5 Surprising Facts Chihuahuas

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Some people think the Chihuahua craze started in 1997 when Taco Bell ran an ad campaign starring a Chihuahua named Gidget. The ad boosted Taco Bell's sales, but also boosted the world's love of the Chihuahua. Since then, we have seen Chihuahuas in starring roles in movies like "Legally Blonde" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." But the Chihuahua actually appeared in Hollywood much earlier. In 1948, Marilyn Monroe owned a Chihuahua named Josefa (sometimes called Choo Choo). Stars were not photographed in public as frequently back then, so there are only a few remaining pictures of the bombshell with Josefa. Today, we see paparazzi pics all over the Web of stars like Madonna, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mickey Rourke, Britney Spears and Adrian Brody -- just to name a few -- toting their pet Chihuahuas of the past or present. And Hollywood isn't the only place that loves Chihuahuas. They might be the smallest breed, but Chihuahuas have taken the whole world by storm. 

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