Dog with one eye, two legs is town celebrity
The fact that he survived has been called a miracle, but the fact that he ended up with the family he did might be a greater one. Animal kind, USA today.
The claim: Chihuahua are not dogs but a type of large rodent.
A screengrab of a Google search appeared June 17 on Facebook that wonders about Chihuahuas. The post by user Nicole Misita says, “DNA study finds chihuahuas aren’t dogs … However, it was more of a surprise to find that some breeds are not even dogs. Among other findings, the analysis determined that Chihuahua is actually a type of large rodent, selectively bred for centuries to resemble a canine.”
The screen grab included a date in 2004.
A bad joke gone viral
Snopes debunked this in a post from March 18, 2007.
“More than a few people have noted similarities in appearance between Chihuahuas and rats, so much so that the Chihuahua is frequently mentioned in a well-traveled urban legend (familiarly known as the Chihuahua ‘Mexican Pet’) which involves a hapless tourist’s mistaking a large rat for that breed of a small dog.”
But according to Snopes, the claim was just a “bit of satirical fun.”
A May 25, 2004, volume of The Watley Review Science and Medicine, stated a DNA study found that Chihuahuas aren’t dogs. Upon review, the claim and article posted on the site is satirical in nature.
According to the Watley Review “About the review” section of the site, “The Watley Review is dedicated to the production of articles completely without journalistic merit or factual basis, as this would entail leaving our chairs or actually working. Names, places, and events are generally fictitious, except for public figures about which we may have heard something down at the pub. All contents are intended as a parody and should be construed as such.”
The chihuahua’s small size lends to the joke of it being a large rat Jordan Karthol, The ( Muncie, Ind ) star press
According to the American Kennel Club, the Chihuahua is recognized as a breed that is “a graceful, alert, swift-moving compact little dog with saucy expression, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.”
That breed of dog does not weigh more than 6 pounds. Its name is derived from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the earliest specimens of the breed were found, the American Kennel Club site states.