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Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world, and are one of the oldest as well. They are ideal lap dogs, with loving and sweet personalities. Chihuahuas tend to attach quickly and strongly to their owners, and do best with older children because of their delicate bone structure and small size. These loyal, sassy dogs come in two varieties (smooth coat and long coat), and typically have a medium energy level that is perfect for living in either a home or an apartment.
This tiny designer dog is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. First developed in the late 1990s, Chiweenies most often have the large, Chihuahua ears and long, low body of the Dachshund, but vary in their coloring and hair length. These dogs tend to be vocal, are generally easy to train, and are well-suited for indoor living, in apartments or larger homes.
One look at these dogs’ ears and you’ll know how they got their name; the French word “papillon” translates directly to “butterfly”. The Papillon’s fluffy, feathered ears, dark, expressive eyes and plumed tail give it a distinctive (and adorable!) appearance. Papillons love to be with people, are very affectionate and loyal. They are among the more intelligent dog breeds, quick to learn and eager to please. These small, elegant dogs excel at agility and other competitive dog sports. They do well in small and Large Living Spaces.