- The Taco Bell Dog, 1990s commercial
The chihuahua is a popular breed of small dog known for its sassy temperament. In fact, it is the smallest recognized breed, typically weighing 1 to 6 pounds and being about 5 inches tall.
The breed has a long history dating back before the European colonization of the Americas. It was likely derived from the Techichi, a small, non-vocal dog kept by the Toltec people from about the 800s. It is named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where it was first noticed by canine enthusiasts.
Chihuahuas are a national symbol of Mexico. They have also come to epitomize the lavish lifestyle as "purse dogs."
Chihuahuas have also appeared in popular media. Taco Bell used a chihuahua as its mascot. Other appearances include Tito from Oliver and Company, Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show, Tracker from Paw Patrol, and most of the cast of the Beverly Hills Chihuahua series.
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