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Chihuahua Club of America collection

Identifier: AKD-5-9

Scope and Contents Note

The meeting minutes date from the 1950s to the 2000s. Most are contained in the Chihuahua Club’s newsletter, which also detail regional Chihuahua dog shows. The publications include the parent club’s newsletter and regional club newsletters are the strongest part of the collection. Clippings document the breed in pop culture, chronicling for example the Taco Bell advertisement campaign with a Chihuahua and how it relates to the breed’s popularity in the mid-1990s.


  • 1953-2007


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This material is open to research without restrictions.

Publishing and Use Restrictions

Many of the materials in this collection may still be under copyright and approval from the American Kennel Club and the copyright holder may be needed before publishing materials. Please consult the Archivist.

Club and Breed History

Club History The Chihuahua Club of America, founded in 1923, was created to develop a community of Chihuahua breeders and further the breed in the United States. The founders included Mrs. Henrietta Proctor Donnell, Ida H. Garrett, Alice Dobbs, Rose Clark, M. R. Muller and Clara L. Dobbs. One of their most notable members included Helen Nowicki a Chihuahua breeder among other breeds and the editor of Dog World magazine.

Mrs. Dobbs was instrumental in establishing the annual specialty show, which was first conducted on 19 May 1928 at the Queensboro Kennel Club show with 42 dogs entries – 14 males and 28 females. Within a few years, the club decided to hold their annual meeting and specialty show in Chicago indefinitely. This move created a more centralized meeting location for members and ultimately the breed’s registration with the AKC grew from then on.

Since its inception, the club has been heavily involved in protecting the breed’s health through sponsored medical research, breeder surveys, and papers on topics such as the molera in the Chihuahua.

Breed History The Chihuahua’s history dates back to the 9th century during the Toltec civilization in what is now known as Mexico. The Toltecs had what is known as the precursor to the Chihuahua, the Techichi, a small, long-haired dog. And this dog was believed to have been bred with the Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexician hairless dog to produce the Chihuahua as we know it today.

In 1888 James Watson, an author and judge, purchased a bitch named Manzanita. Owen Wister, author of The Virginia, also imported a Chihuahua named Caranza, which became the dog that produced the famous bloodlines, Meron and Perrito. Surprisingly, most of the imports at this time were long coats, not the popular smooth coat. The AKC recognized the breed in 1904 with the first registered Chihuahua Midget (2291) owned by H. Raynor of Texas. Within a couple of years, the breed had its first champion, Beppie (85317) owned by Mrs. L. A. McLean of New Jersey.

Some of the earliest breeders included Mrs. Harry S. Peaster of Philadelphia who owned the La Rex Doll Kennels. The kennel produced a record number of champions and provided the foundation stock for other well-established dogs. La Oro Kennel which, produced national champions like Ch. Ai Si Ora Principe, Ch. La Rey, La Oro Marinero and others, was owned by legendary breeder Anna B. Vinyard who served as president of CCA during the 1950s. Probably two of the most well noted Chihuahuas are Ch. Tejano Texas Kid who took a record 15 best in shows and Ch. Holiday Gold Jubilee who took 16 best in show and 81 Toy Group firsts. Ch. Holiday Gold Jubliee, aka Doc Holiday, is also notable on account of his record as the first Chihuahua to be ranked as number one in the Toy group in the United States.

It took over 50 years before the long and smooth coats were exhibited at dog shows. In 1952 they were separated into two varieties with the smooth coat the preferred variety as pets. One year prior to this, Ch. Attas’ Gretchen a smooth coat Chihuahua won the first all-breed Best in Show, a milestone for the breed.

The Chihuahua standard calls for a dog of no more than six pounds, which makes this breed the smallest in the canine world, however, what the breed lacks in statue he makes up for in character. He is a lively, alert and most surprising a hardy dog.

Physical Description

10 Linear Feet (in 20 boxes (16 doc boxes and 4 photo boxes) and mixed collection oversize storage)


The Chihuahua Club of America (CCA) records collects some of the work of the CCA in its efforts to help and promote the Chihuahua breed inside and outside the fancy. The collection's newsletters, meeting minutes, and clippings give insight to many regional Chihuahua dog shows, the operations of the Club and the breed's popularity from the 1950's to the early 2000's.


The collection is arranged into six series based on content and/or form

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  1. 1. Meeting Minutes, 1974-2004
  2. Correspondence, 1995-2001
  3. Club Administration, 1953-2006
  4. Dog Shows, 1975-2006
  5. Publications, 1956-2004
  6. Scrapbooks and Ephemera, 1973-2004


The collection is gift from the Chihuahua Club of America.



Guide to the Chihuahua Club of America Collection
Under Revision
Originally processed by Norma Rosado-Blake. Revisions by Craig P. Savino in 2012, Brynn White in 2016, and Katie Bednark in 2018.
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Repository Details

Part of the American Kennel Club Library & Archives Repository

101 Park Ave
FL 5
New York NEW YORK 10178 United States