Group: Pet dogs
Height: 15-20 cm
Weight: 1 to 2 kg
Color: Just about all colors and shades are possible.
Dealing with children
Dealing with others dogs
Dealing with other animals
The Chihuahua owes its name to a Mexican province. It is the oldest American dog breed known. It is believed that this breed was considered a sacred dog in the time of the Incas. Its name is said to mean "little dog of the sky" and is said to be a protection against demons. Towards the end of the last century tourists brought the dogs home, and these little dogs ended up in Europe.
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world.
The Chihuahua is a smart and lively little dog. He is enterprising and has a fairly large hunting instinct in him. He will chase and catch the mice in the neighborhood if he can.
In spite of its small stature, it is a courageous animal and has no fear of large dogs.
Nevertheless, this breed is less suitable for small children, as small dogs run the risk of being teased and taunted by them.
Alert as they are, they will immediately alert the boss at the slightest suspicious sound. For the rest he is really not barky, but he will show his displeasure by quietly grumbling and grunting.
Of this breed, there is a short-haired and long-haired variety. The short-haired species can best be maintained with a wet cloth and the long-haired dog is best washed monthly. Please note that both species shed and that the eyes need extra care.