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Chihuahua origins and history

The origin of the Chihuahua dogs

The Chihuahua are a breed of dog believed to be made up Mexico originates.

The origin of the animals could not be precisely clarified.

In the North American country there is a province of the same name that is still populated today by small, wild dogs.

These look remarkably similar to the Chihuahua dogs. A well-known thesis is that the Chihuahuas are the descendants of the sacred Aztec dogs.

These were called Techichis and served the Aztecs as sacrificial dogs for ritual acts. There are also traditions that the Chihuahua as Toltec companion dog describe.

This people colonized Mexico before the Aztecs. Their main god was the feathered serpent, which the Toltecs called Quetzalcoatl. Archaeologists in Toltec settlements found images of dogs with oversized ears on wall paintings, stones and pottery shards.

It is therefore assumed that the Chihuahua or Techichis breed is over 2000 years old.

Interesting facts about the further history of the Chihuahua

According to another theory, brought Montezuma, last ruler of the Aztecs, the Techichi after Chihuahua.

That should have been in the year 1520. The tradition that it was actually the Spaniards who brought the animals with them when they conquered Mexico in the 15th century persists.

Regardless of the legends surrounding the Chihuahua, there is evidence that travelers from the USA discovered the dogs roaming around Mexico at the end of the 19th century.

The vacationers were immediately impressed by the appearance of the dogs, their ears, which are relatively large compared to the rest of the body, and their interesting head.

Tourists soon took the animals, known as the "smallest dogs in the world", home with them. So they soon spread the dogs all over America and a little later in Europe.

Why were the Chihuahua bred?

After the Mexicans noticed American and European tourists' interest in the small dogs, they began to breed them.

The little Chihuahua was a quick way to earn money. The Americans and English were downright infatuated with the little dogs.

It is assumed that smaller animals were deliberately chosen for breeding in terms of body height in order to keep the offspring small.

The Chihuahuas were sold as souvenirs in the country's markets. Most of the time, these Chihuahua dogs did not live long or got sick prematurely. In reality, the dogs were very tough and tough, as life on the streets of Chihuahua was not easy.

Later, great efforts were made in the USA and England to breed Chihuahua dogs.

The diversity of the breed always made new crossings possible. In addition to different ear shapes, the dogs have different stature, size and different coat colors.

Famous people who owned a Chihuahua

The Chihuahua soon became a real fashion dog. Wealthy people in particular kept a whole pack of Chihuahua dogs.

Famous people and familiar faces from the current world of stars and starlets have been spotted with a Chihuahua.

Next Madonna and Britney Spears also owns Paris Hilton a chihuahua. She uses him as a companion and pet and always carries him in her arms.

For many young girls she is a role model, as is her Chihuahua dog. The fans are hardly aware that the breed is not exactly cheap.

The fact that the Chihuahua is a pet that needs regular nutrition and care is often forgotten in the enthusiasm for Paris Hilton.

Are there any interesting stories and anecdotes about the Chihuahua?

An amusing story about the Chihuahua has to do with the American violinist Xavier Cugat. Between the 1930s and the 1950s, he often played in the event rooms of the legendary "Waldorf-Astoria" hotel in New York.

He always carried a Chihuahua in his jacket pocket.

In one hand he held a baton with which he led the Waldorf Orchestra. The other hand held a young girl.

His nightly escapades in the hotel are unique. For example, after a concert at midnight he had the hotel corridor converted into a bowling alley where he could go bowling in Adam's costume, much to the โ€œdelightโ€ of the hotel manager and the other guests.

The Chihuahua in movies, on television and in books


Of course, the Chihuahua has always played a role in various film productions. In the well-known US cartoon "Beverly Hills Chihuahuaโ€œFor example, the Chihuahua bitch Chloe gets lost on vacation in Mexico.

She tries everything to find her way back home to the luxury life that she leads in Bevery Hills. On her way she meets numerous street dogs in Mexico and their hard life.

She has many adventures with her new friends and ends up happily at home.

In addition, Paris Hilton, for example, but also other charity women can be seen regularly with Chihuahua dogs in various boulevard programs. This constant media presence of Paris Hilton together with her dog has contributed significantly to the hype about the Chihuahua.


The Chihuahua can also be found in literature. One example is the widely acclaimed current novel "Shadow souls" of Olga A. Krouk.

This book is about a nurse who is kidnapped into a world of danger and dark adventure. One of the chapters in the book is about a boy who is owned by a Chihuahua was bitten in the calf. The boy has the nurse put on a new bandage in the clinic.

Karl May has repeatedly described the Mexican province of Chihuahua in his travelogues.

Karl May is considered to be the author of famous adventure novels that were set in the "Wild West".

He mentioned the province of Chihuahua for example in the novel "The Scout". The Wild West story is one of his most important novels. In it the author describes the Mexican history in the years 1888 and 1889 in a very gloomy way.

Do you know details about the Chihuahua story? Which famous person has or had a Chihuahua? Please leave a comment!

This post has 8 comments

  1. There is a painting by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican? (Family picture, a woman is holding a Chihuahua in her arms) Made around 1560!

    1. Hello Barbara!

      Yes that's true. A Chihuahua can actually be seen there. It is a fresco by Botticelli (1482).

      Best regards,
      Vanessa

  2. Didn't the ladies of the Emperor of China have chihuahuas? And how did they get the dogs? Who brought them?

    1. Hello Thomas!

      That the ladies of the Chihuahuas Empire had is new to me. But I can also be wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚
      As far as I know, other small races were very common in China and were popular with the nobility. Including the Pug, the Pekingese, Shih Tzu and the Chow Chow (which is not a small breed ๐Ÿ˜‰)
      In the case of Chihuahua breeding, however, such small breeds from China have had an impact on the development of the breed.

      Best regards,
      Vanessa

  3. I once heard that the chihuahua was bred for dog fighting in Mexico

    1. Hello Marron!

      I don't know where you heard that, but I think this thesis is far-fetched. ๐Ÿ™‚ There were certainly bigger dogs in Mexico that were better suited for fighting. It may not be ruled out, but I have never come across it in literature or online that Chihuahuas should have been specially bred for it. Do you have a link or a reference? That would definitely be interesting.
      It is not clear exactly where the dogs came from, but evidence has been found that they were supposed to have served as offerings to the Aztecs. Later they were purposefully bred by locals because foreign visitors had devoured these small dogs and the Chihuahuas could be sold for a lot of money.

      Of course, caution is also required with a Chihuahua. They are not attack dogs, but a chi can bite too. Which would probably turn out lightly for an adult. But I wouldn't leave a toddler or baby alone with a Chihuahua.

      Greetings and Happy Easter,
      Vanessa

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