How Much Do You Know About Chihuahuas?
Here's a challenge, try and figure out the doggy version of Peter Dinklage. Got it? If the name " Chihuahua " passed your mind, well, that's the answer. Talk about having one of the biggest personalities in the doggy world, Chihuahuas are no pushovers as this small size breed could be fierce and aggressive dogs, but at the same time, cute. (Awww...) Here are the 10 fun facts about Chihuahua.
Fun Fact #1 : Their Origin
This breed got its name from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, thought to be the major border crossing when this dog was brought into the United States. While experts are certain the small dogs come from Mexico, the route they took to Europe is less clear. Some point to Christopher Columbus, who wrote a letter to the King of Spain referencing the tiny dogs. It's possible that he brought some of the canines back from his travels. Some say that Christopher Columbus believed this breed was mute when he first came across them. The facts are just a little bit different. Historians agree that he must have been surprised by his discovery of the Chihuahua, a dog never previously seen by the English.
Fun Fact #2 : They Used To Be Big
The earlier version of the dog was probably much larger than the ones we see today. After being crossed with a smaller hairless dog from Asia, perhaps a Chinese crested brought to Alaska across the Bering Strait, the breed shrank in size.
Fun Fact #3 : Born with Molera
Like human babies, chihuahuas have a soft spot on their heads called molera. But unlike babies, a chihuahua might have the spot for its whole life. It remains for about half for all Chihuahuas. The breed standard does not have a preference for this. Show dogs aren't penalized for having them.
Fun Fact #4 : Big Things, in Small Packages
These tiny dogs have giant personalities and will rule the house, if you let them. It’s sometimes difficult to be firm with a Chihuahua because he’s so charming and entertaining. But he needs to be taught the ground rules, or you’ll find yourself being bossed around by a four-pound monarch. One study found that the tiny pups are one of the most aggressive breeds toward humans and dogs outside their own breed. To combat this, owners are urged to socialize them with other people and dogs early.
Fun Fact #5 : Don't leave them alone in the backyard
If you're interested to own a Chihuahua, don't ever leave them alone in the backyard. This is because as harmless as the situation may seem, they can be deemed as food for prey birds. Apart from that, leaving them wander alone on the streets will also endanger thems as they have false sense or knowledge of their capabilities. They could bump into Pit Bulls and instinctively think they can take them down. Therefore, always keep your Chihuahua close to you.
Fun Fact #6 : Not So Friendly... With Kids
As friendly as they can be, the Chihuahuas don't tend to play well with kids. This is because kids tend to be reckless and slightly rough on this tiny breed such as accidentally dropping them while carrying them up. This is a breed more suitable for adults and needs to be handled with maturity.
Fun Fact #7 : The Einstein of Dogs
In a comparison of brain to body size ratio, the Chihuahua is the leader of the pack with the largest sized brain. They're quick-witted and easy to train. They can successfully compete in dog activities, like agility and obedience trials They're not, however, easy to housebreak as a result of a tiny bladder and a willful personality. As desert dogs, they’re also not too keen on the rain or cold
Fun Fact #8 : Cesarean Sections
This breed has more Cesarean sections than any other due to the Chihuahua newborn's extremely large head in relation to his body and the narrow width of most female dams. Just like the French Bulldogs, their natural built doesn't allow them to naturally reproduce easily.
Fun Fact #9 : Terrorism in 2014
No, there ain't no guns involved. In 2014, a group of strays overran a small town in Arizona. Packs of the dogs would run around Maryvale, terrorizing children and defecating freely. They would form large groups and harass the townsfolk. Sometimes they even teamed up with larger dogs. "I seen six or seven Chihuahuas ... and big dogs running with the Chihuahua's in a pack running every single day," a resident told Fox News. Residents made about 6000 calls to Animal Control, which had a difficult time wrangling the disobedient pooches.
Fun Fact #10 : Celebrity Chihuahua, Named Gidget
In the late '90s, Taco Bell ran commercials featuring a Chihuahua voiced by Carlos Alazraqui saying “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" The dog, named Gidget, was found at a kennel. She didn’t have dog show good looks. She had an undershot jaw and big ears, but she knew she was a star. In addition to her Taco Bell gig, the diva dog also appeared in Legally Blonde 2 and a GEICO commercial. As her star rose, Gidget was credited with sparking a resurgence in the breed's popularity. When she passed away in 2009, Taco Bell released a statement : "Our deepest sympathies go out to her owners and fans."