The Chihuahueño It originates in Mexico and receives its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua, place where it was discovered and domesticated from the wild, In contrast to the belief that exists in some countries that the dog gave the name to the State already that the word “Chihuahua” means “arid and sandy” in rarámuri, language of the Tarahumara people. Although it is known as Chihuahua, the official name of the breed is Chihuahua, Chihuahua is the name adopted in United States for the race.
It is believed that they are descended from a race of ancient Hispaniola island, similar but slightly larger, associated with royalty in the Toltec civilization known as the Techichi (found remains of smaller dogs in ancient tombs at Mexico.
Chihuahuas were brought to United States by American visitors who visited the North of Mexico and, later, presented at trade fairs Canófilas where they became known to worldwide.
The history of the race is uncertain, However usually say that it is a breed of Mexico. Are notions of the beginning of the race in several engravings of the Mesoamerican cultures of Mexico, from the North of the country through downtown to Yucatán (South). Plying the Toltec cultures, Aztecs, Teotihuacans and Maya.
Another theory says that they inhabited the continent because they were brought by the first settlers who passed through the Bering Strait (unproven theory), or that they were brought to Mexico by the Spaniards at the time of the colony from China. Another theory says that the Chihuahua is the result of the intersection of other ancient races that inhabited the ancient Mexico.
One of the first theories was simply living in the wild in the Mexican State of Chihuahua and that they were domesticated by the people of the region until you reach virtually all pre-Columbian Mexico by trade. These dogs came to embark in countries such as: United States, Costa Rica, Cuba, most Hispanic countries and Spain.
But among so much theory, something we can be sure, Chihuahuas are well known for its small size and its long, straight ears.
The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes two varieties of Chihuahuas: long hair and short hair. Many short haired Chihuahuas have very fine hair, but others have a very dense and thick hair. Standards of breeding this dog not generally specify a height, only a weight and a description of its overall proportions. As a result, the height varies more than in any other race.
Generally, the height range is between 15 and 25 cm to the cross. However, some dogs grow up the 30 to 38 cm.. AKC show dogs should weigh no more than 2,7 kg; the FCI standards mark dogs must weigh between 1,5 and 3 kg, Although most small dogs are acceptable in the show.
However, quality pet Chihuahuas (that is, those bred or purchased as companions rather than show dogs) can, and they achieve greater weight, until 4,5 kg or more if they have a skeletal structure that allows them to being overweight. This does not mean that they are not purebred Chihuahuas, It only means that the requirements do not have to enter a display. Larger sizes Chihuahuas are seen alike in the best and the worst lines of blood.
His teeth is commonly double, This demonstrates the purity of the breed.
Chihuahuas can be many colors, from solid black to white solid, spotted, or in a range of colors including Fawn (coffee), chocolate, blue (grey), Silver, tricolor (chocolate, blue, black or white with Brown and white markings), with lines, and speckled. Each of these colors vary in shades and intensities, coffee may be a term to describe a dog from a cream very pale to dark brown (almost Red), or any key within this range of colours.
The Chihuahua are prized for their devotion and personality. Its state of alert, intelligence and size make them adaptable to a variety of environments, including the city and small departments, and usually live fifteen years or more. Chihuahuas are often viewed as weak and fragile, proper training and socialization can result in an excellent pet.
Many Chihuahuas focus their devotion on one person, putting too jealous of human relationships of this person, This can be mitigated through proper socialization. Chihuahuas tend to have a nature of clans, preferring the company of other Chihuahuas over other dogs.
Also, important to take into account, These toddlers, They seem to have no concept of its size, and they may face other larger animals, What can generate damage and injuries to our mascot…
Many Chihuahuas are sensitive to the cold due to its small body size. Chihuahuas owners generally dress their dogs in shelters in cold climates, but for this, There is to get them, because if you do not, do not leave place fabrics above.
This breed requires a veterinary expert in areas such as development and care dental care. Chihuahuas tend to have genetic abnormalities, usually neurological, as epilepsy, strokes. Like other Toy breeds, They also tend to have dislocation of knee.
Other Chihuahuas and other Toy breeds genetic anomaly is hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. This condition appears in young puppies and usually results in the death of the puppy, as much, six months of age. It is thought that this disease is diagnosed because the puppy has an abnormally large head during the first months of life, but other symptoms are notable (because “a large head” is a very vague description). Chihuahuas puppies that show Hydrocephalus have patched plates instead of solid bone skulls, they are typically lethargic and do not grow at the same pace as his brothers. A true case of Hydrocephalus can be diagnosed by a veterinarian, Although the prognosis is grim.
However some Chihuahuas can have what is called 'fontanel or Fontanelle', and it is completely natural and accepted for race, which is a small hole in the head where they do not have bone, only skin and hair. The Chihuahua is the only breed of dog that was born with an incomplete skull. Fontanel closes with age, but it requires great care during the first six months until the skull is fully formed.
Chihuahuas tend to eye infections, due to its large, round, protruding eyes and its relative proximity to the ground.
