A graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy
expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.
Alert, with terrier-like qualities
In the Smooth Coats, the coat should be of soft
texture, close and glossy. (Heavier coats with undercoats
permissible.) Coat placed well over body with ruff on neck preferred,
and more scanty on head and ears. Hair on tail preferred furry. In Long
Coats, the coat should be of a soft texture, either flat or
slightly curly, with undercoat preferred. Ears-Fringed.
(Heavily fringed ears may be tipped slightly if due to the fringes and
not to weak ear leather, never down.) Tail-Full and long (as a
plume). Feathering on feet and legs, pants on hind legs and large ruff
on the neck desired and preferred.
Any color-Solid, marked or splashed.
This breed is clannish, recognizing and preferring his own kind. As a
rule, he does not like dogs of other breeds. Legend and history
are rich in tales of the ancestors of the present Chihuahua. He is
described as a popular pet, as well as a religious necessity, among
the ancient Toltec tribes and later among the Aztecs. Archaeologists
have discovered remains of this breed in human graves in Mexico and in
parts of the United States.
The modern Chihuahua is quite different from his early ancestors, with
his variegated colors ranging from snow white to jet black. Mexico
favors the jet black with tan markings, and the black and white
spotted. The United States prefers the solid colors.
So you want to own a Chihuahua?
The Chihuahua's size makes it a wonderful dog for people who live
in small city apartments.
The breed is very hardy and adaptable, but it must live inside a home
or an apartment, the Chihuahua should not live outside.
Chihuahuas are good travelers and can easily go anywhere with their
If you have some specific questions about the Chihuahua breed, please email our Education Officer at EducationCoordinator@chihuahua-rescue.com
***This information can be found on the AKC website. For other
information from the AKC about Chihuahuas, go to http://www.akc.org/breeds/chihuahua/.