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Pet Portraits - Chihuahua Portraits - Cream Chihuahua - Pet Portrait

This portrait of a cream chihuahua was commissioned to hang alongside her predecessor, previously portrayed by Ann
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Although some history exists in regards to dogs similar to the modern-day Chihuahua, the origins of Chihuahuas seem somewhat shrouded in mystery. Some claim the dog originated in Mexico during ancient times, while others say that Chihuahuas were developed in China. Some long-ago Chinese practices included breeding animals into miniaturized versions of their ancestors.

 The Chihuahua is a tiny toy sized dog. The body is longer than it is tall. The head is well rounded, apple in shape and the muzzle is short and pointed with a well defined stop. Puppies have a soft spot on the top of the skull called a "molera", which usually closes by adulthood. The large, round eyes are set well apart and are dark, ruby, and may be lighter in white dogs. The erect ears are large. Dewclaws may be removed. The tail is long, sickle-shaped, either curled over the back or to the side. The coat comes in both a short coat or a long, wavy or flat coat. All colors, both solid, marked or splashed are accepted. Colors include, but are not limited to, black, white, chestnut, fawn, sand, silver, sable, steel blue, black & tan and part-color.

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