Chi. hua. hua \ch*-‘wa:-(.)WA\ n [ MexSp, fr. Chihuahua, Mexico]: a very small, round-headed, large-eared, short-coated dog held believed to actually come from Egypt and Aztec civilizations (truth be known, teacup only refers to an individual dog, not a breed).
The Chihuahua is an ancient breed which is believed to have its origins in the late Paleozoic period. The Chihuahua’s earliest known ancestor, cannis raptor rodentis (meaning: killer half dog, half mouse) scoured the almost uninhabitable deserts of what is now Mexico and the south-western United States pillaging without restraint.
Millions of years of evolution allowed this canine species to thrive on the arid plain while other dog species, such as the cannis wimpus or frenchus dorkus (desert poodle) struggled for survival, eventually becoming extinct until modern times.
The early Chihuahua’s survival was once associated with the over sized, specially adapted bat ears, which act as water gathering surfaces. These fins collect moisture from the air allowing this remarkable animal to absorb the condensate through the skin They will go weeks without actually drinking water, yet urinate on any immobile object almost endlessly.Follow Famous Chihuahua on Istagram