Tiny and fragile but alert and bold, Chihuahuas are the world's smallest breed.
They are named after the Mexican state from which the breed was first exported.
In the 1970s, the Asian Leopard was discovered to be immune to feline leukemia.The University Of California was researching childhood leukemia and working with cat breeder Jean Mill, they imported Asian leopards to achieve the said-to-be impossible feat of combining different chromosomes to create smaller leopards that could be handled for research.The miniature fox was popular with exotic animal sellers - and the college kids who were paid to carry, feed, and fondle the kits 'round the clock.Crossing species, as in the horse-donkey which produced the mule, is irresistibly possible.The fennec fox was in fact, successfully crossed with the Chihuahua in the 1980s.
The result was a less nocturnal, more social and thus, more marketable "fox".
Folklore surrounding the Xoloitzcuintli has become confusingly interwoven with that of the Chihuahua but we don’t believe them to be related.
The rectangular head shape of all hairless dogs is absolutely unlike the Chihuahua's unique skull.
The Fennec fox has weak dentition, a very rare condition in a wild species. We simply do not know what delightful little creature dances in the shadow of the Chihuahua. Scientists said it couldn’t be done but American farmers crossed a horse with an ass and thank goodness the mule was there to drag our plows and artillery!
Chi Chi owners attribute the breed's poor dentition to the foreshortened muzzle. Nowadays, just because we can, we cross a Tiger with a Lion, a Zebra with a donkey, etc.
Their coats come in many colors from white to black-and-tan and many colors in between. Contact the dog breeders below for your next family friend.