Registration: All Chihuahuas are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.
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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Chihuahua in 2002.
Breed Characteristics: The Chihuahua is the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world.
Chihuahuas are graceful, alert, swift-moving little dogs with a saucy expression.
There are two distinct breed types of Chihuahua, one with a long coat and the other with a short coat. Both long haired and short haired varieties of Chihuahua are identical other than the coat differences. Frequently Chihuahua puppies of both coat types are whelped in the same litter.
Chihuahuas have round apple shaped heads, large protruding eyes and a short, stout muzzle.
The body of the Chihuahua is slightly longer than it is tall, and ears are large and flaring.
The body of the Chihuahua is compact and evenly-muscled.
Country of Origin: Native to Mexico, the Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Original Purpose: Companion and ceremonial.
Today's Uses: Companion.
Weight: Chihuahuas weigh between 2 to 6 pounds.
Height: Chihuahuas should be between 5 to 9 inches tall.
Coat: Chihuahuas come in long and smooth varieties; can be single- or double-coated
Color: The Chihuahua's coat can be solid, marked, or splashed in any color combination. The more common Chihuahua colors are red, sable, fawn, black and tan, tricolor, and brindle.
Temperament: The Chihuahua makes a great companion dog. Chihuahuas are courageous, spirited and proud. Chihuahuas are affectionate and demand it in return for their owners.
Chihuahua's are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy.
The Chihuahua can do well with children that are gentle. All Chihuahuas should be socialized at an early age to ensure a sound and stable temperament.
With Pets: Chihuahuas generally do well with their own breed, but sometimes disapprove of other breeds especially those that are larger in stature.
Trainability: Chihuahuas are a intelligent breed but can be a bit stubborn at times. With proper, positive reinforcement, Chihuahuas will learn new commands rather quickly.
Activity Level: The Chihuahua requires minimal exercise but should be considered inside dog.
Life Expectancy: The Chihuahua lives an average life of 13 - 15 years.
Breed Standard: Chihuahua
General Description: Small, dainty and compact with a brisk forceful action.
Head and Skull: A well rounded "Apple Dome" skull, cheeks and jaws lean, nose moderately short, slightly pointed. The stop of the Chihuahua is well pronounced.
Eyes: Full, round but not protruding, set well apart, dark or ruby. (Light eyes in light colors permissible).
Ears: Large, set on at an angle of about 45 degrees; this gives the appearance of width between the ears.
Mouth: Level, scissor bite.
Neck: The neck of the Chihuahua is slightly arched and of medium length.
Forequarters: Shoulders should be well up, lean, sloping into a slightly broadening support above straight forelegs that are set well under, giving free play at the elbows.
Body: Chihuahuas are to have a level back, slightly longer than the height at shoulder. The ribs of the Chihuahua are to be well sprung with a deep brisket.
Hindquarters: Muscular with hocks well apart,. Should not be turned out or cow hocked.
Feet: The feet of the Chihuahua are small with toes well split up, but not spread. Chihuahuas have a petite foot with toenails that are moderately long.
Tail: The tail of the Chihuahua is medium in length, carried up or over the back. Preferred furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in the middle and tapering to a point.
Coat: The coat of the Chihuahua is close, smooth and glossy. The Chihuahua's coat is soft to the touch.
Color: Any color or mixture of colors is acceptable in the Chihuahua other than albinoism.
Weight: Chihuahuas can weigh up to 7 pounds but 2 - 4 pounds is preferable. If two dogs are equally good in type, the smaller of the two would be preferred.
Faults: Docked tail, broken down ears that are hound like are considered faults in Chihuahuas.
Disqualifications: All male Chihuahuas are to have two seemingly normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.