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.
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.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Blue & Tan||044|
|Chocolate & Tan||072|
|Fawn & White||086|
|Black & Red||014|
|Black & Silver||016|
|Black & White||019|
|Black Sabled Fawn||354|
|Black Sabled Silver||353|
|Blue & White||045|
|Blue Brindled Fawn||356|
|Chocolate & White||271|
|Chocolate Brindled Fawn||355|
|Chocolate Sabled Fawn||358|
|Cream & White||077|
|Fawn Brindled Black||357|
|Gold & White||092|
|Red & White||146|
|Silver & White||182|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Spotted On White||071|
|Black Mask, White Markings||005|