Chihuahua

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Breed characteristics

The Chihuahueño is considered the smallest breed in the world; it receives the name of the largest state of the Mexican Republic (Chihuahua), where it is supposed to have lived in the wild and was captured and domesticated by the Indians during the time of the “Toltec” civilization; figures of a pygmy dog called “Techichi”, who lived in Tula, were included in the decoration of their architecture which were very similar to the current Chihuahueño.

  • Male: 15.2-22.9 cm, (6-9 in)
  • Female: 15.2-20.3 cm, (6-8 in)
  • Average: 1.5-3 Kg, (3-6.6 lb).
  • Company, work test.
  • From 50 to 260 g. daily.
  • This animal is distinguished by its fidelity and its aptitude to learn and to be trained, which makes it a particularly pleasant companion dog.
  • Sierra Tarahumara, Chihuahua, México
  • From 12 to 15 years.

FAQs

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The Techichi legacy

Did you know that Chihuahuas are believed to come from the Techichi, a dog that was considered sacred by the Mayans?

Pregnancy & Chihuahuas

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Different Types of Chihuahua

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Common illnesses

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Epilepsy​

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Tracheal Collapse​

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Heart Disease

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Legg-Perthes Disease

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Patella Dislocation

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Breed origins

The Chihuahua’s history is convoluted, and many theories surround the origin of the breed. Both folklore and archaeological finds show that the breed has origins in Mexico. The most common theory is that Chihuahua are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico. No records of the Techichi are available before the 9th century, although dog pots from Colima, Mexico, buried as part of the western Mexico shaft tomb tradition, which date back to 300 BC, are thought to depict Techichis.The earlier ancestors probably were present before the Mayas as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, antedating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula. (Wikipedia).

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