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Chihuahua

Personality:Graceful, charming, and sassy

Coat & Grooming:Smooth-coated Chis should be brushed once or twice a month; the long-coated Chi, once or twice a week

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Though they love to scamper around a bit, Chihuahuas don’t need much exercise

Originally: Mexican State of Chihuahua

Nicknames: Chi

Size: Small

Meet the Chihuahua

​Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that come in many different colors and markings, and can have either long or short coats, but they all have large, alert ears, big moist eyes, and huge personalities. Inside each little Chihuahua is a miniature king or queen ready to rule their realms, so they need to be taught what is acceptable in human kingdoms. They are intelligent and enthusiastic, so they usually don’t need extensive training.

What's Their Story?

​The origin of the Chihuahua is somewhat of a mystery (complete with mummies). Some people think he might have come from the Fennec Fox, which is small and has big eyes and ears—just like the Chichi. It’s most likely related to the beloved dogs of Central American Indians, the Techichis, and the Mexican hairless dog. Chihuahuas have been loved throughout the ages—they appear in ancient stone carvings and mummies of them have been found buried with their masters. It just goes to show that nobody wants to go anywhere without their cherished Chichi!

What are they Like?

​Chihuahuas are animated and entertaining creatures, famously loyal, who’d happily spend most of their lives curled up in your lap. Though they like to run and play, Chihuahuas are mostly an indoor pet, and do well in apartments. Chihuahuas are fragile and have to be treated with care and kindness—they might not be the best choice for young children. They were bred for the warmth of Mexico and don’t do well in cold weather. They will seek out the sun and love to burrow under blankets to keep toasty, which makes them even more adorable.

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