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Chihuahua
Nicknames "New Yorker" (Mexico only)
Country of origin Mexico
Life Span 15-18 years
Traits
.The About this sound Chihuahua (Spanish: Chihuahueño) is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.^ Chihuahua , the smallest breed of dog in the world, named for the Chihuahua ...
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^ Chihuahua is the name of both a state in Mexico and that state's capital city.
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History

.The Chihuahua is the oldest breed on the American continent.^ The Chihuahua is recognized as one of the oldest dog breeds.
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.The Chihuahua’s history is a puzzling one as there are many theories surrounding their true origin.^ History: Chihuahuas were originally thought to be descendants of an ancient, similar, but slightly larger breed associated with royalty in Aztec civilizations known as the Techichi.
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^ Many people believe in the theory that these dogs originated from Mexico, so how could there be Chihuahuas from China?

^ While there is no actual Teacup chihuahua we do have tiny ones available most of the time.
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.One theory is that they originated from the Fennec Fox, a tiny animal with big eyes and ears.^ Inadequate archeological evidence to support the theory that the Chihuahuas descended from the big Techichi, led people to believe that they were brought to Mexico by settlers from Spain.
  • Chihuahua: Training & Raising Chihuahua Dog Breeds 22 September 2009 13:50 UTC www.trainpetdog.com [Source type: General]

^ There are a number of different theories covering the origins of the Chihuahua and they include the following: Theory One of Chihuahua Dog Origins: The first theory about the origins of the Chihuahua speculates that this dog breed is a descendent of one of the ancient American Indian dogs.

^ Their ears and eyes should be cleaned preventing infection from setting in and they need vaccination at the right age.
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This could explain the petite frame, luminous eyes and large ears the breed has today. The Chihuahua was used in sacred rituals as they were considered holy to Pre-Colombian Indian nations. They were also popular pets to the upper class. .The breed draws its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua, where the first specimens of the breed were discovered.^ The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, where it was discovered in 1850.
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^ The Chihuahua takes its name from the Mexican state abutting west Texas and New Mexico, but likely came from the ancient Techichi dogs of the Toltecs crossed with hairless dogs from the Orient.
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^ They get their name from Chihuahua Mexico > They were discovered in 1850 > They weigh from two to twelve pounds and stand six to nine inches tall.

.Some historians believe that the Chihuahua came from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.^ Some however believe that Chihuahuas are from Egypt and were later traded to Spain and Mexico.

.Supporters of this theory say a very small dog with a molera (soft spot on the head) became recognized there and journeyed on trading ships through European seaports.^ Spanish traders and merchants brought Chihuahuas to Mexico through their trade route in China, which was later supported by the tradition of dwarfing of both plants and animals in China.
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^ HistoryofChihuahuas.html Chihuahua Personality – Small Dog But A Big Personality Chihuahua personality is a very complicated thing.

^ Chihuahuas are also known for their moleras, a soft spot in their skulls.
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.More evidence for this theory are European paintings of small dogs who resemble the Chihuahua.^ This hand painted Chihuahua Dog...
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^ HistoryofChihuahuas.html Chihuahua Personality – Small Dog But A Big Personality Chihuahua personality is a very complicated thing.

^ Many people believe in the theory that these dogs originated from Mexico, so how could there be Chihuahuas from China?

.One of the most famous paintings is a fresco in the Sistine Chapel by Sandro Botticelli in 1492. The painting, Scenes from the Life of Moses, shows a woman holding two tiny dogs with round heads, large eyes, big ears, and other characteristics similar to the Chihuahua.^ Young woman holding a Chihuahua dog.
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^ Mature woman holding a Chihuahua.
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^ Some of the most famous dogs have been Chihuahuas.

.The painting was finished ten years before Columbus sailed to the New World, which shows that Botticelli had in no way seen a Mexican dog, yet he depicted an animal strikingly similar to a Chihuahua.^ The Chihuahua takes its name from the Mexican state abutting west Texas and New Mexico, but likely came from the ancient Techichi dogs of the Toltecs crossed with hairless dogs from the Orient.
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^ Chihuahuas were initially thought to be descendants of a dog similar in appearance to the Chihuahua, but only bigger in size, the Techichi.

