Okay here’s cute & interesting Chihuahua story #1.
Before we adopted H.d. Wells we researched the Chihuahua breed to try to find out more, personality traits, health issues, since he was the first tiny dog I’ve ever had. (I made friends with the Fennec Foxes at the St. Louis Zoo, but another story. )
We talked to many Chihuahua owners as well as skimmed numerous scholarly books such as the definitive , “Chihuahua for Dummies”! Really good. Anyway, one observation about the dogs that was repeated enough for me to remember was that Chihuahua’s recognise each other when they are near by. When I read this I thought this is just pure-bred elitist nonsense, all dogs want to SEE (or really smell) each other. They all get excited when they see another dog.
Little did I know this did not mean when they just see each other face to face.
This meant.. they KNOW when another Chihuahua is around even when they haven’t seen each other. In fact they can be blocks from each other and they somehow [[[know]]]] another chihuahua is around.
We witnessed this yesterday once again, we were two blocks away and another chihuahua was in the area. A hedge which we could easily see over was blocking the two tiny chihuahua’s from seeing each other but at the same moment they both knew they were close to each other somehow. The other one suddenly refused to walk so ours could catch up, and H.d.Wells picked up his pace as if he knew the other one was waiting for him around the bend.
Smell you say? In any other dog I would say yes. Because Chihuahua’s purportedly have a lousy sense of smell, I don’t think it is smell. Their sense of smell is so poor it is the reason they are such fussy eaters, they can’t smell their food unless it’s really strong.
But their hearing is another matter.
Dogs hear much higher frequency sounds than humans,as a result they have a different acoustic perception of the world. Dogs have the ability to perceive the height and depth of the sounds that they hear.
It is also speculated that Chihuahua’s are distantly related to the Fennec Fox which has exceptional hearing.
So given these two attributes perhaps Chihuahuas can hear that there is another dog their size. Could be, but they do not have the same reaction to Yorkies or other dogs the same size as them.
I’m stumped, but It is amazing to witness every time.