We’ve seen these two questions written and heard them said out loud, sometimes in front of their owners, “Why would someone get a Chihuahua?” What on earth do their owners see in them?”
What is it about these little dogs that bring out so much animosity? Calling them names such as “hairy rats” or “ankle biters” and they often stand accused of not being “real dogs” whatever that means! It’s shocking.
Well, we’re here to stand up for the little guy and give you 10 fun facts about Chihuahuas, that just maybe you didn’t know.
Now if you are the proud parent of one, then you already know, don’t you?
Here are the top 10 fun facts about Chihuahuas:
1. Their Poop is Tiny
We know, not the most wholesome topic to begin with. But seriously, if you have ever been the proud parent of a big dog, you know what we’re talking about here.
Many years ago we owned a Great Dane, she was an amazing dog, and we loved her to bits. But cleaning up behind her, well, let’s just say it’s not for the faint of heart. Forget poop bags, try bin liners.
So, fun fact number one. Tiny poop. Easy to clean up and get rid of. As a responsible doggy parent, we should clean up after them. Some pet people have a big, big issue with this, so a little Chihuahua’s poop is a point in their favor.
2. You Can Cuddle More Than One
This is for the serious dog lovers (is there any other kind) out there. How many do you want to cuddle?
Four, five, maybe six? Be honest you’d love to, it has got to be great fun.
The thing that makes this possible, they start small and stay small. And you can’t say that about many dog breeds.
Try cuddling three or four fully grown Labradors, we’re sure it’s possible, but phew! Difficult!
3. You Can Take Them Virtually Anywhere
They weigh next to nothing, so they are what’s known as a portable dog. Easy to scoop up if the need arises. They fit in a backpack or bag.
And we dare you to say they don’t look cute looking out the little plastic window in those carry bags. Or to use the posh name for them, the Pet Carrier Space Capsule Backpack.
You can get away with taking them places they would never allow bigger dogs to go.
4. They Have a Long Lifespan
Now, this is not so much a fun fact but super important.
We never want to think about our fur children passing away, but it inevitably happens. It’s heartbreaking when they leave us so, why not choose a companion with a longer life span?
Chihuahuas can live up to 15 years or more. When you consider big dogs often live up to 10-12 years and giant breeds less than that, it must make you stop and think.
5. They Don’t Seem to Have Ever Seen a Mirror
Seriously, they cannot have seen themselves!
They honestly believe they are the size of a Great Dane. If they measured a dog’s size by personality, the Chihuahua would be 20 feet tall. They have massive personalities.
No one has got around to telling these little guys just how little they really are. If they have, Chihuahuas are just not listening.
You want to see the confidence in a dog, look no further than a Chihuahua.
6. One Chihuahua is Never Enough
We’ve heard this said about many breeds before. But it really stands out with Chihuahuas.
Maybe it’s their small size, their gigantic personalities, how much they love their family, whatever it is, humans just cannot get enough.
It’s a temptation thing, isn’t it? They obsess people. Perhaps because they are so unbelievably cute when they are puppies.
7. Chihuahuas Shed Little
According to a survey conducted by Vetstreet, Chihuahuas came in 7th in the list of top shedding dogs. With short hair Chihuahuas shedding more than their long-haired cousins.
They shed all year long, but mostly in the spring. The hair fall is not such a nuisance because of their small size. It’s a good idea to groom them more when shedding time comes around. It won’t stop the shedding, but it will help stop the hair landing on your clothes and furniture.
8. Did Chihuahuas Originate in Mexico?
Yes, they did. They are named after the largest state in Mexico, aptly named Chihuahua.
Prior to being named Chihuahua, we knew them as Arizona or Texas dogs.
The dogs brought over from Mexico into the US southern states were quite a lot larger than they are today.
In fact, breeders intentionally wanted them to be a smaller breed.
We recognize the modern incarnation as the smallest and lightest dog breed worldwide.
9. Why is a Chihuahua Baby Similar to a Human Baby?
Does anyone know the answer? It’s a simple question for all you Chi Lovers out there.
For those not so knowledgeable about the breed, let me explain. All Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot on top of their heads. The same as a human baby.
We know the soft spot as a molera. But they differ from a human baby because it’s not uncommon for a Chihuahua to keep the soft spot throughout their life.
If you want to show your dog, don’t worry, it does not penalize them having one.
However, here’s more about their heads. Did you know that Chis have two distinctly shaped heads? Dear-headed and apple-headed.
The dear-headed has a more narrow snout and a longer head. Whereas the apple shape is, yes, you’re right, more rounded like an apple. But for show dogs, the apple-shaped is much preferred.
10. Teacup Chihuahuas
While some breeders try to reduce the size by breeding smaller dogs, it’s not a new breed. It’s a made-up term purely as a marketing ploy to charge more money. Good breeders do not recognize the term when it’s related to Chihuahuas. Nor does the AKC.
We hope you enjoyed these 10 fun facts about the Chihuahua.
They are an amazing little dog. Full of personality and vigor. Their pet parents are beyond passionate about them.
Did you know all the facts or just some? Do you have any more amazing facts that you would love to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments below.
As a kid, I grew up with lots of dogs in my family. My earliest recollection was a Labrador mix called Bruce, and I must have only been about three years old.
When I was around seven, we began to move around frequently, so having a dog was very difficult until we adopted a baby long-haired Dachshund. I was thirteen by then. We called him Pepe; I have no idea why; all I can say was it wasn’t my idea. But he did seem to grow into the name.
I’ve personally been the parent of a Great Dane called Lady, a French Bulldog we called Spike. I have also had the privilege of being the parent of one of the gorgeous cats on the planet; a British Blue Shorthair called Ellie. Right now, we have an amazing little Havanese in our family; we call Biscuit; he’s four years old.
I pride myself on being the very best dog-parent I can be. I refuse to bring a dog into my life without investing as much time as possible to understand that dog’s particular needs. Every dog I have parented has been an experience, and they are all different with incredible personalities.
To understand dogs as much as possible, I have taken several courses regarding dog care and training. The most recent course is The Truth About Cats And Dogs, offered by The University Of Edinburgh.
My dogs and cat have been the funniest and most unique animals I have ever been privileged to spend my life with. They can teach human beings so much if we take the time to watch and listen to them. My ambition is to share what I have learned with other passionate dog lovers.
I am obsessed with writing and researching everything I can about dog health, care, psychology, and finding the best dog products available to help ensure a dog’s life is as happy and contented as possible.