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The Performer – American Eskimo dog

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

American Eskimo dog

The American Eskimo Dog is a dog, classified as a non-sporting dog, which is well known for its white coat and distinct triangular ears. The American Eskimo Dog, often nicknamed the “Eskie,” is a popular companion dog and show dog due to their loyal temperaments and their distinct and brilliant appearance.

A brief history of the American Eskimo dog

American_Eskimo_dog no imageThe American Eskimo Dog can be traced back as far as the 18th century. It is believed that the AmericanEskimo Dog descended from European Spitz breeds, such as the white German Spitz, the white Pomeranian and the white Keeshond dog. Although the dog is called the American Eskimo Dog, the breed is not actually featured or related to Eskimo culture; it is believed the name was derived from their white fur, which some say is “white as snow.” In the 19th century, the American Eskimo Dog was frequently bred to be used in circuses, carnivals and other traveling acts because of their agility and beautiful appearance.

Characteristics

The American Eskimo dog is small to medium in size; they typically range from about nine inches at the shoulder to nineteen or twenty inches at the shoulder. The smallest of the American Eskimo Dogs are classified as Toy American Eskimo Dogs; the medium size of the breed is defined as miniature, and the largest size of the breed is defined as standard.

Personality wise, the American Eskimo Dog is known for being an intelligent and friendly breed. They are also alert, which makes them good watchdogs for homes. The breed is known to be especially living in ahome environment with a family, and they are well known to be eager to please people, especially those whom they consider to be family. Although they are not exceptionally large dogs, they are agile and require daily exercise. They also require frequent grooming to take care of their exceptional coat, which consists of a short undercoat and a longer, outer coat. They should be groomed and bathed on a regular basis to ensure that their coat remains clean and that their fur does not mat or tangle.

They make excellent house companions and, when trained well, are suitable for homes with families. They can be protective but they are not known for excessive territorial tendencies. The smaller sizes of the American Eskimo Dog may be suitable for people living in apartments or small homes.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The American Eskimo Dog has many nicknames, including “Eskie,” “The Alaskan,” “Snow White,” and “Alaskan Snow Dog.”
  • The American Eskimo Dog only comes in two shades: white; and white with a biscuit cream color.
  • There are three different distinct sizes of the American Eskimo Dog: Toy, Miniature, and Standard.
  • The American Eskimo Dog was known as the American Spitz until 1917.
  • The American Eskimo dog is perhaps bet associated with American circuses; they were popular as circus performers because of their brilliant white coat and their ability to do agile tricks, such as flipping and jumping through hoops.

The Guard – German Pinscher

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher, classified in the working group of dogs, is well known for its elegant, muscular build and its unique cropped ears. The German Pinscher is also known for its docked tail, which was once thought to increase the animal’s agility and prevent certain diseases, such rabies.

A brief history of the German Pinscher

German_Pinscher no imageIt is believed that the Pinscher breed has its roots in various forms of ratters which can be found as early back as the 15th century. Drawings and paintings of the German Pinscher can be found as early as the late 18th century, although the breed did not become significantly popular outside of farming and working communities until the 20th century. IN the 19th century, the German Pinscher was often employed as a guard dog for coaches and homes, where they would be used to protect passengers and homeowners–in addition to catching and killing vermin. Although the breed was popular in Europe for many years, the breed was not introduced outside of Europe, except for isolated cases, until the mid-20th century.

Characteristics

The German Pinscher is a small sized dog with a noticeable amount of muscular strength. Typical adult German Pinschers are about 17 to 20 inches in height at the shoulder and weigh between 30 and 40 lbs. They have square, broad shoulders combined with long and muscular legs, which lead many breeders to call their physique “elegant.” Their coats typically come in black, rusty red and solid red colors, often with black or tan markings on the chest and leg. It is customary for the breed to have their ears cropped and their tails docked. In the past, this was believed to have several benefits–including prevention of rabies, increasing their agility, preventing work related injuries, and making the breed look more fearsome–but today it is recognized that docking and cropping is done mainly for cosmetic purposes.

