Chihuahua’s are one of America’s favorite breeds, made even more popular by their frequent use as actors on the big and small screen. If you’re looking for a little dog with a big personality, read on and see if the Chihuahua is right for you!
Chihuahua history and facts
The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904, making them 112 years old!
No one is sure where the Chihuahua breed originated. Some speculate that they are descendants of the Techichi dogs, trained and owned by the Toltec people in what is now Chihuahua, Mexico. They may even be a cross between wild Mexican dogs and dogs brought over from Europe – possibly by Christopher Columbus himself!
Chihuahua Health & Care
Although prone to some cardiac and knee problems, Chihuahuas are generally healthy dogs that can live between 14 and 18 years. They are a small fragile dog, however, and owners must be careful not to hurt them.
Chihuahuas are easily cold, and will often shiver. You may find it necessary to dress your Chihuahua in a little sweater during the winter months.
Chihuahuas come in a long and short coat variety. Both require somewhat frequent brushing in order to reduce shedding and stay tangle-free.
Chihuahuas are smart and loyal dogs, but they often have a reputation for being loud and poorly behaved.. This is less the fault of the Chihuahua, and more the fault of owners who give into “Little Dog Syndrome,” that is, not training a dog to behave because they are a cute toy breed.
With proper training and socialization, Chihuahuas can be great family dogs and excellent friends for more than a decade.
If you’re looking for dog canine care experts for your Chihuahua, or any dog, look no further than Pawderosa Ranch. We offer canine enrichment during daytime stays and overnight visits. If you’re looking for dog care that’s the next best thing to being home with you, give us a call!