Chihuahuas are among the most popular and oldest dog breed in the United States. The dogs are recognized for their feisty personality and small sizes. Most breeders describe the dogs as being fearless, lovable, and fiercely loyal companions. These traits are among the many that have made Chihuahua feature in Hollywood blockbusters and TV commercials. Having said so, these are 5 astonishing facts about Chihuahua.
No one has true facts about where Chihuahua originated from. However, it has a long background that dates back in the mid-19th C, in Mexico. The Techichi was the early ancestor of Chihuahua. This is a tiny dog breed that used to live with the Toltecs and Mayans in the 8 A.D. (Animal planet)
The remains of Techichi were found in Casas Grandes in the Mexican State known as Chihuahua. That is why the breed was given that name.
Unlike the modern-day Chihuahua, the Techichis were large and had long-haired coats. In her book, D. Caroline Coile states that Toltecs kept Techichis as their source of food or as companions. (“Chihuahuas: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Behavior, and Training” by D. Caroline Coile). Later on, the Aztecs turned that around by taking the Techichis as sacred animals. They, therefore, used the animals in burial and healing. Continue reading