^ Being at dog shows in person is the best way to prepare, simply reading about them and what is required does not work as well.

.Another theory suggests that the Chihuahua was brought to Mexico from China over 200 years ago.^ Spanish traders and merchants brought Chihuahuas to Mexico through their trade route in China, which was later supported by the tradition of dwarfing of both plants and animals in China.
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^ A more recent theory regarding the origin of this breed is that Spanish traders and merchants brought Chihuahuas through their well-connected trade route with China, and eventually brought them to Mexico.

^ Inadequate archeological evidence to support the theory that the Chihuahuas descended from the big Techichi, led people to believe that they were brought to Mexico by settlers from Spain.
  • Chihuahua: Training & Raising Chihuahua Dog Breeds 22 September 2009 13:50 UTC www.trainpetdog.com [Source type: General]

.Supporters of this theory believe the Chinese were recognized for dwarfing plants and animals, and when rich Chinese merchants moved to Mexico, they brought Chihuahuas with them.^ Spanish traders and merchants brought Chihuahuas to Mexico through their trade route in China, which was later supported by the tradition of dwarfing of both plants and animals in China.
  • Chihuahua: Training & Raising Chihuahua Dog Breeds 22 September 2009 13:50 UTC www.trainpetdog.com [Source type: General]

^ However, due to the lack of archaeological remains it is now believed that Chihuahuas were brought to Mexico by Spanish settlers.  The most current theory holds that Spanish merchants brought Chihuahuas to Spain by way of their trade routes with China and from there to Mexico.
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^ A more recent theory regarding the origin of this breed is that Spanish traders and merchants brought Chihuahuas through their well-connected trade route with China, and eventually brought them to Mexico.

.The Aztecs had a little dog named the Techichi, however analysis of the Chihuahua’s mitochondrial DNA suggests that it is of Old World origin, such as from a European toy dog.^ Original dog names from our customers dogs.

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^ Chihuahua names, Chihuahua dogs and puppies.

.The mitochondrial DNA analysis only looks at what is inherited from the mother; therefore the fathers of the Chihuahua could have been the Techichi.^ Chihuahuas were initially thought to be descendants of a dog similar in appearance to the Chihuahua, but only bigger in size, the Techichi.

.Both folklore and archeological finds show that the breed originated in Mexico.^ Originally from Mexico, this breed dates back to the times of the Aztecs and Conquistadors to make this a fascinating tale of the history of Chihuahuas.

.The most common theory and most likely is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico.^ Some of the most famous dogs have been Chihuahuas.

^ The Chihuahua takes its name from the Mexican state abutting west Texas and New Mexico, but likely came from the ancient Techichi dogs of the Toltecs crossed with hairless dogs from the Orient.
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^ However, due to the lack of archaeological remains it is now believed that Chihuahuas were brought to Mexico by Spanish settlers.  The most current theory holds that Spanish merchants brought Chihuahuas to Spain by way of their trade routes with China and from there to Mexico.
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A long-haired tan chihuahua
Historical records indicate that the Techichi hunted in packs. .They can only be traced as far back as the ninth century but it is highly likely that this is the Chihuahua's native Mexican ancestor[citation needed].^ Chihuahuas have well-rounded ribs, though not overly barrel like with a tail that is either up or curled in a loop with the tip of it slightly touching the back.

^ This does not mean they are not purebred Chihuahuas, it only means that they do not meet the requirements to enter a conformation show.
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^ According to people who favor this theory, the Chihuahua descended from a small mute dog of the Toltec people called the Techichi, a dog that is said to have existed as far back as the 9th century.

.Evidence of this is that the remains of dogs closely resembling, but slightly larger than the average Chihuahua have been found in such places as the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which dates back to the 2nd century BC and predates the 16th century.^ Close Stores with chihuahua dog .
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^ History: Chihuahuas were originally thought to be descendants of an ancient, similar, but slightly larger breed associated with royalty in Aztec civilizations known as the Techichi.
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^ This is a remarkable comeback for a dog breed that not once but rather twice was on the verge of extinction in the 20th century when only 50 dogs remained in existence by the 1960s.

