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Chihuahua |Mexico|

Chihuahua |Mexico|

The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog breed, but it has an enormous personality. These dogs have also appeared on the big screen in a number of Hollywood blockbusters and are frequently used in advertising. Chihuahuas require sensitive and devoted homes. They do not like being left alone and form strong bonds with their owners but are wary of strangers. Generally Chihuahuas get along well with other dogs, but they may need extra attention because they are small and more vulnerable to injuries than bigger dogs. They need consistent socialization and training, and can be inclined to bark.

History

This breed traces back to the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. Dogs were an important part of early Central and South American life with the Techichi Dogs of the Toltecs and the Xoloitzcuintli of the Aztecs dating back at least 3,000 years. Dogs formed part of the cultures’ spiritual life and they were often sacrificed or painted on pottery placed in graves as it was believed that dogs carried the spirits of the deceased to the underworld. Both pottery figurines and remains found in graves resemble the modern Chihuahua. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the fifteenth century and plundered the native cultures, the little dogs were abandoned or escaped into the wild. They were rediscovered 300 years later in the 1850s in Chihuahua and slowly began to make their way to the United States and England. They did not become popular until the mid-twentieth century, with their popularity in the United States boosted by Xavier Cugat, a famous Rumba King whose Chihuahuas appeared with him on his weekly television shows.

A Chihuahua puppy’s weight will double seven to ten days after birth.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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