Where Are Chihuahuas From?
Evidence of the Chihuahua has been linked back to China, Egypt, Malta, Mexico, South America, and parts of Europe from as early as the 9th Century. Many believe that the Chihuahua’s ancestors were the Techichi, a breed that was common to the Toltecs. There is also evidence that the Chihuahua breed we know today may be a mix between the Techichi and a small, hairless Aztec breed, which came to prominence following the conquering of the Toltecs in the Twelfth Century.
The royal Aztecs held the breed in high regard and considered Chihuahuas that were blue in color to be the most sacred. Their remains have even been discovered in ancient graves, placed next to their owners. In 1520, after Hernando Cortes conquered Mexico, the breed was briefly lost to history. They were rediscovered in the 1800s and named “Chihuahua” after the Mexican state that possessed the most relics and statues in their likeness. The Chihuahua made its way to the States around 1850, when Americans transported them from Mexico. At this time, the breed typically had longer snouts, smaller eyes, and bat-like ears. Over time, US breeders have produced today’s “”American”” version of the dog, boasting a rounded head and pleading, baby eyes. The Chihuahua is the 33rd most popular breed in America today.