I had gotten away from using the “deer” adjective for chihuahuas, but I don’t know why. Maybe because so many akc types say, “There is no such thing as a deer Chihuahua, there are only the short coat and long coated varieties of Chihuahua”. Well, the AKC has no such type of Chihuahua, but that does not mean it does not exist. One thing all these over-sized Chihuahuas have in common is that they lack the apple head of the too small AKC variety.
The history books have tantalizing tidbits about the techichi dogs. Everyone agrees on one thing: that they are small dogs.
This is a very old Spanish depiction of a techichi dog
I have had this sub-project of getting people to recognize the big Chihuahuas or deer Chihuahuas are a landrace dog, native to the deserts of the southwest and northwest Mexico. They probably ARE the techichi dogs described in history books. I have decided to take the step and call them Techichi dogs. It is a perfect fit in many ways.
Anyway, rather than argue the point over here, I actually bought a domain: http://www.techichi.org and downloaded wordpress to the site. I will present a variety of arguments for calling the 10 pound or 5 kilo dogs, also known as Chihuahuas, big Chihuahuas or Deer Chihuahuas, Techichi Dogs.
Heck, I could be wrong, but what we have is some kind of landrace small dogs occupying these desert places. They are not just oversized AKC wawas, they are the stock that went into the creation of what is now the Applehead Chihuahua of the AKC. The only reason I think the AKC chis have any of the old techichi blood in them is that the deer heads still show up in the AKC registered dogs, though they are not preferred.
I would like to see a registry of sorts, for these dogs- all of them whether they are neutered or not. I want to see an entirely different kind of registry. A non-profit database kind of registry.
I would like to see a club, a breed club, get it together and develop the first “standard” for a landrace dog. It will take a whole other way of thinking about breeding- one which, if we are to continue to have non-AKC dogs as pets- we need to think about how nonprofessional breeders can do it best. I hope to take a look at some of the old ways of breeding these very dogs.
Maybe sports could be developed to use their special talents, like say lizard pouncing (with a fake lizard, of course) or digging after ground squirrels. I have one who likes to catch flies- and sometimes does. I have another who has caught and killed two mice of her own. She learned from the cat. And of course, barking at every dandelion fluff that floats by….
I would like to see the little ones who land in local pounds be adopted, so I will continue my “Big Chiwawa” watch on my new blog and move it off this one. Did you know that Chihuahua is a Nahuatl word and some modern day Nahuatl speakers are leaning toward using ‘wawa’ instead of ‘huahua’, which is pronounced exactly the same way. They spell in English, so no longer have to contort Spanish spelling to make a “w” sound.
I am not quite ready to quit this blog, but the day is coming when I will move it all over to my own site.