1. Can we pick up our puppuy in person?
Yes… Yes… I prefer it that way! But if you need a flight we can work with you on that too, so no worries.
2. Why do you keep puppyes till they are 8 weeks or more?
I am not a puppymill. Only backyard breeders and puppymills release puppies at less than 8 weeks of age is my opinion. I wish laws would change and raise the age to 8 weeks but then I feel that the dishonest breeders would just lie about age. We vaccinate puppies as well as deworm and this all take several weeks. Puppies are potty trained as well. Our earliest release is 8 weeks. Tiny micro teacups may have to stay longer then 8 weeks. You are paying alot of money and I am very careful to make sure puppies are strong and ready to go. Our puppies are very small and can not be released at a young age.
3. What is their life-span?
Toy breeds live the longest of any size dog. Expect a life-span of 11-18 years, although the latter is rare.
4. How much exercise do they require?
Not much. This little breed has short bursts of energy each day which quickly die down. You should provide toys for your Chi to keep it occupied. Old slippers are ideal, as well as stuffed toys with squeakers inside. You can certainly take your Chi on walks. (You’ll make many an acquaintance due to the diminutive and unusual appearance of your Chihuahua!)
5. Do they require special dog food?
No. They have the same nutritional needs as most dogs. I feed mine regular Alpo kibbles, and, although the kibbles are large, my Chihuahua seems to sort of enjoy cracking each one with her jaws. Chihuahuas prefer several small meals per day, rather than one big meal. I leave a bowl of kibbles out for my Chi and she seems to eat about three small meals a day.
6. I’ve heard they’re nervous, high-strung dogs. Is that true?
Yes, they are high-strung dogs. I define “high-strung” as follows: barks easily, does not adapt easily to change in environment, is suspicious of strangers and will growl at them, and flips in circles and jumps around when excited (like when you come home after a five-minute absence, for instance).However, with the person that they have bonded with (i.e., their master[s]), they do not display most of these characteristics; infact, they display radically different personalities. Chihuahuas are truly the “Jekyll-and-Hyde” of dog breeds: your friends will see the worst side of them and never believe you when you tell them that your Chi is really a gentle, sweet-natured dog. There is good news, though. If you socialize your Chi at an early age, they will be less stressed when new environments and people are introduced to them in adulthood. Proper socialization is critical, then, and at the earliest age possible.
7. I’m allergic to dogs, but I heard Chihuahuas won’t bother me; is that true?
Opinion seems to vary on this point. Some say it’s an old-wives’ tale, while others swear that, although they’re allergic to dogs, Chihuahuas did not bother them.
The best way for someone who has allergies to find out if they can own a Chihuahua is for them to simply spend some time around one. Some people are allergic to dog hair, while others are allergic to saliva. Since Chihuahua’s are known to lick the face of their master alot, you’d best be sure you’re not allergic to the latter before investing in this breed.
8. What are the differences between the smoothcoats and the longcoats?
The issue of whether or not there is a difference in personality seems to be a topic of debate within the Chihuahua community. Some claim that there is no difference in personality; others swear that longcoats have a tendency to be “soft-tempered” while smoothcoats are more prone to aggressive behaviour. Let’s set aside the personality issue and focus on physical and maintenance differences.Smoothcoats tend to have coats that are much coarser than longcoats — almost like bristles in some cases. Smoothcoats also shed more than longcoats. However, longcoats can shed as well. Heavily coated longhairs require brushing about once a month, but this can be a pleasureable exercise for both Chi and master rather than a chore. As far as bathing is concerned, as a general rule, the longcoats will need to be bathed more frequently, and it’ll be a longer process (both washing and drying). The bib — the furry part of the chest — can easily get dirty and matted. Longcoats can also occasionally get fecal matter stuck on their “pants.” You’ll have to either bathe your dog or cut the bit off with scissors when this happens.Some Chihuahua owners swear by long-hairs and wouldn’t have anything else; it is as much a matter of personal taste as is coat color.
9. Is it safe to take your Chihuahua on a cold weather walk?
Owners must be very sensitive to the fact that short-haired Chihuahuas, and even long-haired ones, are vulnerable to the cold. In temperatures of 35-40 degrees Farenheit, I would recommend dressing your Chihuahua in a special dog sweater for brief walks. Walking your Chihuahua in temperatures below 35 degrees Farenheit is strongly discouraged, especially when there is a wind-chill factor. In this, as in other aspects of dog maintenance, keep your dogs’ health top priority, not your own desire. In some cold regions, an indoor heater will be necessary to keep your Chi comfortable.
10. Aren’t Chihuahuas kind of dim?
It is understandable how this breed has developed this reputation. In public, some bark at the slightest provocation, and will not stop sometimes even when the “threat” is gone. Chihuahuas are actually a very intelligent and alert breed.
11. Is my Chihuahua a dog or a mole?
It is a characteristic of the Chihuahua to prefer to sleep under a cloth or blanket. They will even get under pillows in order to feel snug. If you are raising a pup, be sure to provide them with a soft towel or blanket in their sleeping area so they can burrow underneath it. So don’t be surprised if your Chihuahua scrambles under your blankets at night, even though your house or apartment may not be particularly cold. This is known as the “moley-effect.”
12. Does my Chihuahua expect a suntan?
Chihuahuas are quite the sun-worshipers. They prefer to bask in the sun for hours and have been known to lie in a spot of sun no larger than the size of a half-dolla. Unfortunately, they are not sensible in this regard and will stay in the sun even when panting begins. Watch your Chihuahua in hot weather to be sure that they don’t suffer from heat stroke.
13. My Chihuahua’s shivering. Is this because s/he’s cold?
Chihuahuas do shiver when they’re cold, but they also shiver when they are wary, excited, unhappy, or frightened. This is a result of having a high metabolism, and is a normal characteristic of this breed.
14.Are Chihuahuas sociable with other dogs?
It depends. All dogs can be socialized, but the Chihuahua does seem to be more difficult. Chihuahuas tend to be very clannish and actually do seem to prefer their own kind over other breeds. They can be sociable, if raised with other dogs and animals or if they are exposed to them constantly. My Chi’s are more sociable when they are out of their home turf.