Chihuahua Dogs

Written by Sierra Rein
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Besides their adorable qualities, there are many other characteristics that make Chihuahua dogs great pets. Although there are some personality differences amongst the breed, for the most, part this type of dog is energetic, friendly and completely loyal to a kind owner. They actually make good guard dogs against intruders, although they are not quite as vicious as some might hope.

Chihuahua dogs live an average of about 15 years and are normally an average of six pounds. Smaller "teacup" Chihuahuas are quite popular, as are larger mixed breeds that can be up to 12 pounds in weight. They can be found in two varieties: longhaired and smooth coat.

A Short History of Chihuahua Dogs

The lineage of these sprightly dogs can be traced back to the ancient Toltec and Aztec tribes of South America. They were treated well as popular pets and were even considered a religious necessity amongst some tribes. Caucasian visitors finally discovered them in the town of Chihuahua, Mexico and began transporting them to European and American settlers around the globe.

In 1904, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed. Since then, Chihuahua dogs became even more popular and have been seen in dog shows around the world. Their attraction peaked in the late 1990s when a Taco Bell commercial featured a persistent, taco-hungry Chihuahua that was not afraid to speak his mind.

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