The Chihuahua has different histories, depending on who you talk to. Some believe they were around 3,000 years ago in Egypt while others believe the breed started in China in the 1500s. Another theory is that the Chihuahua originated in South and Central America from a native breed called Techichi, which was a tiny dog that was sometimes sacrificed by those of the Toltec religion. At the time, the Aztecs believed that the small red dog would guide your soul to the underworld, so every wealthy family had one so the little dog could be cremated with the dead. Nobody knows for sure what the true story is, but the most common is that these dogs were abandoned after the Aztecs were conquered in the 16th century and found again 300 years later in Chihuahua, Mexico, which is where they got their name. The Chihuahua was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904 and they are the 30th most popular dog in America. Coincidentally, the Wire Fox Terrier’s past is also a bit of a mystery. While some believe the breed came from the Rough-Coated Terrier of Durham, Derbyshire, and Wales; others say they also include Beagle and came from Shropshire and Cheshire in England. Either way, they were used for fox and vermin hunting during the 1800s and were not distinguished from Smooth Fox Terriers until 1984. It is thought that they were bred together with the Smooth Fox Terriers to decrease their size and whiten their coat. The Wire Fox Terrier is the 101st most popular breed in the United States and became official by the AKC in 1885.