Breed of the Week: Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is a toy breed weighing under 6lbs at maturity. There are two coat types permissible- smooth and long haired but both require minimal grooming. An alert, small dog, the Chihuahua has many terrier type attributes including alert expression and behavior. Almost any color is possible.
The Chihuahua is very terrier-like in behavior and must be socialized early to ensure stable temperament, as they are often reactive and can be prolific barkers. Chihuahuas do well with careful pets and children but should not be left unsupervised with either as they are susceptible to injury. They do not require much exercise and can do well in urban environment.
Considered a very long lived dog, the Chihuahua is susceptible to a few common disorders including luxating patellas, hypoglycemia, and dental disease which is often worse in smaller dog breeds. Rarely, hydrocephalus can also occur.
- The earliest specimens of the breed were found in the Chihuahua state of Mexico, thus the name for the breed.
- Chihuahuas have been popular in TV and movies- the Taco Bell commercials, Legally Blonde, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have recently starred the tiny breed.
- Some meso-American peoples thought the Chihuahua was sacred and would help heal health ailments and even safely guide them to the afterlife.