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The Benefits of Owning a Chihuahua Dog

by Renee Dietz on September 21st, 2005

Owning a Chihuahua dog actually has some wonderful benefits, which we will discuss in this article. One of the greatest is that this breed of dog is an amazing companion. Unlike any other breed, the Chihuahua is a true lap dog, loving to cuddle for hours at a time. During the day, the Chihuahua dog only needs a comfortable lap and at night, this dog will typically sleep underneath the covers where it feels safe and warm.

Because the Chihuahua is such a great companion dog, they are an excellent choice for people living on their own. For this reason, you will often see elderly people or disabled individuals owning this breed. While men fall in love with the Chihuahua just as much as women, interestingly this small dog usually prefers the ladies. While no one is sure why, they do favor women.

The Chihuahua is also an outstanding watch dog. Although not necessarily a good guard dog simply because of size, they are extremely alert and will notify you whenever someone approaches. Most often, you would hear the barking of the Chihuahua far before the ringing of the doorbell. In addition, while the Chihuahua is not typically aggressive, they are protective. Many times, the dog will stand between the master and other people, simply saying “Stay your distance”.

Now, if you are buying a Chihuahua dog for breeding purposes, because of their popularity, they can provide a lucrative income. A good quality Chihuahua puppy will go for $500 to $700 depending on size and specific type. Therefore, if you take the breeding serious and work hard to produce quality pups, this would make a great business venture. The only risk here is falling in love with puppies and not wanting to get rid them.

The only real consideration is that this breed of dog does have some health problems, although nothing that cannot be controlled. For example, the Chihuahua often has a luxating patella or floating kneecap, which will usually pop back into place on its own although there could be times when medical care would be needed. The same is true for the trachea in that Chihuahuas will often have some degree of collapsed trachea, causing coughing and choking. The problem is usually not serious and treatable with medication. Even with the few challenges, the benefits of owning a Chihuahua dog far outweigh any negatives.

Author’s Bio: Renee Dietz says she has “been blessed with the ability to write.” Over the past 25 years, she has written more than 150 ebooks, well over 18,000 articles, and web content. Renee has written on various subjects that range from teaching a parrot to talk to stock commodities to weddings and everything in between. Her style is creative, informative, and always reader-friendly. Renee goes on to say that “writing is my passion, something I take to heart. For this reason, I work diligently to ensure every client is a happy client.” One of Renee’s favorites quotes comes from Douglas Adams - “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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