The AKC or American Kennel Club first registered the Chihuahua in 1905.
Chihuahuas are often known for their large eyes, small size and large fully erect ears. The American Kennel Club or AKC notes two types of Chihuahua, which are the smooth coat and the long coat. Most long coat Chihuahuas have extremely thin hair, however other long coat Chihuahuas have a thick, dense coat of hair.
Chihuahuas are highly regarded for their ferocity, devotion and personality. The dogs small size and curious nature make the dog easily adaptable to a variety of different situations and environments. Chihuahuas do well in small apartments and big cities as well. The dog is often incorrectly stereotyped as stressed or high strung, because it can be a very placid and amiable dog with correct socialization and training. The Chihuahua can truly be an exceptional companion.
As for small children, Chihuahuas are generally not recommended as pets because their temperament can be hostile, their size can lead to injury with rough play and the dog has an innate reaction to bite when frightened. Overall it is recommended that children be over the age of 12 before a Chihuahua is introduced to the family. Also, Chihuahuas can become very jealous dogs as they often focus their attention on one person and become quite territorial over the relationships of that one person. Chihuahuas, overall prefer to play with each other vs. other dogs and generally do not have fear of even dogs 10 times their size, however for many Chihuahuas this may lead to their injury or death.
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