When you go into a shelter, I’m sure you’ve noticed that they are usually full of dogs. The actual statistics on how many dogs die each year in the shelters vary, but I think I’d be safe to say that at least 60% that go in, don’t come out. I thought that I would explain why this issue is so important and what we can all do to help save the dogs in our country from becoming another shelter statistic.ChihuahuaChiChiBelle2FrenchFries

Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders are one of the main causes of dog overpopulation. They breed dogs as a commodity, not caring about the health and welfare of their breeding stock, or the puppies they produce. These dogs usually are sold in Pet Stores as pure breed or designer breed dogs. They are sold at a premium price and oftentimes are sick and their temperaments are suspect and usually end up in shelters and rescues with serious illness or behavior problems.

People who allow their dogs to remain unaltered are also a main cause of dog overpopulation. The resulting puppies are almost always mixed bred who are sold in newspapers and grocery store parking lots. The people who sell their puppies this way have no way of knowing where these puppies are going and most will end up in the shelters due to a variety of reasons.

People who don’t think through the process of getting a puppy or adult dog also contribute to the dog overpopulation problem. These are the ones who end up getting rid of their dog several months or sometimes years later, because; the dog got too big, the dog needs too much attention, the dog needs too much exercise, or the dog doesn’t get along with the new baby.

The solution to this problem is simple.

1. Don’t buy puppies from puppy mills, backyard breeders, Pet Stores or grocery parking lots. Cutting off those that supply sick puppies or dogs breed purely for money will force them to get into a different business as soon as the money runs dry. When purchasing a puppy, either adopt them from a shelter, rescue or a reputable breeder. How do you know they are reputable? They allow you to come to their kennel and meet BOTH parents. They care about the breed and they care about YOU. They should ask you a variety of questions to ensure their puppies are going to a good home. You should feel as though you are going through a serious inquiry. This means they care.
2. Always have your dogs altered at six months of age. They will be healthier, less hormonal and thus, easier to handle, and they will not have puppies and contribute to the problem.
3. Consider adopting an older dog from the shelter. People tell me all the time that they want a puppy so it will bond with them and so they can ensure they grow up well socialized with good manners. These assumptions are INCORRECT. An older dog may have some “bad habits”, but most can be alleviated with a good dog behaviorist and a couple of months;  while a puppy will take over a YEAR to raise. All dogs require time and effort….why not give that time to a dog that will otherwise be put down?
4. And last, but not least, THINK before you get a dog. Consider all the things that go with owning a dog and make sure you are prepared for it.  Do you have the money, the space, the time to devote to another living thing in your house? And make sure you choose the RIGHT dog for you. This will eliminate the dog from being brought to a shelter or rescue when it’s discovered that dogs need all of the above to be happy.

Owning a dog is one of the most wonderful things in the world. EVERYONE should know the love of a dog. Please make sure you are informed when you decide you are ready to add more love to your family and help us who advocate for the dogs to keep them out of shelters and rescue and keep them in the home; where they belong.

It is a Chihuahua’s nature to be aggressive and stubborn and very difficult to train. A Chihuahua takes itself very seriously and expects you to take it seriously as well, when you do not it gets angry. When you take on a Chihuahua rescue dog not only do you have all of that going on, but now you have the added dimension of whatever damage the trauma has caused the and what you will need to do to get through that. It is a frustrating thing to train a Chihuahua and they do not adapt well to being mistreated so it will take time to get through to your new dog.Attack Chihuahua

Before you can even hope to getting to even the most basic of house training you are going to need to get through to your dog and let them know that everything is alright and that they are safe in their new home and they are loved. All you can really do is shower the dog with love and attention and wait for it to sink in that it no longer needs to defend itself in its own home.

Chihuahuas normally do not respond well to any type of punishment at all. Under a normal training circumstance any sort of punishment runs the risk of creating aggressive behavior in the dog and undoing any progress that may have been made in the training of the dog. When you get a Chihuahua rescue dog you are dealing with a dog that has a great amount of negative experience behind it and that is something that you are going to have to deal with, without using punishment. It can be frustrating but refrain from punishment of any kind when interacting with your Chihuahua.

