When it comes to popularity, the Chihuahua is definitely one of the most sought-after dog breeds in the world. Such is its popularity that a film was made with the lead character being a Chihuahua. Beverly Hills Chihuahua, a comedy film released in 2008, tells the story of a Chihuahua named Chloe, whose owner leaves her with her irresponsible niece, who devices to go on vacation in Mexico, tagging the dog along. However, Chloe is kidnapped and sent to the local dog fights. Hilarity ensues as she tries to escape with the help of other dogs she meets along the way.
Again, their small size belies the feisty nature of Chihuahuas. They’re cute and cuddly, but they are very alert and have a personality similar to terriers. They’re not the best choice for families with children, as they don’t take kindly to rough play. Chihuahuas have to be handled gently and their independent streak may make training a challenge. Chihuahuas require ample exercise, but still make for great city dogs. Short-coated Chihuahuas require little grooming maintenance, while the long-coated dogs will need periodic brushing.