The Chihuahua, also known “Chi” is the smallest breed of dog in the world. The pint sized dogs are listed by kennel clubs as a toy and companion breed. These pint sized dogs make great companions and are relatively easy to care for. Although their origin is debatable, the Chihuahua most likely originated in the Chihuahua region of Mexico and is a descendant of the Techichi, a small companion dog of the Toltec civilization. The breed became popular in the United States of America and Great Britain during the twentieth century. Being small, the chihuahua is a fragile dog and not meant to socialize with small children or larger dogs. The Chihuahua mostly lives up to its reputation as a feisty, quirky, entertaining pet. The dogs are easy to care for and make great apartment pets because they don’t require much exercise. The Chihuahua has been crossbred with several other breeds for a unique variety of dogs with interesting temperaments. Easy to care for with a lifespan that typically is 15 to 18 years, the Chihuahua makes a wonderful companion pet for someone looking for a dog that will be playful and loyal.
Here are 20 things you didn’t know about Chihuahuas.