Let’s talk about Chihuahuas! DNA suggests that Chihuahuas entered North America from Siberia roughly 10,000 years ago. From there, historians credit the Aztec empire for refining the breed into the Chihuahua we know now. In 1904 a Chihuahua named Midget was the first Chihuahua registered by the American Kennel Club. Most Chihuahuas range from 6-9 inches tall and are anywhere from 2-6 lbs.
Temperament and Personality
Chihuahuas are fun little dogs that make great companions. They love their people and are fiercely loyal, so be sure to socialize them with others. They can be stubborn and intelligent, making some difficult to train, but they learn quickly and respond well to positive reinforcement training. Chihuahuas do require exercise, but a short walk may be enough to keep them exercised and happy due to their small size. After exercising, they will be more than happy to curl up next to you on or under their favorite blanket.
Just like all breeds, Chihuahuas are more prone to certain medical conditions that are important to watch for as they grow older.
- Patella Luxation (check out our blog post about that here)
- Heart Disorders
- Dental Issues
- Respiratory System Disorders
Chihuahuas are curious, intelligent little dogs who love playing with their owners. Here are some great ideas to have some fun with your little Chihuahua!
- Puzzle treat toys
- Teach them a new trick
- Hide and Seek
- Blow Bubbles (Make sure they are non-toxic)