There is also evidence to suggest that the Techichi may also predate the Mayans[citation needed].
.The Toltecs were conquered by the Aztecs, who believed that the Techichi held mystical powers.^ The Aztecs conquered the Toltecs and adopted the little dogs as sacred icons of the upper classes, used in religious ceremonies to expiate sins and as guides for the spirits of the dead.
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^ Much like the people who conquered them (the Aztecs) the Toltecs often sacrificed the Techichi dog during religious ceremonies.

[2] .In terms of size, the present day Chihuahua is much smaller than its ancestors, a change thought to be due to the introduction of miniaturized Chinese dogs, such as the Chinese Crested Dog, into South America by the Spanish.^ Chihuahuas were initially thought to be descendants of a dog similar in appearance to the Chihuahua, but only bigger in size, the Techichi.

^ Older children and Chihuahuas are not as much of a problem but it depends on the temperament of the dog and child.

^ Bathing Your Chihuahua - How To Give Your Chihuahua A Bath Since Chihuahuas are small dogs you can usually wash them in any sized sink.

.A progenitor of the breed was reputedly found in 1850 in old ruins near Casas Grandes in the Mexican state of Chihuahua from which the breed gets its name.^ Chihuahua , the smallest breed of dog in the world, named for the Chihuahua ...
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^ What is known without any shred of doubt is that the dog is named for the Mexican state where it was first encountered by American travelers in the late 19th century.

[3] .The state borders with Texas, Arizona and New Mexico where Chihuahuas first rose to prominence and were further developed in the United States.^ Circa 1880 several Chihuahua dogs were transported back to the United States as exotic pets.

.Since that time, the Chihuahua has remained consistently popular as a breed, particularly in America when the breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904. Genetic tests place the Chihuahua with other modern breeds originating in the 1800s.^ The Taco Bell dog and Bruiser from Legally Blond were both Chihuahua pets chihuahuapets.html Chihuahua Colors - Official AKC Chihuahua Colors The official patterns recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are piebald spotting, Irish spotting, sable, and brin.

^ Originally from Mexico, this breed dates back to the times of the Aztecs and Conquistadors to make this a fascinating tale of the history of Chihuahuas.

^ All areas of this dog breed are covered at caring for chihuahuas index.html Raising Chihuahua Puppies- What To Expect The First 10 Weeks Raising Chihuahua puppies can be a lot of fun, but it also is a lot of responsibility.

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Description and standards

A happy Chihuahua.
A Chihuahua puppy
.Breed standards for this dog do not generally specify a height, only a weight and a description of their overall proportions.^ Breed standards for this dog do not generally specify a height, only a weight and a description of their overall proportions.
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^ Chihuahuas are the only breed of dog to be born with an incomplete skull.
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^ Dog Breed Information, Description, Origin, History, Temperament, Height, Weight, Exercise, Life, Group, Articles, Health, Books, Photos, Posters, Wallpapers, Training, Dog names, Links and more.
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.As a result, height varies more than within many other breeds.^ As a result, height varies more than within many other breeds.
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^ While it is true that many large dogs need equally large spaces in which to romp and play, apartment dwellers and others with limited space need not write off the larger breeds entirely.

^ Pets The English Setter dog breed of today is the result of the consolidation and conformation of the many strains of setter dogs that existed in early 19th century England.

.Generally, the height ranges between six and ten inches.^ Generally, the height ranges between six and ten inches at the withers.
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.However, some dogs grow as tall as 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm).^ However, some dogs grow as tall as twelve to fifteen inches.
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^ Some potential buyers seek extremely small animals; very small dogs, however, are often runts.
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.Both British and American breed standards state that a Chihuahua must not weigh more than six pounds for conformation.^ AKC show dogs must weigh no more than six lb (2.7 kg); the FCI standard calls for dogs ideally between 1.5 and three kg (3.3 to 6.6 lb), although smaller ones are acceptable in the show ring.
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^ "Deer" or "deer-faced" are terms that are sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas that do not have the breed-standard apple-domed appearance.
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^ As a result, height varies more than within many other breeds.
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.However, the British standard also states that a weight of two to four pounds is preferred and that if two dogs are equally good in type, the more diminutive or smaller is preferred.^ Those dogs below 4 pounds of weight should never be bred.

