The Chihuahua is a small Mexican dog breed, only getting about 5-8 inches and never weighing more than 6 pounds.
They also live a long lifespan of 16 years and are pretty healthy as well.
In this article, I will talk about 8 things you may have not known about the Chihuahua.
Chihuahua Means “Between Two Waters”
Chihuahua is actually a Nahuatl word that means “between two waters”.
Some historians believe that the name is actually older than the Spanish Conquest of Mexico which started in 1519!
They Were Named After A State In Mexico
Chihuahuas were actually named after a state in Mexico named “Chihuahua”.
The state is located in Northwest Mexico near the states Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila.
Chihuahuas Are Born With Their Ears Down
We all know that Chihuahuas are a spitz breed, which means that their ears are pointy and always pointing upward. But, did you know that Chihuahuas are born with their ears down?
Believe it or not! It’s true! Their ears only start to point upward after around 6 months after their birth.
Teacup Chihuahuas Aren’t Real
They are often called runts, but they are also called pocket-sized Chihuahuas, tiny Chihuahuas, micro Chihuahuas, and other names as well.
Long-haired Chihuahuas Are Easy To Grooom
Believe it or not, long-haired Chihuahuas are easier to groom than short-haired ones! They also shed less!
Long-haired Chihuahuas don’t need to have their coat trimmed, unlike other dog breeds.
A Newborn Teacup Chihuahua Can Fit In A Teacup
Newborn teacup Chihuahuas, also known as tiny Chihuahuas or micro Chihuahuas, can actually fit in a teacup!
That’s just proof how tiny these dogs really are! So, if you want a extremely tiny dog, get a teacup Chihuahua!
Chihuahuas Are One Of The Tiniest Dogs Out There
Speaking of tiny dogs, the Chihuahua is one of the smallest dogs in the world!
Yep, that’s right! They are that tiny! In fact, like I stated in the beginning of this article, they never get any higher than 9 inches tall!
They Are One Of The Oldest Dog Breeds To Be Recognized by AKC
All the way back in 1903, the Chihuahua was officially recognized by the AKC.
That’s almost 120 years ago! They are also one of the oldest dog breeds. They were depicted on sculptures and pots that were dated all the way back to 300 B.C.! That’s over 2,300 years ago!
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