The world’s smallest breed has a huge personality! Very loyal and loving, Chihuahuas love nothing more than snuggling up under a blanket with their owners. They make great burglar alarms with their alert temperament and are happiest when in the company of other Chihuahuas. These little darlings originate from the Mexican state of Chihuahua and became fashionable in the late 19th Century. From there they have become much loved worldwide, especially among those who want a companion dog to take with them everywhere. Chihuahuas can be long or short coated and have either an ‘apple dome’ or ‘deer shaped’ head. The Chihuahua tends to bond closely with one or two people, with whom they will be curious, lively and intelligent, as well as deeply and constantly affectionate. The Chihuahua is a good companion dog, courageous, extremely lively, proud and enterprising, it gives and demands affection. Bold and saucy, it moves swiftly to avoid being stepped on. Chihuahuas are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy. Chihuahuas generally recognise their own breed, but sometimes disapprove of other breeds. They are very intelligent although a bit stubborn, and are trainable with patience, persistence and practice. They can be feisty dogs and need a lot of training as a puppy so they don’t end up as a snappy yappy adult, but be prepared to accept them as they are. Chihuahuas can also be difficult to housebreak and will require a lot of patience and persistence, but it’s worth it as they really are amazing little creatures!
Read about the history of the Chihuahua – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club, who have separate classifications for Long and Short Coated Chihuahuas but they can share a profile here because their only difference is hair length. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Toy|
|Country of Origin||Mexico|
|Temperament||Lively, intelligent, loving|
|Exercise Needed||Up to 30 minutes a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Small|
|Weight||1.8 – 2.7 kg / 4 – 6 lb|
|Grooming||Once a week|
|Coat||Long or Short Coat|
|Colour||Various – see photos for examples|
|Life Span||14 to 18 years|
- The ancestor of the Chihuahua we know today is almost certainly the Techichi. It was a small South American dog that was bred by the Toltec civilisation for hunting purposes and companionship.
- In 2010, a six-pound long-coat Chihuahua named Momo became an official police dog for the Nara Police Department in Japan. Momo’s small size allows her to crawl through tight spaces and dense rubble during search-and-rescue missions.
- Relative to their bodies, Chihuahuas have the biggest brain in the dog world.
- One study found that the tiny pups are one of the most aggressive breeds toward humans and dogs outside their own breed. They tend to have what’s called Small Dog Syndrome. Basically, they try to be as intimidating as possible to make up for their small size.
- In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Mexico, it wasn’t uncommon for the groom to give his bride a bouquet of flowers with a Chihuahua inside.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Chihuahuas. Most kennel clubs have Long Coated and Short Coated Chihuahuas in separate groups, the links below is for either one and you can find the other easily on these sites.
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LONG COATED CHIHUAHUAS
SHORT COATED CHIHUAHUAS
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WEBSITES ABOUT CHIHUAHUAS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Chihuahua breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
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