Chihuahua Facts

Chihuahua Facts
Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world. It belongs to a group of toy breeds, lap dogs and companion dogs. Chihuahua is a descendant of an ancient Mexican dog, called Techichi dog. It lived in Mexico at least 1400 years before it was introduced to the USA. Chihuahua is very popular as a house pet, especially in the UK, USA and Canada.
Interesting Chihuahua Facts:
Chihuahua can reach 4 to 9 inches in height and 4 to 7 pounds of weight.
Chihuahua called Miracle Milly is the smallest dog on the planet (it holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records). Miracle Milly is only 3.8 inches tall.
There are two types of Chihuahua: long coat and smooth coat (short-haired). Chihuahua can have wiry or silky, single or double coat that can be uniformly colored, bi- or tricolored (combination of any of these colors: black, brown, yellowish brown, creamy, red, silver, golden, bluish and white).
Chihuahua has round head, bulging eyes and large, erect ears. It has small, but compact body.
Mummified remains of Chihuahuas have been found in the ancient Mexican graves due to widespread belief that Chihuahuas ensure safe travel to the afterlife.
Chihuahua is named after the largest state in Mexico - Chihuahua. This breed was also known as "Arizona" or "Texas dog" because it was first discovered near the US-Mexican border.
Chihuahua is intelligent, loyal and playful dog. It can be also shy, nervous and moody. Chihuahua is suitable for families with older children and pets (such as cats). It can live with other types of dogs, but it is the happiest when it is surrounded with other Chihuahuas. Chihuahua builds very strong bond with one of the family members. It can suffer from the separation anxiety when it is left alone for long period of time.
Chihuahua has plenty of energy and it requires at least 2 walks per day to remain healthy.
Chihuahua likes to hide under the laundry, towels and pile of dirty clothes.
Despite its small size, Chihuahua can be trained to guide blind people and it is often used as a therapy dog.
Chihuahua became popular in the USA after appearance in the series of Taco Bell commercials that were aired from 1994 to 2009.
Chihuahua gives birth from 1 to 8 puppies (4 on average). Most pregnancies end with Cesarean section because babies have very large heads.
Chihuahua is moderate shedder. It needs to be brushed regularly to keep shedding under control.
Chihuahua has only few health issues. It can suffer from cardiac diseases, various phobias and eye infection.
Chihuahua lives much longer than other breeds of dogs. It has an average lifespan of 14 to 18 years, but it can survive up to 20 years.

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