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Chihauhua's from my view
Member Name: janie_the_painy
Advantages: friendly, loyal, loving, understanding, great companions
I have been a chihuahua owner and breeder for 10 years now. I thought I would add my view on the breed here.
Hopefully I can expell some myths about the breed too, including:
They're difficult to toilet train
They don't learn obedience well
They are snappy and yappy
Teacup Chihuahua's (GRRRRR - see my reason for GRRRR below!)
A common medical issue that a lot of new owners DONT know about! (and arent told about!)
LEt me introduce you to this breed firstly:
The Chihuahua is in the breed catergory of Toy dog. This does not mean you treat them like toys! LOL
The breed specification is up to 10 pounds weight if you wish to show. Yes - there are chihuahua's weighing heavier than this, and I personally have owned one.
There is a lot more information you need to know before showing, and i wont go into that here as to the newbie it is complex. My best advice is to search for a show breeder near you, and ask them if they will take you under their wing, take you to shows BEFORE you get a dog etc.
I will concentrate on PET dogs (which I highly recommend you have nuetered!)
TOILET TRAINING - This breed of dog is in no way more difficult to toilet train than any other breed! You can even train them to use a litter tray much like a cat would, handy if you live in a flat, but cant beat going for walkies! They need the usual training methods to become housetrained. So this is a myth!
OBEDIENCE - They DO learn obedeince well, and I find are very clever, intelligent little dogs who LOVE to learn and love to please their owners. They can learn just as well as other breeds of dog.
THEY ARE SNAPPY AND YAPPY - this CAN be true, but in my opinion this can be true of ANY dog, or in fact any pet at all! I believe strongly that this depends on the owner! Get an owner who hasnt researched the breed, or doesnt understand small dogs, then yes you will end up with a snappy yappy dog! This is true of any breed, it is the OWNER that makes the pet! If you correctly train your chihuahua or any dog, they WILL be obdeient, and not snapy and yappy.
TEACUP'S - this to me is a HUGE GRRRRRRRR subject, as you will have noticed above. Why?
No matter what anyone tells you - THERE IS NO SUCH THING!
Plain and simple, there is NOT a breed or type of chihuahua called a teacup, and I will explain this to in more detail now.
Before I say another word please do not think i am saying ALL breeders who use the word teacup are BAD breeders, I am not! Many do not realise, they are just going on what they have been told. I use this term generally and in a time sense of in past years....
In years gone past bad (or shall we say less reputable) breeders have coined this phrase of teacup dogs. They have built up this impressiont hat the smaller the better, and use this phrase to make you feel youre getting a more valuble, or "better" dog.
Take a look at the entire litter when you go to view your "teacup" chihuahua, my betting is many will be larger than your puppy! NOw I have heard and experienced breeders saying "those are a different litter, an older litter" when in fact they clearly are not!!
Smaller Is NOT better, a very tiny dog could in all likeness, have health conditions and complications. Yes this is a small breed of dog, but please do not be fooled into thinking the teacup pup youve seen advertised for twice the price of another pup is the better choice necessarily!.
You MUST look into the health conditions of your chosen breed and learn how to spot the simple ones.
So the use of the word teacup RILES me and many other more reputable breeders! Some people will not listen and INSIST there is a type called a teacup (this applies to yorkies and jack russles too) but NO Kennel CLub association in the world recognise the word teacup!
Onto health conditions(briefly)
Chihuahua's can get bad teeth, and a few do need these operating on. I Keep mine clean, i literally use a doggy toothapste and tiny brush and clean them once a week. I also give a good supply of dental dog treats, though finding ones small enough is a challenge in itsel!
The main issue affecting dogs is an open fontanella (the hole in the top of their heasds like a baby gets.)
I have heard of people selling puppies and saying " a good chihuahua should HAVE a hole in it's head"> This is ridiculous! THey should NOT. Now whilst some just take a little longer to close up, they should NOT have a large one when you go to buy them. I have felt dogs with ones as big as my thumb which on such a small puppy is anything but normal.
IT can cause a number of issues in itself including water on the brain, sleepiness, lethargy, and even in sever cases DEATH.
Dont be alarmed though, if you go to view a puppy and it has a small hole in its head (you can feel these by VERY gently rubbing your fingers over the head) then ASK the breeder to feel those of the parent dogs, likelihood is if they DONT have an open ehad then your pups is just being slow to grow over.
Chihuahuas can EASILY be killed or suffer brain damage from a blow to the head, this open fontanella is going to make that blow to the head pose even more problems and be even more gentle!
You dont want to risk your dogs health, so my advice is research! Talk to owners and breeders before buying go to shows and exhibitions and gather advice!
All that said they are beautifull little dogs, short or long haired, they make superb companions, and are so loving and loyal!
I have one chihuahua here at present who NEVER leaves my side. Everyone coments on how much she loves me. ANd she knows when I am Ill. I have diabetes and a heart condition and BEFORE I know I am ill the dog knows! She comes and sits on my lap puts her head down and whines at me, until I realise my blood sugars are dropping or my heart rate is going up!
Theyre such loyale companions.
Another issue i want to briefly comment on is breeding - unless your experienced i have one word for you DONT!
Chihuahua's are notorious for having difficult births, cessarians are very common and lack of knowledge, skill support, and understanding of this breed can lead to the death of the ENTIRE litter and the mother! You do not want your mother and /or pups to suffer! Do NOT be greedy and breed them thinking you will make money. ANY reputable breeder will tell you that after they add the all the costs they sometimes dont profit at all, or very little! I cannot say this enough, dont breed unless you are experienced and have an endless cash supply for when things go wrong.
But do not let any of this put you off owning this breed!
I have owned and bred english border collies, jack russels, and german shepards, and the chihuahua is by far my favourite of the breeds!
Summary: A totally fabulous pet dog to own.