Officially the world’s smallest breed, the Chihuahua’s history is shrouded in mystery. Possibly bred by Aztecs, it is named after the Mexican state. However, it could have been bred in Europe, as one of the earliest depictions of a remarkably Chihuahua-like dog appears in a 15th-century fresco in the Sistine Chapel, Trials of Moses, by Sandro Botticelli. Apart from the obvious Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, Mickey Rourke had an adored Chihuahua called Loki, whom he described as ‘the love of my life’.

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