He comes from a dog that existed in Mexico in the 9th century AD
His name comes from the Mexican state "Chihuahua"
Personality and Behavior
He's completely devoted to you and craves your love and attention
He usually becomes very attached to one person in the family and can become jealous if that persons gives their attention to someone else
He'll follow you from room-to-room like a shadow
He loves to burrow deep into blanks and take a nap (watch you don't squash him when you sit down!)
He's utterly ferocious! He barks up a storm at anything that rubs him the wrong way
He's self-important and confident
His "clannish" nature means he prefers to have companions of the same breed
He's one of the best watchdogs! He's highly alert and barks ferociously at the presence of stranger on his territory
He will do fine with gentle and respectful children, but when frightened he has a tendency to bite
He's not easy to train. You will need patience as he is slower than most to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).