The Chihuahua is the smallest of all dogs breeds and has 2 coat varieties: smooth and longhaired. Originating in Mexico, they were bred for companionship and are known for their big, erect ears and prominent large eyes. The Chihuahua is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-14 years.
Likenesses of Chihuahua-like dogs decorate the artifacts of lost civilizations around the world. The hardy little dogs lived in remote villages and in the mid-1800s when Americans began to take an interest in the breed, they found many specimens in the State of Chihuahua. So it was that this survivor of two lost civilizations gained worldwide fame as the Chihuahua. The first AKC-registered Chihuahua, a little guy named Beppie, was recorded in 1908.
Chihuahuas have certain traits that would fit your lifestyle:
- Alert, curious, and busy
- Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
- Confident and self-reliant
- Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
- Doesn’t need much exercise
- Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat
However, no dog is perfect! You may have also noticed these characteristics:
- Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly
- Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers
- Fragile and easily injured because of her small size
- Needs frequent attention from her family
- Bold and fearless, may attack much larger dogs
- May have a tendency to bark excessively