Under the best of circumstances housebreaking a Chihuahua can take months and in some cases may never even work. When you get a Chihuahua that has been through trauma it is either not housebroken or it refuses to be housebroken in response to what it has been through. Use standard housebreaking methods but be prepared to have to resort to litter box training or something else if standard methods do not work. Give standard methods a few months to work as it does take time.

A normal Chihuahua will begin life feeling that it has to defend its own possessions and territory. While this will look terribly cute it is behavior that needs to be curbed immediately before it gets worse. In a Chihuahua rescue dog that instinct to violently protect itself and it’s possessions may be very strong so you are going to need to exercise a lot of patience and show the dog that it is loved and safe where it is. It will take time but more than likely you will have to deal with it.

If you need advice or help with your rescue dog you can always call your vet, as they will usually have some great advice for you on what you should do in various situations. If you know of a Chihuahua breeder in your area then see if they will offer you advice as well. You can never get too much good advice when raising a rescue dog.

A Great Dane is a huge dog that makes a great family dog and can hold its own against the kids. A Havanese rescue dog, if you look at the available Havanese information, is not a huge dog and would probably have to run from the kids. The Havanese don’t get very big at all as they usually only measure 29 centimeters in length when full grown and 6 kilograms in weight. Hardly a huge obstacle to the kids and really not the kind of dog to get if a big dog is what you want.ChihuahuaViansBigMacAttackMac8

But for all they lack in size the Havanese make up for in intelligence. They are one of the smarter breeds of dogs but they are also one of the more hyperactive as well. It takes a very patient person to train a Havanese but when you are done you have a Havanese that listens to your commands and offers you a lot of love.

For everything a Havanese rescue dog seems to lack in size they make up for in their ability to warn you if intruders are entering the house or if there is some emergency. They are alert dogs and they can make quite a noise when they feel that something is wrong or that a warning needs to get out. They are also playful little dogs that love to show off their wit and intelligence. Just try and match wits with a Havanese.

The Havanese rescue dogs are also referred to as apartment dogs because they really do not require a lot of exercise at all and their compact size means that they do not take up a lot of space in general. They are very loyal dogs and wonderful to have around children as they are very gentle and love to play. Their small space requirements make them a popular pet for city dwellers.

Havanese rescue dogs do require a great deal of attention and patience especially when you are trying to train them to follow your rules. But that is the wonderful thing about Havanese dogs, they respond very well to the proper kind of training and they can learn to follow many types of rules that other dog breeds cannot. But they are still energetic little guys that can drive you crazy if you let them so patience, as was mentioned before, is a virtue.

Your Havanese rescue dog is going to require daily grooming not only to keep their coat healthy but to keep them healthy as well. A tangled coat on a Havanese can lead to health issues so make sure you keep their coat clean and free of tangles. With a Havanese rescue dog you absolutely get out what you put in so if you take the time to train them right, show them the love they require and the attention they crave, and keep them clean and healthy they will repay you for years to come.

Dog Breed DNA Testing

October 11, 2009

Volunteering for the Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue has made it clear that sometimes it’s very difficult to determine what breeds have combined to make some dogs. Until recently, a guess was all that could be done.ChihuahuaBelle9Months

Dog Breed Testing kits are now readily available and are more affordable than ever before.

Why is it so important to know the breeds present in a dog? Dog Breed Testing can tell you how big or small your dog might be. It might help you determine grooming for your dog. It can even determine what illnesses and diseases your dog might be prone to, due to genetics.

The most important reason is to help you determine your dog’s potential temperament. Temperament is like the character of your dog. It’s what has been handed down from generation to generation to make a breed what it is.

Temperament is why Border Collies like to herd. Temperament is why Labradors like to retrieve. Temperament helps determine if a dog is going to be good with children, or if they are going to like to running with you. It can help you understand your dog and its behavior.

