Chihuahua became a pop culture icon back in 1997, after a Chihuahua named Gidget captivated millions when she starred in a Taco Bell commercial. Since then, Chihuahuas have appeared in movies, TV shows, and even in the tabloids, often peering out of celebrities’ purses. Chihuahuas are one of the oldest and most popular breeds in America. Tiny, cute, and feisty, they are easy dogs to love. Check out 10 most interesting facts about Chihuahuas.
1. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog
While some “designer” dogs have been bred down to the one-pound range, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The biggest Chihuahuas are about nine inches tall and weigh about seven pounds. Chihuahuas are famous for having personalities that far outstrip their little bodies. A Chihuahua defending its owner thinks nothing of taking on a much larger dog. What’s amazing is how often those larger dogs back down!