Chihuahua, the smallest dog in the world, in addition to his popularity for his adorable and diminutive size, you should know that he has a great personality.
Chihuahuas, like other dogs breeds, do not have an official version of their history. However, the most accurate version is that, this adorable breed, is native to Mexico, specifically of the state of Chihuahua.
It is usually affirmed that the Chihuahuas are descendants of the “Techichi” a dog that was a companion to the Toltec civilization (Pre-Columbian Culture of Mesoamerica).
There are records and sculptures dating from the 9th century C.E. that represent the Techichi, and in them you can see the shape of his elongated body, round head and erect ears; characteristics very similar to those of the Chihuahuas of nowadays.
Because the Techichi was a dog a bit larger than the current Chihuahua, it is hypothesized that when the Spanish conquers arrived in Mexico, merchants brought small hairless dogs from China and raised them with the techichi .
The Chihuahua we know today, was discovered in the 1850s…But the breed was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1904.
The little dog becames popular in the 1960s, when in the United States began massive urbanization, since his level was ideal for living in the city.
- Types of Chihuahua :
While there is still only one official Chihuahua breed, there are some variations that allow us to classify them. In general, a Chihuahua weighs 3 to 6 pounds and measures between 6 to 9 inches, but his size and weight may vary according to the types…
Types according to the shape of the head:
- Apple head: Their skull are wider than the jaw, their forehead rises abruptly from the nose and have a slit in the middle of the top of the head; like an apple. Also, they have wide eyes, and their bodies may be smaller than those of deer head.
- Deer head: They have a sloping forehead and a smaller and larger head than the apple head. They tend to be taller and thinner, like a delicate deer. Their nose are also longer.
Types according to the coat style:
- Short hair: If you find the dog hair care tedious, this type is for you. This type of Chihuahuas have short and smooth hair. They come in varieties with deer-headed and apple-headed. There are in different colors.
- Long hair: They are distinguished by their elegant appearance due to their long and soft hair. They need a lot of grooming and brushing. They also comes in both deer-headed and apple-headed varieties.
- Chihuahua Personality
Do not be fooled by his tiny and adorable size, Chihuahuas are always alert and suspicious of strangers; this is something that makes them good watchdogs. They are very brave dogs, and are willing to face any dog, regardless of size, to protect their territory and their family.
However, some may also be shy and nervous; so they need to be socialized from an early age, like any other breed.
Chihuahua personality is also very affectionate.(They like to kiss)
It can be said that they are quite possessive dogs when they form an affective bond. They can become very jealous and have bad behavior if they are not properly educated.
These dogs are accustomed to any type of space, small apartments or large houses with gardens. They are also very playful and full of energy. They need, walks and physical activity.
Chihuahuas are not recommended for families with young children. Due to the diminutive size, Chihuahuas are fragile, and sometimes children have rough games with dogs. If a Chihuahua feels that he is being mistreated, he will not hesitate to defend himself.
Finally, the Chihuahua is a wonderful dog like any other dog breed, but each dog needs to be educated and trained, regardless of their personality…
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