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Each has a unique personality. It is cute, active and has a human expression (grimace). This tiny companion is deeply devoted and loyal. It is bold, fearless and extremely protective of its owner. It is happy when it enjoys your attention. It is wary of strangers and makes an excellent watchdog. This breed is not suitable for small children and does not get along well with other pets.

The Chihuahua is the smallest of the breeds. Its height varies from 16 to 20 centimetres and its weight from 0.9 to 3.5 kilograms, but it is good to be between 1 and 2 kilograms. It has a tiny thin frame, the head is rounded at the top like a dome with a narrow end and the ears are upright. The coat can be either smooth or long. The smooth coat consists of glossy, soft hair, sparse on the head and ears. The long coat has longer, soft hair that is slightly curled. The coat comes in a variety of colours including fawn, white, brown and black. The coat can be single-coloured or even have three-coloured patches.

  It has eye problems and heart disease. Chihuahuas cannot live in cold climates and must be protected when outside. It is difficult to train and requires patience and stability. Socialisation, necessary for this breed, must begin at an early age and be intensive and extensive.

The origin of the Chihuahua is uncertain. It may have been brought to Mexico by the Chinese, but it is more likely that it is descended from Aztec dogs, including the Techichi breed. The Chihuahua was the favourite sacred animal of the Aztecs, who ate it as sacred food, sacrificed it to the gods and believed it brought good luck to the home. The Chihuahua is thought to have been brought to Spain by the Spanish Conquistadors. Chihuahuas were originally bred in the United States in the nineteenth century. The value of this breed was soon recognised. It is the oldest breed in America and came to Europe after the Second World War.




What you should know before getting a Chihuahua


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