^ As testament to their contribution the two types of setter dog strains of today are named after them.

.The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) standard calls for dogs ideally between 1.5 and 3.0 kg (3.3 to 6.6 lbs.^ AKC show dogs must weigh no more than six lb (2.7 kg); the FCI standard calls for dogs ideally between 1.5 and three kg (3.3 to 6.6 lb), although smaller ones are acceptable in the show ring.
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), although smaller ones are acceptable in the show ring.[5] .Pet-quality Chihuahuas (that is, those bred or purchased as companions rather than show dogs) often range above these weights, even above ten pounds if they have large bone structures or are allowed to become overweight.^ Those dogs below 4 pounds of weight should never be bred.

^ However, pet-quality Chihuahuas (that is, those bred or purchased as companions rather than show dogs) can, and do, range above these weights, to ten pounds or even more if they have large bone structures or are allowed to become overweight.
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^ Chihuahua puppies exhibiting hydrocephalus usually have patchy skull platelets rather than a solid bone, and typically are lethargic and do not grow at the same pace as their siblings.
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.This does not mean that they are not purebred Chihuahuas; they do not meet the requirements to enter a conformation show.^ Being at dog shows in person is the best way to prepare, simply reading about them and what is required does not work as well.

^ Showing Your Chihuahua - Guide To Showing Your Chihuahua Before you start showing your Chihuahua it is a good idea to go to as many dog shows as possible to get an idea of how they work, and what you need to do to prepare for them.

^ Chihuahuas often seem like small children in the amount of time they require and demand.

.Oversize Chihuahuas are seen in some of the best, and worst, bloodlines.^ Oversize Chihuahuas are seen in some of the best and worst bloodlines.
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.Typically the breed standard for both the long and short coat chihuahua will be identical except for the description of the coat.^ Chihuahua - Dog Breed Info Center The Chihuahua is a tiny dog with an apple-shaped head and a short pointed muzzle.
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^ There are two types of Chihuahua, the long hair and short hair, they are alike in all other respects.
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^ However the long coated version should be brushed several times with soft bristles Both types need bathing once a month with mild shampoo.

.Chihuahua breeders often use terms like miniature, teacup, tiny toy, apple headed, or deer headed, to describe puppies.^ "Deer" or "deer-faced" are terms that are sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas that do not have the breed-standard apple-domed appearance.
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^ Chihuahua Arizona breeders, puppies for sale; find those nearest you, fast and free ...
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^ These and similar terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder, and are not breeds or specific types of Chihuahua.
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.These terms are not recognized by the breed standards and may be misleading.^ "Deer" or "deer-faced" are terms that are sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas that do not have the breed-standard apple-domed appearance.
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^ These and similar terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder, and are not breeds or specific types of Chihuahua.
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Coat

A green eyed beige female Chihuahua.
.The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom and the American Kennel Club in the United States only recognize two varieties of Chihuahua: the long-coat, the smooth-coat, also referred to as short-haired.^ The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes two varieties of Chihuahua: the long-coat and the smooth-coat.
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^ There are two types of Chihuahua, the long hair and short hair, they are alike in all other respects.
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^ The long coated ones should be brushed several times with soft bristles while the smooth coated ones occasional brushing.
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[7] They are genetically the same breed. .The term smooth-coat does not mean that the hair is necessarily smooth, as the hair can range from having a velvet touch to a whiskery feeling.^ Many smooth-coat Chihuahuas have very thin hair, but other smooth coats have a very dense, thick coat.
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.Long-haired Chihuahuas are actually smoother to the touch, having soft, fine guard hairs and a downy undercoat, which gives them their fluffy appearance.^ There are two types of Chihuahua, the long hair and short hair, they are alike in all other respects.
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^ Enjoy all the newfound time you'll discover not having to spend so much of it cleaning up the Chihuahua hair your Chihuahua pup has left behind!
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.Unlike many long-haired breeds, long-haired Chihuahuas require no trimming and minimal grooming.^ There are two types of Chihuahua, the long hair and short hair, they are alike in all other respects.
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^ Many smooth-coat Chihuahuas have very thin hair, but other smooth coats have a very dense, thick coat.
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^ Long Hair Chihuahua T-Shirt is commercial quality high resolution heat transfers garment.
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.Contrary to popular belief, the long-haired breed also typically sheds less than their short-haired counterparts.^ Contrary to popular belief, small size doesn't necessarily an apartment dog make -- plenty of small dogs are too high-energy and yappy for life in a high-rise.
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^ There are two types of Chihuahua, the long hair and short hair, they are alike in all other respects.
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^ Owing to their small size, this breed is very sensitive to cold weather conditions, although this is typical of only the short-coated Chihuahuas.

