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Chihuahua

The smallest dog of the world is a brave companion

Chihuahua
origin:Mexico
life expectancy:13-18 years
classification:Toy
height:15 to 23 cm
weight:1 to 3 kg
exercise: Undemandingtraining: Reasonableclimate: Hotin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Very Small
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History [ edit ]

The Chihuahua is the the oldest breed on the American continent an smallest breed of dog in the world and is named after the Chihuahua region in Mexico. Their origin is a mystery.They are thought to be descendants of an ancient, similar, but slightly larger breed associated with royalty in Aztec civilizations known as the Techichi and the legend says the Chihuahuas have been sacred to the Pre-Columbian Indian nations. There are also those who say this breed has been introduced to America by the Chinese. Some others claim that Chihuahuas were took to America by the Spanish Armies Armando Cortez. However, their appearace in Europe only took place by the end of the 19th century. The Chihuahua is a popular, economical companion dog, very protective of its home and family.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Chihuahua is a graceful, well balanced, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament. The body is cobby (stout), longer than it is tall rounded and well sprung Ribs (but not too much "barrel-shaped"). The topline Level Shoulders Lean, sloping into a slightly broadening support above straight forelegs that set well under, giving a free play at the elbows. The Head (on a slightly arched neck, gracefully sloping into lean shoulders) is apple-shaped and has a moderately short, slightly pointed muzzle. Puppies have a soft spot or "molera" on the top of the skull. The bone usually closes the gap by adulthood. Cheeks and jaws lean. The nose Self-colored in blond types, or black. In moles, blues, and chocolates, they are self-colored. In blond types, pink nose permissible. The ears are large, erect, held more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45 degree angle when in repose. They are the hallmark of this breed. The eyes are full, but not protruding, balanced, set well apart. They round, large, very dark eyes, sometimes dark ruby or luminous in color. The tail is moderately long sickle-shaped, curled over the back or to the side, never tucked between legs.The coat comes in two versions: the long coat and the smooth coat. In Long Coats, the coat should be of a soft texture, either flat or slightly curly, with undercoat preferred. In the Smooth Coats, the coat should be of soft texture, close and glossy. Any color-Solid, marked or splashed. Chihuahua come in many colors including fawn, sand, chestnut, silver and steel blue, black & tan and parti-color.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Chihuahua is a good companion dog. Courageous, alert, with terrier-like qualities, extremely lively, proud and enterprising, it gives and demands affection. Although they are prized for their personality and devotion to their families, putting up with pain rather stoically, Chihuahuas are not well-suited as small children´s pets because of their size and physical fragility. Even adults have to be extremelly cautious when moving a puppy about. A high-stepping person can easily trample on such a tiny creature although Chihuahuas are bold and saucy, moving swiftly to avoid being stepped on. Even so they should not be regard as a weak or delicate breed, quite to the contrary,  and they make marvellous pets for more older and considerate children. Besides,  their alertness, intelligence and size make them easily adaptable to a variety of environments, including the city and small apartments. Chihuahua´s are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy specially because when the Chihuahua focus its love and devotion on one single member of the household, becoming overly jealous of that person .They are undeniably suspicious of strangers yelling defiance as they race to defend their home and family. They go along well with other household pets but they do not accept cheek or insult from other (even larger) dogs. However, a very well-socialized Chihuahua can be friendly with strangers and other dogs. He can be noisy and may require patience to housebreak., but they are intelligent, learn quickly, and respond well to proper, gentle training with positive reinforcement. Overall the Chihuahua is a thoroughly lovable little fellow.
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Health [ edit ]

The Chihuahua is prone to wheeze and snore because of its short nose. Also, its prominent eyes are susceptible to corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma. It is also prone to slipped stifle, gum problems, colds, stress and rheumatism.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

"Deer" or "deer-faced" are terms that are sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas that do not have the breed-standard apple-domed appearance.Along with "mini" and "tiny toy", "teacup" is sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas and other dogs that are very small.
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18.10
Dogfan22 said:
i like this little dog :)
19.04
lilaferreira said:
posso adopta lo?que tenho de fazer?muito obrigado bjs
14.10
GoldStar said:
Gostava de adoptar um cachorro desta raça! Milhões de beijinhos para todos.
17.07
rakesh said:
Pet travel specialists
30.06
ikklenikki said:
lovely little animals :)