This breed is small in size and big in personality. Teacup Chihuahua puppies are tiny, playful and overall just adorable, which gives many first time owners the impression that they are easily manageable and trainable. In reality these tiny puppies require a whole lot of work, and it's important to fully understand the breed before making an informed decision about whether they will make the right dog for you.
Best known for poking their little heads out of Paris Hilton's designer handbag, Teacup Chihuahua's are certainly the most famous 'handbag dog' in the world, and it is their tiny size that attracts many owners. Despite their miniature size, Chihuahua puppies have one of the largest personalities of any breed, a quality which stays with them right through to their old age. Chihuahua's are fun-loving and hyperactive, meaning they need a lot of 'playtime', and also like to be near and around people, making them a more demanding breed than some. The Chihuahua is a dog of many contradictions. His small size makes him seem perfect for cuddles and carrying around, but in reality his nature is territorial and terrier-like, meaning he is prone to nipping and aggressive behaviour when overly manhandled. Though demanding, raising Chihuahua puppies is incredibly rewarding for the amount of love and affection you will be shown by this endearingly loyal dog.
Weighing between three and six pounds, the Chihuahua packs a whole lot of brains into his delicate frame. Chihuahua's are intelligent and alert dogs, and therefore make for interesting company. They're great at communicating with their owners; if they're hungry, or fancy a walk, they will find a way to let you know. Chihuahua's tend to pick a 'favorite' in the family, and will be devoted to that particular person, wanting to spend as much quality time with them as possible. Despite the Chihuahua's tiny size they will have no qualms in picking a fight with a much bigger dog or animal in order to 'protect' their favourite person. Chihuahua's are fearless; perhaps even unaware of their vulnerable size.
Caring for your Chihuahua
Overall Chihuahua's are fairly simple to care for. They require a decent amount of exercise, due to their boundless amounts of energy, but because of their small size they can be as easily worn out playing in the back garden as on a long walk. Chihuahua's enjoy playing fetch and so a few toys will be helpful in exercising them. Despite enjoying the great outdoors, a Chihuahua should always be supervised when outside. Their size makes them ideal prey for other animals such as hawks, foxes, and larger dogs that make their way into your garden.
Fortunately Chihuahua's as a breed do not have any major health problems. However, like all dogs they can be born with or acquire certain conditions. By finding a Chihuahua puppy for sale from a responsible breeder you reduce the chances of getting a puppy with health problems.
Training your Chihuahua
Though much of a dog's nature is entrenched in their breeding, if you raise them from being a puppy you have the opportunity to train them properly from the offset, and therefore can affect their behaviour. Chihuahua puppies should be trained as soon as possible. They have a reputation for being spoiled, but this is often because their owners do not make enough effort to train them, and don't do so early enough. Like all breeds of dogs they require consistent rules and structure in order to learn effectively. You will need to train your Chihuahua puppy in basic concepts such as obedience and housebreaking before you can mould their behaviour accordingly. The most important factor when training Chihuahua puppies is to remain upbeat and positive, as this is what they will respond best to. Research training techniques thoroughly before beginning your training and be consistent from the start.
Buying a Chihuahua For Sale
Chihuahua's are a popular breed and therefore you should have no difficulty finding Chihuahua puppies for sale. It is important, however, to ensure that you get your pup from a responsible breeder like Teacups.co.uk. A good breeder will match you with the right puppy for you and will have all the necessary health certifications to assure you that your puppy has no underlying health conditions. Good dog breeders will be more concerned about placing the pups in the right home than about making quick money from them, and should respond well to and encourage your questions.
Ideally puppies should be kept with their mothers (and therefore the breeders) until they are between eight and ten weeks of age. If a breeder tries to sell you a puppy that is much younger than this, this should raise a red flag. Puppies that are taken away from their mothers too early have a much higher chance of developing health problems. For assurances look for a breeder who is a member of the Kennel Club and has agreed to abide by the club code of ethics. Use your instinct when meeting a breeder, if you get the feeling that they aren't knowledgeable enough about the breed or seem overly interested in the monetary side of things, it may be best to find a another breeder.