Despite rumors to the contrary, there is no medical evidence that the Chihuahua breed of dog is capable of curing asthma. It is true, however, that the Chihuahua has less fur than many other breeds and is therefore apt to be less aggravating to those whose asthma makes them sensitive to the byproducts of shedding.Continue Reading
According to Animal Planet, many people believe the Chihuahua is either able to reverse asthma in some way or to "absorb" the condition in much the same fashion a sponge absorbs water. Some people even believe that allowing the dog to sleep with or on the chest of an asthmatic child is likely to lead to curing the child of his or her condition.
Animal Planet reports that the Aztecs regarded the Chihuahua as a spiritual guide that assisted the dead by "absorbing" their sins and suggests this is where the asthma cure rumors started. The dog breed is also apt to make wheezing sounds when it breathes, possibly leading some to believe that it takes on the condition from its human hosts. Meanwhile, the fact that a number of children with asthma eventually outgrow their condition might have appeared to confirm the belief that the family pet had taken on the condition.Learn more about Dogs
A Chihuahua may engage in excessive licking behavior as a form of affection or because of an unresolved health issue. Like most dogs, Chihuahuas use licking as a form of personal expression. To find out the specific reason for the licking, an owner can monitor the behavior closely or consult a veterinarian.Full Answer >
According to the American Kennel Club, Chihuahuas are a small, intelligent breed of dog notable for their large ears and expressive eyes. Chihuahuas are named after the Mexican state in which they were first found. Some hold that the Chihuahua is descended from the Fennec fox, although this is untrue.Full Answer >
Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world and one of the oldest breeds in North America. A state in Mexico serves as the breed's namesake.Full Answer >
There are two different types of Chihuahuas: the smooth coat Chihuahua and the long coat Chihuahua. These two types come in a variety of colors including black, fawn, white, gray, silver and chocolate as well as color combinations such as blue with white or tan markings.Full Answer >