Teeny Chihuahua or Teacup Coyote?

If someone asked me what this was, I'd say a baby coyote ... or maybe fox. No. It's Frida.

If someone asked me what this was, I'd say a baby coyote ... or maybe fox. No. It's Frida.

That’s what a good friend calls Frida, my long-haired Chihuahua puppy who is now 4+ months old. I don’t know about you, but I had never even HEARD of a long-haired Chihuahua when I met Frida, who was then just a 5-week old ball of fluff as compared with her sleek, blonde  brothers. I was told she was the pick of the litter — “A breeder would KILL for her!” said my friend who had reared the litter and was simply giving the pups away in order to make sure they each went to the perfect home.

Frida was truly adorable and irresistible (witness that she has now been living under my roof since 7 weeks of age), but looked unlike any puppy I had ever seen except maybe a German Shepherd. Alas, I was hooked, and she was mine if I wanted her, and the rest is history in the making … how did I get so lucky?

I never thought I’d have ANY kind of Chihuahua, especially not the tiny teacup variety, which Frida seems to be turning out to be. She was 3 lbs. 5 oz. about 3 weeks ago, so maybe almost 4 lbs. now. I guess she might top out at around 5?

Her coloring is what I can only describe as that slurry of grey, buff, brown and black hair all mixed together, like a Shepherd’s, only hers is fluffy like a baby chick’s. And she has a black mask on her face, with golden eye shadow, and a black dorsal stripe, like many more feral animals who have not yet been inbred or domesticated.

And that is how she acts — undomesticated, … like a wolf puppy. She still instinctively licks the inside of Charlie’s cheeks (and would my other big dogs as well, if they’d let her), which is what wolf puppies in the wild do in order to get their elders to regurgitate freshly killed food for them.

She will not eat dog food, pretty much period, unless it is out of someone else’s bowl, and only then because she’s displaying the pack mentality of scrambling for her share of the food. But open the refrigerator and pull out fresh chicken or beef or fish and her radar goes on high beam and zeroes in on it immediately.

I have a virtual burial ground’s worth of gnawed butcher bones, which I keep piled in a basket, and when Frida’s not playing with Tucker, riding in her Outward Hound pouch with me somewhere, or sleeping, you will always find her chewing on the bones. She climbs into the basket with them to select the most delectable bone du jour.

The "bone of the day." Yum!

The "bone of the day." Yum!

I think genetically Frida got the best and strongest features that such a tiny pup could have. She is strong and undauntable, brave but careful and self-preservative, and can sniff out a mouse in the house before anyone else — even the cat. She has a very deep and gruff bark for her size, which she has only used about 3-4 times (wolves hardly ever bark). And she really knows what she likes and what she needs in that little body of hers in the way of food.

So, alas, after years of dreading same, I at last find it necessary to make homemade dog food, at least for her and her slightly larger cousin, Tucker, the house Chiweenie. So she’s finally eating pretty darn well … that is unless Mom puts a little bit too much of the other extra healthy ingredients in the mix (including super blue-green algae, of course) besides plain, unadulterated RAW meat! Then she won’t touch it and sits and waits until I get the ratio just right.

I must admit, Frida really shines when she gets her raw meat and her algae, so we shall see what we shall see when she grows up!


14 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Cindy said,

    I need to come see the little monkey soon! And my Tucker man too!

  2. 2

    Britney said,

    hey that was a great read . Thanks for the great post .Loved every part of it.

    • 3

      Thanks, Britney. There’ll be more on the teacup terror shortly — she is a real hoot!

      • 4

        Kirsten said,

        Hi there, I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your blog and Frida is by far the cutest chihuahua I have ever seen. Any idea where I can find one that looks like her? i have a little 4lb girl here with me (she’s curled up on my bed), but oh yes, I know exactly what you mean about the demands and foot-stomping they do to get our attention! Big dog in a little tiny body. But I digress…I really would love to adopt another little dog that looks like Frida. Any idea how she got those very unique markings/colorings?

        Have an awesome day and have fun with your little doggie babies!

      • 5

        Hi Kirsten. I had to chuckle when I got your comments about Frida. I’ve had so many people say the same thing — I could start a Frida Fan Club! Here’s all I know about her genetics. Frida and her sister, Sweet Pea, were the only two females in a litter of five purebred Chihuahua puppies, and they were the only two with long hair. They are almost identical, though Sweet Pea is more blonde than caramel and she is also a little bigger. The three males were all short hair, one a black and tan and tiny, the other two average size and fawn colored. Frida’s mother was a black and tan short hair of the shorter, stockier build, and her father was a light fawn short hair, very small and petite and refined. I think the long hair trait was from his side of the family — somewhere up on the grandparents level. So, while everybody was registered, the pedigree here is a mixed bag and I have no idea how you might go about looking for something similar. Maybe through a long-haired breeder. You know the long-hair variety of Chihuahua came about because Yorkies were mixed into the lineage at some point way back there. This probably adds a certain distinctiveness to the personality of the long-hair Chihuahua, as Yorkies have such strong personalities themselves. Whatever happened to create Frida though was definitely a blessing, as she is the spunkiest, most hilarious little soul to enter my life in a long, long time. Thanks for commenting, and if I see any similar puppies I will let you know! Leta

  3. 7

    Ellen said,

    Hi! I have a 4 month old puppy that looks exactly like yours. I never thought I’d see one that looked similar to him. We named him Wile E. after Wile E. Coyote. His mother is a black chihuahua but the father is a mix breed. People that see him thinks he’s a little Coyote. I’m putting pictures in my blog so you can see it!

    • 8

      Hi Ellen! I just read your comment (thanks!) and rushed to your blog to see a picture of Wile E. — but couldn’t find it. Will you please send me a link to it? And, oh, I’d LOVE to have your boyfriend’s exact recipe for the Thai Noodle soup you posted about last January!!! Your blog is awesome — keep it up. And give Wile E. a kiss from Frida — aren’t these little Chiwees the greatest? Leta

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    1 Comment said,

    Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

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