The 6 new breeds since 1990 are:
- American English Coonhound
- Cesky Terrier
- Entlebucer Mountain Dog
- Finnish Lapphund
- Norwegian Lundehund or Puffin Dog
- Xoloitzcuintl- previously known as the Mexican Hairless, this is the dog's official new name.
With new breeds being introduced based off of changes of others, one wonders if the Chihuahua will remain as it is. Will there ever be a different variety that evolves into its own breed? No one can say for sure, however there are things to keep in mind:
With more and more people insisting on obtaining a puppy from an AKC breeder, this helps to ensure that the Chihuahua stays with its current appearance, size, coloring and so on. Breeders are checked, must maintain records and the goal of most reputable ones are to keep within the set standard. This ensures that the dog will not change over time but only come closer and closer to the set standard.
The Chihuahua is here to stay though some breeds do become extinct. For example, the British White Terrier cannot be found anymore. It was used to cross breed with the English Bulldog. This resulted in producing two new breeds: the Boston Terrier and the Bull Terrier. And now the British White has died out.
The Portuguese Water Dog was very close to extinction. When President Obama adopted a dog after settling in at the White House, only 12 others existed in the United States. His interest in the breed led to others acting upon its close extinction. Only with great effort the breed is no long endangered.
Even the Russkiy Toy - that some say was crossed with the Chihuahua during its development (though history records are very sparse) came very close to extinction both in the 1920's and the 1990's.
Therefore, by looking at the above examples, we must rely on established breeders to follow strict guidelines. And when ready to retire, hopefully pass on their knowledge and be mentors to new and upcoming breeding programs. This is the only way that the Chihuahua bloodline will stay strong and plentiful.
While there are two types of Chihuahuas
, short (smooth) and long coats, the popularity of one over the other may rise and fall over time. However, it is doubtful that they will be separated in the own distinct breeds. This is mainly due to the fact that every other physical and behavioral trait is identical..