.It may take up to two or more years before a full long-haired coat develops.^ The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes two varieties of Chihuahua: the long-coat and the smooth-coat.
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Colors

A tricolor Chihuahua
.The American Kennel Club Chihuahua standard lists under color: "Any color-Solid, marked or splashed".[7] This allows for all colors from solid blacks to solid whites, spotted, sabled, or a variety of other colors and patterns.^ Chihuahuas come in many colors, from solid blacks to solid whites, spotted, or a variety of other colors like fawn (tan), chocolate, blue (gray), silver, tricolored (chocolate, blue, or black with tan and white markings), brindle, and merle.
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^ These and similar terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder, and are not breeds or specific types of Chihuahua.
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^ The Chihuahua's charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and colors.
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.A few examples are Fawn, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Blue, and Black.^ Chihuahuas come in various colors, from plain whites, to solid blacks and spotted, or other colors like silver, blue or gray, chocolate, fawn or tan, tricolor-chocolate, blue or black with tan or white markings, merle and brindled, and each of the colors vary in tone and shade.

Merle coloring is a spotted coat. Patterns, all with or without white markings, include:
  • Sable
  • Irish spotting
  • Dalmatian spotting
  • Piebald spotting
  • Extreme black spotting
  • Brindle
  • Masks
  • Tan points
  • Red
  • White
  • Black
  • Merle
  • Orange
  • Fawn
  • Tricolor
    A Tricolor adult
.The merle coat pattern is not traditionally considered part of the breed standard.^ The Merle coat pattern is a carrier of possible severe eye conditions and blindness, deafness, hemophilia, sterility, and numerous other health concerns.
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It is associated with genetic diseases usually associated with inbreeding in other breeds..July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The United Kingdom Kennel Club decided in May 2007 not to register puppies with "Merle coat color in dogs" coloration due to the health risks associated with the gene responsible, and in December of that year formally amended the Breed Standard to say "Any color or mixture of colors but never merle (dapple)."^ It has round, large, very dark eyes, sometimes dark ruby or luminous in color Chihuahua - Dog Breeders with puppies for sale Find Chihuahua, dog breeders with Chihuahua with puppies for sale, free in your area.
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^ Here you can read valuable and important dog articles on dog health, dog behavior, dog food, dog breeds and so much more.
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^ These and similar terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder, and are not breeds or specific types of Chihuahua.
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[8] Other countries' Kennel Clubs; including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany have also disqualified merle. .However, in May 2008 the Chihuahua Club of America voted that merles will not be disqualified in the United States and they are fully registrable and able to compete in all American Kennel Club (AKC) events.^ The Chihuahua Club of America has issued a statement regarding this often deadly misdiagnosis.
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^ Chihuahuas were first taken into the United States by American visitors to Mexico.
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^ These and similar terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder, and are not breeds or specific types of Chihuahua.
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.Opponents of recognizing merle dogs in the breed standards suspect the coloration came about by modern genetic cross-breeding with other dogs, and not via natural genetic drift.^ You can find the best in dog training, behavior, natural health, agility, clicker training, and other dog related topics .
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^ Breed standards for this dog do not generally specify a height, only a weight and a description of their overall proportions.
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[citation needed]
.Classifying Chihuahua colors can be complicated due to the large number of possibilities.^ It has round, large, very dark eyes, sometimes dark ruby or luminous in color Chihuahua - Dog Breeders with puppies for sale Find Chihuahua, dog breeders with Chihuahua with puppies for sale, free in your area.
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Examples would be a blue brindle or a chocolate and tan. Colors and patterns can combine and affect each other, resulting in a very high degree of variation. The classic Chihuahua color remains fawn. No color or pattern is considered more valuable than the others, although blue is considered rare.

