Today at Light Future Art, we’re going to share some adorable little facts about an animal you might very well be lucky enough to have in your home: the chihuahua!
1. Chihuahuas are known for being aggressive towards those they perceive to be threats. This is sometimes referred to as “Small Dog Syndrome” because they could be making up for their lack of size by scaring away threats. However, if socialized with other dogs and humans at a young age, they won’t be afraid and lash out.
2. Chihuahuas are believed to be a breed as old as 1,100 years. They were bred by the Toltecs in the 9th century in Mexico.
3. Chihuahua puppies are born with floppy ears which only start to stand up when they are about six months old. Some chihuahua’s ears never stand up, but they are still healthy.
4. The ancient Aztecs believed that chihuahuas would take disease away from humans to protect them. They also believed that, once the chihuahua and human had both passed away, the chihuahua would guard the human in the afterlife.
5. The smallest dog in recorded history was a chihuahua. Her name was Heaven Sent Brandy and measured in at only six inches from nose to tail. She won the Guinness World Record for Smallest Dog.
6. Out of any dog, chihuahuas have the largest brains.
7. Perhaps they’re intimidated by dogs who are so much bigger than them, but chihuahuas will refuse to socialize with any other breeds of dogs. They enjoy socializing with other chihuahuas but won’t interact with any other breeds.
8. In 2014, a pack of chihuahuas roamed Maryvale, Arizona, sometimes scaring the residents. These chihuahuas even recruited large dogs into their pack. These chihuahuas were feral, meaning that they had never lived inside a house and weren’t socialized to humans.
9. Short-haired chihuahuas shed much more than long-haired chihuahuas. While long-haired chihuahuas only shed two times a year, short-haired chihuahuas shed continuously. Females also tend to shed more than males, for some reason.
10. Chihuahuas have one of the longest lifespans of any dog breed. Some have been known to live for more than 20 years, but the average lifespan is between 12 and 15 years.
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