They’re one of the UK’s most popular breeds of dog, but how much do you really know about the tiny Chihuahua?
The last few years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club has seen dog ownership reach record levels.
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One dog that often appears at the top of people’s canine wishlists is the Chihuahua– they are one of the UK’s most popular small dogs and have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.
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1. A worrying first mention
One of the first written mentions of the Chihuahua was in a 1520 letter from Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés who said that the Aztecs raised and sold the little dogs as food. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Tiny characters
The diminuative Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog recognised by the UK Kennel Club. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. A racing certainty
Several cities in the USA, including Chandler in Arizona and Denver in Colorado, hold Chihuahua races on Cinco de Mayo (a celebration of a famous Mexican victory over the French). Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Famous fans
Celebrity Chihuahua owners include Madonna, Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon, Sharon Osborne, and Mickey Rourke. Photo: Canva/Getty Images