Chihuahua puppies are one of the smallest breeds you can get, so it’s no wonder they’re in high demand. They’re pocket-sized companions who are great for those who don’t live in a home with a large yard, as they can thrive in small apartments!
However, as with any breed, it’s important to do your research and not just assume that Chihuahua puppies are easy because they’re small. If you get all of the information and make sure you’re educated, you’ll have a best friend for life. Jasmin…
So, here’s all you need to know.
Where To Get Chihuahua Puppies
Many people are committed to adopting, which is great. However, due to their popularity, it’s difficult to find a Chihuahua puppy in a shelter. You might find an older Chihuahua or a mixed breed, but purebred Chihuahua puppies are hard to come across. You could call shelters and ask them to notify you if any come in.
Ethical vs. Backyard
Many people don’t know how to spot an ethical breeder compared to a backyard breeder. Here’s what each looks like.
Ethical breeders look like:
- Open to questions, and will ask you some too
- Attempt to make the best possible match between you and a puppy
- Have papers for their dogs
- Vet checks done on parents
- Puppies dewormed and up to date on shots
- Spay/neuter contract in place
- Promise to take the puppy back if it doesn’t work out
Backyard breeders, however, look more like this:
- Never allow you to meet the parents
- No papers or any veterinarian records
- Cheap price
- Want to meet in a neutral location
- No contract
It can often be tempting to go with a backyard breeder because of the low cost, however, a low cost means the puppies didn’t take up a lot of money to raise. This means health problems down the line, and those veterinary bills will cost more than a puppy from an ethical breeder would have.
If you manage to find a Chihuahua puppy in a shelter, the cost could be anywhere from $50-300. Often though, this includes microchipping, shots, and their spay/neuter, so it’s really a huge bargain.
From a good breeder, you could pay anywhere between $500-1500. Teacup Chihuahuas — an extra tiny breed — will run you a little more.
Appearance And Temperament
Chihuahuas have a very distinct appearance. They’re small dogs with ears that stick straight up, apple-shaped heads, and they come in a variety of colors. They usually weigh no more than around 6lb, according to the breed standard, and their coats can be long or short.
You might have heard that Chihuahuas have fiery personalities. This is true! They can be very sassy, so you do need to be aware of that. However, they are affectionate little dogs and very intelligent, so they excel with the right owner. Just don’t let them rule the house, as they will try to!
As with any dog, you should only use positive reinforcement with a Chihuahua puppy. Anything else won’t be as effective in the long run and will severely damage your relationship with your puppy.
You should be firm, however. Chihuahuas are quick learners, but they can be very stubborn, so it’s important to establish who’s in charge. Their potty training might take a little longer than other dogs, as they have very small bladders so you will need a lot of patience. Take them out lots and praise them excessively whenever they go outside.
They should have no trouble learning basic commands and tricks.
When it comes to any dog’s diet, you need to look at the ingredients. Don’t pick the cheapest food off the shelf — look at the reviews and make sure it has all the nutrients your dog needs. You will have to watch your Chihuahua’s weight very carefully, as it’s easy for these small dogs to eat too much, especially as they often don’t get a lot of exercise like more high-energy breeds do.
Never feed your dog a grain-free diet unless absolutely necessary, as it has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Your Chihuahua should have their nails cut and ears cleaned every six to eight weeks. You can do this at home or have a groomer or the vet do it, but make sure to expose them early so they’re used to it when the time comes. As a general rule, if their nails are tapping on the floor, they’re too long.
Their grooming needs will depend on whether they have a long or short coat. Long coats should be brushed regularly, whereas short coats are a little lower maintenance. Psio…
Like every puppy, Chihuahuas will need a series of shots to protect them against parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases. Your vet will usually administer these shots until they’re around eighteen weeks old, and will finish off with a rabies shot. You can also opt for bordetella, to prevent kennel cough.
They’ll then need check-ups once a year. Like most purebred dogs, they are prone to some health problems, including dental disease, heart murmurs, and obesity due to their small size. Make sure you keep up to date with their veterinary visits to be as preventative as possible, and always make sure your pet insurance covers whatever your dog breed is prone to.
So, if you’ve decided on a Chihuahua puppy, congratulations! These sassy little pups have huge hearts and with the right training and socialization, will make the best companion.