The Chihuahua (also called "Chi" for short) is considered the smallest dog breed in the world. Despite its size, this dog is known for its courageous and very lively character. Here you can find out everything about temperament, characteristics and breed-specific information.
- breed: Chihuahua
- Origin: Mexico
- Weight: 1 to 3 kg
- Height at withers: 33 to 40 cm
- Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
- Coat: short or long
- Color: solid color, with markings or spotted – white, Brown, black, tan, red, cream
- Character: brave, strong-willed, lively, loyal, attentive, people-oriented
The Chihuahua probably originates from Mexico, where Toltecs and Aztecs kept it as a domestic dog. legends say that Chihuahuas were not only considered sacred sacrificial animals, but were idolized by Aztec chiefs because of their bright eyes and round head and even accompanied them to the grave. The animal should show them the way through the underworld to paradise, on condition that the owner has treated the little dog well during his lifetime.
The breed status of the Chihuahuas has its origin in the middle of the 19th century. Century in the USA. Shortly after, the little dogs spread all over the world. 1904 is a first breed description in the magazine "Our Dogs" Documents. This one comes from the vaudeville artist Rosina V. Casselli, who trained Chihuahuas for her performances. In the same year followed the first registration in the US stud book. In Germany, the first dogs of this breed were registered in 1956.