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In Gypsy's latest persona she gives a nod to her Mexican Heritage. With her Mexican sombrero and colorful poncho, she is the epitome of a true Mexican Chihuahua! Our thanks to Ray and Kathy Beheler of Roanoke, Virginia for the miniature sombrero brought back from their recent vacation to Cancun, Mexico!

Origins of The Chihuahua

The Smooth Coat Chihuahua is of Mexican origin, although there are theories it originated in Europe. These are based on the erroneousChihuahua,Chihuahua dogs,Chihuahua pictures,Chihuahuas assumption that there were no dogs in Mexico at the time of the Spanish Conquest. There were, in fact, many dogs there at that time. Archeological expeditions have uncovered many artifacts displaying examples of dogs existing in Mexico and Central America prior to the Spanish Conquest. Both ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures displayed statues and carvings which show dogs very similar in body type and size to the Chihuahua breed of today.

The Smooth Coat Chihuahua has been developed to its present standard by American breeders during this century. In the early days the smooth coat was exceedingly rare. Often they were not physically sound. Consequently, American breeders had to incorporate other breeds in order to produce stronger and sounder stock.

Chihuahua,Chihuahua dogs,Chihuahua pictures,ChihuahuasUp until 1935, there was a strong Terrier influence in the breed. This can still be seen occasionally in the Chihuahua with typical Terrier markings and movement. Chihuahuas gradually became sounder and truer to type, and there has been no need for many years to incorporate other breeds.

The Long Coat Chihuahua is entirely an American-made breed. Since there were only smooth-coated Chihuahuas in Mexico, it was obvious that, in order to produce a long-coated Chihuahua, crosses with long-coated breeds were necessary. In the early days of the twentieth century the main breeds used for this evolution were the Papillon and the Pomeranian.

Mexicans are firm in their belief that the Chihuahua is truly a breed of their country and has lived there for many centuries. For more information about the origins of the Smooth Coat Chihuahua and the Long Coat Chihuahua visit your local library or bookstore and read about this fascinating breed which has survived for so many centuries to become one of the most beloved breeds in the world today!
 

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A very special thanks to Ray and Kathy Beheler of Roanoke, Virginia for the miniature Mexican Sombrero which they brought back for Gypsy from a recent vacation in Cancun, Mexico.

A very special thanks to Sharon Bint, Professor of Spanish II at The University of West Florida for her expert translation of our page from English to Spanish. Thanks Sharon for being our friend and all your help!

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This page was published on September 17,2003


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