Chihuahua Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Chihuahua Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits Apartment living, companionship

Shedding/Non-Shedding; Moderate

Size: Small (Toy)


The Chihuahua is a breed of dog that originated in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Techichi, a sacred dog of the ancient Toltecs, is a potential predecessor of the breed. The Chihuahua's forebears may have existed before the ninth century; others say the breed's diminutive stature is the consequence of crossbreeding with Chinese crested dogs.

Chihuahua is one of the smallest breeds in the world and because of its small stature and big personality, it's also very identifiable. Taco Bell commercial campaigns featuring the breed, as well as the featuring of Chihuahuas in reality television series as purse dogs of rich, famous young ladies, enhanced the breed's appeal in the 1990s and early 2000s.


Chihuahuas are excellent companion dogs. They're loyal and enjoy being noticed, although they may be a little sassy! They can make wonderful family pets, but they can be aggressive against strangers or children who appear to be a threat due to their small size. When strangers or small children engage with your Chihuahua for the first time, caution should be shown to protect everyone's safety and your dog's comfort.

Despite their reputation as lap dogs, Chihuahuas are lively creatures who enjoy being kept busy. They, like other tiny breed dogs, are prone to barking.

Pros and cons to consider


  • Very cute and adorable
  • Excellent pets for apartment living
  • Easy to groom
  • Perfect travel buddy
  • Intelligent and great watch dogs


  • Tendency to bond with a single person only in the family
  • Barks a lot
  • They do not do very well with other pets
  • Sensitive spots in the body and can have health issues

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