Choosing A Healthy Chihuahua Puppy

October 9, 2009

Choosing a Healthy Chihuahua Puppy is an important task for anyone thinking about becoming a chihuahua owner. Chihuahuas can make great pets. They are very loyal, curious and have great (and often funny) personalities. Being the smallest breed of dogs in the world, they are great if you live in an apartment or in a cramped house. Their devotion to their masters and their desire to please is what really sets these dogs apart. Please note however that Chihuahuas are quite fragile animals that require special attention and may not be the ideal pet for you if you enjoy a very active lifestyle.ChihuahuaNolieOlieOlieo5YearsOld4

There are several things that you can look out for to ensure that your puppy is healthy. Making sure that your puppy is healthy before you make a purchase is very important. Start by making sure that the teeth of your puppy are straight and clean. Make sure that they do not have an overbite or other teeth and gum deformations as this can lead to complications later in the Chihuahua’s life. The fur of the puppy should be clean and regular, with no spots or flakes on the skin. You should also check the fur for fleas and parasites which could be an indication of bad health.

Don’t be fooled by breeders who advertise their puppies as being a certain size. They may use terms such as “teacup”, “miniature”, “tiny toy” or “pocket size”. The “Chihuahua Club of America” maintains that these names have no basis and they are merely used by breeders to help sell their dogs.

If a puppy seems to be very lethargic (i.e. if they have a slow reaction rate and don’t respond well to changes in their environment), this could be an indication that your puppy has hydrocephalus. Although we understand that you may want a puppy that is calm and quiet, we recommend that you choose a puppy that seems alert and awake – this will avoid heartbreak in the future.

You will also need to choose whether you would like a male or female Chihuahua. Males tend to guard their territory more aggressively than females. This could be useful for you if you live in a house, but if you live in an apartment (and especially if there are other dogs around), their barking could become a problem for your neighbors. Whether you choose to adopt a male or female puppy, it is very important that you get your dog neutered. This will limit certain unwanted traits such as agitation during mating season. Some people claim that female Chihuahuas are easier to train than males, but this has never been proven scientifically. It all comes down to personal preference.

It is very important to ask to see both parents when you go and choose your Chihuahua. They will give you a good idea about how your Chihuahua will grow. If they have a bad temperament, or if they appear unhealthy, it is best to find another dealer before it is too late. This will also assure you that both parents are in fact Chihuahuas and that your puppy is not a mixed-breed.

Chihuahuas can be great pets if you choose one wisely. Be sure to contact your vet when you have purchased your puppy, as he will ensure you that the puppy is in good health. Good luck and have fun with your Chihuahua!

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