A great pet for any responsible pet owner.
I have owned many small dogs in my life, and I must say my four-year-old Chihuahua is the best LITTLE dog I have ever owned. Many breeders refused to sell me a small breed dog because I have two young boys. I agree, that is a responsible thing for a breeder to do, but I believe that my Chihuahua has a good, loving home, where she feels safe, and gets a lot of socialization. I feel that any breeder who will rule out a family for their dog, without an interview is not interested in what is best for the dog or the family, only their own feelings. The breeder I got her from, met with myself and my sons before agreeing to sell us such a small dog. This dog was immediately comfortable with us, and is a great fit for our lifestyle. She is a two-pound Chi, and we must take extra care to ensure her safety. She is either in my arms, in one of her carriers, or on a leash at all times. My guard is always up for her safety, especially when the boys are feeling particularly rambunctious, since they don't always remember she is on my lap as they fly through the air towards me. When the boys come into the room the dog is in, I ALWAYS remind them to be careful of the dog, and they DO need those reminders. The dog has never hurt the boys, nor have the boys ever hurt the dog. The dog and the children are very comfortable around one another, and although it takes a lot more work, it can be done. The key is NEVER to let down your guard. We live on thirteen acres, with a creek, where there are birds of prey. She is on a three-foot leash while outside, and we HAVE been dive-bombed by bald eagles. She does NOT nip at children, and spends many days at our local school teaching children safe handling and care for small breed dogs. The children are required to ASK to touch her, for their own safety, and to put their hand up first. She may growl at them, but I never let her get the best of people. I turn her face away and allow them to pet her anyway. In this way, people are safe, and the dog learns that WE are in control, not her. I limit the number of children allowed near her at any given time to three, to help her feel secure. Please know that before I take her around people, SHE has to be okay with it on that day. There are many days where she stays in her carrier, out of respect for her feelings. She is a member of our family and goes with us everywhere, she (her crate) is safety belted in, just the same as the rest of the family. She feels most comfortable inside a small soft backpack or purse-like bag, while in crowds. She is rarely left at home or in the car. I take her in her carrier, to ANY place that does not serve food, or have signs posted against pets. We occasionally go out to eat and she will then will be left in the car, but ONLY on overcast days. If there is a chance the sun will break through the windows, she is with me. I know the places she is allowed and avoid those she is not. She does not "rule" our family, our children are asthmatic, and we avoid places that would be harmful to them as well. Her needs are respected and met just like any other family member. To me, this is part of being a responsible pet owner. Like most tiny dogs, she has a sensitive stomach, and does not process beef very well. This having been said, her dog food is a quarter of a cup of dry lamb and rice, Science Diet to help keep her teeth in good condition, with a teaspoon of "gravy" to aid digestibility. She was being fed strictly dry food, but she got an intestinal blockage from not chewing the smallest kibble I could find. The vet reported it was not an extremely uncommon problem in dogs under four pounds. Since that blockage we found that Science Diet makes a tiny kibble which is easier for her to chew. I did read prior to this incident that these small dogs would chew smaller-sized kibble with no trouble, and that it was best for their teeth. Talk to your vet! Medically she has had no difficulties with parasites, or disease, although being an "apple head" type Chi, she does snort, and being so close to the ground she tends to wheeze. She is taken to the vet annually to have her teeth cleaned and a full check-up. A good check-up requires cultures, many vets charge you the same fee with or without cultures. If you can find a veterinarian who deals extensively with small dogs, he/she can be your best ally when purchasing and caring for a Chihuahua. If you remember Chihuahuas require a lot more attention to safety than other larger dogs, then you should do fine. Any time you choose to add a pet to your family you should research FIRST to find out what will work best for your family situation. Good luck and enjoy! These dogs are great, loving, family pets for any RESPONSIBLE pet owner.”
Wonderful pets and companions.
I have been active in the show rings for almost 9 years now, and I have found the Chihuahua to be my favorite breed. As the owner of 16 of these darlings (most are show dogs or finished champions) I am kept quite busy, but this is an easy breed to care for, whether they are smooth or long coat. They love to be held and will lie quietly with you to watch your favorite TV show or movie. But they also like to be the center of attention and are extremely intelligent for such a little dog. They have lots of personality and are quite a lot of fun. My chikids love the little hands of children as much as the larger hands of adults ... they know no strangers and readily approach visitors with tails wagging, after their initial barking that a visitor is at the door. They are good little watch dogs, by the way. Proper socialization is the key to a happy, friendly Chihuahua, and they are quick to housebreak, paper train, or even litter-box train if you start as a pup. This little breed has stolen my heart and they are dearly loved by myself, my three children, and everyone who meets them!”