Meet the Breed – Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas

Why am I writing about Chihuahuas today? Well last week I painted Princess.

I painted Princess in Red and  was really happy with my painting. I couldn’t wait to hear from the family. And then the phone rang. For the first time since I started painting portraits of peoples pets I made a mistake. I painted Princess on a Red Background. It was supposed to be on a Blue Background. I was devastated. Imagine me making a mistake :)  It was  back to the drawing boards, and today I’m showing off Princess in Red and in Blue.  

One of my favorite restaurants is in Lafayette LA – The Blue Dog Cafe. I ate there surrounded by George Rodrigue‘s paintings. 

Blue Dog - George Rodrigue 2007

The Blue Dog It was a myth, the loup-garou which inspired Rodrigue to paint his most famous series. Painted for a book on Cajun Ghost Stories (Bayou, Inkwell. 1984) this werewolf-type dog was already a familiar legend to Rodrigue, who often heard the stories as a boy.

My lesson learned. Mistakes often lead me to new adventures. I’m asking for your choice- red or blue? Tell me in the comments below. Meanwhile…today’s post is about Chihuahuas…the breed. Enjoy!

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AKC Meet the Breeds® -Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas - artist Jackie Jacobson

Princess Red © Jacobson 2014

Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated even though small in size. The breed can be any color – solid, marked or splashed and the coat may be long or short. These sassy little dogs are well known as “purse dogs” like the famous Bruiser in the movie Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon.

Learn about the lifestyle of a Chihuahua, its grooming needs, and more, here.

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