One of our main objectives is to help you understand more about Chihuahuas in general. Whether you have bought a Chihuahua or you are considering owning one, these 20 chihuahua facts will help you learn more about Chihuahuas.
Here are the 20 facts you need to know about Chihuahuas:
1. Chihuahua is not their real name
This breed is named after the place they were found i.e. Chihuahua, Mexico. The breed’s real name is Chihuahuaeno which means a dry & sandy place.
2. Chihuahua’s origin date back to Toltec Civilization
Toltec Civilization was a pre-Columbian culture during the 10th and 12th centuries. Some theories suggest Chihuahua was captured and domesticated at the time.
3. They are considered as one of the bravest breeds of dogs
According to FCI – Federation Cynologique Internationale, Chihuahuas are sociable, intelligent, restless and faithful dogs. They are well known for being alert and brave at all times. However, although each dog is different, Chihuahuas tend to create a very strong bond with the owners to an extent of demanding attention or becoming jealous!
*The Fédération cynologique internationale also known in English as World Canine Organization, is an international federation of a number of national kennel clubs. It is based in Thuin, Belgium.
4. Chihuahua trembles
Chihuahuas are very sensitive to cold weather/low temperatures and as a result, they tremble. However, they can also tremble due to excitement, fear or possible hypoglycemia, especially in their puppy stage.
5. They are born with a soft spot in their skull
Chihuahua puppies are usually born with a soft spot in their skull because the bones of their skull have not fitted properly into space. However, the bones eventually fit into space in their adult stage. The main cause of the soft spot according to research is hydrocephalus (presence of water in the brain) because it is the most common congenital disease that affects Chihuahuas. Brain tumors, brain infection or a disease that affects the flow of cerebrospinal fluid are other causes of the soft spot in Chihuahuas.
6. Chihuahuas are the smallest dogs in the world
As per the Guinness Book of Records, the smallest living dog (both in length and height) is a dog named Brandy. She measures 15.2 centimeters from her snout’s tip to the tail thus making Chihuahua the smallest dog in history.
7. Chihuahuas prefer being with dogs of their breed
Although a Chihuahua can spend time with other breeds of dogs and even cats seamlessly especially if he is well socialized, sometimes they prefer spending time with other Chihuahuas.
8. It is one of the most popular & beloved dog breeds
They started gaining popularity in the US after Gidget (a Chihuahua) was featured in Taco Bell ads. Gidget was replaced by Dinky and as of now, the dog has gained popularity thus becoming one of the beloved dog breeds in the world.
9. They are the dog breed with the most variety of colors
Chihuahuas can either be long or short-haired but they are never hairless. Whether the dog is short or long hired, they can have all kinds of combinations of colors. For instance, long-haired ones can have a fine, silky, slightly wavy coat and an inner layer. Chihuahuas can also have long hairs in their ears, tail, neck, and feet. For short-haired ones, a smooth & flat coat is common although sometimes they have an inner layer.
10. Have a long life expectancy
Normally, Chihuahuas can live between 12 and 18 years although nowadays Chihuahua breeds are exceeding 20 years with veterinary visits after 6 to 12 months, affection, care, and a good diet. This makes the dog breed have the longest life expectancy.
11. Chihuahua shrank over time
It is believed that the earlier Chihuahua version was much larger than today’s version. Chihuahua shrank overtime after they were crossed with a smaller hairless breed from Asia.
12. There are two different shapes of noggins
Chihuahuas either have a deer or apple-shaped heads. The apple-shaped ones have a bulbous dome while the deer-shaped Chihuahuas’ head is narrower and has a longer snout.
13. They are intelligent
Chihuahuas are considered as little geniuses because they are quick-witted and easy to tail. However, they love spending some time outside because they are playful and have a small bladder.
14. Don’t mess with Chihuahuas
Although they are small in size, they are fierce and very brave. According to a recent study, Chihuahua puppies are the most aggressive, especially to other dog breeds and humans. Ergo, to combat this, you should try socializing your Chihuahua early with other dogs and humans.
15. Chihuahua is one of the oldest dog breeds to be recognized by AKC-
Chihuahua was first recognized in 1903 by AKC- American Kennel Club, thus making it one of the oldest official breeds of dogs. However, AKC has since added other dog breeds on their list including Bearded Collie, German Shepherd, Great Pyrenees, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, etc.
16. Wild Chihuahuas are known to climb trees
Although Chihuahuas today prefer spending time with their owners, wild Chihuahuas used to climb trees. They could climb near-vertical trees at high speeds mostly for warmth or protection from predators.
17. The rarest coat color in Chihuahuas is solid white
Although Chihuahuas have a wide range of colors, the rarest of all is solid white without any other markings. Therefore, if you are looking to own a Chihuahua, there you have it.
18. They are excellent watchdogs
With their constant state of alertness and a strong sense of hearing, Chihuahuas make great watchdogs. For instance, if your Chihuahua hears another animal or person snooping your house or around your home, he will attract your attention by barking loudly!
19. They are natural retrievers
Chihuahuas prefer spending time with their owners. They are also very good retrievers and if you are in a park, in a mood to play or you have kids, Chihuahua is an ideal dog breed to own. They can retrieve anything you throw because they love attention and being outdoors.
20. They can be destructive
Chihuahua can cause property damage by chewing, ripping, scratching, staining and even digging! These breeds crave attention and if the owner is distant, they tend to be jealous and they can become destructive. Therefore, spend time with your Chihuahua and treat him well to make him feel loved and appreciated.
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