The mottled coloration Chihuahuas, or parents with such coloration descendants tend to a number of additional complications of health. The mottled coloration is a carrier of other possible and severe ocular conditions and blindness, deafness, Hemophilia, sterility, and other medical conditions. Buyers who have or want to buy a mottled Chihuahua must do a research on the potential health conditions of this coloration.
The pregnancy of a Chihuahua, hard 2 months and the young grow to between 3 cm to 5 cm..
Chihuahuas are omnivores, and you must be careful in providing an adequate and balanced nutrition. At the same time, be careful in not supercharge this small breed. Overweight Chihuahuas tend to have problems in the ligaments, tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and shortening of life expectancy.
Some potential buyers looking for extremely small animals; very small dogs, in any way, are false. You can be sick, or malnourished, or, If you are healthy, they may experience short periods of life and health due to extreme dwarfism problems. They are not normally used for breeding, and may require special care. Some breeders of Chihuahua, they try to intentionally raise very small animals, and they increase the prices of smaller dogs, or they specifically advertised very small animals. Most reputable breeders disapprove such practices, pointing out that it is difficult to predict the adult size of a puppy, and citing other problems discussed earlier.
The practice has been an increase in people who want to have a Pocket Chihuahua rejecting the common size, This has changed the traditional scheme of breeding of this breed doing to start through the selection of specimens to breed Chihuahua focusing on the size and eliminate the problems of a puppy born visibly smaller than the others, Many breeders reject this practice, but it is a fact that the popularity of the "Pocket Chihuahua" has come to quedarse…
The Chihuahua “Deer head” is the original Mexican Chihuahua, He was abroad where changed his appearance through crossing with other breeds, that's when it starts to change its general appearance now with the most prominent head and the body more burly is precisely abroad where to establish the racial rule of the race is established such a modified Chihuahua as the “standard” When is the original the type “Deer” and even went beyond the damage to the original race to disqualify the type “Deer” and qualify as one “abnormality”.
This “abnormality” is more popular than any Canófila Federation would like to accept.
“Deer” or “Deer head” These are terms that are used sometimes to describe copies of Chihuahua that does not have the standard appearance of the “Apple head” of the race. These terms are not official.
The heads of deer are not admitted for competition, they are disqualified, they are not for sale.
The “Nano Chihuahua” term used in United States are Chihuahuas that it describes them with his head, and a very long nose, is not something natural, they are so because they suffered deformation in bone by malnutrition, These terms are not official, and prohibited the sale of the ” Nano Chihuahua “. Those who do are accepted are Chihuahuas “Apple heads”
The life of the Chihuahua is usually ascend to the 15 years of age. The more small are dogs more life they have. Their life expectancy depends first of all of their food (It is necessary, good quality and which have no obesity). Example: Not offer cookies, fat, chocolates, sweet, bread, pork and, much less, chicken bones to chew it becomes small needles, and they stuck in its body until his death. Not to give anything of great food, simply their respective croquettes or latitas for small breeds.
The sexual cycle of the dog is, in comparison with the rest of the domestic animals, is unique in many aspects, now that the time lag between periods of estrus (5-7 months) It is very long in proportion to the time of gestation (62 days), and ovulation occurs only once (but in several days) by zeal.
The sexual cycle is divided in 4 stages:
PROESTRO: have an average duration of 3-15 days. External manifestations are increasing the volume of the vulva, blood loss vulvar and attraction of male. At this stage the dog does not support mounting of the male.
ESTRO: popularly known as period of ZEAL. It has a duration of 3 to 10 days. The vulva is enlarged, There is a reduction of losses vulvar and attraction of male: It is at this time when ovulation occurs, mounting of the male and gestation.
DIESTRO: (of 110 to 140 days): This period includes the gestation, childbirth and lactation if occurred fertilization and the regression to normal tissues if not occurred.
ANESTRO (of 150 to 250 days): now there are no external signs and is the ideal for all kinds of interventions (ovary hysterectomy).
Thus, ovulation takes place during the mating season and it's a spontaneous ovulation. Most frequently it is between the day 10 and 14 the beginning of zeal, Although in less of 1 minute can be confirmed with a vaginal smear performed by a veterinarian.
Pregnancy in the bitch has a duration of 58 to 63 days. The normal delivery period varies between 5 and 24 hours, and alghourscasos, mainly if they are first-time, the time may be extended until 36 hours.
The delivery mechanism is divided into three phases: The first phase corresponds to the openness and relaxation of the neck of the uterus to the exit of the puppies. The female trembles, Pant and may vomit. The vulvar lips will thicken and escapes by the lower corner a blanco-amarillento viscous liquid. You can see uterine contractions, but always of weak intensity. Walk in circles, recuesta in soil, and does not want to eat or drink (Although some females show a voracious appetite).
The dog chooses a quiet, dark place, and he prepares his paridera breaking rags and materials; It is desirable to provide elements so that you can make this work, more usual is the role of journal. Nothing should bother to her around. The second phase is the expulsion of the puppies. The female is lying in position on one side, with the face directed towards your abdomen and contractions begin each 2 or 3 minutes, with great effort.
With good education and care, they are excellent family pets, they love to be with people, and they don't like loneliness.