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Breed Spotlight: The Mighty Chihuahua

First registered by the AKC in 1904, the Chihuahua is one of the oldest known breeds in North America. They originated in Chihuahua, Mexico and are a likely ancestor of the Techichi – a sacred dog of the ancient Toltecs. Although they are known for their mighty personalities, they are also one of the smallest breeds in the world. It is believed that their small size is a result of crossing the breed with Chinese Crested dogs.

Chihuahuas make for excellent companion dogs. They love attention and affection and they are very loyal to their owners. Although typically considered lap dogs, they are very active and like to be mentally stimulated. Chihuahuas are good family pets when treated respectfully, but tend to have a reputation for snapping at strangers or small children when they feel threatened due to their small size. Like many small dogs, they may be more prone to barking than some larger dogs as well. They can also seek to dominate their owners and be somewhat temperamental. It is recommended to do your research on Chihuahua behaviour, or to spend some time with them if possible, prior to making the decision to purchase one.

As with many other dog breeds, Chihuahuas have genetic predispositions that put them at risk of developing various conditions or diseases. Some common areas of concern include heart disease, respiratory problems, epilepsy, oral diseases (predominantly tooth decay), and luxating patellas (also know as dislocating kneecap). It is recommended to ensure that you are purchasing a Chihuahua from a reputable and responsible breeder that is registered with a governing agency of some sort, to help decrease the likelihood of your dog developing any of these conditions.

Toronto AMS is here to help you with any of your pet’s transport needs – big or small! Our team of Registered Veterinary Technicians and Animal Care Attendants are professionally trained in animal handling and are fully equipped to facilitate safe and comfortable transports. For more information or to book a transport service, call (416) 449-7387.

Caitlyn A. is a registered veterinary technician and a valued member of Toronto AMS.

Photo by Zé Ferrari Careto⁠

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