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Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Origins

There are many theories about the origin of the Chihuahua. It’s now pretty well accepted that they are from Mexico, but that’s where the similarities between theories stops. The most accepted version is that the Chihuahua is descended from a dog breed that was favored by the Toltec civilization. The Chihuahua is the smallest breed recognized by most kennel clubs. They weigh between four to six pounds. There are two varieties: short and long coated.

Temperament

The Chihuahua is a loyal little dog. But they are known for being feisty and prolific biters. There are genetic lines of Chihuahuas that are more social and friendly and other lines that are more antisocial. Socialization and training can’t overcome genetics in this case. But that doesn’t mean that socialization and training are a lost cause. Even friendly Chihuahuas can turn nasty if not given the right upbringing. Chihuahuas are notoriously difficult to house break, so you will have to be extra consistent and vigilant if you want your Chihuahua to pee outside. Chihuahuas are full of personality for their small size. One famous Chihuahua is the Taco Bell dog, a female Chihuahua named Gidget. Her adorable like mugshot become immediately associated with Taco Bell.

Best lifestyle for this breed

Because of their tiny stature, many people tote these dogs around in their purses and treat them like dolls or toys. This is NOT good for the Chihuahua. They learn no obedience and no boundaries. This can make the dogs crazy! No animal does well with no restrictions. On a more positive note, Chihuahuas are typically quite playful with their families. Chihuahuas love to be warm. They will find any little patch of heat or sunshine and bask in it like a lizard. Due to their small size, Chihuahuas live a very long time. Many Chihuahuas can make it well into their teenage years.