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The Chihuahua: origin and specific characteristics
The chihuahua, nicknamed Chi Chi, is the smallest dog in the world. "Chihuahua" originated from Mexico, named after the state of Chihuahua. According to legends, they were involved in the religious worship of the Aztecs. Chihuahuas are the oldest breed in the world. It was only bought to Europe around the end of the nineteenth century.
Two different coats
Size, Appearance, and Life Span
The Chihuahua breed can weigh anywhere from 2 - 6 pounds, and be 6 - 9 inches in height. There are two varieties of the Chihuahua: long, and smooth coat. Chihuahuas live span is usually 11 - 18 years.
The chihuahua is a tiny toy sized dog. The body is longer than its tail; the head is rounded and apple shaped. Their muzzle is short and pointed. Puppies have a soft spot on the top of their skull called a "modera" which usually closes after adulthoood. They have large round eyes that are set well apart. They are dark, ruby, and might be lighter on white dogs. Their tail is long and sickle-shaped, either curled over the back or to the side. All colors both solid, marked, or splashed are accepted. Colors include, but are not limited to, black, white, chestnut, fawn, sand, silver, sable, steel blue, tan, and parti-color.
Temperment & Personaliity
The Chihuahua breed is devoted, swift, grateful, and alert. They are courageous, extremely lively, proud, adventurous, and enjoy affection. They require a lot of human attention and love. They are also brave, cheerful, and agile. Chihuahuas are loyal and become attached to their owners. Some like to lick owners faces. Some chihuahuas may be difficult to train, but they are intelligent, learn quickly, and respond well to proper positive reinforcement. (firm but gentle) They make very good companions for the elderly. Something to remember, Chihuahuas are not suited for small children. This isn't because they are not good with kids, but because most people treat a chihuahua differently than they would a large dog. They are small and dainty, but saucy, strong willed, and can bite if provoked. They are fairly dog aggressive, and need proper socializing. They are very adaptable and hardy. They are sensitive to cold temperatures, therefore should not live outside. They can also suffer from a heatstroke.
It may be cute for a tiny five pound dog to put his paws on your leg, but this is allowing dominant behavior. If you allow this little dog to be your pack leader, he will develop many behavior problems. This includes jealousy, aggression with other dogs and sometimes humans. They will become suspicious of people except for their owner, and when strangers are present, they will follow their owners every move, keeping as close to them as possible. A chihuahua who is pack leader of their humans may snap at children.
* Kissing Chihuahua salt and pepper shakers
* useful and cute
* ceramic and dishwasher safe
* item weight: 2 pounds
* magnetic noses keeps these dogs togehter
* 2.5 inches high