meet theChihuahua

theHistory

Training &Temperament

Chihuahuas are alert dogs with terrier-like qualities. They are good with families if the children are gentle and patient. Because of their small size, they require little exercise and are good city dogs, but can be sensitive to cold temperatures. He can also thrive with activities in rural environments because of his hardiness. The Chihuahua is highly intelligent. Obedience training should be considered to ensure he becomes a well-behaved companion.

  • Children

    Yes

    68% agree

  • Other Pets

    Yes

    84%agree

  • Training

    Yes

    86% agree

  • Time Alone

    Yes

    66% agree

Did You Know?

The Chihuahua comes in two varieties: long and smooth coat.

The Toltecs, who existed in what is now Mexico as early as the 9th century AD, possessed a breed of dog called the Techichi. This breed, regarded as indigenous to Central America, is the progenitor of the Chihuahua that exists today.

The breed derives its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua, where the earliest specimens of the breed were found.

The Chihuahua is clannish, preferring companions of his own breed.

Pictures of dogs resembling the modern Chihuahua appear in ancient paintings in Mexico.

It is assumed that the small size of the modern Chihuahua results from a cross of the Techichi with the small hairless dog brought from Asia to Alaska over the land bridge that is now the Bering Strait.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Blue & Tan 044
Chocolate 071
Chocolate & Tan 072
Cream 076
Fawn 082
Fawn & White 086
Red 140
Black & Red 014
Black & Silver 016
Black & White 019
Black Sabled Fawn 354
Black Sabled Silver 353
Blue 037
Blue & White 045
Blue Brindled Fawn 356
Blue Fawn 036
Chocolate & White 271
Chocolate Blue 359
Chocolate Brindled Fawn 355
Chocolate Sabled Fawn 358
Cream & White 077
Fawn Brindled Black 357
Gold 091
Gold & White 092
Red & White 146
Silver 176
Silver & White 182
White 199

Markings

Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Brindling 073
Black Mask 004
Black Sabling 072
Merle Markings 035
Spotted On White 071
White Markings 014
Black Mask, White Markings 005
Blue Mask 006
Cream Markings 044
Fawn Markings 008
Red Markings 023
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