Teacup Dog, Teacup Dogs
The Chihuahua is one of the smallest breeds of dog. It is named after a Mexican state of Chihuahua. There are many legends regarding the origin of this dog. It is believed that Chihuahuas originated in Mexico. There are also some historians that think that Chihuahuas came from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1904. They are usually up to 10 inches tall and weigh under 3 kilograms. Their life span is between 10 to 17 years. Chihuahuas come in white, black, tan and many other colors. Their litter size is usually 4.
There are two types of Chihuahua dogs that are recognized by most major kennel clubs, including a long haired Chihuahua and a short haired Chihuahua. They belong to the same breed, but the only difference is their coats. Most common coat colors are fawn, red, cream, chocolate, blue and black. Chihuahuas may have a bad temperament if not trained properly. They make good pets with grown ups that are patient and calm. These dogs can be protective over its owners and are fiercly loyal. They may not always get along with other dog breeds. Chihuahuas are usually healthy dogs, but may require some veterinary attention with birthing and dental care. They are also prone to neurological anomalies such as seizures.
Chihuahuas are the only dogs to be born with moleras which is an incomplete skull. Their skull will form during the first six months of their life. Some moleras may not close at all which requires attention and care to prevent the Chihuahua from injuring. Chihuahuas are loving and affectionate dogs that become easily attacked to their owners. They are loyal and make excellent pets and companions. In Mexico, this breed is commonly known as Chihuahueno or New Yorker.