Dogs and Cats from Around the World and Their Origins

Many travelers visit other countries to enjoy the nature and wildlife. Sometimes, they spend a small fortune to go on a safari or to have the chance to watch endangered species from a distance. It can truly be exhilarating, but you don’t need to go deep into the jungle or savannah to have some quality time with local animals.

As it stands, every country has friendly domesticated dogs and cats, and it can be extremely fun to be around them. The best part is that these pets can be very different from what you’re expecting, and sometimes downright weird!

Read on to learn more about international dogs and cats, and their origins.

15. Chihuahua – Mexico

Chihuahuas are thought to have been around for a long time. Evidence points to them descending from the Techichi, which was a companion dog to the Toltec civilization. Aztecs used to burn their dead with live dogs as it apparently exonerated their sins.

They’re the smallest breed of dogs in the world, and tend to grow to a maximum of six lbs and a height of 10 inches. Unfortunately, they’re not the most friendly of breeds and might not be suitable for families with small children.

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