|Category||Up to 50 lbs|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
Chihuahuas are very small dogs, and are the smallest breed recognized by some kennel clubs. There are two main varieties recognized by kennel clubs, the short-haired and the long-haired.
The Chihuahua’s history is puzzling and there are many theories surrounding the origin of the breed. Both folklore and archaeological finds show that the breed originated in Mexico. The most common and most likely theory is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico.
The temperament of its human guardian can make a difference in the temperament of the pup. Tempered Chihuahuas can be easily provoked to attack, and are therefore generally unsuitable for homes with small children. The breed tends to be fiercely loyal to one particular guardian and in some cases may become over protective of the person, especially around other people or animals. If properly managed by older children, 13 and up, they can adapt to this kind of living with a dedicated guardian. They do not always get along with other breeds, and tend to have a "clannish" nature, often preferring the companionship of other Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes over other dogs. These traits generally make them unsuitable for households with children who are not patient and calm. Chihuahuas love their dens and will often burrow themselves in pillows, clothes hampers, and blankets. They are often found under the covers or at the bottom of the bed, deep in the dark and safety of what they perceive as their den.
Chihuahuas are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and can make wonderful companions. However, they can also be quite challenging to care for. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of owning a Chihuahua. First, it is important to remember that Chihuahuas are very small and fragile, so they need to be handled with care. They should not be left alone for long periods of time and should be supervised when interacting with children or other animals. Secondly, Chihuahuas need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Take them for regular walks and provide them with interactive toys to play with. This will help keep them healthy and happy. Thirdly, Chihuahuas can be prone to certain health issues, so make sure to take them for regular check-ups with your veterinarian. It is also important to feed them a balanced diet and provide them with plenty of fresh water. Finally, it is important to remember that Chihuahuas are loyal and loving companions. They will be devoted to you and will love spending time with you. With proper care and attention, they can make wonderful additions to any family.