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What is a Chihuahua?

By Matthew F.
Updated Jun 04, 2024
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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and is originally from Mexico. Chihuahuas are a popular breed of pets, and have become a pop culture phenomenon in Western commercials and movies, especially in the United States. Chihuahuas are characterized both as having a high-strung temperament and as being cute personal companions since they can be carried almost anywhere. They were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.

The Chihuahua, as well as being bred small, has a compact body frame, and strong and sturdy legs. They are generally between 2-12 lbs. (1-6 kg), and when bred are not to exceed 6 lbs (3.6 kg). They usually stand no taller than 9 in. (23 cm). They can be short haired or long, and are very popular in both styles. They have short and powerful legs, with a rectangular shaped torso and apple shaped head. The Chihuahua face is characteristic for its large dark eyes and its erect ears standing at attention.

The Chihuahua is generally characterized physically through short and strong movements. They possess an alert temperament and a terrier-like personality. The character of a Chihuahua is often generally hostile toward strangers, with loud, high-pitched barking and occasional biting in the case of advancing hands. The Chihuahua, though, like any other dog, can be very calm and close to humans with the correct training and companionship.

The Chihuahua, because of their size, some unusual physical and biological characteristics, and the likelihood for unique or rare diseases, require involved veterinary care. Among the problems faced by the Chihuahua is a risk for low blood sugar, the oddity of being born with an incomplete skull, a picky diet, and the possibility of seizures.

The Chihuahua was discovered in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1850. Chihuahua is a large state in Northern Mexico, which borders the American states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Through archaeological finds in this state, the roots of the Chihuahua dog have been traced to ancient times. The Chihuahua is thought to be descended from a Central American companion dog, and may be the result of breeding between these dogs and small companion dogs from European and Asian explorers in the 1500s.

The popularity of the Chihuahua has been complimented in the United States by a rise of appearances on American television. The Chihuahua has also be seen on the arm of many celebrities and socialites, most notably Paris Hilton.

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