Our family pet is a dog named
Peaches, a little Chihuahua. Chihuahuas are
cute and loveable small dogs with interesting characteristics and an
unconfirmed origin. Belonging to the smallest breed of dogs, there are two varieties of Chihuahuas: the ones
with a smooth short-haired coat and those with a long-hair fury coat.
Peaches has a smooth, shiny, short-hair black coat with a splash of tan
and white colors.
The history of Chihuahuas is
somewhat unclear. There are several theories with much overlap and some
agreement. One theory states that they originated from China and later
brought to the rest of the world by Spanish traders. A related theory
considers Chihuahuas as having European origin. Another belief views
them as originating from the ancient American Indian dogs. An extension
of this view is that Chihuahuas originated entirely in Central and
South America, predominately in Mexico’s largest state called Chihuahua.
With over 400 different dog breeds
around the world, the Chihuahua is labeled a domestic toy dog and is
among the smallest dogs in the world. With a domed-shaped head, the
typical Chihuahua also displays large upright ears, small and delicate
paws, and a short and slightly pointed snout. Our lively Peaches
displays clearly these purebred Chihuahua characteristics as she stands
at about 22 cm tall, weighing 2.5 kg.
Chihuahuas are known for their
somewhat unique personality traits. They tend to be intelligent, alert,
and eager to please – traits which have made Peaches easy to train. As
well, Chihuahuas tend to be devoted to only one person – Peaches is
very devoted to my daughter, sadly not to me. We also find that Peaches
recognizes and prefers other Chihuahuas. This is a common
characteristic of Chihuahuas – they are a little snobbish as they
generally don’t like dogs of other breeds.
Despite the great joy and fun
we’re having with Peaches, we try not to lose sight of potential
health disorders which may develop as she ages. Chihuahuas tend to
develop health problems related to eyesight, knees, breathing, muscles,
and kidneys. She’s now three years old, and most Chihuahuas have a
lifespan of about fourteen to eighteen years. So far, Peaches has been
quite healthy. We make sure that she visits the veterinarian for her
regular check-ups and scheduled vaccinations.
So, if you would like a dog for a
personal or family pet, then be sure to consider the Chihuahua. This
fun, playful, loyal and obedient small dog may just fit your needs and
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