Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Chihuahua dog breed is considered graceful, alert, and swift-moving. Though Chihuahuas are little dogs, they're hardly meek. Chihuahua dogs are often considered to have a "saucy" expression with overall terrier-like qualities. The Chihuauhua breed's ultra-compact size has earned the nicknames "mini," "tiny toy," and "teacup." (source: Wikipedia)
Recommended for: family pet
The Chihuahua breed is widely thought a good dog for children because of the dogs' size. For the same reason, Chihuahuas are thought suitable dogs to share an apartment with. The Chihuahua dog breed is also thought to be adaptable when it comes to living in different environments. (Source: Wikipedia.)
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
Chihuahua Physical Characteristics
Here are the characteristics of the Chihuahua breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: Weight: 6 pounds or less
* Coat: Short-coated dogs: smooth, soft-textured, close and glossy. Long-coated dogs: soft-texture and either flat or slightly curly
* Color: Any color, solid, marked or splashed
* Eyes: Full, but not protruding
* Ears: Large and standing straight up
* Skull: Well-rounded "apple dome" skull
* Muzzle: short, slightly pointed
* Nose: Self-colored in blond types, or black
* Tail: Long
The Chihuahua's Origins and History
Here are some quick facts on the history of the Chihuahua breed, based on information from Wikipedia.
Country/Region of Origin: Mexico
Name: Named for a state in Mexico.
Historical notes: They are the oldest canine breed in North America and the smallest breed of dog.