FYI: Chihuahuas LOVE Popcorn!

So I was sitting here thinking of an article I could write for tonight, while I nibble at a bowl of popcorn.  The answer didn’t come to me until I looked down to see 4 little brown eyes watching every single move that my hand made into the popcorn bowl and back to my mouth.

Chihuahuas Begging for Popcorn

How can you deny these sweet little faces of happiness?

So tonight, I decided to write about how much my Chihuahuas love popcorn!

They love popcorn… like, really really absolutely love it.  They pretty much get more excited when I make popcorn than any other type of food.  In fact, as I type this article, Neva is digging on the couch trying to find crumbs to eat, and Charlee is making sure she doesn’t find anything, because if she does, he will still it.  I don’t even think they’d get this excited if I made steak.  But the question that has always puzzled me, is ‘why do they like popcorn so much?’

I can’t find a definite answer, but I’m gonna guess that it is because popcorn has potassium, and phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium, which will all help build stronger bones.  Popcorn generally has salt on it, and dogs, like most animals, crave salt.  They say the reason dogs lick your skin is because it tastes salty.  I would imagine that they are just craving the healthy ingredients in the popcorn.  Beyond that, why do you like popcorn (if you do)?  Because it is a light, tasty, crunchy treat.  Dogs like yummy treats too.

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Neva Cleans Herself Like a Cat!

Miss Neva often cleans herself by licking her paw and rubbing her face… exactly how cats clean themselves…

Why Do Dogs Lick Your Nose?

My chihuahua licks my nose.

As gross as it is, Neva always loves to lick my  nose.  She does it when she is excited, when I first come home, or if I am talking to her.  I try to push her away, but she gets her little feelings hurt.

I always wondered “Why do dogs lick your  nose?”

Some people say that it is simply just because you let them.  They say if you curb the habit, they won’t do it anymore.  That may be true, but my boyfriend doesn’t let her lick his nose and she still tries.  Another theory is that they like the saltiness of your skin.

The answer goes deeper than that.

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Charlee hates my cooking!

Yeah.  I was making oatmeal, and my electric stove was dirty (I CLEANED IT TODAY!) and so it produced a lot of smoke.  The smoke alarm went off and Char freaked out!  It’s so cute and so funny at the same time!

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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Yay! Worms!

Chihuahuas seriously get excited about the weirdest things.  But that’s part of what makes them so cute.