The Chihuahua: It's Heroes and Heroines

A short, well-written, detailed and referenced history, covering the years from around 1880 to the mid 1950s, of those who helped to make the Chihuahua one of today’s most popular breeds.

It provides an excellent introduction to the modern history of this “ancient” breed that has its origins in Mexico.

Author, Amy Fernandez, is a multi award winning dog writer, author, and journalist. More

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About Amy Fernandez

Amy Fernandez acquired her first Chinese Crested in 1981. In the past 27 years, her Razzmatazz kennel has produced six generations of champions.

She is president of the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America, and has edited the official club newsletter, The Xolo News since 1986. In 2003, she had the honor of judging the Mexican Xolo Specialty in Tijuana.

Amy is a member of the World Dog Press, and past president of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). She is a feature writer for Dog World, the AKC Gazette, Popular Dogs, Dogs in Review, and Top Notch Toys. In 2003 her book Dog Breeding As A Fine Art was the overall winner of the DWAA writing competition. Her writing has also won the Elsworth Howell award, the Robert Cole award, and the PAW Arthur Award.

She is the author of Dog Grooming-A Short History (2009, Puppy Care Education), Operations Manual for the Xoloitzcuintli (2009, Puppy Care Education), Operations Manual for the Chinese Crested (2009, Puppy Care Education), The Xoloitzcuintli Handbook (1999), Hairless Dogs-The Naked Truth. (2000), The Chihuahua Bible (Barrons), The Poodle (TFH), The Maltese (TFH), Training Your Dachshund (Barrons) and The Xoloitzcuintli (Kennel Club Books).

Her dog paintings have received awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Pastel Society of America, The Art Show at the Dog Show, and can be found in the Dog Museum of America. Samples of her artwork can be viewed online at

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