Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 14-18 years
Weight: Male: 2.5-2.7, Female: 2-2.5
Height: Male: 6-8, Female: 5-7
Origin of Name: Chihuahuas are the smallest breed recognized by some kennel clubs.
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Dogs like Chihuahua adorn the artifacts of lost civilizations of the world. Trade was generally considered among ancient cultures, so it is no surprise that similar dogs took root in far-flung places. How the Chihuahua type first came to the people of Mexico, however, remains a mystery of prehistory. We know that when Toltec dominated in Mexico a thousand years ago, their breed of choice was a large, heavy ancestor of today's Chi.
The Aztecs conquered Toltec in the 12th century. Historians have credited the Aztec with technically refining it into a smaller, lighter dog. By the time the Spanish conquistadors acquired Aztec civilization in the 1500s, Tecchi was inextricably linked with Aztec culture, it was considered one of the able treasures of Montezuma, once the conquest of Cortez. The aftermath was lost forever.
But Hardy small dogs lived in remote villages and in the mid-1800s, when Americans began to become interested in the breed, they found many specimens in the state of Chihuahua. Hence it was that this survivor of two lost civilizations gained worldwide fame as a Chihuahua. In 1908 the first AKC-registered Chihuahua, a little boy named Bepi, was recorded.
The famous bandit Javier Kugat did much to popularize the Chihuahua in the 1940s and 50s. Recently, these natural artists stole the show in ""Beverly Hills Chihuahua,"" ""Legally Blonde,"" and ""Sex and the City"". Chihuahua is the name of the minor-league baseball team of El Paso, Texas.