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About Chihuahuas!

Updated on November 11, 2014
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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

Chihuahua Melody is just 2.5 lbs.
Chihuahua Melody is just 2.5 lbs.

Could a Chihuahua be your next best friend?

Chihuahuas are the quintessential companion dog. Small and portable, they are also intelligent, trainable, protective and loving. With proper socialization they can be comfortable in any situation and hold their own in any company.

Care must be taken - because they have no fear and no idea of their diminutive size, Chihuahuas have been known to jump further than they should and take on adversaries they shouldn't. Because of their size, Chihuahuas and small children may not be a great combination. After all - Chis are dogs, not dolls. In the right circumstances, Chihuahuas are the perfect companion dogs. Is a Chihuahua right for you?

Chihuahua resources

Sometimes it's difficult to find reliable information sources. When you're deciding to add a canine member to the family, it's crucial to learn all you can about your breed. These sites can help you discover the truch about Chihuahuas.

Talk about Chihuahuas with fellow aficionados

The internet allows us to connect to people all over the world who share our interests. You can find like-minded Chihuahua lovers at these e-groups.

Maddy in her Shoulder Collar Harness
Maddy in her Shoulder Collar Harness

Chihuahuas' first job is "companion"

Chihuahuas are among the oldest of dog breeds - a wooden child's toy identical in looks and size to today's Chihuahua was unearthed and dated to about 100 A.D. in Veracruz, Mexico. The breed does seem to have originated in Mexico, although its exact history is unclear.

Chihuahuas are also the smallest breed recognized by kennel clubs around the world. In the United States, Chihuahuas are still (as of 2013) among the 25 most popular dog breeds, although their ranking has fallen in the last dozen years - Chihuahuas were in the top 10 in 2003.

Chihuahua history seems to agree that these dogs have always been primarily companions - although they can become particularly bonded to one person and may try to defend their special person. Because of this tendency, it's wise to socialize Chihuahuas from an early age to accustom them to new people and situations.

Chihuahuas are particularly suited to urban life - the amount of exercise they require to keep them fit is easily accomplished in an apartment. They are also particularly well-suited as travel companions because of their size - although training is crucial.

Generally healthy little dogs, Chihuahuas come in any color and one of two kinds of fur - either short or long. Like all toy dogs, they may be prone to "collapsing trachea" and should use a harness, rather than a collar, for outings.

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Movies featuring Chihuahuas

Photogenic, trainable and adorable - smart movie people have been featuring Chihuahuas for maximum box office popularity.

© 2009 Hope

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