Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Our Chihuahua

This is the newest addition to our family.  Mary Jane is a 9 month old Chihuahua.  She is longer then most Chihuahuas so I think she is part dachshund.  We call her a chaweinner.  Notice how large her ears are.

The Chihuahua is one of the oldest and smallest breeds in the world.  Native to Mexico, this dog is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

Two basic body types of purebred Chihuahuas are apple headed or deer headed.  Characteristics of an apple head Chihuahua are short noses, apple shaped head and close-set eyes.  On the other hand, dear headed Chihuahuas have an elongated nose that resembles a Doberman Pinscher. Deer headed Chihuahuas do not have a head shaped like an apple.  I think Mary Jane is a deer headed Chihuahua.

There are two varieties of Chihuahua, the long-coat and the smooth coat, also referred to as short-haired.  Most Chihuahuas have a height of 6-10 inches and do not weigh more then 6 pounds. The most desirable size of Chihuahua weighs between 2-4 pounds.  I’m glad Mary Jane is on the larger side so she is not so delicate and easy to step on.

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