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http://www.nzkc.org.nz/breed_info/br112.html Chihuahua (Long Coat)
Toy Group: | Toy | | Size: | small | | Lifespan: | 14-18 years | | Exercise: | very little | | Grooming: | moderate | | Trainability: | low | | Watchdog ability: | very high | | Protection ability: | very low | | Area of Origin: | Mexico | | Date of Origin: | 1500’s | | Other Names: | none | | Original Function: | ceremonial | | | | | History | | | This is the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world. Native to Mexico, nonetheless it seems to have been introduced by the Chinese. It was only brought to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua where he was brought to the rest of the world by travelers. This breed is believed to have been sacred to the Pre-Columbian Indian nations. | | Temperament | The Chihuahua is a good companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and enterprising, it gives and demands affection. Bold and saucy, it moves swiftly to avoid being stepped on. Chihuahuas are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy. Chihuahuas generally recognise their own breed, but sometimes disapprove of other breeds. They are very intelligent although a bit stubborn, and are trainable with patience, persistence and practice. | | Upkeep | The Chihuahua is a lively dog that nonetheless can get its exercise running from room to room indoors. It enjoys exploring the yard or going for short walks on a leash and especially enjoys accompanying its owner on outings. The Chihuahua is not an outdoor dog; it hates the cold and seeks out warmth. Care of the long coat entails brushing two to three times a week. | | Official Breed Standard |
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