Chihuahua History

The Toltecs had a breed of dog called the Techichi. This dog was small not tiny and of heavy boned structure. The Techichi is the progenitor of the Chihuahua that we know today.

There has been speculation regarding the discovery of the earliest specimans. There is a letter from Christopher Columbus reporting that he found a small kind of dogs. Archaeologists have discovered remains of this breed in human graves in Mexico and in parts of the United States.

Chihuahuas are connected with the worship of deities , with travel of the soul to the underworld, and in relation to the human body. The breed was believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits and guide the dead to their destination.

Fun Facts:

  • The Smoothcoat chihuahua are the most numerous in the United States.

  • The chihuahua is clannish, recognizing and preferring its own kind.

  • Midget is the name of the first chihuahua registered by the AKC in 1904.

  • Chihuahuas are the worlds smallest dog. At maturity they are generally between 2 to 6 pounds.

  • The average life span is 13 to 15 years and many living well into their late teens.

  • Chihuahuas are born with floppy ears which begin to stand as they grow.