There are a number of Chihuahua breeders all over the world. Therefore, you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding one that is local to you. That being said, you don’t want to buy a Chi on impulse.
What does buying a Chi on impulse mean? It refers to making a sudden decision to buy a Chihuahua without thoroughly researching the dog and taking into account if the dog will fit in with your lifestyle.
What happens when people buy Chihuahua’s on impulse?
- They purchase them from irresponsible Chihuahua breeders such as backyard breeders or pet stores where the dogs have most likely come from a puppy mill.
- They buy the dog as a gift for a child during a busy time of the year when the dog won’t be taken seriously or receive the attention it needs and deserves.
- They expect the dog to be exactly like the “Toco Bell” dog or Paris Hilton’s dog. In other words, the dog is bought for a fad.
- They don’t think of the long term care and commitment to the dog, and in most cases, it only takes a year or two before the Chihuahua ends up at the local humane society or animal shelter.
When it all comes down to it, an impulse buyer is purchasing the dog for all of the wrong, selfish reasons. They have no idea what they are getting into, and are not afraid to cut all ties with the dog should they become bored with the dog or it no longer fits in with their plans.
Thus, if you want a Chihuahua, and you’ve already looked into purchasing the dog without giving the breed much thought, here’s what you need to know:
Know your Chihuahua facts:
- Chis live for a very long time – Don’t forget Chihuahua’s are one of the oldest living dog breeds, sometimes exceeding 18 years! Are you ready for that commitment?
- Chi’s are small and can be easily injured – The Chihuahua has molera; a special soft spot in the middle of their head where their skull hasn’t fully closed. One blow to this tender part of the skull and the Chihuahua could be killed. Furthermore, no Chihuahua breeders should give you a Chihuahua less than 4 months old. Chis younger than 4 months are far too fragile.
- Chihuahuas are not social bugs – Unless you are ready to socialize your Chihuahua to the max, you’re looking at a dog who is only interested in hanging out with his owner.
- Chihuahuas aren’t partial to children – Chis are not good with children. In fact, most Chihuahua breeders don’t recommended to get a Chi unless your children are 10 years of age or older.
- Chihuahuas do not like other pets – Chis aren’t wild about associating with other pets. They generally only tend to like their own kind.
- Chihuahuas Shed – While the smooth haired Chihuahua does not require an excessive amount of grooming, his coat, just like the long-haired types, does shed.
- Chihuahuas need plenty of attention – Your Chihuahua will want to be with you as often as he can. If you can not manage more than a few hours a day with your dog, this pet is not for you.
- Chihuahuas need a Veterinarian – are you willing to be a responsible owner and ensure that your dog is properly cared for by a Vet? Will you spay or neuter your Chihuahua to show you have respect for the breed and are not going to join the backyard Chihuahua breeders club.
A Chihuahua is a lovely dog, but they aren’t for everyone. If you are seriously interested in this breed, it is imperative that you do plenty of research and find legitimate Chihuahua breeders.