In America many people have fallen for Mexican foods but one other Mexican export that has got even more people hooked is the Chihuahua dog, especially the teacup Chihuahua. It is a popular pet among normal day to day Americans but even celebrities like Paris Hilton have a thing for them and carry them in their handbags thanks to their small size, loyalty and companionship they show to their owners. The teacup Chihuahua is the tiniest member of the Chihuahua family, tiny enough that when it’s a puppy it can fit in a teacup – hence the name.
History of the Chihuahua
Long before the teacup Chihuahua became a popular pet, a group of American tourists went to the Chihuahua state in Mexico, a region bordering the US states of Texas and New Mexico and on returning home they came with a guest – the now famous Chihuahua dog. People loved it for its energy and connection to people but it wasn’t until the 1990s decade that the ‘teacup’ became popular. What’s the difference between the two you may ask? Well some people regard the ‘teacup’ as a breed of its own while others don’t. In fact the American kennel club does not recognize it as a breed. The major characteristic that sets it apart is its tiny size which on average it has a height of nine inches and weighs less than six pounds which makes it very portable.
As mentioned above the American Kennel club recognizes only two breeds of the Chihuahua – the long haired one and the short haired one. However the general public believes them to be a breed and for this reason pet shops sell small Chihuahuas under this name, usually at a higher price due to their high demand. The dog has various colors with the common ones being white, black and tan although there are multicolored ones due to cross breeding. Even though most people associate the dog with lively and extroverted behavior, this is not always the case. Some are timid and anti-social. It all depends on the genetic traits inherited by the individual dog. If you happen to have a timid one, training can help improve behavior but not completely change it.
Pros and cons of owning one
Dogs usually require a big space to run around for exercise and this can be challenging for people who do not have compounds or backyards. Fortunately this isn’t the case with the teacup as it requires very minimal space to play. This makes it suitable for people living in apartments. You can carry this dog all over the world from London to Los Angeles without worrying about space. In addition you do not need a dog school to train a teacup, it’s the easiest dog to train which can spare you some extra cash.
Like all other good things, owning a teacup Chihuahua comes with its own bad side effects or cons, the first one being that they are usually very noisy and annoying with their barking which can cause problems with neighbors. Their small sizes also make them prone to illnesses like diabetes and respiratory problems among other illnesses. Also due to their small and weak bones, they are more likely to get injured and fracture bones and therefore require a lot of time investment in caring for them and protecting them, they can also drain you financially due to the many vet visits required to keep them healthy. Furthermore dogs often like to lick the ground and in the process can ingest household chemicals like cleaning agents, which for a teacup Chihuahua can be lethal even in small doses which means one has to take extreme caution when handling chemicals in the house.
The cons are just a small price to pay compared to the company this truly cute, adorable, friendly and never boring dog will give you so if you are looking for a pet friend, this is the one. Unless 14th May is your birthday, it may just be another day of the year but once you own a Chihuahua you should make it an important day in your calendar as it is the international Chihuahua day.