We have a little 5 pound dog named Leon. He is black and tan, similar to a Doberman. We were told when we got him at 7 weeks, that he was a Chihuahua and we had no reason to think otherwise.

As he grew, we noticed that his head wasn’t as round as a Chi’s and he was rather lanky to be a pure Chihuahua.

Temperament wise, he was mostly Chihuahua, although he seemed to tolerate strangers better and he learned things very quickly. It took him only five minutes to learn the command “sit” when he was only 9 weeks old.

We thought that this was due to the fact that we took him everywhere and that we used positive training methods. As an adult, he is a very well adjusted dog and he is even registered as a therapy animal.

Everywhere we went, people would always ask what he was, even though Chihuahua owners always knew he was a Chi. Most people focused on his coloring and guessed he was a Miniature Pinscher.

When we noticed an advertisement for a Dog Breed Testing Kit, just had to see for ourselves what genetics had made this wonderful dog.

The kit came in the mail and was self explanatory. There are levels to each breed present that make up Leon and they will be indicated in descending order. For instance, Level One is any breed that is 75% or more present in Leon, Level Two is any breed or breeds that is 37%-74% present in Leon all the way down to Level Four.

We were sure that he is mostly Chihuahua, but very curious to see what other breed or breeds could be in his ancestry.

We took the cotton swab and ran it inside his mouth for the determined amount of time and were careful not to contaminate the evidence as we shipped it back to the laboratory.

Two weeks later, we got a letter in the mail stating that there weren’t enough cells to test and they asked for another sample.

We thought that this was due to his small size and did another sample, but using his gums to get the sample, instead of the inside of his cheek.

Two weeks later, the packet came in the mail and it was proven that there were only two breeds present in his little lineage. He was Chihuahua in Level Two and he was poodle in Level Three.

We decided that this meant that one of Leon’s grandparents was a poodle and that one of his parents was half poodle, half Chihuahua.

After knowing what dog breeds make up little Leon, there are a few things about him that now make sense.

His large ears that stand straight up are clearly the end result of a poodle that has large ears that lay down and a Chihuahua that has smaller ears that stand up.

His small frame and skinny body are clearly that of a Poodle, while his coloring is obviously from the Chihuahua breed.

Understanding his temperament is the most valuable information stemming from the results of the Dog Breed Test.

Taking after his Chihuahua side, Leon is very entertaining and lively. He is very playful and has lots of energy. He has bonded closely with one of his owners and cries if she leaves. He very tough and is an excellent watch dog.

On the other hand, he loves to play with dogs of all different sized and shapes and he meets most strangers with a friendly wag of his tail. He is extremely intelligent and he is really easy to train. These are the traits of the Poodle Breed.

Having the Dog Breed Test done on Leon has helped us to understand is behavior better and helps us to keep him happy.

If you ever have a chance to use the Dog Breed Testing Kit, we don’t think you should hesitate one bit. It was an interesting and informative test that has brought us closer to our Leon.

Look at Chihuahua Mixes

October 9, 2009

Chihuahuas are a very popular breed of dog despite their annoying yipping! They’re extremely tiny (the smallest in the world, actually) and cute (some would say) as well as having an amusing personality in which they don’t seems to realize how much smaller they are than… everything else. Their attempt to intimidate and impose their will on others is amusing, adding to the likability of this animal. It’s for these reasons that Chihuahuas are one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America. Another popular idea in modern times are Chihuahua Mixes Dogs created by breeding pure-bred Chihuahuas with pure-breds of another breed. These new animals can vary in size and colour depending on what the other parent breed is, and often combine the traits of the two animals both in physical appearances, as well as personality traits.ChihuahuaNolieOlieOlieo5YearsOld2

Some of the breeds that are popularly bred with Chihuahuas to make desirable mixes are Terriers, Pomeranians, and Poodles. Each of these combine the parent breeds in unique ways from one another.

