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The Chihuahua: An Excellent Family Dog

May 31, 2008
The name of the Chihuahua comes from the Mexican state that is located next to west Texas and New Mexico, but the breed actually came from the ancient Techichi dogs of the Toltecs when they were crossed with a hairless dog from the Orient. Indigenous to Central America Techichi dogs were a heavy-boned small dog that had a long coat. The modern day Chihuahua is smaller than the Techichi and the original breed was mute. When the Aztecs conquered the Toltecs the dogs became a sacred icon of the upper class society and was used in religious ceremonies to help guide the spirits of the dead.

By the time the Chihuahua breed was discovered in the United States in the 1850s it had been crossed with a hairless breed from the Orient, which led to the modern breed we see today. The Chihuahua was discovered in the Chihuahua state of Mexico, which is located near Texas and New Mexico, this is also where the name for the breed comes from. The breed was then added to the American Kennel Club in 1904.

Graceful, alert and agile with a compact and terrier like quality is the official description of the Chihuahua breed given by the American Kennel Club. Generally the Chihuahua is a very graceful, energetic and swift dog, but each Chihuahua has it's own unique personality and some can be very grumpy, haughty or even nasty when provoke if they have an extreme terrier like quality to them.

The Chihuahua still may not be a suitable pet for households with small or noisy children due to the chance that they can be clannish at times and occasionally a dog may be suspicious of people other than their owner.

However, the Chihuahua breed may not be good for households with small or noisy children and households with a lot of people since they can be clannish at times and will be suspicious of other people besides the owners. In general it is best to consider the temperament of the individual Chihuahua before you can decide if this breed of dog is the right pet for you and your household.

Despite the Chihuahuas small size, they often aren't aware of it. Many times a Chihuahua will be much bolder than other dogs that are three times or more their size. Because of their fierce loyalty to only one or two individuals the breed will often become highly protective of their owners. It is because of this nature that they are often wary of strangers or any new guests that are introduced to the household that the Chihuahua considers it's personal domain.

While the Chihuahua doesn't make a good guard dog, it is this personality trait that makes them an excellent watchdog. Human contact is necessary for a Chihuahua such as touching, petting and general attention. The breed will often resort to attention getting tricks if they don't get the attention they want.

For some the Chihuahua comes across as too needy, but the breed will give you so much back in return for your love, affection and care.
About the Author
About the author: Sandra Dean is a passionate lover of the Chihuahua and owns a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Chihuahua. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Chihuahua Training plus a whole lot more.
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