Few dogs have captured the world like Chihuahuas. From Hollywood socialites to the family living right next door to you, Chihuahuas have become a beloved breed for all to enjoy and with plenty of good reasons.
Chihuahuas rich history dates back to ancient Mayans and is believed to have been carried into Europe by Christopher Columbus. Some believe they originated from a species of fox, hence the large ears and eyes with tiny frame. For centuries, these small dogs have been impressing the human population with their grace and purposeful, if not stubborn personalities. Today they are one of the world's most popular and sought-after breed.
Chihuahuas proudly represent the Toy Group of dogs, first recognized by the AKC in 1904. Their weight usually doesn't exceed 10 pounds and grooming is often a breeze due to the short hair. Chihuahuas with longer coats require more frequent pampering. They have long tails that often curl and the favored Chihuahuas come in many colors, both solid and mixed, from black to blue and fawn to white.
As with any dog that is raised in a loving yet structured environment, Chihuahuas can become very loyal and loving family pets. They are normally good with children, but should be supervised, particularly if the child is rambunctious. Famous for their strong will, a Chihuahua can be very challenging to train and it takes plenty of patience to teach them obedience. Letting these little bundles of joy lead or get away with anything can be a costly mistake for their owner, who will have to devote much time and effort to re-training or getting the dog out of a learned habit.
General measures for keeping Chihuahuas happy and well are simple and not very different from other breeds. Although they don't eat much in volume, experts do recommend feeding the highest quality food. Chihuahuas enjoy apartment living as well as larger homes in an urban or country setting; their tiny size is ideal for nearly any arrangement. Regular veterinary check-ups are essential for Chihuahuas, who are prone to a variety of issues requiring professional intervention.
Unlike their larger more hearty cousins, Chihuahuas are very susceptible to bone problems, eye issues, skin irritations and even stress. Trace amounts of harmful substances like fertilizer, chocolate and other people-foods can be deadly to these little guys. Their bodies often sustain injuries with greater frequency than other breeds due to their fragility and improper handling. Chihuahuas should come with a detailed owner's manual, but since this is not normally the case, those who adopt them should become well-versed in the issues that impact their health and well-being.Chihuahuas enjoy a lazy climate that doesn't involve too much trotting over cold ground or enduring any other discomforts. In fact, most Chihuahuas will resist going outdoors for any reason (including the most important one for owners) when weather is harsh. Contrary to popular belief, the size of Chihuahuas is not an indication that they don't require a lot of room to play and exercise. Like any other breed, these little darlings need space to run around and exhaust their energy. Chihuahuas pack a lot of personality into their very tiny bodies and if you're lucky enough to share your world with one, you can expect to enjoy the relationship for up to 15 years. With plenty of TLC and proper guidance, Chihuahuas turn out to be the true epitome of man's best friend with charm, dignified indifference and an abundance of affection.