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5 Surprising Facts Chihuahuas

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If you see a small, bug-eyed creature poking out of the top of a tote bag, there's a good chance it's a Chihuahua. For anyone with an affinity toward the adorably portable, it's easy to see why the Chihuahua has risen in arm-candy fame. Add to that its dedication to its human parents and it's clear why this small dog enjoys such popularity. In the last 10 years, the Chihuahua has remained in the top 13 most-registered dogs in the United States according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). With short little legs, it usually stands about 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters) to its shoulder and weighs between 2 and 6 pounds (1 and 3 kilograms). Bred with either short or long hair, Chihuahuas come in over 30 different colors and varieties. Perfect for the person on the go, they make great travel companions and city dwellers since they don't require much exercise. No doubt the Chihuahua is a breed you'll keep seeing around. In the next few pages, you'll learn some surprising facts about the tiniest dog in the history of the AKC.

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