This is the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world. Native to Mexico, where it received its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua. It was only brought to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. The breeds that were used to make up the Chihuahua are unclear, but some think it originated from the Fennec Fox. The dogs were sacred to Pre-Columbian Indian nations and were also popular pets to the upper class. The dogs are prized for their size and are most valued to some fanciers when they weigh under 2-1/4 pounds.
The Chihuahua is a good companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and adventurous, they enjoy affection. Brave, cheerful and agile, Chihuahuas can be strong-willed without proper human leadership. They are loyal and become attached to their owners. Some like to lick their owner's faces. For some, they may be slightly difficult to train, but they are intelligent, learn quickly, and respond well to proper, firm but gentle (positive reinforcement) training. May be difficult to housebreak. A Chihuahua that is pack leader of its humans may snap at children. This breed is generally not recommended for children, not because it is not good with them, but because most people treat the Chihuahua differently than they would a large dog, causing it to become untrustworthy. They are good little dogs for apartment life. The Chihuahua likes warm weather and dislikes the cold. They need space just like any other dog. Because they are small does not mean they can be kept in a very small area.
About Because of You Chihuahua Rescue (From their website):
Because of You Chihuahua Rescue is a rescue located in Edmond, Oklahoma. We are incorporated with the State of Oklahoma and are a 501(c)3 non-profit group. We are a small rescue and passionate about Chihuahuas and other small breed dogs and their well being.
"Because of You" is dedicated to finding loving "forever homes" for unwanted, unloved, and homeless dogs.
Because of You Chihuahua Rescue is a spay/neuter rescue and believe that there are more dogs than there are good homes to put them into. We would like more people to consider adopting existing dogs, rather than breeding more! And we want to encourage people to also consider the older dogs, since they are some of the most loving dogs and most in need of loving homes. These dogs have been someone's faithful companion, and for whatever the reasons, have been discarded like old garbage...
All rescued dogs live as our personal pets until a "forever home" is found. The dogs are not caged, but roam freely in our home! All veterinarian needs, including spay/neuter will be provided by "Because of You" prior to the adoption. We also do dental, shots, fecal, heartworm test and a prevention plan, grooming, nail care, microchipping and full exam