Pomeranian Chihuahua mixes almost perfectly combine the appearances of Chihuahuas, and Pomeranians. They tend to have a Pomeranian’s long and fine hair, a body that seems like a natural combination of a Pomeranian and Chihuahua, while maintaining the Chihuahua’s unique facial structure.. Interestingly enough, they have personality traits, which are uncharacteristic of each parent breed, making them their own unique animal. They should be well groomed on a regular basis to maintain their look, as their hair is quite long and easily matted.

After the advent of the Taco Bell dog in the mid-90′s, Taco Terriers became popular in the United States. They’re a combination of a Chihuahua and a Toy Fox Terrier, and are just one of many Chihuahua-Terrier cross breeds.

Poodles are also often bred with Chihuahuas to create an interesting animal which combines various traits in a unique (although not very attractive) way. While they’re bred often, they are not altogether popular and can often be found as strays on the streets or in rescue shelters.

Another common combination, although more for financial gain than of the breeder than the choice of the buyer, is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Miniature Pinsher. This results in a dog that looks like a pure-bred Chihuahua when it is very young, but as it gets older it quickly becomes evident that it’s not as it gets much larger than a Chihuahua and with slightly different facial features.

Over the past few years it seems that teacup chihuahuas are growing in popularity. Why is it that so many people prefer them over any other dog? Well, chihuahuas are already the smallest dog breed in the world and having one means that it will be the smallest of the smallest and they many people think they are the cutest.ChihuahuaOscar8MonthsOld

What most people don’t know is that common terms like “teacup”, “toy”, “deerhead”, or “applehead” are not defined as a chihuahua breed by any of the major canine organizations such as the AKC, CKC, or the UKC. In fact the only different official chihuahua breeds are long-haired and short-haired. The term is usually used to define a chihuahua which weighs less than the standard. It seems to be a popular term that most people and chihuahua breeders use and will probably be here to stay even if it isn’t recognized as a chihuahua breed.

If you are looking for a teacup chihuahua don’t always listen the breeder or the seller. Many times chihuahua sellers will claim to have puppies for sale. The fact is, no one can tell whether a puppy less than 10 weeks old will be a teacup size or not. Checking to see if the puppies parents are teacup wont work either. It is nearly impossible to determine if a chihuahua is going to be a teacup based on the size of their parents.

If you do decide to get a teacup chihuahua, be prepared to expect more health problems. Being the smallest dog in the world comes with its fair share of health problems including regulating their blood sugar (hypoglycemia), dehydration, and respiratory problems. They will need extra care and special attention especially as puppies and should always be checked out by a licensed veterinarian for thyroid and liver problems.

Being so small makes them much more likely to get seriously injured. Kids often like to play rough with them or can even step on them. If you have kids, please don’t get a teacup chihuahua.

Dogs often lick the ground, sometimes ingesting fertilizers, cleaning agents, and other harmful chemicals in their system. This can be especially dangerous for teacup chihuahuas. Being so small makes their body much more vulnerable to low doses of toxins.

The weather will also affect teacup chihuahuas more than others. Consider getting your chihuahua a sweater for the winter time to give some extra warmth and protection.

Teacup chihuahuas can make wonderful pets. Just remember that smaller isn’t always better. Make sure you have a healthy chihuahua over the smallest.

Why Raise A Chihuahua Pup

October 8, 2009

It can be a great thing to bring your new puppy home and begin to raise it but remember that the good owner is always learning and always trying to find ways to improve the quality of life for the dog and for the family. Chihuahua pups can take a little getting used to and the best way to get used to them is to spend a lot of time with them. And also do a lot of research on their behavior and how you can try to control, it or at least shape it into something you can deal with.Chihuahua-main_Full

Chihuahuas and kids do not mix so if you have young children you are not going to want to get a Chihuahua. Chihuahuas get stressed out by loud noises, commotion, and the fast moving around that kids are prone to do. If a Chihuahua is exposed to this on a regular basis they may resort to a biting response and also they may decide to start barking and never stop. So don’t get a Chihuahua if you have kids.
The Chihuahua pup looks very cute when it is protecting what it sees as it’s possessions or its territory but this cute behavior can lead to serious behavioral issues when the dog gets older. So if you notice that your Chihuahua spends a lot of time growling and barking at people like it is protecting itself then you need to step in and reassure the dog that it is safe and there is no reason to be so protective.

