Small Guide For Chihuahua Owners - Part 1

July 12, 2011

Chihuahuas are the smallest dogs in the world, and take their name from Chihuahua, Mexico, where they were discovered in the mid-19th century. These dogs are thought to be descended from Chinese dogs which came over the land bridge from Asia thousands of years ago. The first chihuahua was registered with the American Kennel Club around the turn of the last century.

You can recognize a chihuahua by it's big eyes and ears and tiny bodies. There are two coat varieties - the smooth, glossy short coat that's more familiar, and a long, soft variation. Chihuahuas of both types come in a number of different colors, from white, fawn and brown to black, blue brindle, chocolate and tan. These little dogs are known for loyalty, fierce devotion, and a ferocious manner for such a tiny dog. They mostly become attached to one or two people, and are extremely protective of them.

Chihuahuas are suitable for most environments, but they're bad with kids or other pets. They tend to attack larger animals, and may bite when scared. They also tend to be alarmed by strangers. However, a chihuahua is an excellent only dog in a small apartment, since they won't have problems with exercise the way a larger pet might. Training your chihuahua is important if you want to avoid the stereotypical high strung pet.