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It's a FactIt has become quite an Internet fad to list interesting facts on websites.  Unfortunately, many times these facts are totally unverified and confusing.  Therefore, we will present here facts that have passed our rigorous fact-checking process, as well as those which are particularly helpful and informative.  These are facts that you can take to the bank!

Today’s It’s a Fact:

Everyone is familiar with the Chihuahua, the national dog of Mexico. What many people do not know is that, like all breeds, the Chihuahua has a long pedigree.  The Chihuahua was actually one of the earliest settlers of Mexico, when it was brought by the first conquistadors on their ships.  The Chihuahua was a perfect choice for the Spanish explorers, who used them both for companionship on board ship as well as to hunt any small rodents on board.  The Chihuahua wasn’t a big eater, saving resources, and though diminutive, was (and still is) quite bold for its size.

The history of the Chihuahua goes back even further, though.  The Chihuahua came to Spain as one of Marco Polo’s discoveries from China.  The Chihuahua was a part of the Chinese Emperor’s court, where it was used as a lap dog and a source of imperial entertainment.  Its name comes from the Chinese “chi,” meaning “to grasp in the hands,” and “hua-hua,” which means “an irritating noise.”  The Chihuahua was a dog reserved only for the ruling class in China, and it is reported that Marco Polo returned with six mated pairs, given to him by members of the Chinese royal court.

Today, the Chihuahua is a national symbol of Mexico.  It is so revered that Mexico even came to name one of its own states after the beloved dog.  We love them.  We laugh at them.  But few know the amazing history of this wonderful breed.   -Ryan

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