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Xavier Cugat albums (above and below) showing him in a typical pose with chinhuahua in the crook of his arm. He was by no means the first person to promote chihuahuas nation-wide, but he was the most successful at winning over the largest possible number of people to the breed. He transformed their status from rarely encountered breed that had been recognized by the AKC registry only since 1904, to a very common household pet.

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