Teacup Chihuahua Breeders
Purchasing Your Teacup Chihuahua
If you have decided that a chihuahua puppy is right for you, make sure you only buy from a licensed kennel or breeder. It is very important that you only buy your chihuahua from a breeder who has earned the reputation of producing dogs that are both physically and mentally healthy. Your national chihuahua club should be able to help you find a reputable breeder in your area.
A responsible breeder will breed their dogs selectively to enhance the good qualities of the chihuahua breed and eliminate any genetic problems. It is important that your new puppy has a good temperament and has been socialized so that he gets along with other dogs and people. A well socialized puppy will not display fear, shyness, or aggressiveness.
Ideally you should visit the breeder so that you can inspect the facilities to make sure they are clean and that the puppies are well cared for. Meeting the mother of the puppies will give you an idea of what the puppies will look like when they are full grown. The breeders can answer any questions you have about the care of your new puppy and what to expect when you get him home.
The breeder may also have a lot of questions for you, about your family and the environment in which you plan to raise your puppy. Reputable breeders are responsible to make sure their puppies go to good homes where they will be loved and well cared for.
Puppies are generally not ready to go to their new home until they are approximately eight weeks old and have received their first vaccinations. Your puppy should come with a guarantee of good health. If your new puppy is to be delivered to you, make sure you receive a picture of your pup as well as verification of a veterinarian's checkup.
When you first receive your chihuahua it is important to visually check the health of your dog to make sure it is not sick. You can check the puppy's eyes which should be clear and have no discharge. Check the nose and his breathing. The nose should not be runny, but can be a little damp or cold. A totally dry hot nose can be an indication of sickness. If you are still unsure, you can ask your local veterinarian to perform a physical check up on your new teacup chihuahua.
Beware of "Backyard" Teacup Chihuahua Breeders
Breeding Teacup Chihuahuas has become much more popular in recent years. Unfortunately some of these breeders are in it for the profit and know very little about the breed and care even less. In these circumstances it is "buyer beware". Backyard breeders will be less likely to allow you to visit the facilities or to meet the other dogs. Their puppies may not be socialized or come with any health guarantee from a veterinarian. The emotional and financial cost of purchasing a sick puppy can be overwhelming.
Breeding Teacup Chihuahuas Notes
Teacup Chihuahua breeders are spread across various regions in the United States. The bred Chihuahua puppies can be shipped to any part of the world. These dogs grow to a maximum height of nine inches and remain loyal to their owners in their lifetime of sixteen to eighteen years. There are Chihuahuas which have a short coat and do not need much grooming. There are ones with a long coat that need to be groomed once in two weeks. Breeding Teacup Chihuahuas involves a lot of work and it is not an easy job.
Breeding your own Teacup Chihuahuas
If you are planning to breed Teacup Chihuahua pups, ensure that you have enough space first. These tiny dogs can have huge litters! Chis have been known to have as many as ten pups in a single litter. Since Teacup Chihuahuas are very tiny, there is always a danger of them getting run over by vehicles or being attacked by big birds. Make sure that the breeding area is away from such dangers. A vet’s clinic nearby is always useful when breeding Teacup Chihuahuas. After the breeding season is over, it is also your responsibility to ensure that these beautiful tiny creatures are handed over to responsible homes.
Adopting a Teacup Chihuahua from a Shelter
If you are not stuck up on a purebred chihuahua, you can adopt a puppy from the local humane society or animal shelter in your area. These facilities are staffed by people, often volunteers, who are dedicated to finding new homes for the dogs and to educate the public about responsible dog ownership.
You can either visit a shelter directly, or attend an "adoption day " at one of the many community events organized by the shelter. When you think you have found a chihuahua that will suit your family it is a good idea to visit the shelter a few times to get to know your dog. Ask lots of questions and learn as much as you can about the dog's history and where it came from. Play with the dog and get to know it's personality. In order to make sure they match the right dog with the right owner, the staff will ask questions about your family, home, work, and living arrangements.
Once you have found your new best friend you will be charged an adoption fee and you will be required to have the dog spayed or neutered as a condition of adoption. They will usually offer discounted rates for these procedures.
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