Chihuahuas are noted for their distinct looks and unique personalities. They are so beloved in fact, many notable Chihuahuas have been made famous in the media and movies.
Here are some of the most notable uses of these loveable little dogs in the media:
Restaurant Promotions the Media and Internet
Taco Bell introduced the Taco Bell Chihuahua in September of 1997. Gidget, the actual name of the Taco Bell mascot became a marketing success. Not only did he appear on the Taco Bell commercials, but the toy and souvenir manufacturers got in on the craze and started producing Taco Bell dogs with the cute little Mexican accent and catch phrases such as "Yo quiero Taco Bell." [...]
While most people are familiar with Chihuahuas with distinct fawn or cream colorations, these little dogs actually come in a variety of colors. If you're looking at the prospect of brining a Chihuahua home, you're in for quite a variety of potential colors as a result of interbreeding of coats.
Chihuahuas come in any color, often you will see fawn, solid brown, solid black and solid white, cream, chocolate, blue, sable, silver or they can be tricolor or even have patches (splashed or spotted) of several colors. Brindles are a mixture of two or three colors. [...]
Bringing a brand new Chihuahua home is a time of great excitement. After the joy wears off, however, the work needs to start. Just like any other dog, Chihuahuas require training to really fit well into a home environment.
One of the first problems to overcome as with any new pup is to housebreak your new pet. You will not want your Chihuahua to have accidents all over the house. [...]
Breeding Chihuahuas is not an undertaking for the inexperienced. These tiny dogs have a lot of difficulty with delivery (whelping). They are very fragile animals with easily breakable bones and many things can go wrong. As a word of caution, you should consult your veterinarian before taking on this endeavor. Your pet should receive a complete bill of health before undergoing the process. You should be able to communicate with your veterinarian at any time when you have any questions about your Chihuahua’s health or her ability to bring her litter to term. [...]
Chihuahuas are loyal dogs that usually prefer one to two masters. They are noted for their fierce personalities. They are said to be high strung and not a good breed to introduce to children. But with proper training and socialization, a Chihuahua can learn to adapt to just about any environment.
Chihuahuas and Children
Chihuahuas tend to be nervous by nature and may bite at the slightest provocation. Chihuahuas are not recommended for households with children under the age of 12. [...]
The Chihuahua, that feisty little dog with a courageous personality, makes a wonderful pet for the elderly. Because of their size, they fit well in either a big home or a small apartment. These little dogs are loyal to their human companion and do much better with a couple or single elderly person than in a family with small children.
In terms of exercise, although Chihuahuas love to go on walks, long walks are not necessary and a Chihuahua can get enough exercise playing with their toys and frolicking around the house. [...]
How can a tiny Chihuahua be used in police work you might ask and rightfully so. When we think of police dogs, we think of German Shepherds and other large and powerful dogs that can easily apprehend a criminal and take a bullet when necessary. They are loyal officers that give their lives in the line of duty. Or we think of bloodhounds and other dogs used for their powerful sense of smell. These dogs have been trained to find drugs or search out important clues at crime scenes. It now appears that the profile of a police dog is changing and a little Chihuahua, with a rat terrier mix is now on the scene to stay. [...]
Urban legends are folklore, often concocted by the people of a bygone era who tried to explain the unexplainable. Some of the myths and legends still linger on and are still believed today. There are many that surround different dog breeds, including Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas Cure Allergies And Asthma
One such legend is that small dogs from Mexico have the uncanny ability to transfer their owners' illnesses to themselves and thus free their owner of such diseases like asthma and certain allergies. [...]
The world's smallest dog, the Chihuahua, may be very popular especially in the United States since the media fell in love with The Taco Bell Chihuahua in the 1990s, but they do have many medical, genetic and behavioral problems.
Chihuahuas can suffer from a number of genetic and medical conditions. Before purchasing a Chihuahua trace the bloodline and buy your Chihuahua pup from a reputable breeder.
You must also be prepared to invest substantial amounts of money for your dog's veterinarian care. [...]
Did you know that a Chihuahua is also known as a Chi, the Mayan word meaning dog? Although we believe that this breed originated in Mexico (ancient paintings of Chihuahuas have been found in Mexico) their origin is steeped in mystery. Some aficionados believe Chihuahuas originated in Europe. There are also stories where Spanish traders brought them to Malta from Africa and Asia. Still others report that Chihuahuas were found in Egypt about 3000 years ago. [...]