Temperament

Chihuahua displaying signs of aggression
.Being naturally territorial and protective, Chihuahuas can be easily provoked to attack, and are therefore generally unsuitable for homes with small children.^ Chihuahuas are not well-suited as small children's pets because of their size and physical fragility.
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[9] A Chihuahua who is pack leader of their humans may snap at children. .This breed is generally not recommended for children, not because they are not good with them, but because most people treat the Chihuahua differently than they would a large dog, causing them to become untrustworthy[10].^ However, pet-quality Chihuahuas (that is, those bred or purchased as companions rather than show dogs) can, and do, range above these weights, to ten pounds or even more if they have large bone structures or are allowed to become overweight.
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^ Breed standards for this dog do not generally specify a height, only a weight and a description of their overall proportions.
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The AKC describes the breed as, "A graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament."[7] The breed tends to be fiercely loyal to one particular owner, but may be attached to more..December 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] They do not always get along with other breeds,[9] and tend to have a "clannish" nature, often preferring the companionship of other Chihuahuas over other dogs.^ Chihuahuas also tend to have a "clannish" nature, often preferring the companionship of other Chihuahuas over other dogs.
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^ You can find the best in dog training, behavior, natural health, agility, clicker training, and other dog related topics .
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^ Some breeders of Chihuahuas purposely attempt to breed very small animals, and increase the prices of the smallest dogs, or specifically advertise tiny animals.
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[11] These traits generally make them unsuitable for households with children that are not patient and calm.[7]
Chihuahuas crave attention, affection, exercise and being petted.[citation needed] They can be hyper, but eager to please.[citation needed] They have a reputation as a "yappy" dog, which can be resolved with proper training.[citation needed] Chihuahuas with proper breeding are not "yappy"; the AKC standard calls for "a terrier-like attitude."[citation needed]

