Today we will talk about Chihuahuas, one of my favorite breeds. The chihuahua dog has a long history, dating back to the ancient Aztecs and Mayas, possibly as far as the 9th century in Mexico.
The earlier ancestors probably had been present before the Mayas as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, antedating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula. However, a genetic study indicated that there was less than 2 percent pre-European mitochondrial DNA in modern Chihuahuas due to admixture with the European dogs.
In a 1520 letter, Hernan Cortés wrote that the Aztecs raised and sold the little dogs as food. Colonial records refer to small, nearly hairless dogs at the beginning of the 19th century, one of which claims 16th-century Conquistadores found them plentiful in the region later known as Chihuahua. Small dogs such as Chihuahuas were also used as living heating pads during illness or injury. Chihuahuas as we know them today remained a rarity until the early 20th century; the American Kennel Club (AKC) did not register a Chihuahua until 1904.
Breed standards for the Chihuahua do not specify a height, only a weigh and conformation, with weights ranging from tiny teacups at 1.5 pounds to 6 or 8 pound dogs. Chihuahuas occur in virtually any color combination, from solid to marked or splashed, allowing for colors from solid black to solid white, spotted, sabled, or a variety of other colors and patterns. Colors and patterns can combine and affect each other, resulting in a very high degree of variation. Common colors are fawn, red, cream, chocolate, brown, mixed, white, and black.
On April 23, 2012 Amaretto released K-9 Update Version 1.4 and these Non-Starter Coats were added!
The Chihuahua is one set of many exciting possible Non-Starter coats that can come from breeding “Starter Coats”.
You can have a chance at one of these exciting Non-Starter coated Chihuahuas by breeding any K-9 with a starter K-9 or by breeding together two starter K-9s.
These coats CAN be passed on.
Amaretto Chihuahuas can come in three different sizes, runt, normal, and pick. Brand new ones in the runt size tend to get lost in the grass lol. You have to follow the floating text if you leave movement on. Their ears can also be small, normal or large, but always upright.
As you can see, the tiny but mighty Chihuahua is a versatile coat. What is your favorite one?