Chihuahua At a Glance
- Itty Bitty
- A Regular Gym-Goer
- One Person Dog
- Natural Beauty/Hip and Happening
- 1930’s-1940’s Film Star Lupe Velez (dogs’ names – Chips and Chops)
- Musician Paula Abdul (dogs’ names – Thumbelina, Tulip, and Tinkerbell)
- And who could forget the famous Taco Bell (A.K.A. Gidget)?
It’s not clear exactly where they originated, but this spunky little breed’s popularity among the Toltec and Aztec tribes is legendary. Indeed, the dog was considered a necessity to certain religious rituals. It seems the little dogs were so well loved that they were sometimes buried with their owners. Archaeologists have uncovered a number of graves containing the remains of both humans and their small companions, who were believed to guide human souls and ward off evil spirits during the journey to the other side.
Widely recognized as the smallest breed, they range from 6 to 9 inches in height and weigh a mere 2 to 6 pounds. They come in a wide array of colors and two coat varieties — smooth or short-haired and long-haired. Prized today for their adaptability, they’re a cinch when you travel — just tuck your friend in your pocket and go!
Personality and the Perfect Owner
Looking for a dog that actually enjoys being dressed up in little sweaters? The Chihuahua just may be for you! This tiny little dog shivers at the tiniest of breezes and must never be kept as an outdoor dog. Well suited to life in city apartments, though they’re energetic they require very little room to run — a lap or two around the kitchen table will do!
If you own other dogs, think twice before getting a Chihuahua. Not a terribly sociable pet, they actually prefer the company of their own breed.
Before adding a Chihuahua to your home, ask your breeder about the dog’s health history. Common ailments are: slipped stifle: fractures: jawbone disorders: rheumatism: eye problems: heart disease: tooth and gum weaknesses.