I’m starting a new series here on the blog called Breed Profiles where I’ll post some fun facts and information about specific breeds. You know I had to kick off the series with of course, the Chihuahua. This is the first post in the series and it’s full of Chihuahua tips and facts. Here’s a fun infographic I created that you can share or pin.
Let’s dive into some fun facts about why Chihuahuas are such irresistible pets. I also recommend checking out our post, Ten Tips for Taking Care of Your Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas Are Unique!
There is only one breed of Chihuahua but they come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.
There is a smooth (short) and long coat Chihuahua. The next differentiator is the head shape; apple or deer head.
Chihuahuas come in a wider variety of colors than any other breed. The American Kennel Club lists more than 40 different colors and markings.
Chuy Chihuahua, our blog mascot is a blue, smooth coat, deer head Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas are Proud Aztec Warriors!
“My name is Papi. I am descended from an ancient line of proud warriors. My ancestors went into battle, alongside Aztec soldiers. Today, we move within the inner circles of the wealthiest and most powerful people on the planet. Who am I? The question is…What am I? I’m a Chihuahua” ~Papi, Beverly Hills Chihuahua
It’s true what Papi from Beverly Hills Chihuahua said. Chihuahua’s have a proud Mexican heritage as they were considered sacred by the Aztec and Toltec tribes. Yes, the Chihuahua is named after the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. In fact, they are the oldest breed of dog found in North America.
Small But Mighty!
Chihuahuas are the world’s smallest breed of dog. However, don’t let their size fool you! Chihuahuas are full of personality and a zest for life. They don’t let their small size stand in the way of what they want. Chihuahuas can range from 2 – 10 lbs. Some are naturally smaller than others.
Not every single Chihuahua is a yappy ankle biter like many people believe. Yes, they are a feisty little breed with an even bigger heart. As a breed they can be extremely clingy and only want to be around one or two people which they consider “their people.” This clinginess can turn into aggression if you don’t properly socialize them. I cannot stress enough how important it is to train and socialize your Chihuahua from an early age to get them exposed to different types of people and dogs. That said, Chihuahuas make excellent companion dogs as they are loyal, affectionate, and highly intelligent dogs with a heart of gold.
The Chihuahua Lifestyle
Chihuahuas love warm weather and don’t do well in cold temperatures. They actually need a jacket or sweater in the winter to keep warm. This pic was taken during Chuy’s first snow and he was not interested in going outside! Like most Chihuahuas, he loves to sit outside in the warmer temps and soak up the sun!
Since Chihuahuas are so small they are perfect for apartments or smaller homes where it can be challenging to have a bigger dog. Chihuahuas are relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming and shedding which I love!
Research Before You Adopt!
Always do your research before you think about adopting a new dog into your life. Make sure that the breed fits your lifestyle and you fit theirs. Personally, I think Chihuahuas are an amazing and loving breed that will bring so much happiness and fun into your life! If you are ready to bring a Chihuahua into your life, I recommend checking out Chihuahua Rescue and Transport as they have many Chi’s looking for a FURever home!
What Do You Think?
Let me know what you think of this new series in the comments below and what breed you’d like to see profiled next! Also, if you’re interested in guest posting about your favorite breed, let me know!