In Defense of Chihuahuas


In Defense of Chihuahuas

“You are the type of person to have a Chihuahua”

Oddly enough, I’ve heard this phrase more than once. At first I would let out a bit of a chuckle, but after giving it some thought, I couldn’t get it off my mind. What was that supposed to mean? 

I soon learned that Chihuahuas were viewed as demonic, devilish dogs. Yet, as a dog-lover, who has had several Chihuahuas in his lifetime, it felt wrong to allow this magnificent breed to be trashed.


1. History doesn’t lie


Historically, Chihuahuas are one of the oldest dog breeds. Mayan sculptures of the Techichi dog date back to as early as 500 B.C. At around 100 A.D, the Toltecs conquered the Maya civilization. Then from around 1200 to the 1800s, the Aztecs were in control of Mexico and the Techichi breed. It is believed that they had crossbred Techichis to create the modern day Chihuahua. 


2. Longevity


With the average dog’s lifespan being 10-13 years and a small dog’s lifespan at 10-15 years, it is clear that size has an impact. Chihuahuas, the smallest breed, live an average of 15-20 years. My late Chihuahua, Zippy, who I had since birth, lived to a whopping 19 years. From day one to the end, she kept her “zip” and a smile. When you adopt a Chihuahua, you are dedicated to your new best friend for the long run. Your loyal Chihuahua will be stuck with you through thick and thin. What could be better than growing old with your dog? 


3. LoyaltyInjured flightless bird bonds with chihuahua puppy who can't walk

Chihuahuas are one of the most loyal dog breeds. If you want to be attached to your dog like velcro 24/7, then a Chihuahua is the perfect match for you! The second you walk up to your door, your dog will be waiting anxiously to greet you with a rapidly wagging tail. When you step into the shower, your beloved companion will be sitting on the bath mat, patiently waiting. One of the biggest perks of having a Chihuahua is the fact that you will never eat alone again! Your pet will be sitting right next to you, scratching your leg, soulfully staring into your eyes, hoping for just one bite. Nonetheless, you need to be sure to stay safe around your cuddle buddy; when in the car, your Chihuahua will do everything they can to get behind the wheel and set the GPS to the nearest fire hydrant.


4. Portability with a Big Personality


Teacup Chihuahua - Pictures and Caring Information

These crazy little animals are nothing short of sassy and goofy. Most Chihuahuas are quite opinionated and demanding, but who could say no to such a cute face? Your Chihuahua is also the perfect travel companion. Some may fit in the palm of your hand or in your day-to-day purse (just ask Elle Woods!) These curious creatures don’t need too much space to run and play, and are perfect for those living in smaller quarters. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to bring their furry friend on vacation?


5. Something for Everyone


Lastly, Chihuahuas are extremely diverse. There are countless different ways your best friend can look! From head size to fur length, every dog is unique. You could have an ultra-mini teacup Chihuahua, an over-sized long-haired Chihuahua, or an apple-headed Chihuahua. Snazzy colors and creative markings are so prevalent in the Chihuahua community as well! You could have a caramel-coated dog with white accents, or a pure black-furred friend, but they all love to snuggle.


When it comes to this magnificent breed, you are destined for over a decade of pure bliss. When it comes to Chihuahuas, the sky’s the limit.  But most importantly, your hatred will not be tolerated any longer.