What were Chihuahua bred for?

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  1. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    I've asked a few people and no one can answer me. What were they originally bred for?
     
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    I think strictly companionship for the royals and nobles of the area.
     
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    Cassiepeia Chihuahua Mum

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    No one's really sure. Some people say that originally they were used for religious purposes, like sacrifice, companionship and even for food by the Aztecs. But I guess we'll never really know.

    They were certainly companion dogs from very early on though.

    Cass.
     
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    ive heard alot of things, noone is 100% sure.

    they are decended from a very old breed though, the aztecs used the techichi as a companion, a guard dog, a ratter, a bed warmer, sacred sacrificial item and food in tough times...
    its belived that chis essentially decended from these dogs.

    wouldnt suprise me, chis are very good at bug hunting.

    but quite honestly, companionship is a VERY good purpose! and if thats all chis were bred for, then im ok with that.
     
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    Rotf... Bug hunting ! Dennis does this ... Our grass in the back yard is really tall. about 10 inches. He does a weird bunny hop with his ears forward to pounce on the bugs. It is so funny I doubt i'm gonna mow the grass, I did not know they all do this.
     
  6. ~Jessie~

    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    I've also heard that they were used as ratters... people would put them inside of walls because they were such a small size. This was a long time ago, though ;)

    The background on chihuahuas is really sketchy, though... no one is entirely sure of where they originated from.
     
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    To annoy large dogs ????
     
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    They were bred to be my Auntie's dog, who would bite me on the ankle whenever I would come over, LOL.
     
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    I heard the ansestors where found in the wild, just like xoitzcuintles. :) LOL
     
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    Unkown backgrund...like everyone else said. They don't even really know if they originated in Mexico even though they have a spanish based name.

    Fruit Bat...by any chance, does your name have anything to do with your Chi? I just had someone say my dog looked like a fruit bat :)
     
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    i do wonder if somewhere in the way way past the fennec fox or something similar played a part in the chis creation, they look so similar and to see a fennec play compared to a chihuahua play you would swear they are the same animal!
     
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    In Denis' case he was specifically bred to be an irritant when I visit. What is he good for ? Biting my ears , ankles and any other part he can wrap his lips around all the time thinking I am enjoying his attention LMAO.
     
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    a chihuahuas purpose...
    to drive humans half insane (in both good and bad ways) lol

    as i type vixie insists on licking between my toes and dodger belives i should be paygin attantion to him so is continually putting his paw on my nose and "pulling" my face to look at him instead of the screen lol
     
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    I believe that, Foxy . with Dennis there is a fine line between affection and aggravation. Dennis also seems to think my mom is TASTY. I know I'm promoting bad behavior , but she is his favorite. She is the only one he does it to. LOL
     
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    Thank you for the link Jesse.
     

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