The Chihuahua, named for the state in Mexico, is a classified by Kennel Clubs as the smallest dog in the world. But don't tell them that! Chihuahuas have in mind that they are 10 times larger than what their little bodies actually are. This fun canine breed is chock full of personality and will be a devoted and loyal companion to its owner. Many times they will pick out one person in the family and claim them as their own, often being somewhat possessive and protective of that person.
There are some "urban legends" circulating on the Internet about packs of Chihuahuas bring down bulls, etc. Sort of like a school of piranhas. This is complete nonsense. Even if you had a pack of feral Chihuahuas raging about, they probably would be no more harmful than a pack of ground hogs. I found this hilarious quote online, unfortuantly I don't have the source anymore: "Ah, the Wild Chihuahuas of Mexico. Some say a man has not really lived until he has seen those noble creatures run free in their native habitat. Late on moonless nights, you can hear their mysterious yapping in the wind, and feel the ground shake with the pounding of thousands of gnarled little feet. The herds are restless on these nights, and the cowboys watch and wait for the coming of what they call, "the small ones.""
To be truly happy, your Chihuahua will thrive on constant companionship. Chihuahuas do well with other dogs, however, they are partial to their own breed and will become somewhat clannish when living with other canines. In spite of its small size, they have no problem standing up to much bigger dogs, often showing them who is boss. Chihuahuas are great travelers and are often content being carried around in a tote, peering out to see their surroundings. They are also great city dwellers, as they do not require a lot of exercise. With its short little legs, they usually stand about 6-9 inches to the shoulder, weighing between 2 and 6 lbs.
Chihuahuas come in many varieties, from short hair to long hair, and virtually any color combination, from solid to marked or splashed, allowing for colors from solid black to solid white, spotted, sabled, or a variety of other colors and patterns. Colors and patterns can combine and affect each other, resulting in a very high degree of variation. Common colors are fawn, red, cream, chocolate, brown, mixed, white, and black. No color or pattern is considered more valuable than another. Overall, if you are wanting a loyal and faithful companion that will be loving and close to your heart, this is the breed for you.