Chihuahua Dog Breed, named after the Mexican state where they were first obtained, these dogs are the likely descendants of a very old breed, known as the Techichi, which was kept here by the Toltec Indians as far back as the ninth century Ad.
Coat Type/Colour: Smooth, Long; Creamy, Bluish
Height: 6 – 9 inch (15 – 23 cm)
Weight: 2 – 6 lb (0.9 – 2.7 kg)
Nature: Very Loyal, Dislikes Cold, A Finnicky Eater
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904, the original Chihuahua were smooth-coated, but through crossing these with other dog breeds it was possible for breeders in the United States to produce long-coated forms. Obviously, these dogs require more grooming to keep their coats in top condition.
Chihuahuas dogs are very loyal by nature, and live well in reasonably confined surroundings, although they do have quite a penetrating and persistent bark for their size. They dislike the cold and are surprisingly social by nature, so if you find that you have to be out at times, consider a companion for your dog. This can also help to overcome the rather finicky eating habits of some Chihuahuas, as will offering small quantities of food three of four times during the day.
This is not a dog breed recommended for children as Chihuahuas can prove short-tempered and may then snap, while they can also be fatally injured by a blow on the head. Instead of having a solid casing to the skull, as is normal, Chihuahuas generally have an opening here, known as the molera, like that of a new-born human baby. This never ossifies, leaving the brain vulnerable as a result.