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Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

About Chihuahuas... in honor of our July COTM: CRSD

In Honor of our July COTM:

written by Ginger of Barkingdogblankets

About Chihuahuas...

Folklore and archeological finds show that the Chihuahua breed did originate in Mexico. The most likely theory is that they are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog, favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico. Artifacts of pots with images thought to be the Techichi were found in Mexico as far back as 300BC but could be earlier ancestors. Wheeled dog toys that resemble the apple head and deer head Chihuahuas were unearthed in Mexico to El Salvador, the earliest of these date back to 100AD. It is thought that the breed was in Mexico over 1400 years before the first Europeans arrived.  

Girl with ChihuahuaCollage by PetCollage

The Chihuahua is named after the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, apparently because colonial records claims that 16th century Conquistadores found them in the region later known as Chihuahua. 

Chihuahuas are generally unsuited for homes with small children but the temperament of its owner can make a difference in the temperament of the pup. They tend to be fiercely loyal and can become over protective... with proper training this can be avoided. Chihuahuas tend to have a clannish nature preferring other Chihuahuas or mixed Chihuahuas to other dogs.

Pet Blanket by BarkingDogBlanket

They love their dens and will often burrow themselves in pillows, blankets or deep under the bed covers. Chihuahuas were bred to be companion animals and love to be close to their owners and will quietly lie as close to you as possible. They are a very loving breed and will shower you with love and companionship in a household that understands and appreciates the specialness of this breed.

As we approach the end of the month of July and say farewell to our coordinating Charity of the Month: the Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego... please, if you didnt get a chance to read our introductory article on this organization... you can find it HERE

If you are able to support their work in one way or another... a little will go a long way :) Thank you !

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  1. Great info on these funny little dogs! Love all the pics of chihuahua themed listings. Thanks for including my chihuahua fairy pendant. :)

    One more bit of chihuahua rescue trivia...did you know that one of the reasons people abandon their chi's and chi mixes in shelters and rescues is because they "got too big"! Seriously! People also shy away from adopting the "too big" chihuahuas and mixes...what makes this even more ridiculous? "Too big" is usually a whopping 8 to 12 lbs. Humans are SO bizarre.

  2. this is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful breed!!!

    i'm honored to be featured here

    pet collage & animal art

  3. What an interesting history they have. I love reading all the fun tidbits of information on our furry little friends ;o)

  4. Thank you Nicole! I wish everyone took the time to understand the breed, then there would not be so many of them abandoned in So Cal. We loved our Penny she was the sweetest chihuahua ever!


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