About The Chihuahua
Recently, Chihuahuas have boomed in popularity and while it's great that so many families are adopting Chihuahuas into their homes, many people still don't really know much about the Chihuahua. They think that they are just like any other dog and treat them as such. The fact is, though, Chihuahuas are unique and need special attention in order for them to stay happy and healthy. Here you can learn all about the Chihuahua, their characteristics, and what's needed for raising one.
Background of The Chihuahua
Chihuahuas get their name from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico where some of the earliest specimens of the breed were found around the year 1850. Before that, not much is known about the history of the Chihuahua. Some believe that Chihuahuas descended from the Techichi breed, while other historians believe they came from an island called Malta in the Mediterranean.
Ever since their discovery in the Mexican state, the Chihuahuas popularity remains on the rise. In recent years, they have been in the spotlight from being featured in commercials, such as the Taco Bell dog, and movies, such as "Legally Blonde". Today, they are one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.
If you've ever owned a Chihuahua, then you probably know why they are known for their feisty personalities. This isn't to say that they are more aggressive than other breeds, though. Chihuahuas may lash out if provoked and are oftentimes overly protective of their owners. To help avoid this trait, start socializing your Chihuahua when they are still a puppy by taking them around other people and pets. Just be sure to keep a close eye on them to prevent any aggression.
As feisty as Chihuahuas are, they are just as sweet and loving. Chihuahuas crave attention and petting from their owner and you'll find they will often choose to lay in your lap or next to you over playing with their favorite toys. So, if you're looking for a loyal lap dog, this breed might be the choice for you.
Since Chihuahuas are fragile, they are not a recommended choice for homes with small children. Even if your Chihuahua is well-behaved, a child may pull or tug your on their tail and cause them to lash out in retaliation. If you do have small children, don't leave them unsupervised with your Chihuahua until they are both accustomed to each other.
Different Types of Chihuahuas
There are often a lot of names such as toy, or teacup spoken when referring to Chihuahuas. These terms are simply used by breeders in trying to make their Chihuahuas sound more valuable to the buyer, and as such have become unofficial breeds. The AKC (American Kennel Club) only recognizes two different types of the Chihuahua; the long coat and short coat. Long coat Chihuahuas are smooth, require minimal grooming, and actually shed less hair than the short coat Chihuahuas.
Facts About The Chihuahua
- There are only two types of Chihuahuas recognized by the AKC, the long coat and short coat.
- Chihuahuas vary in weight, ranging from 2 to 6 pounds.
- The Chihuahua gets its name from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico where it originates from.
- The average height range of Chihuahuas is between 6 and 9 inches.
- Chihuahuas can live up to 15 years or longer.
- Chihuahuas are a playful breed. If you get one, be sure to have plenty of toys for them to enjoy!
- Because of their keen hearing and awareness, Chihuahuas make excellent watchdogs.
- You can find Chihuahuas of all colors of the spectrum.
- Chihuahuas need minimal grooming and only need brushing on occasion.
- It's fairly common to find them sleeping in sheets and laundry. Chihuahuas are burrowers and love to dig their way into the comfort of soft bedding.
Chihuahuas are definitely a one of a kind breed of dog. They are loving, energetic, loyal, and all around fun dogs. They are also the smallest dog breed in the world, but if you've ever owned one, you know they don't act like it. They are brave, loud, stand their ground, and may snap at animals larger in size when provoked. If you're considering owning one, make sure you have the time and energy to care for them, and the ability to give them everything they need.