So You Want A Chihuahua Do You

Published: 13th January 2006
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So You Want A Chihuahua Do You



by Shari Belden and Rodney Boettger



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So you think that Chihuahuas are just so cute and cuddly, in

other words perfect for your lifestyle. Although Chihuahuas

may be small there are some very important things to know

and consider before buying one.



The Marketing Hype



You may have heard of phrases like: teacup Chihuahua, pocket

Chihuahua and miniature Chihuahua, amongst many others.

These phrases are sometimes used by breeders and pet shops

as a marketing play; to make more sales. These phrases do

not apply to Chihuahuas; they do not exist in the breed

standard. Implying that a Chihuahua pup is a teacup

Chihuahua is simply a device to entice the customer into

purchasing the pup with the hope of getting a very small

Chihuahua.



Tiny Dogs Mean Massive Safety Measures



Chihuahuas are not usually suited to small children.



They can actually be killed or badly injured if they are

stood on or dropped, or even crushed in a well-meaning

cuddle. Being such a small dog, the Chihuahua needs constant

supervision, and should always be walked with a leash and

harness when taken outdoors.



Housebreaking can be the hardest.



Of all the dog breeds, the Chihuahua would have to be one of

the hardest to train. This is especially the case if the

Chihuahua suffers from extreme shyness.



Raising your voice and/or losing your temper will not help

the matter as sometimes the deed is done on the carpet

before they even get to the litter tray. Patience and easy

access to facilities are the only avenues, and even then

this task may never be accomplished.



The Aggressive Chihuahua?



It's not often that you will come across an overly docile

Chihuahua. Most are loud and dominant, trying to run the

entire household and this includes your other pets.



Yes it may seem hard to believe but it's not unheard of for

a Chihuahua to boss around a Boxer or even a Rottweiler,

without any concern for their own safety. What they lack in

size, they make up for in spirit.



You need to be firm with some consistent training to help

gain the upper hand. This is also necessary if the Chihuahua

has developed the bad habit of what is sometimes called

'yapping'. They tend to bark at almost anything that moves

or frightens them, and can sometimes become quite aggressive

towards strangers.



This behaviour could lead to biting and needs to be

controlled.



Though there are a few downsides to owning a Chihuahua,

there are many more upsides, like: a friend for life (can

live well into their teens); a great travelling companion

(travels light); loves to snuggle (with no expectations);

doesn't need much exercise or space and will gladly give its

life for you. What more could you ask for?



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About the Authors:



Shari Belden and Rodney Boettger are both huge dog lovers

and wanted to help others enjoy "Man's Best Friend." They

have put together The Dog Care Handbook website to

provide useful information relating to all areas of dog

ownership.



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