Everyone is familiar with the tiny Chihuahua dog breed, but what many people don't know is that there are different types of Chihuahua dogs. At one time these tiny canines were considered sacred to the Aztec tribes, but today they are mostly a pampered pet. Chihuahua dogs were discovered in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Many people realize that the Chihuahua is the smallest canine breed, but may not be aware that there are actually different subclassifications of Chihuahuas. Recently they have become an extremely popular breed, and become more popular as time goes on. This is partially because of their diminutive size. Don't be fooled, though -- this tiny dog has a big heart!
Fawn, chocolate, cream, silver, blue, and black are the wide range of colors available for Chihuahua. These may be apple-heads or deer-heads. A very round skull, short snout, and close-set eyes describe an applehead Chihuahua. Whilst the deer head Chihuahua are accompanied by a longer nose and they often look like a miniature Doberman Pinscher.
The American Kennel Club recognizes both longhaired and shorthaired types of Chihuahua dogs. Shorthaired Chihuahuas can be identified by a smooth coat and generally experience limited shedding or malting. They also are likely to have a slight bend or curvature in the tail. Longhaired Chihuahuas have ears that are fringed with fur, a long fluffy tail and have a soft coat that can have either flat or curly hair.
The terms "teacup" and "mini" when applied to Chihuahuas are merely commercial designations used to try to elicit high prices from the buyer. All Chihuahuas are genetically a toy breed, and breeding to produce the tiniest dog possible is a long-established custom. Don't be fooled into paying more for a Chihuahua merely because of its description.
The 10th most popular breed in the US is the Chihuahua. They are an intelligent breed. They weigh six pounds or less. They are six to nine inches tall. They are very protective of their owners and their territory, despite their small size. The most popular Chihuahua type is the tan shorthaired, which was made popular because of the Taco Bell commercials.
Chihuahuas are great if you live in a small residence. They are long-lived (16 years or more). The shorter-haired Chihuahuas need to keep warm, especially while sleeping, so they like to sleep under a blanket. One friend has a Chihuahua that is so emphatic about being covered that he growls at her if uncovered!
Chihuahuas are thought to be the oldest breed on dog in the Americas. They are believed to have been developed by breeding small Chinese dogs the Spanish brought to the continent. The original ancestor dates back to the 2nd century B.C. and was somewhat bigger--researchers believe the upper classes at the time adopted these as their symbols.
Whatever type of Chihuahua you locate through your search, be careful not to pass up this faithful and fun-loving breed. Chihuahuas are dedicated pets and cherished companions. With a Chihuahua by your side, you will be loved and entertained for many years. Let me warn you, however - it's hard not to want more than one!