If like so many people, you want to adopt a little Chihuahua puppy into your home and heart you will no doubt want the little one to grow up healthy, strong and well adjusted. You want a dog that is loyal and dependable and not prone to problems that could have been avoided in the first place.
Chihuahuas are an adorable breed of small dog that have enjoyed a rapid rise in popularity thanks to the photographs that regularly appear in newspapers and magazines showing famous people out and about with their pet Chihuahua tucked under their arm or sitting comfortable and cozily in a special bag. But it is necessary to find out about the breed before you run out and buy not only the dog but the bag as well! By doing so you will know if this is the breed for you.
Finding Chihuahua puppies is not that difficult. Finding breeders is easy with all the resources at our fingertips these days. What is not so easy is finding the right breeder or source from which to obtain your puppy. Once you have you will be able to choose the right dog for you.
Breeders often employ different terms to describe Chihuahuas. These terms include Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard. It is important to note that these terms are not used to describe the standards of the breed and are instead employed by breeders as a sort of marketing gimmick, so to speak, in order to inflate the value of the puppies. Among true fanciers the Chihuahua is usually said to have Apple or deer heads with the former indicating that the dog has a short nose and rounded head that invokes images of an apple. The latter term refers to those with longer noses and heads that are more elongated. Knowing this will be useful to you when you are shopping for a puppy because you do not want to be conned into buying a Tiny Toy or Teacup Chihuahua when in actual fact there is no real such thing.
Chihuahua puppies are tiny and adorable. However, it is vital to remember that despite their small stature and the names used to describe them, they are living and breathing creatures and not a cute toy. They require the same things that other dogs require. They will need basic training and socialization so that they will be able to be around other people and dogs. If you have any children or the dog will be expected to interact or be in the same vicinity of children, it is important that they are introduced while the dog is still young so that they can become accustomed to children. Failing to do any of these things will likely result in a dog that is fiercely protective of one person and who will not get along with kids or other dogs.
When ill bred it is common for Chihuahuas to be sickly and even aggressive. This is very important and demands that you do a proper and thorough background check not only on the parents of the dog but the grandparents as well in order to determine if their family line has any history of disease. So many diseases can be avoided so make sure that you do the proper research before you open your heart and home to one of these dogs. If you take the time to make an informed decision buying your Chihuahua puppy will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.