Health disorders

This breed requires expert veterinary attention in areas such as birthing and dental care. .Chihuahuas are also prone to some genetic anomalies, often neurological ones, such as epilepsy and seizure disorders.^ Chihuahuas are also prone to some genetic anomalies, often neurological ones, such as epilepsy and seizure disorders.
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.Chihuahuas, and other toy breeds, are prone to the sometimes painful disease, hydrocephalus.^ Chihuahuas, and other toy breeds, are also prone to the sometimes painful condition known as patella luxation.
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^ "Deer" or "deer-faced" are terms that are sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas that do not have the breed-standard apple-domed appearance.
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^ Many veterinarians are not familiar with Chihuahuas as a breed, and mistakenly confuse a molera with hydrocephalus.
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.It is often diagnosed by the puppy having an abnormally large head during the first several months of life, but other symptoms are more noticeable (since "a large head" is such a broad description).^ It is thought that this disease is often diagnosed by the pup having an abnormally large head during the first several months of life, but other symptoms are more noticeable (since "a large head" is such a broad description).
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^ The molera does fill in with age, but great care needs to be taken during the first six months until the skull is fully formed.
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^ This condition surfaces in young puppies and often results in the death of a puppy by the time that it reaches six months of age.
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.Chihuahua puppies exhibiting hydrocephalus usually have patchy skull platelets rather than a solid bone and typically are lethargic and do not grow at the same pace as their siblings.^ Chihuahua puppies exhibiting hydrocephalus usually have patchy skull platelets rather than a solid bone, and typically are lethargic and do not grow at the same pace as their siblings.
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A true case of hydrocephalus can be diagnosed by a veterinarian, though the prognosis is grim.
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Overfeeding a Chihuahua can be a great danger to the dog's health, shortening its life and leading to diabetes.
^ This plush Chiquita the Chihuahua Dog by Aurora is great for all kids....
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[12]
An obese Chihuahua.
.Chihuahuas have moleras, or a soft spot in their skulls, and they are the only breed of dog to be born with an incomplete skull.^ This doesn't mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases; it just means that they're at an increased risk.
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^ The Chihuahua is a breed of dog that is very popular around the world today.
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^ Drool-prone dogs may drape ropes of slobber on your arm and leave big, wet spots on your clothes when they come over to say hello.
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.The molera fills in with age, but great care needs to be taken during the first six months until the skull is fully formed.^ The molera does fill in with age, but great care needs to be taken during the first six months until the skull is fully formed.
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^ This condition surfaces in young puppies and often results in the death of a puppy by the time that it reaches six months of age.
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Some moleras do not close completely and will require extra care to prevent injury. .Many veterinarians are not familiar with Chihuahuas as a breed, and mistakenly confuse a molera with hydrocephalus.^ Many veterinarians are not familiar with Chihuahuas as a breed, and mistakenly confuse a molera with hydrocephalus.
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^ Another genetic abnormality in Chihuahuas and toy breeds is hydrocephalus, or water on the brain.
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.The Chihuahua Club of America has issued a statement regarding this often deadly misdiagnosis.^ The Chihuahua Club of America has issued a statement regarding this often deadly misdiagnosis.
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[13]
Chihuahuas can also be at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. This is especially dangerous for puppies. Left unattended, hypoglycemia can lead to coma and death. This can be combated with frequent feedings (every three hours for very small or young puppies). Chihuahua owners should have a simple sugar supplement on hand to use in emergencies, such as, Nutri-Cal, Karo syrup or honey. These supplements can be rubbed on the gums and roof of the mouth to rapidly raise the blood sugar level. Signs of hypoglycemia include lethargy, sleepiness, low energy, uncoordinated walking, unfocused eyes and spasms of the neck muscles (or head pulling back or to the side). Chihuahuas are prone to eye infections or eye injury due to their large, round, protruding eyes and their relatively low ground clearance. Care should be taken to prevent visitors or children from poking the eyes. The eyes also water to remove dust or allergens that may get into the eye. Daily wiping will keep the eyes clean and prevent tear staining. .Chihuahuas have a tendency to tremble but this is not a health issue, rather it takes place when the dog is stressed, excited or cold.^ This is a dog that gets its name after the place where it was started, which was Chihuahua, Mexico.
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One reason for this may be because small dogs have a higher metabolism than larger dogs and therefore dissipate heat faster. .Due to this Chihuahuas often wear coats or sweaters when outside in the cold or in overly air-conditioned places.^ Chihuahua owners often dress their dogs in sweaters or coats in cold weather.
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^ Chihuahua wearing sweater, standing on chair at home .
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^ Woman holding Chihuahua, Chihuahua wearing sweater, portrait .
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.Chihuahuas often like to dig and snuggle down in blankets for sleeping.^ Living with your Chihuahua means your Chihuahua probably sleeps on the sofa and your bed more often than the sleep in the pet bed made for Chihuahuas.
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.Although figures often vary, as with any breed, the average lifespan range for a healthy Chihuahua is approximately 10 to 17 years.^ Height: 6 to 9 inches at shoulder Weight: 3 to 6 pounds Coat: smooth or long Life span: 10 to 18 years Breed Group: Companion dogs .
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.Chihuahuas are sometimes picky eaters, and care must be taken to provide them with adequate nutrition.^ Nutrition: Chihuahuas are sometimes picky eaters, and care must be taken to provide them with adequate nutrition.
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Chihuahuas could earn this reputation because they seem to find small unnoticed bits of food all day. Sometimes wet or fresh food can have the most appealing smell to these constant eaters. "They will eat when they are hungry" does not apply as Chihuahuas are prone to hypoglycemia and could be at a critical state if allowed to go too long without a meal. At the same time, care must be exercised not to overfeed them. Human food should be avoided. .Due to their small size even tiny high fat or sugary treats can result in an overweight Chihuahua.^ Contrary to popular belief, small size doesn't necessarily an apartment dog make -- plenty of small dogs are too high-energy and yappy for life in a high-rise.
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^ It's important when considering the Chihuahua to take into account his small size.
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^ The Chihuahua's charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and colors.
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.Overweight Chihuahuas are susceptible to having an increased rate of joint injuries, tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and shortened life span.^ Overweight Chihuahuas are prone to joint injuries, tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and shortened life span.
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^ They may be unhealthy, or undernourished, or, if otherwise healthy, may suffer shortened life spans and health problems due to extreme dwarfing.
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.Chihuahua's are also known for a genetic condition called 'luxating Patella'. It's a genetic condition that can occur in all dogs, old or young, slim or overweight.^ Young woman holding a Chihuahua dog.
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^ Young girl and chihuahua dog posing for the camera.
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Luxating Patella in some dogs, the ridges forming the patellar groove are not shaped correctly, and a shallow groove is created. In a dog with shallow grooves, the patella will luxate (Slip out of place) sideways, especially toward the inside. .This causes the leg to 'lock up' and will cause the chihuahua to hold its foot off the ground.^ A woman holds up her pet chihuahua.
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^ Woman sitting cross-legged, holding Chihuahua, at home, portrait .
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^ Teenage girl (13-15) holding chihuahua, smiling, portrait, close-up .
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When the patella luxates from the groove of the femur, it usually cannot return to its normal position until the quadriceps muscle relaxes and increases in length. .This explains why the affected dog may be forced to hold his leg up for a few minutes or so after the initial displacement.^ Woman holding up Chihuahua looking at camera, close-up of dog .
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While the muscles are contracted and the patella is luxated from its correct position, the joint is held in the flexed or bent position. The knee cap sliding across the femur can cause some pain, due to the bony ridges of the femur. Once out of position, the animal feels no discomfort and continues his activity.