Personality wise, the German Pinscher is known to be a loving companion when they come from an even tempered breeding stock. The temperament of a German Pinscher is particularly known to be affected by heredity–meaning that the puppies will likely inherent the temperament of their mother. Many breeders recommend potential German Pinscher owners to meet the mother of their potential puppy in addition to examining the temperament of the puppy before adopting–one rule of thumb is to see if the puppy shies away from strangers, which may be a sign of a poor temperament. Generally, however, the breed is friendly and can make excellent family pets. They are an intelligent breed who can be trained quickly, although they do not like repetitive training exercises. Because they are a high energy breed, they do require a few hours of exercise daily.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The German Pinscher breed was on the brink of extinction at the end of World War II, before being introduced outside of Germany into England and the United States.
  • Early breeders began to crop the breed’s ears because of their role as a guard dog—their floppy, loose ears gave them a friendlier appearance.
  • The German Pinscher

King Charles Spaniel – English Toy Spaniel

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

English Toy Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel, classified in the toy group, is well known for its long and silky coat and popularity among royalty. The English Toy Spaniel is sometimes referred to as the King Charles Spaniel, a name which was derived from its association with the 17th century king, Charles II of England.

A brief history of the English Toy Spaniel

English_Toy_Spaniel no imageHistorians generally agree that the toy spaniel breeds were first developed in Japan and other Eastern Asian countries, where they may have shared some common ancestry with similar breeds such as the Chinese Pekingese and the Japanese Chin dog. Toy spaniels were often given as gifts by Japanese and Chinese royalty, nobility and traders to European royalty as means of extending friendship between two countries. The popular red and white version of the English Toy Spaniel was first seen in 16th century paintings, such as Venus of Urbino by Titan. These early English Toy Spaniels had pointed muzzles–a difference from the flat and more rounded muzzles of modern English Toy Spaniels.

The English Toy Spaniel quickly became associated with European, and especially English, royalty. Mary I of England, the daughter of Henry VIII, was frequently painted with English Toy Spaniels and was well known to enjoy the companionship of toy breeds. Charles II of England was very well known for his love of the English Toy Spaniel, which is the reason for their other common name, the King Charles Spaniel. Writers at the time recorded how the breed was allowed to roam freely in Charles II’s palace, even during important state occasions and visits.

Characteristics

The English Toy Spaniel is a toy breed and typically stands from about nine to eleven inches tall at the shoulders. The breed is usually light, with most dogs of the breed weighing in at eight to fourteen pounds. Male English Toy Spaniels are typically heavier than females. The breed is known for having large dark eyes, a domed head, and a short nose. Their coats often come in different colors, including white, brown, red, tan and mahogany.

Personality wise, the English Toy Spaniel is known for being extremely friendly–so friendly, in fact, that they are not usually regarded as suitable watchdogs because they may not be wary of strangers. They are generally considered lapdogs that enjoy being given gentle attention, and as such are not suitable for families with high-energy children who are not able to be patient and gentle with them. The English Toy Spaniel is a quiet dog, and is generally considered to be an excellent choice for an owner living in an apartment.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Mary, Queen of Scots was also found of English Toy Spaniels—one of her spaniels accompanied her to the scaffold and, it is said, refused to leave her side even after her decapitation.
  • English Toy Spaniels were primarily black with tan markings up until the 17th century, or around the time of Charles II. Other colors, such as red and white, appeared after this era.

The Water Retriever – Poodle

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Poodle

The Poodle, classified in the non working group, is well known for its agility, intelligence and fluffy soft coat which are often trimmed to give the dog a unique “frou-frou” appearance. There are actually three different breeds of poodle: the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Toy Poodle–some organizations also recognize a Medium Poodle variety, which exists between the Standard and Miniature Poodles.

A brief history of the Poodle

PoodleHistorians disagree on the exact origin of the Poodle. However, it is believed that they originally came from Germany, where they were known as a Pudelhund–literally meaning “puddle dog,” which is a reference to their skills as a water retriever. The poodle was well established on the European mainland both as a companion dog–typically to royalty and aristocracy–as well as a water retriever used in the hunt. 17th century paintings and engravings of poodles depict them with two popular coat cuts–a short crop which gives them a spaniel-like appearance and a unique “lion” cut which left the poodle partially shaved except for a long mane of hair and tufts of fur on their tailbones, tails, and legs. The toy variety of the poodle was popular at the court of Louis XVI, especially among courtiers who often had dozens of small companion dogs living in their apartments. Although poodles are commonly associated with aristocracy and “frou-frou” living, they are excellent retrievers and are still used in that role today by many hunters.

