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Tips for Buying a Chihuahua Puppy

by Renee Dietz on September 23rd, 2005

We have all seen the cute little Chihuahua puppies being carried around by Paris Hilton and others, as well as the infamous Taco Bell Chihuahua but if you are interested in owning your own, you should be educated on both the breed and what to look for when buying. Every Chihuahua puppy is adorable small and innocent, making this a hard breed to ignore.

Most people say the Chihuahua is a little dog with a big attitude, which is true but Chihuahuas are also loving, loyal pets, although not the best pet for everyone. As you can imagine, because Chihuahuas are so small and fragile, they are not usually the right choice for a small child. The Chihuahua puppy can weigh as little as 2-1/2 ounces at birth and then between three and six pounds full grown. One accidental fall could cause serious injury.

Typically, the Chihuahua will do better in a home with women and will usually attach to one particular person, although friendly with others. Chihuahuas also get along well with other dogs, even big dogs, although they tend to think of themselves as “boss”. Therefore, once you have determined this breed is right for your home, you can begin looking at puppies.

We highly recommend you avoid buying your puppy from the local pet store. Unfortunately, these puppies are often not socialized well and sometimes, come from crowded and inhumane puppy mills. For this reason, it is best to buy this breed of dog from a reputable breeder, one who understands the special needs and can give the puppy one-on-one attention until weaned and ready for its new home.

As you look at the various puppies in the litter, look for one that is playful but not overly rambunctious. Additionally, the head should be round, thus the name “apple head”, the structure should have fine bones without too much muscle, the eyes large, clear, and bright, and the ears perky. If you are buying a registered Chihuahua, look over the papers to check the bloodline, especially if you plan to breed. If possible, ask to see the mother of the puppy, as well as the father, although this is often more difficult.

Remember, this is an important investment, both monetarily and responsibility wise. Ask the breeder lots of questions such as years breeding Chihuahuas, number of litters bred, references for other buyers, licensing information, club affiliations, and anything else of interest. If the breeder hesitates to answer any of your questions or produce the necessary paperwork, then you should be wary. A good breeder will be anxious to find the Chihuahua puppies a good, loving home.

Finally, if what you want out of a dog is a sweet, loving companion, one that is perfectly content to sit in your lap for hours on end, and a dog that is alert and actually a good watch dog, then this would be a great breed to consider. On the other hand, if what you want is a quiet, rough and tough dog, this is not a good choice. Because Chihuahuas live to 18 years or more and have a great companion spirit, they make the best pet for disabled people, elderly, singles, or someone who can spend quality time every day with their beloved pet. Without doubt, a Chihuahua puppy is a friend for life!

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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