Chihuahua dog history is one of intrigue and speculation.
Trying to learn the facts is a bit like owning a Chihuahua, both fascinating and mysterious!
The origin of this breed is difficult to trace, as some is based on fact, some on documents, drawings, and pottery, and much is folklore.
The debate over Chihuahua history is whether they came from Mexico or from Europe.
Some believe that Chihuahuas originated on the island of Malta and that they were taken to other parts of Europe on trading ships.
European paintings dated around 1482 show small dogs with round heads, big eyes, and large, erect ears. They were a popular pet that were known for being a companion lap dog.
On the other end of the debate are those who believe they originated in Mexico. This is the most common theory.
Toltec carvings which date back to the 9th century A.D. show small dogs that had round heads and large, erect ears.
Those dogs were called Techichi and they resemble modern day Chihuahuas.
The history of these dogs were a bit more ominous, as they were used in various religious ceremonies.
The Aztecs believed in appeasing the gods with sacrificial, blood offerings which included the Techichi dog for abolishment of sins and for guiding the spirits of the dead.
Many of the Techichi dogs lived in temples and the priests cared for them. They were believed to have mystical, healing powers and were believed that they could cure disease.
Actually, those particular beliefs do not sound too far fetched, as it is now a proven medical fact that owning and caring for dogs can lower stress and blood pressure, along with many other health benefits!
Though we will never know the exact history of Chihuahuas, we will always be glad that regardless of their mysterious beginnings, they now enrich our lives.