These breeds are not a type of rodent bred to look like a doggie. This pet is an urban legend that has been thoroughly debunked.
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed around the world and the oldest breed in North America with it`s origins shrouded in mystery. The Chihuahua came into prominence about 100 years ago in Mexico but a lot of believe the pet dog originally came from Egypt while others insist that the Chinese first bred the pooch.
They can live up to 15 years old and make fantastic flat dogs due to their small size. They characteristically do not like or want the outdoors and really hate the cold which accounts for their tendency to shiver. A dog sweater is often a welcome gift and is well tolerated on cooler days.
A lot of human beings carry them but it can be a good idea to let them walk to keep fit with various 10-15 minute walks a day enough to maintain general fitness. It is better to use a dog harness instead of a dog collar when walking to prevent choking and throat injuries since of their delicate bone structure.
An affectionate pooch, they really love to snuggle, also make good watchdogs and are safe around kids provided they are not teased. These breeds are also realitively cheap to own since they visibly don’t eat as much food as a bigger animal dog.
These doggies are born with a soft spot on the top of their head similar to a human being that doesn`t constantly close so care must be taken to avoid serious bumps and repeated jumping down from an armchair, couch or bed can cause stress injuries on leg joints so you might want to look at purchasing a doggie ramp if you take such kind of pet.
There are two types of Chihuahuas that are identical except for coat length, the long-haired and the short-haired. With the short-haired being the more popular as evidenced by all of the appearences in movies and television.