The Chihuahua may be the smallest of all dog breeds, but these tiny waggers have a big place in the hearts of dog lovers! The compact canines are so popular with their admirers that they are celebrated with their own pet holiday – International Chihuahua Recognition Daythat is being held May 14th!
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The name of the breed was inspired by the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
A tiny Chihuahua named Millie is 3.8 inches tall and holds the Guinness Book of Records title as the world’s smallest dog!
In 2013, a 6.26-inch, long-haired Chihuahua named Cupcake was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest service dog!
The Chihuahua Club of America was founded in 1923.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Chihuahua ranks 34th among the most popular dog breeds.
Chihuahua stars of the big and small screen
Angel – Fans will know this lovely pup as Chloe from Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Charlotte – Charlotte, a long-haired Chihuahua with her own Instagram account, starred with actor Paul Mescal (Normal People) in the music video for Phoebe Bridgers’ melody “Savior Complex”, which was staged by Golden Globe winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge .
Gidget – As the mascot of the popular restaurant chain, America had this gender-specific Chihuahua say “Yo quiero Taco Bell” in the late 1990s. Gidget portrayed Bruiser Woods’ mother in Legal Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde.
Reindeer – The insane dog from the animated duo Ren and Stimpy.
Ruscoe – Ruscoe was discovered at a Los Angeles animal shelter and portrayed Papi, a rover with a romantic heart, in the hit Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Tinker Bell – Tinkerbell (aka Tinks), the Chihuahua whose cuteness caused a little dog fever among Glitterati in the early 2000s, starred in the reality series The Simple Life with her famous mother Paris Hilton.
Famous pet parents of Chihuahua
Here are just a few of the many famous faces who were lucky enough to have shared a part of their life with a Chihuahua:
Paula Abdul | – Over the years, the choreographer, including Bessie Moo, Nemo, Tulip and Batman, has fallen in love with several Chihuahuas.
Lauren Ash – The superstore performer is the proud parent of two older Chihuahuas named Fox and Peaches who are both rescue dogs. About her fur baby Fox, the star said: “Adults and older dogs love as much as younger ones, and I encourage everyone to give an older dog a try. I promise it will change your life in the best possible way. “Fox even had the chance to help dogs in need by appearing with the actress in a Best Friends Animal Society campaign to encourage pet adoption.
Selma Blair – As the star’s dog, Ducky, crossed the Rainbow Bridge, the star wrote to her late barking buddy on Instagram: “Please send us our next dog. With the ghost of you and wink. Our hearts are broken. As if helping her family heal after the loss, a month after saying goodbye to Ducky Cappuccino Houston (aka Cappy), the actress welcomed Houston (aka Cappy), part of the fur family thanks to Angel City Pits, Best Friends Animal Society and NKLA Became stars.
Kaley Cuoco – The Big Bang Theory alum has a big heart for animals in need, and during the pandemic she happily became a foster mistake when she officially adopted an elderly guard dog named Dumpy. (Video from The Dodo):
Miley Cyrus – A friend for everyone with paws. In 2013, the Wrecking Ball singer made a rescue Chihuahua named Bean part of her fur family.
Katherine Heigl – Over the years, the Emmy Award winner has been a pet parent to many rescue dogs, including Chihuahuas Gertie, Gracie Lou, and Poppy. In 2019, he teamed up with the Helen Woodward Animal Center for a social media campaign to help Chihuahua find a home!
Carrie Ann Inaba The Talk host posed with her rescue Chihuahua Peanut (who was adopted by the Los Angeles Best Friends Animal Society star) for a photo campaign that helps highlight the need to save the more than 9,000 fateful pets their fate each Day in US shelters. “I took part in this campaign because adopting an animal is one of the most wonderful healing experiences one can have,” said Inaba. “Not only are you helping to heal the wounds of an animal that has been thrown away, lost, or never had a family, but also animals that you heal. All seven of my ‘children’ are being adopted – some were rescued straight from the street, some from the shelter system where they would have been euthanized, and some from no-kill sanctuaries. “
Padme Lakshmi – The top chef’s host is an enthusiastic mother of Divina, a Chihuahua who was adopted from the rescue animal haven.
Miranda Lambert – The Country Crooner’s pups include Delta Dawn, a Chihuahua mix named after a classic Tanya Tucker song. Fans can see the puppy in several music videos from their famous pet parents.
Tommy Lee Bowie, a Chiweenie from the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California, has a Home Sweet Home thanks to Motley Crue’s drummer who adopted him on National Puppy Day.
Harry Lloyd – In 2015, actor Harry Lloyd, who starred in the HBO series Game of Thrones, the PBS series Wolf Hall, and Oscar-nominated Steven Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, took on the role of a Chihuahua in real life eternal pet parenting found in the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and in the Humane Society.
George Lopez – The comic actor who tickled the funny bones of his Fido-loving fans when he provided the voice of Papi in the popular Disney adventure Beverly Hills Chihuahua, shares his off-camera life with a Chihuahua he Owen the Giant called. The puppy got his big break thanks to the Los Angeles-based volunteer rescue organization Wags and Walks.
Jayne Mansfield – Among the Hollywood legend’s dog companions was a Chihuahua named Gallina.
Ross Mathews – RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews introduced three year old Chihuahua Selena Francisca Camarena Mathews into his life in 2017. The TV personality adopted his new fur baby from the LA Rescue Wags and Walks.
Paul O’Grady – British series host Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs is not only a celebrity ambassador for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, but also an avid father of Eddie, a Chihuahua mix born of a caesarean section at the renowned animal welfare organization.
Dan Smyers – In 2021, half of the country music duo Dan + Shay welcomed a 16-year-old Chihuahua from Wags & Walks in Nashville to his heart and home.
Adopting a Chihuahua
The Chihuahua ranks second among euthanized dog breeds, with only pit bulls losing more of their lives in animal shelters across the country. If you are a potential pet parent considering adding a Chihuahua to your pack, please find your new furry family member at animal shelters and emergency services near you!
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