Despite rumors to the contrary, there is no medical evidence that the Chihuahua breed of dog is capable of curing asthma. It is true, however, that the Chihuahua has less fur than many other breeds and is therefore apt to be less aggravating to those whose asthma makes them sensitive to the byproducts of shedding.Know More
According to Animal Planet, many people believe the Chihuahua is either able to reverse asthma in some way or to "absorb" the condition in much the same fashion a sponge absorbs water. Some people even believe that allowing the dog to sleep with or on the chest of an asthmatic child is likely to lead to curing the child of his or her condition.
Animal Planet reports that the Aztecs regarded the Chihuahua as a spiritual guide that assisted the dead by "absorbing" their sins and suggests this is where the asthma cure rumors started. The dog breed is also apt to make wheezing sounds when it breathes, possibly leading some to believe that it takes on the condition from its human hosts. Meanwhile, the fact that a number of children with asthma eventually outgrow their condition might have appeared to confirm the belief that the family pet had taken on the condition.Learn more about Dogs
Chihuahuas love to burrow and will burrow under everything from blankets to dirt, which many scientists believe is an instinct that comes from their ancestors who lived in the desert and needed to burrow under the sand to survive. Chihuahuas are very small dogs, weighing approximately 6 pounds, so burrowing is easier for them than for larger dogs.Full Answer >
The modern short-haired Chihuahua originated in Chihuahua, Mexico, in the 1850s. The breed's ancient origins are debated, but historians believe Chihuahuas were first discovered in Mexico, Central America or South America.Full Answer >
A Chihuahua may engage in excessive licking behavior as a form of affection or because of an unresolved health issue. Like most dogs, Chihuahuas use licking as a form of personal expression. To find out the specific reason for the licking, an owner can monitor the behavior closely or consult a veterinarian.Full Answer >
A miniature Chihuahua is a smaller Chihuahua dog. The only difference between a miniature and a regular Chihuahua is its size, and the American Kennel Club does not recognize it as an official breed.Full Answer >