What Do We Know About Chihuahuas?
There are lots of myths and legends about chihuahuas. Some ideas have their roots in ancient myths and some are just plain silly nonsense. Here are 8 super facts about chihuahuas
Chihuahuas shiver all the time.
Not all chihuahuas shake and shiver. If a chi is shaking excessively they could be cold, or anxious. He could have low blood sugar, an ear infection or a more serious underlying problem. If your chi shakes all the time maybe get him checked out by a vet.
Chihuahuas are indoor dogs
Nothing could be further from the truth. Chihuahuas like a walk and a rummage like any other dog. Getting out in the fresh air for a sniff about is good for their mental wellbeing. Chihuahuas are rocking dog agility.
Chihuahuas are highly intelligent
Some debate on this, they have the largest brain to body ratio but does this affect their IQ? They are reported to have; “Fair Working Intelligence”. They are highly trainable if you can get past their stubborn streak!
Chihuahuas don’t shed
Chihuahuas do shed, both long and short coat. There has been some suggestion that short coat chis shed more than the long coat. Some chihuahuas have an undercoat they will shed twice a year. But they are a light shedder compared to other breeds.
Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world
They are the smallest dog breed, but the original chihuahua were not so tiny. It is selective breeding that has reduced the chi to the size it is today. Some chis will grow to the size of a small terrier and this is more their original heritage size. Merle chihuahuas are reported to grow larger than the average chihuahua.
Chihuahuas were not always named after the Mexican state.
Originally, they were called the “Arizona Dog”, especially within America. This made sense because “Chihuahua” is notoriously difficult to spell.
Chihuahuas live a long time
They do have a long-life span, some will live to 18 – 20 years. The oldest know Chihuahua was called Megabyte. He lived until he was 20 years & 265 days old. Megabyte died on 01 January 2014.
Chihuahua have the widest range of coat colours
They do have one of the widest range of coat colours than other dog breeds. Their nearest rival is the border collie.
Chihuahuas are Hypoallergenic
Chihuahuas are not hypoallergenic. Although it is reported that people who have allergies can tolerate chihuahuas there is no medical evidence to support this. There is an ancient myth that chihuahuas can cure their owner’s ailments such as asthma and this is probably where this idea came from. It is not a good idea to buy a chihuahua based on this idea.
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