A History of Chihuahuas

Although the history of Chihuahuas is not absolutely certain, there are many theories about the origination of the breed.

Pretty much all theories show that they descend from Mexico.  The most common theory is that they descended from the “Techihi,” a domesticated companion of the Toltec Civilization.  Paintings of Techihi date back to 300 B.C. on pots buried in tombs.  However, actual records only date back to the 9th century.

Techihi painting

It is believed that the Techihi breed was around when the Mayans were.  It is also believed that the Aztecs domesticated these dogs and used them in religious ceremonies.  They were usually only owned by the wealthy citizens.

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Chihuahua Breed Standard

Chihuahua Breed Standard

Let’s just say that you want to show your Chihuahua.  There is a certain “breed standard” that your Chi will be judged on.

A breed standard is essentially a “blueprint” for the individual breed to fit for the function in which it was bred (herding, tracking, etc.).  The standard is not “set in stone,” and can vary in different associations and countries.  It is just a guideline for what Chihuahuas should look like.

Here is the Chihuahua breed standard:

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