When you have decided that a Chihuahua is the breed for you don’t be hasty, take your time, do your homework and learn as much as you can about the Chihuahua breeders or searching online and talking to people who already own a Chihuahua.
Going to your local dog show is a good place to start, there you can observe both varieties, the Long Coat Chihuahua and the Smooth Coat Chihuahua. When the handler is not busy showing their dog they should be willing to share their knowledge of the breed with you. Here’s your chance to ask as many questions as possible.
Double and Triple Check the Chihuahua Breeder
Make sure you deal with reputable Chihuahua breeders when choosing a puppy and your Kennel Club will be able to advise you of any breeders with a litter available. Don’t be in a rush, study the litter of puppies making sure they are healthy with clean shiny coats, have no fleas, have bright clean eyes and they are lively and full of spirit.
Don’t be tempted by the very tiny or quiet shy puppy look for the lively puppy. The one that will come to you usually the most outgoing puppy is your best bet. Ask to see both the parents as this can be an indication of how your puppy may mature.
Be careful about teacup chihuahua traps, Chihuahua breeders often lures in unsuspecting buyers through these ugly selling techniques.
Some other things you need to consider is whether you want a boy or a girl puppy and if you want an older dog, as they make equally good pets. Or do you want to show this puppy, or want a pet? Usually, a pet has a lower price as opposed to a show quality pup.
The Final Checks and Taking Your Chihuahua Home
When you have chosen the puppy to make sure the breeder gives you an information sheet with instruction on the puppy’s routine and information on a diet what it has been eating. It should also include details of when your puppy was last treated for worms and fleas and when they are next to be treated.
It is a good idea to take a small dog crate with a soft blanket with you so your puppy is safe in the car on the trip home. Once you have your newly bought or adopted Chihuahua puppy the fun and test begins! Look out for our next article on caring for your Chihuahua puppy once you have got it home. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.