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A Little Bit About Us

We are the Griffin's from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and we have fallen in love with these little dogs. Lucy was our first chihuahua, and we loved her so much that we had to get another, who we named Desi. As a dear friend told us, " You can't have just one!", and she was right. Our chihuahuas are part of our family, and has grown to include Lucy's and Desi's sons, Bob, Pixie, and Dixie. Since we love our chihuahuas so much, we have retired Lucy from breeding. Desi will provide stud services, Bob has been neutered, and Pixie will provide stud services when he is old enough. It is undetermined if Dixie will also stud, or will be neutered as well.

A Little Chihuahua History

The history of the Chihuahua* or Techichi, is traceable back to the ninth century It is likely that it went back to a period prior to the Mayan tribes in the fifth century. Evidence of this little dog's existence during the several centuries the Toltecs who occupied what is now Mexico City dates back to the ninth century. The evidence has firmly established the Techichi to the Toltec period. There are pictures carved in stone still in existence in the Monastery of Huejotzingo, on the Highway from Mexico City to Puebla. The monastery was constructed around 1530 from materials taken from Pyramids of Cholula built by the Toltecs. These carvings give a full-head view and a full picture of a little dog that looks approximately like the Chihuahua of today. There is also some evidence of the little dogs existence in the remains of pyramid constructions at Chichen Itza in distant Yucatan. 

Most of the Toltec civilization was around Tula which is close to the present Mexico City. Most of the relics are found here and the speculation is that the earliest specimens of the breed were found in this location in the state of Chihuahua. The dogs were found in 1850 in old ruins near Casas Grandes, which are believed to be the ruins of the palace built by Emperor Montezuma I. 

The relics of the Techichi indicate that the breed was longhaired and mute. There is speculation that the size of the Chihuahua was reduced by crossing the Techichi with a small hairless dog brought from Asia to Alaska over the land bridge where the Bering Strait now runs. 

The Aztecs conquered the Toltecs and flourished for several centuries and there was a time when the wealthy regarded the blue-colored Chihuahuas as sacred. At the same time, the common people had little or no use for these little dogs and they were even used for food. 

Cortez conquered Montezuma's possessions during his 1519-20 crusade in Mexico. There is little or no record of Montezuma's dogs for several centuries. 

There is a historic letter written by Christopher Columbus stating that in Cuba he found a small dog that was mute. Aztecs were not seafarers so it is theorized that they did not take the Techichi to Cuba. 

Archaeologist have found remains of the Chihuahua in human graves in both Mexico and the United states. It is speculated that the little dog played a part in the religious and mythological life of the Aztecs. 

The Tiny Chihuahua of today endured many changes. His color variations are limited only by the imagination.  The smooth coated variety is still the most publicly recognized, but the long-coat variety has increased in numbers and popularity. 

*this portion of the Chihuahua History excerpted from the Official Publication of the American Kennel Club THE COMPLETE DOG BOOK, Golden Anniversary Edition, 1983, 16th edition-fifth printing, HOWELL BOOK HOUSE, Inc.

The Myth About the Teacup Chihuahua

The official A.K.C. Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat types. The difference in coat type (the Long Coat or the Smooth Coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed. Our Standard does not categorize the Chihuahua by size.

For the purpose of showing and record keeping, the American Kennel Club includes the Chihuahua (along with 16 other breeds) in the Toy Group. Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature, ALL Chihuahuas registered with A.K.C. are considered to be a toy breed of dog.

As with all living things, there will be a size variance between individual dogs within this breed. Within the human family, brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes. They are described as humans, male or female, and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further. The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas-Long Coat/Smooth Coat, Male/Female.

Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size difference and physical appearances are many; and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate. Tea-cup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. The Chihuahua Club of America is concerned that these terms may be used to entice perspective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not; and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.

Occasionally, within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small. That puppy is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct. To attach any of these additional labels to a particular pup is to misrepresent that animal as something that is rare or exceptional and causes a great deal of confusion among those fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.

The Chihuahua Club of America does not endorse or condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective puppy buyer not to be misled by them.

We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy. While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their general health and well-being.

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