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The Chihuahua is considered to be the smallest dog breed that exists and has been named after the place of Chihuahua in Mexico. Both through archaeological finds and mythical stories, this particular breed originated from Mexico. The most common and most likely theory is that these Chihuahuas have descended from the Techichi that was favored and preferred by Mexico's Toltec civilization to become their companion dogs.
It is indicated in the historical records that the Techichi dogs hunted in packs. Their traces can only go back to as the 9th century but it is very much possible that this kind is the native Mexican ancestor of the Chihuahua. The Aztecs, who conquered the Toltecs, believed that the Techichi dogs possess mystical powers. Where size is concerned, the Chihuahua at present times is much smaller compared to its ancestors. This change was thought to be the result of the Spanish bringing miniaturized Chinese dogs into South America. In 1850, this particular breed was found near Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico. This Mexican state serves as borders for Arizona, Texas and New Mexico, places where Chihuahuas first became prominent and were developed in the North America.
This dog breed does not specify any standards especially with its height, as it has many variations compared to other dog breeds. Generally, the Chihuahua's height would range from 6-10 inches, however, some of these dogs can grow tall and reach up to 12-15 inches. The standard weight for these dogs range from 4-7 pounds but if they are allowed to become overweight or if they have larger structures, then they could weigh up to 10 pounds or more. For their colors and spotting, the standard list includes solid colors of black and white, Dalmatian spotting, extreme black spotting, and other varieties of patterns and colors like Blue which is considered very rare, Chocolate, Cream, Fawn and Red. Combinations of these patterns and colors can greatly affect each other, which will then result to a higher degree of variation.
Being naturally protective and defensive, Chihuahuas are easily provoked and they do not always go well with other breeds, which are the reasons why they are not generally suitable for homes and households, especially those with small, rowdy children. These dogs can be overly hyper and energetic but are easy to please. They are always looking for attention and affection, and love to be petted. They can be yappy dogs, but with constant proper training, they can acquire a fine, terrier-like attitude.
Chihuahuas are not fit to become pets of small children because of their small size, temperament, and have a tendency to bite and hurt when they are frightened. It is very much recommended that children should be of school age or even older when adding and taking care of a Chihuahua inside their home. Also, keep in mind that Chihuahuas focus their loyalty and devotion on one single person alone, so they tend to become overly jealous of the other human relationships that his owner might have. This can be toned down through socialization. Chihuahuas also prefer the company and friendship of other fellow Chihuahuas than the other breeds of dog.