|We understand that the decision to bring a Chihuahua (or any other breed) into your family is a big one. With a
life expectancy of 15+ years, Chihuahuas are a big commitment. So, we definitely encourage you to do as much
research as possible on the breed before you decide to purchase a Chihuahua puppy. Our website is a good
place to start, but we've also provided several more sources below. Also, try our "Links" page for tons more
links to sources of information about Chihuahuas. And remember, we're always here to answer questions for
you. This page is a work in progress so check back often for updates.
|Chihuahuas for Dummies
by Jacqueline O'Neil, published by Howell Book House, Hungry Minds, Inc.
Click here to purchase this book.
|The GIANT Book of Chihuahua Care
Click here to purchase this book.
by Beverly Pisano, published by T.F. H. Publications Inc.
This book may be purchased at your local PetSmart store.
|CKC Breed Standard
Height: 5-10 In.
Weight: 1-7 Lbs.
Coat: Short & Smooth; Long & Soft
Color: All Colors
Description: : Head: Rounded, “apple-dome” skull, with a short muzzle. Eyes: Set wide apart, full and dark in
color. Ears: Large and erect. Neck: Slender and slightly arched. Chest: Deep, but not barrel shaped. Ribs are
well-sprung. Body: Back is level, straight and as short as possible. Legs: Forelegs are straight, fine and set well
under the body. Hind legs are positioned well under the body, with bent hocks. Feet: Small, with soft pads and
toes separated, but not spread. Tail: Medium length, carried upward, low, or curled over back, but never tucked.
Movement: Smooth flowing gait, with graceful movements. Temperament: Alert, and a good family pet.
*The Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world & comes in 2 varieties; the Long-coated & the Short-coated.
The breed is alert & an excellent house pet.
|About "Teacup" Chihuahuas
|Myths about the Chihuahua
|Did you know that Teacup chihuahuas are not a "special breed" as some breeders would have you believe? Yes, it is
possible to breed two tiny chihuahuas and get tiny babies, but it is also possible to breed two tiny ones and get "standard"
size chihuahua puppies. And it is also possible to breed two "standard" size chihuahuas and get tiny babies. The breeders
who will tell you that they have nothing but "teacup" puppies are probably just trying to ask more for their puppies...and
if you've loved chihuahuas as long as I have, you have probably found that some of these breeders are asking MUCH
more for their puppies than the average breeder. Chihuahuas are not naturally supposed to be 2 and 3 pound adult dogs.
In truth, average size chihuahuas are 5-7 pounds, but they can grow to be 8-10 pounds or more. And their Mexican
ancestors are believed to have been between 10 and 15 pounds.It is very difficult to determine at birth, or even 6 or 8
weeks, just how large a puppy will get. Some breeders do intentionally breed the tiny dogs, but again, it's all for the sake
of the money. The tiny puppies are a novelty to most people and on average are not healthy dogs, despite the fact that
chihuahuas are one of the healthiest breeds available. In reality, there are only two breeds of chihuahuas, the
long-haired and the smooth coats...that's it, nothing more. Not even the "special" or "rare" colors are special breeds.
Another of the popular myths is that AKC (American Kennel Club) registration of a puppy is better than CKC
(Continental Kennel Club), UKC (UniversalKennel Club) or any other kennel club registration. The truth is that all
kennel clubs' purpose is to maintain the pedigree of various lines of canines, and to provide information about the many
breeds of dog out there. Pedigrees are simply a list of ancestors of any given dog. Most kennel clubs set breed standards
for each breed, but some clubs' standards have negative impacts on the overall health or usefulness of the breed. Other
kennel club's standards for purebred dogs are not compromised just because they are newer kennel clubs, and usually
their rates for registering your puppy, getting pedigrees and registering litters are MUCH more reasonable than AKC.
The truth of the matter really is that some breeders do charge more for their puppies JUST because they are ACK
registered, but that simply isn't necessary. You can also register champion bloodlines through CKC just as well as
through AKC. And if you have an AKC registered dog, you are able to dual register it with CKC as well. Either way you
go, a kennel club's purpose is to assist dog owners. It is not a be-all, end-all authority on dogs.
The final myth I want to dispell is that chihuahuas are mean. That couldn't be further from the truth. I have had
chihuahuas all my life and I've never had a mean one. In contrast, they are VERY loveable and friendly dogs, if given
the opportunity. They are very "owner oriented" dogs, in that they do attach very strongly to their owner, and they will
protect their owner if the need arises. But on average, chihuahuas are like most other dogs, they don't have a mean bone
in their small little bodies unless you train them to be that way. However, they can be fearful if not properly socialized,
and that fear can turn to aggression when cornered. The simple solution to this issue is socialization, early and
throughout the first year of life!
Check the links below for much more information on chihuahuas. And if you find that you have any more questions,
please feel free to e-mail me.
|History of the Chihuahua
|About the Chihuahua - Health, Temperament, Suitability and More
|Are We Over-vaccinating Our Dogs?
In recent years, questions have come up regarding canine vaccination schedules. Many people,
myself included, believe that we are over-vaccinating our dogs. That is because research has
shown that once a dog has completed his vaccination series, his antibody titers level off and
remain steady for many years, and probably throughout his life. That means that once the
puppy vaccination series is complete, a final booster should be administered at the one year
mark, and then the dog is immune, probably for life. Why, then, do we do annual boosters for
our pets? Unfortunately, it may be because of our vets. Veterinarians are in business for
profit, and they do make good profit on vaccinations, so it is likely that is the cause of
over-vaccination. Click on the titles below for more information on vaccinations.
Changing Vaccine Protocols
Evaluation of the Efficacy and Duration of a Canine Combination Vaccine