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The Chihuahua is elegant, small and compact; it is a bit longer than it is tall. It has a saucy expression and an alert, terrier-like mindset.
It should move out at a quick pace with good reach and drive. Its coat can be smooth, with soft, glossy hair or long, with soft straight or wavy hair and fringed ears.
The saucy Chihuahua has gained its place as a popular toy dog due to its extreme devotion to a single person.
It is reserved with unknown people but good with other household dogs and pets. A few try to be protective, however they aren’t very effective. Quite a few may be quite bold; others may be timid. It is often temperamental. Some bark.
AKC Ranking: 10
Family: companion, Southern (pariah)
Area of Origin: Mexico
Date of Origin: 1500s
Original Function: ceremonial
Today’s Function: companion
Average Height: 6-9
Average Weight: <6