The Chihuahua is a fragile dog that you will probably always need to keep an eye on to prevent it from hurting itself. A leap from the back of a chair to the floor can potentially break a leg and they do not adapt well to being picked up either. So make sure you keep an eye on your dog and do not let it climb and avoid picking it up as well. You may also want to watch where you sit, as they also like to curl up under blankets to sleep.

The ultimate test in patience with a Chihuahua pup is housebreaking. They are not good at it and they do not like it. A Chihuahua will always take the easiest way out of any situation rather than learn anything new so you will have to combat that. You will also have to deal with the fact that the Chihuahua just does not like going outside especially when it is windy or raining, so getting them to go outside for any reason is very difficult. It will take a lot of patience and positive reinforcement to get your point across to your dog.

A Chihuahua pup is great and they are cute because they are the smallest of the toy breeds. But it is important to always be an informed owner and keep doing research on the best ways to train your pup. If you bought your dog from a breeder then stay in touch with the breeder because they can be an invaluable source of advice as well.

It is a cold and cruel person that would abandon or abuse a little Chihuahua dog and if you know of a situation where a little Chihuahua dog is being abused or has been abandoned then you can do the right thing and contact a Chihuahua rescue group right away. There are resources all around that can help you find a rescue group and it is the right thing to do rather than let the little dog suffer.chihuahua_1

One of the best resources for any humane group contact information is your vet. Your vet is very concerned about the health and well being of all animals and does not want to see a little dog suffer any more than you do, so they would gladly give you any contact information they may have. If you do not use a vet then just contact one from the phone book and they would be able to help.

For some reason people always forget that the local newspaper is a collection area for a lot of important community contact information and they may just have Chihuahua rescue group contact information for you. Many local newspapers publish the animal rescue groups contact information on a regular basis or at least have it available to distribute should someone call looking for help. So it never hurts to call your local newspaper and see what they have in the way of contact information for local animal rescue groups.

Never forget about the Internet, as it is a great way for people all over the world to get the information they need. With an Internet search you may find contact information for local animal rescue groups or you may find the websites of national animal rescue groups. Check the national groups to see if they list any satellite offices near you and if they do not then give them a call and see what advice or assistance they can offer you.

Check your area for any reputable Chihuahua breeders and chances are that they can act as a Chihuahua rescue group for you. Many reputable breeders have no problem taking in abused or abandoned pets, as the breeder does not want to see an animal suffer any more than you do. So contact a breeder and explain your situation to them and ask them if they would be able to take in this poor neglected little animal and give it a second chance at life.

Never turn your back on an abandoned or abused Chihuahua or any other animal that is suffering. In many cases all you have to do is make a phone call and an animal rescue group will come out and take care of the rest. Every animal deserves the chance to be happy and no pet deserves the horror of being abused or abandoned so if you see a situation that requires immediate attention then track down contact information for a local animal rescue group and give a little pet a second chance.

If you have decided that a Chihuahua puppy is the best pet for you, you will not have trouble finding a Chihuahua breeder to purchase your puppy from. However, during your search you might also come in contact with a number of breeders who do not breed their Chihuahuas in a responsible fashion. When it comes to Chihuahua breeding, it is important to shop around and ask the right questions when selecting the best breeder for you. There are some guidelines that you can follow that will help to determine whether a breeder is breeding his dogs responsibly to help ensure that you receive a puppy that is healthy, good tempered and attractive.ChihuahuaIMG_0008

Never rush into the purchase of a dog. Keep in mind that Chihuahuas can live 18 years or more, so this pet will be a long-term commitment. You will want to find a puppy that is healthy and bred carefully to prevent possible genetic defects and illnesses.

