By Christopher Hampson
As Cinco De Mayo is upon us, we thought that it would be nice to tie this Mexican celebration into something pet related- Our Chihuahuas! Bug-eyed, dinky and yappy- but we just can’t get enough of them. Just saying their name is fun.
The exact history of the Chihuahua is mysterious to say the least; widely debated is an understatement. What makes the breed hard to place in history has to do with its uniquely flexible genes that are found in a wide range of fury mammals from jackals to Grizzly bears! Scientists had a heck of a time distinguishing it from the fox species due to the number of similarities. It was finally decided that they belong in the “dog” category, but even owners with tell you, it’s more of a rat!
The smallest dog breed on the planet is named for the state in Mexico where they are prominent. It is believed that the Toltecs, whom conquered the Mayans, were the first to domesticate the tiny ancestors of this loyal canine. In fact, they may have even been revered enough to be used as a vital piece of their religion.
Obviously, they are not kept to act as a guard dog in the classic sense, but they can be counted on to make lots of noise when intruders are close. Chihuahuas actually make the list for top ten watchdog breeds.
Some the world’s most famous dogs happen to be Chihuahuas. Paris Hilton’s purse pet, Tinkerbell, to Gidget, the Taco Bell Dog- we couldn’t get through this article without mentioning him.
Being that the holiday is a few days away, we want to help you to avoid being “that person” in the group who gets it wrong. Remember, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. The 5th of May marks the Day of the Battle of the Puebla, when the Mexican army won an unlikely victory over the French. Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is a day of pride in Mexico but not a national holiday. It seems to be more widely celebrated in America within Mexican communities.
Christopher Hampson is the Customer Relations Manager for BARF World Inc. Christopher is one of the BARF World veterans and has over 7 years of experience in consulting pet owners on successfully switching their pets to a raw food diet. Christopher is aspiring artist and creates the hilarious dog cartoons, which are featured in BARF’s weekly newsletter, “The Intelligent Pet”. He and his wife have an adorable two-year-old daughter named Elizabeth who is as big of an animal lover as her dad.For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.