Characteristics

The Poodle comes in several different sizes, which range in height and weight. The Standard Poodle is the largest of the Poodle varieties, typically reaching heights of 15 inches at the shoulders; the Toy poodle is the smallest, typically coming in at under 10 inches in height at the shoulders. Their coats, which are single layer, are usually solid colored or partially colored and come in a variety of different shades, including: black, silver, red, cream, sable, apricot, and white. The poodle’s coat can be high maintenance and, if not clipped down, requires regular–sometimes daily–grooming to remove tangles and reduce the risk of matting.

Personality wise, Poodles are known for their high energy and their instinctive drive to hunt and catch prey. They are not recommended in households with prey-like animals, such as rabbits or rodents. They can make good family companions, but they do require supervision–they are prone to mischief–as well as early socialization training and daily exercise. When poodles are not properly trained, they are prone to aggressive and protective tendencies. However, this tendency can be weeded out early on with proper socialization and corrective training.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Although Standard, Miniature and Toy are all terms used to describe varieties of Poodle, they are all considered a single breed.
  • The well-known “Poodle Clip” is actually designed to protect the dog’s joints and vital organs when they are swimming or running in cold water.
  • The poodle was a court favorite during the time of Louis XVI due to its ability to perform tricks.

The Lion Dog – Pekingese

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Pekingese

The Pekingese, classified in the toy group, is well known for its ancient heritage, association with Chinese royalty, and its regal appearance. The Pekingese is also sometimes referred to as the Pekingese Lion-Dog or Lion-Dog, especially among Chinese breeders and owners. The Pekingese is believed to resemble Chinese guardian lions, symbolic lions–usually in the form of statues–that were placed in front of homes, temples and palaces to protect those living inside.

A brief history of the Pekingese

PekingneseThe Pekingese is one of the oldest dog breeds that still exist in the world. It is estimated to be at least 2000 years old. DNA analysis on modern Pekingese can still find traces of their genetic divergence from wolves, which is what separated wild dogs from domesticated dogs thousands of years ago. It is unknown how the breed developed, however, they were exclusively owned by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace–in other words, Chinese royalty–for many centuries. The breed was developed there both as a companion animal to royalty and as a guard dog for the palace. The first Pekingese known to be sent from China were the five surviving Pekingese of an aunt of the Emperor Xianfeng, who fled the Old Summer Palace in Beijing during the Second Opium War. The aunt was found in her apartments by British and French troops–she had committed suicide rather than surrender, and her five companion Pekingese dogs were found mourning her body. The dogs were removed from the palace by the troops before the palace was burnt down. Two of these dogs were given to the Duchess of Wellington; one was eventually presented to Queen Victoria of England. In the late 19th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi gifted Pekingese to several Western personalities, including J.P Morgan. An Irish doctor by the name of Heuston, who established smallpox vaccination clinics in China during the late 19th century, was gifted with a pair of Pekingese by the prominent minister Li Hongzhang.

Characteristics

The Pekingese is known for its distinctive flat face, its large and round eyes, and its short, bowed legs. Their short, rolling gait is believed to have been developed in the breed as a way to keep the dogs, which existed as court companions, from wandering too far in the palace grounds. Modern Pekingese are known to have either long or short coats. Both types of coats come in many different color combinations, including gold, red, black, cream, white, tan, and even slate grey. Many Pekingese have ‘mask’ markings on their faces. The Pekingese is a small dog, typically reaching only about 6 to 9 inches in height at the shoulders and weighing, in a healthy adult, about 7 to 14 lbs.

Personality wise, Pekingese are considered regal dogs that possess a sense of self-importance, dignity and intelligence. They are generally good natured and affectionate, especially towards family members, although they may be wary of strangers due to their nature as a guard companion dog. They require relatively little exercise and do well in apartments and other small home environments. Their long undercoats require at least one long brushing session per week, and care should be taken to avoid coat matting.