There are plenty of steps that you can take to ensure that the breeder that you select practices responsible Chihuahua breeding. First, check with your state or national Chihuahua clubs for a listing of reputable breeders in your area. The American Kennel Club is another good source for responsible breeders of all kinds of dogs. Your veterinarian may have names of good Chihuahua breeders and friends with Chihuahuas might be able to guide you in the right direction as well. Publications will also have listings in them for Chihuahua breeders, so check your local pet supply store for these magazines and trade publications. If you go to dog events like obedience classes and agility trials, you might be able to collect names of breeders as well.

Another good place to hunt for Chihuahua breeders is on the Internet. If you can find a breeder in your area, you will be able to visit and check out the location and dogs for yourself. If not, you will want to take a few extra precautions to ensure that the breeder you select practices responsible Chihuahua breeding so that you will be able to get the healthy dog that you are looking for.

Locating a Chihuahua breeder is the first step. The next step will be to make sure that the breeder you select practices responsible Chihuahua breeding. This can be done by first interviewing the potential breeder about some of his policies regarding his dogs. A responsible breeder will screen his dogs for hereditary problems like Luxating Patella and eye diseases, which are often seen in the Chihuahua breed.

If he has dogs that have tested positive for these issues, they should not be used in the breeding process. Responsible breeders will also let you meet with one or both of the parents of your puppy if possible, so that you can see the dog’s temperament and appearance.

The breeding area should be clean, and the puppies should appear clean and healthy. Your breeder should be concerned about the home that his puppy is going to, and not merely interested in making a sale. If you follow these guidelines, your chances of finding a person who is responsible in Chihuahua breeding is good, and you will be able to purchase a puppy that will bring you years of enjoyment.

It is a Chihuahua’s nature to be aggressive and stubborn and very difficult to train. A Chihuahua takes itself very seriously and expects you to take it seriously as well, when you do not it gets angry. When you take on a Chihuahua rescue dog not only do you have all of that going on, but now you have the added dimension of whatever damage the trauma has caused the and what you will need to do to get through that. It is a frustrating thing to train a Chihuahua and they do not adapt well to being mistreated so it will take time to get through to your new dog.955493-2-chihuahua-with-ghost

Before you can even hope to getting to even the most basic of house training you are going to need to get through to your dog and let them know that everything is alright and that they are safe in their new home and they are loved. All you can really do is shower the dog with love and attention and wait for it to sink in that it no longer needs to defend itself in its own home.

Chihuahuas normally do not respond well to any type of punishment at all. Under a normal training circumstance any sort of punishment runs the risk of creating aggressive behavior in the dog and undoing any progress that may have been made in the training of the dog. When you get a Chihuahua rescue dog you are dealing with a dog that has a great amount of negative experience behind it and that is something that you are going to have to deal with, without using punishment. It can be frustrating but refrain from punishment of any kind when interacting with your Chihuahua.

Under the best of circumstances housebreaking a Chihuahua can take months and in some cases may never even work. When you get a Chihuahua that has been through trauma it is either not housebroken or it refuses to be housebroken in response to what it has been through. Use standard housebreaking methods but be prepared to have to resort to litter box training or something else if standard methods do not work. Give standard methods a few months to work as it does take time.

A normal Chihuahua will begin life feeling that it has to defend its own possessions and territory. While this will look terribly cute it is behavior that needs to be curbed immediately before it gets worse. In a Chihuahua rescue dog that instinct to violently protect itself and it’s possessions may be very strong so you are going to need to exercise a lot of patience and show the dog that it is loved and safe where it is. It will take time but more than likely you will have to deal with it.

If you need advice or help with your rescue dog you can always call your vet, as they will usually have some great advice for you on what you should do in various situations. If you know of a Chihuahua breeder in your area then see if they will offer you advice as well. You can never get too much good advice when raising a rescue dog.

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