Chihuahuas, classified as toy breed, were discovered in 1850 at Chihuahua State of Mexico. A Chihuahua has a well rounded "apple dome" skull, with dark and luminous, mostly ruby-colored, eyes. Its ears are upright when it is fully alert, while they tend to get flared to the sides, at 45 degree angle, when it is in a relaxed mood. Though they are small in size, they can be highly fierce and are extremely loyal as well. Though you might feel otherwise, a Chihuahua needs to be bathed at least once a month, failing which it would start to smell. Read on to explore some more interesting facts and amazing information on Chihuahuas.
Height: 6-9 inches (15-23 cm)
Weight: 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg)
Country of Origin: Mexico
Varieties: Long-coat and Smooth-coat (also called Short-haired)
Life Expectancy: 15 years or more
Interesting & Amazing Information On Chihuahua
- Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world.
- As per American Kennel Club, Chihuahua is the 10th most popular breed in the United States.
- Aztec and Toltec tribes of Mexico considered the Chihuahua to be a sacred animal.
- Chihuahuas are prone to jawbone disorders, eye problems, heart disease and tooth and gum complaints.
- Chihuahuas have a short nose and this is the reason why they tend to wheeze and snore.
- Chihuahuas make up the oldest dog breed on the American continent. They were brought to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century only.
- Chihuahuas prefer the company of other Chihuahuas to other dog breeds.
- In comparison to the size of its body, a Chihuahua has the largest brains amongst all the breeds of dogs.
- In Mexico and United States, humans have been found to be buried along with the remains of Chihuahuas.
- Most of the Chihuahuas are born with floppy ears. However, they stand up as the dog gets older.
- The dog Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
- The eyes of a Chihuahua are susceptible to corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma.
- The first Chihuahua was registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904.
- The largest litter a female Chihuahua has ever given birth to comprised of 10 puppies.
- Though Chihuahua is the world's smallest breed of dog, it is a Yorkshire Terrier who holds the record for being the smallest living dog.