The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes these pint-sized pooches as “graceful, charming, and sassy.” Their pocket-sized portability and irresistible cuteness make them an attractive pet. Do you know just how popular they are among dog owners in America, where they originated, or that they come in more colors than you’ll find in a bag of M&M’s? Read on to find out more Chihuahua facts!
Take a Guess Where They Originated From-
The Chihuahua received its name from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico (surprised?). Chihuahua, Mexico is the largest state in Mexico. In the late 1800’s, American travelers visiting the area encountered Chihuahua merchants and brought them back to the U.S.
Very Few Varieties-
The American Kennel Club, and other reputable canine organizations, only recognizes two varieties of the breed: long coat and smooth coat (short hair). Chihuahua’s are also either described as “apple head”, or “deer head,” depending on their facial structure.
World’s Smallest Breed
With an average weight of just 2-6 pounds and height of 6-10 inches, when fully grown, it’s no secret that they hold the title of the World’s Smallest Breed. Their size makes them an attractive choice for small house or apartment living.
They Have a Soft Spot, Not Just in Our Hearts-
A soft spot, or Molera, commonly found on the skull in approximately 80-90% of all newborn Chihuahuas. Normally, it closes as the pup matures; though, some live their entire lives with it. Ironically, they also have the biggest brain of any other breed!
Your Chihuahua Could Outlive You-
Living 15-20 years on average, the Chihuahua has one of the longest lifespans of any breed. Few health problems to which the breed is predisposed is key to the breeds longevity. First recognized in 1903, Chihuahua’s are also one of the AKC’s oldest official dog breeds.
Coat of Many Colors-
From black, fawn, red, and blue, Chihuahuas have a wide variety of colors. In fact, the AKC currently recognizes 30 different coat colors and color combinations. Of all of the options, solid white-without any markings, is the rarest.
Weak in the Knees-
The Chihuahuas’ small joints and bones often causes issues, especially in their knees. Additional, they are also prone to shaking and seizures. Neither of these things should cause concern, just something to watch out for!
Don’t let the small stature fool you, these pups are known for having “small dog syndrome,” or a big dog stuck in a tiny body. You’ll quickly find them in charge, and running the house!