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An image shared on social media recently referencing the May 25, 2004, volume of The Watley Review Science and Medicine, stated a DNA study found that a "Chihuahua is actually a type of large rodent, selectively bred for centuries to resemble a canine." This is, of course, false and the article was satirical in nature. So what is the background on this unique dog breed?
What's tiny in size and huge in personality? The Chihuahua! It's the smallest breed in the world and is perhaps one of the most distinctive and recognizable among dog breeds.
Named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua, this outgoing and bold dog gained popularity in America through their celebrity owners and on-screen presence in popular movies and TV shows.
Their larger-than-life personality appeals to both men and women. Chihuahuas are affectionate and often forge a close bond with a single person. They make great companions for people who love having their pet follow them everywhere around the house and whenever they're out shopping.
Before getting a Chihuahua, you should consider if it will be a good fit for your family's needs and lifestyle.
Do not keep a Chihuahua if you have very young children who may roughhouse and injure the pup. They are often easily frightened and provoked to attack. The dog's small size makes them fragile and more vulnerable to injuries.
The Chihuahua makes an excellent house dog. If you're busy at work or school for most of the day, they'll do fine if left alone during that time. That said, dogs need social interaction and should not be left alone too long otherwise they may become destructive out of boredom or anxiety.
The Chihuahua exhibits a "clannish" nature and prefers to mix with its own breed over other dogs. They do well to have another Chihuahua to play and hang out with. This is something to keep in mind if you own other dogs as while there are Chihuahuas who are aggressive towards other dogs, there are also many who live happily with other dog breeds. As with all dogs, it is important that you properly train and socialize your dog as early as possible to reinforce healthy, well-rounded behavior.
Despite the Chihuahua's small size, exercise and training are important. It's amazing how much energy is packed into that tiny frame. Running around and playing in very small spaces will usually give them enough exercise to keep them happy, which makes them ideal if you live in an apartment.
Consider meeting your new best friend from an animal shelter. There are many dogs waiting for loving homes and you can make the difference to give a dog the life it deserves!