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The Chihuahua - Perfect Apartment Companions
By Connie Limon
One of the smallest of the toy dogs is the Chihuahua. The Chihuahua is most likely from Mexico many centuries ago. In his native land they thought he helped
passage into the afterlife and was a sacred dog. The Chihuahua is known for a rounded, apple shaped head with erect, pointed ears. Chihuahuas are found in short smooth hair coats and long and soft coats. He generally weighs 2 to 5 pounds.
The exact origin of the Chihuahua is unknown; however, it is believed by many that his ancestors are an important part of the Toltecs, which is an ancient Mexican civilization of the 9th century. Ther Toltecs named the Chihuahua Techichi. Even after the Aztecs conquered the Toltecs, the Chihuahua continued to flourish for centuries. Archeologists have found Chihuahuas in ancient graves. Then Hernando Cortes conquered Mexico and the breed was lost to history. Few records of the little Chihuahua were left behind. The Chihuahua was rediscovered in the late 1800s near Mexico City.
The Chihuahua is active, not very sociable with other breeds, but seems to recognize other Chihuahuas and enjoys their company. He is a devoted family pet with streaks of jealousy displayed when their beloved people spend time with other people. They also tend to display jealousy of larger dogs.
The Chihuahua is:
Perfect for apartment dwellers due to the
In general, the Chihuahua is a healthy dog.
There are a few conditions you will want to look out for, they are:
Cryptorchidism: A condition in which one or
both testicles do not descend into the scrotum;
Symptoms of hypoglycemia are common in the toy breed dogs less than three months of age. Some bouts of hypoglycemia may be associated with more serious disease such as Addisons disease, severe liver disease, tumors just to name a few. If hypoglycemia episodes occur often you will need your vet to perform diagnostic testing to determine if there is a more serious problem causing the episodes.
Symptoms to watch for that relate to
Loss of appetite;
Treatment for hypoglycemia may include:
Giving glucose orally or by intravenous
At home if you suspect your Chihuahua has
hypoglycemia you can:
Rub Karo syrup on your dogs gums and
call your vet immediately for further instructions;
Cryptorchidism is an inherited condition. Its occurrence cannot be prevented in the individual animal. Castrating animals diagnosed with this condition may help reduce the incidence in the general population of the Chihuahua.