Chihuahua


"Smallest of all breeds, the Chihuahua boasts a big spirit and a colorful history...

"Aztec Indians used Chihuahua as personal guardians and considered them sacred, capable of taking on the sins of the deceased and transporting souls to the underworld" (45).

"...the Chihuahua -- or "Chi," as he is affectionately known... natural born performers... has a terrier's inquisitiveness.. small size makes them susceptible to temperature extremes" (46).

"Long and smooth Chis share a common breed standard, differing only in coat" (45).

under 6 lbs.

Chihuahua Club of America

"Known health problems: heart problems, luxating patellas (kneecaps that slip out of place), and early tooth loss" (46).

"Taming the Tiny Tyrant: Avoid encouraging the Chihuahua's natural Napoleonic complex by teaching good behavior... never use a choke chain on the Chihuahua's delicate throat. Many breeders suggest using a harness instead of a collar.

"Because they need to relieve themselves frequently and you can easily miss their accidents, you may find Chihuahuas challenging to housetrain. Many owners... paper-train them" (47).

"Ready that tiny toothbrush. "Dental care is the most important aspect of Chihuahua care, for greater longevity. Dental bacteria can travel to the heart and cause an infection," Whittle says. The Chihuahua's teeth grow close together and weekly brushing as well as annual professional cleaning can help keep teeth healthy and prevent early tooth loss...

"The breed's characteristic well-rounded skull is call "apple come"...

"Toy hoarders and comedians, Chihuahuas love to make mischief just for a good laugh...

"A naturaly traveler, the Chihuahua would rather come with you...

"Chi people sometimes joke that their dogs must be moles because of their fondness for digging and burrowing under the covers...

"Most important, Chihuahuas need attention. "They require a lot of emotional maintenance.." .." (Eve Adamson. "Sweet 'n Sassy." Dog Fancy, June 2004: 44-48).


Colby Glass, MLIS