WASHINGTON (TND) — Are some people who think Chihuahuas are giant rats?

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USA Today recently reported that a screen grab of a Google search appeared on Facebook in June, with a user wondering about the dogs, which are small and a national symbol of Mexico.

The post noted that “DNA study finds chihuahuas aren’t dogs … However, it was more of a surprise to find that some breeds are not even dogs. The analysis determined that Chihuahua is a large rodent, selectively bred for centuries to resemble a canine.”

As it turns out, USA Today noted that Snopes confirmed the claim was just a “bit of satirical fun.”

The media outlet cited May 25, 2004, the volume of The Watley Review Science and Medicine that made a claim.

“Upon review, the claim and article posted on the site are satirical in nature,” according to the post.

The American Kennel Club said Chihuahuas are among the oldest breeds of the Americas, with a lineage going back to the ancient kingdoms of pre-Columbian times.

“The Chihuahua is a balanced, graceful dog of terrier-like demeanor, weighing no more than 6 pounds,” American Kennel Club noted. “The rounded ‘apple’ head is a breed hallmark. The erect ears and full, luminous eyes are acutely expressive. Coats come in many colors and patterns and can be long or short. The varieties are identical except for coats. Chihuahuas possess loyalty, charm, and a big-dog attitude. Even tiny dogs require training; without it, this clever scamp will rule your household like a little Napoleon. Compact and confident, Chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They are too small for roughhousing with kids, and special care must be taken in cold weather, but Chihuahuas are adaptable, as long as they get lots of quality time in their preferred lap.”

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