Remember this iconic dog from taco bell? For sure you do! If don’t, let us tell you, This is the iconic chihuahua “Gidet” that acquired popularity for its breed in the 20th century. After appearing in commercials, Chihuahuas gained huge popularity in the USA households and became the most adorable and popular small dog breed in the house. Not only that, there are much more other fun and important facts that you may not know about chihuahuas. So, in today’s video, we are revealing all those facts that you should know about chihuahuas, and these facts will make you love them even more! So, without waiting anymore, let’s jump into the chihuahuas’ world.
Facts You Should Know About Chihuahuas
Named After Its Origin
Before getting famous in TV commercials, chihuahuas have a long history back to the mid-19th century. Don’t be amazed but the chihuahua is actually named after the state of Mexico where it was first discovered. At first, these dogs had no specific names. People used to call these puppies Arizona dogs, the Mexico dog, and the Chihuahua dog based on their origin. And now they have become universally famous as chihuahuas.
Descended From The Techichi
Techichi is a wild dog, found in Mexico and used for ceremonial practices in the back centuries. These wild dogs are domesticated in Toltec civilization and are known to be mute in character. While chihuahuas are loud brats and are half the size of Techichi. Despite having different characteristics from Techichi, Chihuahuas are known as the modern form of those wild dogs. There are a lot of theories that Techichi is the ancestor of chihuahuas as they have similar physical traits.
Types Of Chihuahuas
You might have noticed some of the chihuahuas come in short hair and some come with long furs. On that note, chihuahuas are divided into 2 types, smooth-coat chihuahuas and long-coat chihuahuas. Smooth-coated ones have a little bit of rough and fine coats, while long-coated ones have silky fur, which sometimes looks fluffy. However, the interesting thing is, that long-fur chihuahuas shed only twice a year whereas short ones shed all around the year.
Smallest Breed In The World
According to the American Kennel Club, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world. These little pups grow around 6 to 9 inches tall with weights of 2 to 6 pounds. That’s why chihuahuas are also known as purse dogs that can be carried in the purses of their humans.
In 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records announced Miracle Millie the world’s smallest living dog which belongs to the chihuahua breed. This smallest dog is only 3.8 inches tall which no other dog breed can beat easily.
Needs Food All Time
Chihuahuas can’t last for long times, so they need food or at least a small snack at every time interval. Especially in the morning, they need a whole meal as they have fasted all night. This characteristic of chihuahuas might disturb you or make you feel like they eat a lot. But in reality, they need food because they are prone to Hypoglycemia. This is a health condition where dogs have low sugar levels due to their small sizes. So you must be aware of their food otherwise they can face medical emergencies.
Chihuahuas Have A Molera
Many dog breeds are born with Molera, a soft spot on the head that needs to be handled properly. Chihuahuas are one of those dog breeds that are born with Molera on the head and most chihuahuas carry this their whole life. So, if you have a chi having Molera, don’t ever poke their head and care for them like a little baby all the time.
Have Long Lives
It might seem confusing, but it’s true that these small-size dogs actually have a longer lifespan than other dog breeds. Despite having many health issues, little chi’s managed to live about 20 years! If you give your chi a healthy diet, proper exercise, regular vet visits, and a bunch of love, then they can happily stay by your side for a long time.
So, these are some important facts about chihuahuas that should be known by every chi parent. Hope you have found this article interesting and informative. Keep an eye on our website for more insightful content like this.