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In our experience, the charming Chihuahua, has a wonderful blend of affection and attitude. With their distinguishing apple head, large pointed ears, big eyes and fearless, confident demeanor, you may feel like you are dealing with a larger breed.
Although they can have some challenges at first as all puppies do, Chihuahuas are one of the best companion breeds around and with love and understanding, you both will have a great life together. That is why the mission of the site is to provide a great overview on Chihuahuas. We are here to answer your questions, concerns, and provide pointers including problem-solving tools to enhance your life together.
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1. Chihuahua ancestors date back to the 9th century A.D.
Chihuahuas have a remarkably interesting history. Their lineage goes back to the ancient kingdoms of pre-Columbian times. Their ancestor, the Techichi originated in an area that we now know as Mexico. They were thought to be a part of the Toltec and Aztec culture. Additionally, they have lineage dating back to 100 A.D. through artifacts discovered of small dogs with large eyes resembling Chihuahuas. Depending on who you talk to, the story of Chihuahua ancestors varies from Mexico to Europe and even Asia. Carvings were discovered from the Toltec culture in Mexico that closely resemble the Chihuahua’s round head and erect ears, so it is likely that they descended from Mexico. It is thought that Chihuahuas made their way to the United States when they were sold to tourists crossing the border. Throughout history Chihuahuas have played the role of hot water bottle, religious sacrifice, desert dweller, canine curio, cash crop and finally lap guard. Chihuahua’s ancestors were originally bred for companionship, religious ceremonies, rituals, and food.
2. They have the largest brain to body Ratio
They are known to for the breed to have the largest brain. Chihuahuas are smart, bold dogs that like to get their own way. They will continue to learn and surprise you throughout their lives, even as seniors. Chihuahuas generally have between one and three puppies, and they have the highest rate of Cesarean sections amongst all purebred dogs. The larger size of the Chi’s head in relation to mom’s narrow width often requires the surgery.
3. Charming Personality
Chihuahua’s temperament includes being lively, alert, bold, courageous, intelligent, incredibly loyal, and devoted. Just because they are tiny, that does not stop them from interacting with large dogs and pushing the envelope. Chihuahuas are truly Napoleon in a dog suit. By eight weeks of age, Chihuahua puppies are curious and investigative.
4. Can be extraordinarily successful in dog sports
Despite their tiny size, Chihuahuas, can do great in dog sports. Agility, for example, is an exhilarating way to exercise with your dog, it is a fast-paced obstacle course with tunnels, hurdles, and other challenges that your dog completes as quickly as possible. Chihuahuas are quick learners, especially if training involves treats.
5. Chihuahuas love to sunbathe
Chihuahuas, just like most other dogs, love warmth whether it’s outside in the sun or finding a sunspot in the home. Make sure they only stay in the direct sun in short spurts to avoid getting sunburned. They also love warm blankets just out of the dryer.
6. Chihuahuas are fiercely loyal for life
This intelligent, big personality pup makes a loyal companion. The AKC reports that “thanks to their enthusiasm, they usually don’t need extensive training.”
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