See also

References

  1. ^ Macdonald, David; Claudio Sillero-Zubiri (2004). The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 45–46. ISBN 0198515561. 
  2. ^ The Chihuahua Handbook, D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., published by Barron's, 2000; ISBN 0-7641-1521-9.
  3. ^ Chihuahuas: facts and information, Tenna Perry, ESortment.com, 2002, retrieved on July 29, 2007, although most artifacts relating to its existence are found around Mexico City.
  4. ^ Ostrander, Elaine A. (September-October 2007). "Genetics and the Shape of Dogs; Studying the new sequence of the canine genome shows how tiny genetic changes can create enormous variation within a single species". American Scientist (online). www.americanscientist.org. pp. seven pages. http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/2007/5/genetics-and-the-shape-of-dogs. Retrieved 08/09/2008. 
  5. ^ "FCI Chihuahua standard". http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/218gb04_en.doc. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  6. ^ "CCA-Teacup Statement". Chihuahuaclubofamerica.com. 2009-05-30. http://www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com/NEW%20TRANSFER/Teacup1.html. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  7. ^ a b c d American Kennel Club Chihuahua page, retrieved on July 29, 2007.
  8. ^ "Kennel Club breed standard". Thekennelclub.org.uk. 2006-05-15. http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/183. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  9. ^ a b The Chihuahua, Dog Owners Guide at canismajor.com.
  10. ^ http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chihuahua.htm
  11. ^ About Chihuahuas, British Chihuahua Club, retrieved on July 29, 2007.
  12. ^ Pet Health 101 - Chihuahua, retrieved on July 29, 2007
  13. ^ Molera Statement

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Simple English

A chihuahua is a very small breed of dog and are bred to be pampered.

Appearance

They have an average height of 5 to 8 inches (12.7 - 20.3 cm) and an average weight of 2 - 6 pounds (0.9 - 2.7 kg). So small but so cute

Colors and Patterns

Litters come in a variety of colors. Black, white,and brown. Patterns include Sable, Irish spotting, Piebald spotting, extreme white spotting and tan points. Colors and patterns can mix during breeding, creating much variation.

Origins

Chihuahua's origins go back to Pre-Columbian Mexico as the descendants of the Techichi, a long haired, mute dog. The Techichi was favored by the Toltec people. Toltecs made their capital in Tula, in the Mesa Central Region. They also built the city of Teotihuacan near present day Mexico City. Chihuahuas are believed to be bred by Techichi and Chinese Crested dogs (tiny and hairless) to form modern Chihuahuas. Another possible theory is that Techichis were bred with Spanish terriers, which were popular at the time and were known for their small build and black and tan coloration. Breeding with another species of dog, increased the Techichi's bark while decreasing its size. Chihuahuas were named after the Chihuahua state in Mexico, which is the place where the breed became known for its popularity in the United States. The name Chihuahua has nothing to do with the dog itself. Instead, the word Chihuahua comes from the Na'huatl word "xicuagua", which means, "sandy, dry place".


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