Did you know? Trivia

  • At least up until the 19th century, stealing a pure Imperial Pekingese from the palace was a crime punishable by death.
  • Common nicknames for the Pekingese include Sun Dogs, Lion Dogs, and Sleeve Dogs–they were called Sleeve Dogs because they were carried by people in the Imperial Palace, who wore court robes with large sleeves.

The Independent Loyal – Norwich Terrier

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier, classified in the terrier group, is well known for its friendly personality, relatively rare availability and their appearance in the Christopher Guest comedy film, “Best in Show.” The Norwich Terrier, which was initially bred in England, was specifically bred small in order to hunt down rodents and other types of small vermin.

A brief history of the Norwich Terrier

Norwich_TerrierThe Norwich Terrier was originally developed in England as a small working terrier, which was used in several different capacities, including hunting down rats and other types of vermin, assisting in fox hunts, as well as living as family companions. Some historians believe that the Norwich Terrier is a decedent of the Irish Terrier; while others believe the breed was originally developed from a now existent breed called the Trumpington Terrier.

The breed was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1932. Until cropping ears became illegal in England, the Norwich Terrier was often shown with cropped ears; this generated intense controversy over whether or not dogs with drop-ears should be allowed in dog shows, or the show ring, as some breeders believed that terriers with drop ears had significant differences from terriers with upright, or “pricked” ears. However, in 1964 the Kennel Club classified drop-eared Norwich Terriers as a separate breed, now called the Norfolk Terrier.

Characteristics

The Norwich Terrier is considered to be one of the smallest of the terrier breeds. Adult Norwich Terriers typically measure about 9 to 10 inches in height at the shoulders and weigh between 11 and 12 lbs. Both males and females are typically of the same stature. The breed, which has a double coat, comes in mostly solid colors of black, red, tan, and wheat.

Personality wise, the Norwich Terrier is considered to be an assertive–but not necessarily aggressive–and energetic breed. They are considered to be companion dogs that should not be kept outside, like some larger breeds, and are usually eager to please their owners while maintaining their own independence. If they are socialized with children and pets at an early age, they can make excellent companions in a home with children and other pets–however, caution is required when it comes to household pets such as rats, mice, hamsters or other rodents, as the Norwich Terrier may instinctively consider them prey.

Although they are small, Norwich Terriers are active dogs who need at least one hour of daily exercise, such as a walk, run, or heavy play session. The breed is also unique because of its sensitivity to boredom; Norwich Terriers may get easily bored by routine exercise, such as a walk down the same stretch of road every day.

Did you know? Trivia

  • It is difficult to breed Norwich Terriers. Because of this, they are considered to be a relatively rare breed. Most Norwich Terriers are born using Caesarean sections, and the average litter size for the breed is just two puppies—on average, only 750 Norwich Terriers are born each year.

The Lifesaver – Leonberger

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Leonberger

The Leonberger, classified in the working group, is well known for its exceptional size, its royal connections, and its use in water-based lifesaving services. The Leonberger was believed, according to legend, to be bred as a dog which would mimic the appearance of a lion.

A brief history of the Leonberger

LeonbergerBreeding historians believe that the Leonberger was developed by a man named Heinrich Essig, a dog breeder who lived in the town of Leonberg, Germany. Essig claimed to have first developed the Leonberger breed by breeding a Landseer Newfoundland dog with a Barry–a forerunner of the St. Bernard; he also claimed to further develop the Leonberger by introducing a Pyrenean Mountain Dog into the mix. According to legend, Essig wanted to create a breed which would resemble the lion, which was the coat of arms of the town of Leonberg at the time. The breed was commonly used both as a working dog and a dog of royalty in the 19th century. Napoleon II, Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary, Emperor Napoleon III and Otto Von Bismarck all owned Leonbergers. Like many dogs common to Europe, the Leonberger was nearly driven to extinction during World War I and World War II. Only five members of the breed were left in Europe following World War I. The breed was rescued until World War II, when many of their owners and breeders either fled or were killed in the fighting. The breed was used during the war to pull ammunition carts, often resulting in their deaths. It is believed that less than a dozen Leonbergers survived Europe in World War II.

