This small dog is a native of Mexico (and a favorite of Xavier Cugat, who usually carries one in his arms), and has the distinction of being the smallest dog in the world. The Chihuahua dog comes from a pre-Columbus dog, tichichi, bred over 1500 years ago by the Toltecas. Their current name comes from a city in Mexico which is believed was where the breed began. Royalty bred them for religious practices; while the commoners bred them for food. When the Europeans arrived these dogs began spreading to local villages.
They finally left their country of birth in the 1850s, when local Indians would sell them to tourists. Which is how the Chihuahua reached the US and Europe. They are strong breed which suffers from very few illnesses. However one must be careful with their size, if less than 1 kilo they may suffer from syncope and will not reach a mature age.
Chihuahua Dog Information: They are alert guard dogs, with very sensitive hearing, and bark at any little noise. In spite of their small delicate looking round head, pointy and short snout, large eyes and ears, is a do with quite a character and they suffer if treated as a toy. If spoiled too much, they can suffer from anxiety and digestive problems. They are very intelligent and sharp.
Characteristics and Information on Chihuahua Puppy
- Size: 16 to 20 cm
- Weight: 1 to 3.5 kg
- Color: all colors are allowed, however uniform colors are preferred (sandy, tan or chocolate brown).