Miniature dogs have gained a lot of admirers.
In a city apartment, keeping such a pet is very convenient - it does not require much space, and the dog can even be trained to walk into the tray like a cat.
The smallest dogs on the planet are the Chihuahuas.
History of the Chihuahua
Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. Its adult representatives reach a weight of three kilograms, and the smallest weigh not more than five hundred grams. These crumbs are from Mexico, where their distant ancestors were considered by the Indians as sacred animals. It is believed that the modern breed was due to the crossing of its Mexican ancestor - the teicichi - with the Chinese crested, who arrived in Central America on Spanish ships where the rats were successfully killed.
In the XIX century among the wealthy European touristsBecame a fashionable trip to Mexico. There Europeans also paid attention to the local residents who sold tiny dogs. After the first individuals appeared in the Old World and were presented to the public, they quickly gained popularity due to their miniature size and pretty appearance. Since then, the chihuahua have acquired more and more new fans.
Chihuahua in Russia
In Russia, chihuahua appeared thanks toCuban-Soviet friendship of peoples. Fidel Castro personally gave Nikita Khrushchev two dogs with an excellent pedigree. Khrushchev's daughter handed the dogs to a close friend of the family Eugenia Zharova (later she also brought out the Russian that terrier). It was Eugene who became the first breeder of the breed in the USSR.
Appearance of the Chihuahua is deceiving
Externally, the chihuahuas are very pretty. These tiny dogs have large expressive eyes and large, often covered with long hair, ears. However, these miniature animals have an independent and rather grumpy character. They do not like children and often become leaders in homes where there are other animals, subordinating themselves to larger brethren. Chihuahua fast, energetic and graceful. Watching these dogs, one gets the impression that they do not realize their size. Zverek can easily pounce on a cat or a large dog. Chihuahua is a devoted pet. They are very attached to the owners, but they can be somewhat hostile to guests who are not well known. These dogs are great for lonely people who spend a lot of time at home. Dogs with pleasure will accompany the owner, sit on his lap while he reads the book, sleep with him in the same bed.
The smallest Chihuahua
To date, the tiniest little dogIs considered Chihuahua Milli, who lives in Puerto Rico. Because of some disease, Millie stopped growing when she was still a puppy. Today, the growth of crumbs is 9.65 centimeters, and the weight is only 400 grams.