Characteristics

The Leonberger is a very large dog. Males of the breed are typically 28 to 32 inches in height at the shoulders, while females of the breed are typically 25 to 30 inches in height at the shoulders. They weight anywhere from 110 to 170 lbs.; male Leonbergers typically weigh more than females. The breed is muscular and well balanced due to their being bred for working purposes. They have a double coat, which typically comes in black, red, tan and yellow, which is water-resistant. Their coats shed frequently and they require weekly brushing to remove dead hair and keep the coat in a healthy shape.

Personality wise, the Leonberger is considered today to be a family dog first and a working dog second. A well trained and properly socialized Leonberger will be confident but submissive to family members, friendly towards children and gentle to infants, insensitive to strangers and generally playful, kind and loyal. Because of their large size and strength, proper training is essential for this breed. They can make excellent pets in homes with children, but it is important for homeowners to recognize that without proper training, the mere size and strength of the Leonberger can pose a potential hazard to children. They require daily exercise to keep their energy and health in check.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Leonbergers have webbed feet and are very strong swimmers; they are often used during water rescue operations.

The Dog of Royalty – Japanese Chin

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin, classified as a toy breed, is well known for its distinct royal heritage–the Japanese Chin is considered to be “the dog” of Japanese royalty and it has a long history of being owned and kept as royal pets in Japan.

A brief history of the Japanese Chin

Japanese_ChinThe exact origin of the Japanese Chin is unknown. However, it is believed that the Japanese Chin actually originated from China, possibly as a sole breed which eventually branched out into the Chinese Pekingese breed and the Japanese Chin. Early Japanese records indicate that the early Japanese Chin may have started out as companion dogs of Buddhist Monks who eventually gifted dogs to traveling dignitaries–who, in turn, gifted the majestic looking pets to Japanese royalty. It is known that once the Japanese Chin assumed its place as the dog of royalty, peasants were not allowed to own the dogs and they become a prized privilege. The Japanese Chin remained an isolated breed until the mid-19th century, with the isolationist policy of Japan was ended and trade between Japan and the Western world began again. Commodore Matthew Perry took several pairs of Japanese Chins with him when returning from Japan, however, only one pair of the dogs–given to his daughter, Caroline Perry Belmont, survived. As trade with Japan and the West continued, Japanese Chins began to find their way out of Japan into North America, England, and even China.

Characteristics

The Japanese Chin is a small toy breed, with most adult dogs reaching only eight to 11 inches in height. Healthy adult Japanese Chins typically weigh between 7 and 15 lbs., with the males of the breed typically weighing more than the females. The breed typically comes in combinations of black and white and red and white, although coat variations in cream, tan and mahogany can also occur. Their most distinctive features are their large, wide set eyes, their even facial markings, and their long, smooth coat.

Personality wise, the Japanese Chin is considered to be an intelligent, independent dog that is sometimes referred to as “cat-like.” The Japanese Chin is a companion dog who, when socialized at an early age, can be excellent pets for families–although they, like many dogs in the toy category, do not enjoy rough handling that is common with children.

Although the Japanese Chin has a long and silky coat, it is relatively low-maintenance and owners typically only need to brush or comb their coat twice a week. The breed is prone to breathing and heart problems due to its flattened face, and it is recommend that any types of temperature extremes–such as living in an extremely hot or extremely cold environment–should be avoided.

Did you know? Trivia

  • In Japan, the breed is divided into two categories–“Inu,” considered to be ‘common’ dogs, and “Chin,” which are considered to be royalty because of their heritage.
  • There are visual records of breeds which highly resemble the Japanese Chin found in ancient Chinese temples and pottery.
  • The breed was known to the Western world as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977.

 

The Dogs of War – Dalmatian

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian, classified in the non-sporting group of dogs, is well known for its unique white and black, and sometimes brown, spotted coat. The Dalmatian is also known for its association with fire houses and fire rescue services

A brief history of the Dalmatian

DalmatianIt is believed that the Dalmatian was first bred and developed in the country of Croatia. Visual records of the Dalmatian date back at least to 1792. Although the breed was first developed in Croatia, most of its further breeding and development took place in England, where it was shown during the mid-19th century and widely used as a companion and show dog. Historically, Dalmatians have been used for a number of different purposes. It is believed that they were used as guard dogs, or “dogs of war,” in England and Croatia. They were also used as hunting dogs in the 19th century, as well as circus dogs due to their high intelligence and unique appearance. In the 19th and early 20th century, Dalmatians were often used as firehouse carriage dogs–they would be trained to clear a path for the firehouse carriage horses to reach the scene of fires. Today, they are still known as firehouse mascots, although they are not always used as firehouse rescue dogs.

