to weigh as much as small child 2.7 kg (6 lbs) being at the larger end of the scale and 1-1.8 kg (2-4 lbs) is preferred especially when it comes to shows.
It’s recommended that they have 3 periods of exercise a day totalling 45 minutes per day.
The Chihuahua has a moderate energy level. He is a graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with a saucy expression they tend to be curious, lively, and highly bonded to owner. This breed is one that Loves to snuggle, they can sometimes be very noisy and can occasionally be hard to house train, this is why they must be house-trained at an early age. Theirs is a breed that does not tend to fair well in colder climates and so must be protected from the cold. They do however make an excellent watchdog that gets along fine with all children, although they might snap if teased or startled.
Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot on the top of their heads that doesn't always close. Because of this, a bump on the head could kill a Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and was named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. 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. Adored for his small size, the Chihuahua is a bright eyed, dainty dog that is perfect for apartment living. Most breeders recommend adopting a Chihuahua puppy between the ages of 4 - 12 months as he will be more mature and agile and not so apt for injury.
There is an argument that exists about the true origins of the Chihuahua. Discovered in Mexico around the early 1900’s, the true origins of his ancestors is still a mystery. Some say it evolved in Egypt and found its way to the Mediterranean countries. Here it was taken to Mexico during the Spanish conquest of 1591. Other theories say that four breeds of dog, one resembling the Chihuahua, were domesticated in Mexico long before the conquest. Aztecs sculptures depict a little animal with large ears that was though to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua. The breed's forerunners were brought into the US before the turn of the century and crossed with terriers such as the Black and Tan Toy to produce the modern Smooth Coat.