10 curiosities about chihuahuas

The chihuahua is one of the most popular Mexican dog breeds . His name comes from the largest state in Mexico. This dog most likely stands out due to his character, physical characteristics and the joy he possesses and conveys.

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Do you have a chihuahua or crossbreed dog of this breed? Would you like to know more about them? In this article of YourCatCareguide we will share with you 10 curiosities about chihuahuas . Keep reading!

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1. The chihuahua originates from the Toltec civilization

According to the FCI standard [5] the Chihuahua is a wild dog that was captured and domesticated during the time of the Toltec civilization . It is one of the pre-Columbian cultures present during the X and XII centuries .

Some theories affirm that the ancestors of the present chihuahua lived in Tula ( Tollan-Xicocotitlan ) in the state of Hidalgo, in Mexico. This theory is based on the well-known figure of “Techichi” , who is considered the forerunner of the current Chihuahua breed.

2. Chihuahua personality – one of the bravest dogs

The Chihuahua stands out as an alert dog [6] and very brave [5] as the FCI and AKC indicate, respectively. He is also considered an intelligent, vivacious, devout, restless, sociable and faithful dog .

Although each dog is different, the fact is that in general this breed creates a very strong affective bond with the tutors, and is very attached. It is also usual to try to get attention and be jealous.

3. Treme

Have you ever seen a chihuahua dressed? Probably many times in the winter. It is not a fashion, it is due to the fact that this breed is especially sensitive to low temperatures, as indicated by the AKC [6] .

Does your chihuahua shake a lot ? It is not always due to the cold. Often the cause of the tremor is due to excitement , fear, or possible hypoglycemia. There are many causes!

4. His name is not

In fact, the true name of this grace is “chihuahueño” , which means in Tarahumara (Utoazteca language) “arid and sandy place”. Chihuahuas were given this name because of the place they were in, Chihuahua, Mexico .

5. They are born with a soft zone in the skull

Like human babies, chihuahua puppies are born with a soft bridge in the skull. This is due to the fact that the fontanelles (skull bones) do not finish correctly. In principle, they should end up developing during the adulthood of life.

This is a defect Congenital [1] usually in the toy size breeds such as the Shih Tzu , the Yorkshire terrier or Maltese Bichon , but can also be caused by hydrocephalus, an inflammation of the brain, a brain tumor or a disease that block drainage of the cerebrospinal fluid.

In an article [2] of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare on genetic problems of chihuahua, primary hydrocephalus (presence of water in the brain) is mentioned as one of the most common congenital diseases.

Hydrocephalus causes pressure and pain in the dog’s brain as well as a decrease in the thickness of the skull bones. This disease is associated with the small size that some breeds have.

6. It is the smallest dog in the world

The Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world , both in height and length. According to Guinness World Records , the smallest (long) live dog [3] is Brandy a female chihuahua that measures 15.2 cm from the tip of the nose to the tail. He lives in Florida, United States.

It is also recorded that the smallest living dog (tall) [4] is another female chihuahua named Miracle Milly, which measures 9.65 cm. He lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

7. Prefers fellow race

Well socialized, the chihuahua is a dog that relates well to almost all breeds of dogs, including cats. However, it is often noted that chihuahua puppies prefer other puppies of the same breed as they to socialize. This fact is found in the AKC’s curiosities. [6]

8. It is one of the most popular dogs in the world

The Chihuahua is one of the most popular and beloved dog breeds in the world. It began to be known in the United States after the announcement of the Taco Bell , in which appeared the dog Gidget (that replaced to Dinky). Paris Hilton , Hillary Duff, Britney Spears and Madonna are some of the many celebrities who decided to adopt a dog of this breed.

9. The race with more variety of colors

According to the FCI standard [5] the Chihuahua dog has two varieties: short-haired or long-haired . In both specimens we can find all kinds of colors or combinations, except the blue merle and the hairless dogs.

The specimens of long hair have a silky coat, thin and slightly wavy, also have an inner layer. The most noticeable feature is the presence of long hair on the ears, neck, extremities, feet and tail. Those who have short hair have short fur and occasionally an inner layer.

10. Have a great life expectancy

The chihuahua is one of the dogs with the longest life expectancy. A relatively few years ago, it was believed that these dogs lived between 12 and 18 years, but currently we can find Chihuahua dogs that are over 20 years old .

If you offer your chihuahua a good diet, regular veterinary visits, good care and a lot of affection, your chihuahua can reach this advanced age.

What more could you ask of this lovely breed?

If you want to read more articles that are less than 10 pieces of curios about chihuahuas , we recommend that you enter our section of Curiosities of the animal world .

Emily Harris
 

Hi Guys, Girls, and Cats:-p I am Emily Harris, and you can see in above pic. She loves me I swear. I saved her from a dumpster a few weeks back.

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