The Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world. It is extremely petite, but has a lot of energy. It is also quite brave. Despite its small size, it keeps a close eye on its surroundings. At the same time, he is quite playful, and loves to go for a walk with his master, or snuggle up with his master on the sofa.
The name of the Chihuahua refers to a province in Mexico. The animal has been around for a very long time. The animal has played an important role in the religion of Indian people. The Toltecs were probably the first to keep this dog. The dog had a special status. It was said that this dog was sacred. In addition, the dog played an important, but also sad, role during the funeral of a deceased person. The animal was used as a sacrifice. It was said that the dog would take the sins of the deceased with it and that the dog would accompany the deceased in his journey through the hereafter.
The Chihuahua was widely kept on the Mexican border at the end of the 19th century. American tourists were interested in this small dog and took it home. Transatlantic tourists then introduced the dog to Europe.
The Chihuahua may be the smallest dog, but it is also very brave. So brave, in fact, that it has a tendency to overestimate itself. He has no trouble whatsoever in going to large dogs to start barking. It may be nice that the dog is so brave, but it is also dangerous. Other dogs will not always thank the Chihuahua for this.
The Chihuahua is also an energetic dog. It loves to play a little, but it also likes to crawl on the lap of its owner. Although the dog is quite small, it is not always a good idea to let it play with small children. He is just a bit too frail for that.
This dog is extremely intelligent. They quickly realise that many people are fond of them. They like to take advantage of this. It is fine for the dog to be sweet and cute, but he needs to know his limits. The owner will have to teach the dog that there are limits for him too and that he has to respect them. The animal must therefore be taught obedience from a young age.