Characteristics

The Dalmatian is considered to be a medium sized dog, with most members of this bread reaching from about 19 to 24 inches at the shoulder. A weight of a healthy adult Dalmatian is usually around 35 to 70 pounds, although males of the breed are usually larger and heavier than females. Dalmatians are muscular dogs with high energy, endurance and physical stamina. They are, of course, most well known for their unique appearance. Dalmatians have white or cream white colored coats with black or brown markings, referred to as “spots.”

Personality wise, Dalmatians do make good family pets but they are considered to be a high-energy breed and require daily exercise to keep their bodies healthy and to release some of their pent up energy. Dalmatians are not recommended in homes with very small children because of their high energy and physical strength–they may unintentionally injure children when at play, for example. The breed does require regular grooming despite their short and dense coat. Dalmatians are known for shedding and because their coat hairs are so short and stiff, they tend to “weave” into the carpet, making removal difficult.

Dalmatians are known to have a predisposition to certain health problems. Deafness is considered to be a common problem with Dalmatians–it is estimated that up to 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Dalmatian puppies are born pure white without spots.
  • Early Dalmatian breeds did not recognize deafness in the animals and believed their behavior—such as being unresponsive to commands—was due to unintelligence in the breed.
  • The popularity of Dalmatians increased considerably in 1961 and 1996 with the release of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians; however, this caused an increase in abandoned Dalmatians as inexperienced owners and breeders could not handle the high-energy of the dog.

The Teacup Dog – Chihuahua

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua, classified in the toy group, is well-known for its small size and its association with Mexican culture. The Chihuahua breed comes in a variety of sizes and is considered to be the smallest breed of dog; some Chihuahuas may be as small as six inches at the shoulders.

A brief history of the Chihuahua

ChihuahuaThe exact history of the Chihuahua breed is something of a mystery. There are many different theories, myths and legends which surround the true origin of this Mexican-based breed. Some archeological research has discovered evidence that Chihuahuas originated in Mexico, which is a commonly accepted theory. The most common theory about their origin is that the breed is descended from the Teichichi, which was a companion dog highly favored by the ancient Mexican Toltec civilization. It is believed that written and artistic records of Chihuahuas date at least as far back as the 12th century, although historians disagree on whether or not these records–which are often in the form of paintings on clay pots and tiles–are depicting Chihuahuas or the Teichichi breed. Some evidence suggests that Chihuahuas were bred in Mexico as early as 100 A.D.; a dog toy found in Veracruz, Mexico, for example, depicts a dog which is physically identical to the modern Chihuahua.

Characteristics

The Chihuahua typically grows to be about 6 to 10 inches in height at the shoulder, although some Chihuahua dogs may grow as big as 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder. Most dogs of this breed weight between three and six pounds, although this weight is more typical in show dogs rather than in house companions. Although breeders often label their Chihuahuas as “teacup,” “miniature,” or “standard,” these are not officially recognized terms and are usually used as marketing gimmicks to make the dog more desirable.

Chihuahua dogs may have long or short hair and come in a wide range of different colors, including solid colors, marked colors, and mixed colors. The most well-known color, made popular by the famous “Taco Bell Chihuahua,” is a nearly solid tan or beige color. Other colors include red, cream white, brown, snow white, and black.

Personality wise, Chihuahuas are well known for their potentially poor temperaments. Because this breed is prone to aggression and overprotective tendencies, it is important for owners to know how to train and socialize Chihuahuas to reduce these tendencies. The breed tends to become very attached to one or two people, which can make them difficult to manage in homes with multiple family members or children. They are not suitable for homes with small children or with children who are not calm or patient, as they can become easily spooked which may lead to defensive aggression.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Chihuahuas are prone to epilepsy and other related seizure disorders.
  • Chihuahuas are born with an incomplete skull which has a soft spot that typically fills in when they are six months old.
  • Chihuahua’s frequently tremble when they are cold, excited or stressed.