Chihuahuas - What You Need to Know

The Chihuahuas are known for their tiny body and are considered the smallest breed of dogs. They were named Chihuahuas because they were first found in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

If you are a dog lover and would like to adopt or buy a Chihuahua, you will have a variety of colors to choose from as they come in a wide range of skin color with two distinctive coat lengths. The most commonly known nickname for the Chihuahuas is Chi, which is a short form of its name.

The average weight of a grown Chihuahua is between 4 and 6lb for a male Chin and between 5 and 8lb for a female one. The height of a Chihuahua is usually between 6 and 10 inches. The coat of Chihuahuas comes in two main varieties: smooth coat (short haired) breeds and the long coat (long haired) breeds. In rare cases, you can find Chihuahuas with medium coat. Chihuahuas are common pet dogs that are often considered a beautiful breed that is easy to clean and does not require frequent exercising. Chihuahuas can be fascinating dogs and you should try to adopt or buy one.

Teacup Chihuahua Puppies

The Chihuahua puppies are commonly referred to as ‘Teacup’. It is believed that the term emerged in the early 1990s and gained widespread usage over the years. Many people who have little knowledge on Chihuahuas mistake the term ‘Teacup’ with a breed of Chihuahuas. The following about ‘Teacups’ will help you make a sound decision before the actual purchase of your Chihuahua puppies:

  • Chihuahua puppies’ demand has risen in the recent years. Because having Chihuahuas as pets come with minimal expenses and a limited need for exercise, many people prefer Chihuahuas for a pet. The increased demand has led to increased prices with breeders preferring to breed Chihuahuas to other breeds.
  • There is the potential of smaller Chihuahuas developing health issues. It is important for you to know that when purchasing a Chihuahua, you should go for the normal size. Although breeders have successfully bred smaller Chihuahuas, there is a high risk of the dogs developing health complications. The health issues associated with smaller Chihuahuas are patellar luxation, heart diseases, diabetes, and hypoglycemia.
  • If you decide to purchase the smaller Chihuahua puppies, you should be ready to invest your money, time, and energy in keeping them healthy. Consider taking your puppy to the vet on a regular basis for health checkups. This way, you can be sure that they are always healthy. They will also receive timely treatment in case they are sick.
  • Owning small Chihuahuas comes with the risk of them experiencing frequent bone fractures and joint issues. The small Chihuahuas can easily fracture their bones if you roll them over in bed, pick them wrongly, or accidentally sit on them.

Chihuahuas Puppies - Buying

If you are planning to buy Chihuahua puppies, you should consider the following buying tips before you sign any purchase contract:

  • Evaluate your reasons for buying the puppy. Many people buy puppies for different reasons. Before you buy a Chihuahua puppy, you should know why you need it. You can buy a Chi puppy because you want it as a pet, you are trying to rescue it, or for breeding.
  • Know your preferences in terms of the dog’s sex, type, price, or color. For instance, you can decide that you will buy a Chihuahua that is of long coat or smooth coat.
  • Choose a knowledgeable and experienced breeder. Many breeders will be willing to sell you a Chihuahua. It is advisable to consider those who have a good record. You can go through the reviews of previous customers or ask a friend who owns a Chi to give you a recommendation.
  • Consider the physical attributes of a Chihuahuas before purchasing it. Under normal circumstances, a Chi should be healthy with a healthy skin and clear eyes. Its body should be firm, solid, and free of pests.

Adopting a Puppy

If purchasing a Chihuahua is difficult or expensive for you, visit your local animal rescue center and inquire if they have Chihuahuas available for adoption. Before you adopt a Chihuahua, however, you should:

  • Know that they are not the best of the family dogs: Chihuahuas are known to bond with one individual. With time and proper training, however, you could help one develop a bond with you too.
  • Chihuahuas come with a huge health responsibility. Owning this dog will require you to invest your time, money, and energy keeping them healthy, since they are fragile.
  • Chihuahuas are not ideal pets for children under 10 years. Small children might not realize how fragile the dogs can be. As such, you should avoid them as pets if you have small children.

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