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Chihuahuas and Children

Chihuahuas and Children
Chihuahua puppies are one of the cutest and most precious sights. The problem is that because they are so small, squeezing too hard while holding or dropping (even from a short height), can seriously injure them.

Children just want to hold this adorable puppy and do not realise how delicate they are until they have grown a little. Most puppies weigh less than a pound or two and can easily fit into a shirt pocket. This size of dog should never be left alone unattended with any child. Even when the Chihuahua has matured, because children can be overly playful and sometimes rough, the dog may feel threatened and growl or bite.

If you have small children in your home who are curious or hyperactive and will boldly approach your dog, then the Chihuahua is not a good match. Now this does not mean this breed is not friendly around children, because they are. A Chihuahua would be better suited with a calmer, gentler child. However, they do not like small children tugging or teasing them, or getting in their face. This type of situation could provoke your dog to snap or bite at your child. Since all children can be unpredictable at times, the owner’s knowledge of the child and the dog is the best judgment.

You may want to choose a different breed of dog when dealing with small children. However, if you have your heart set on buying a Chihuahua, by working closely with your children and teaching them not to tease, squeeze too hard, yell at the dog, drop the dog (or anything else that could cause harm), you can have a beautiful pet and happy children.

Once your children see how much fun their new Chihuahua can be and the love it will give to them, they will work hard to do everything right. You know your children best and whether or not they can handle a very small dog. Who knows, your child and Chihuahua could be meant for each other! Each circumstance is unique and only you can decide which option to pick. Some Chihuahuas get along great with young kids, while others should be avoided like the plague.

Characteristics of a Chihuahua

Characteristics of a Chihuahua

You can probably already tell that Chihuahuas offer their owners with many fine characteristics. Here are the main types of characteristics you will find in this breed:

  •      Devoted
  •      Affectionate
  •      Dainty
  •      Delicate
  •      Requires little grooming
  •      Needs minimal exercise
  •      High-pitched, loud bark
  •      Must be kept warm
  •      Has a long lifespan


 Although Chihuahuas are small, they make excellent watchdogs and are very devoted to guarding their home. But keep in mind, this breed is completely unaware of their size, often going up against much larger breeds if they feel the need to protect their owner.

Puppies for sale online

Puppies for sale online

Have you decided to welcome a Chihuahua or a Pomeranian puppy into your home? Then it's essential that you consider carefully whether this breed is right for you. Whilst Chihuahuas and Poms can undoubtedly make wonderful companions who will show you an abundance of love and loyalty, they can also be possessive and need lots of attention.

If you spend lots of time out of the house and will need to leave your pooch alone for extended periods of time, then a puppy may not be for you. For expert advice on owning a Chihuahua or Pomeranian, don't hesitate to get in touch with Tiffany Chihuahuas. A reputable breeder based in the Cheshire area, Tiffany Chihuahuas can provide you with all the help you need when you're considering buying a puppy.

 Family Pets with Sound Temperaments

 Tiffany Chihuahuas has been breeding pure bred dogs for many years and has an excellent reputation across the UK. If you're looking to buy a family pet with a sound temperament then you can be sure that your needs will be catered for. Tiffany Chihuahuas gives all its dogs the best possible nutrition, mental stimulation  socialisation and medical care. To find out more, visit the website today.

Continues investment into new & better breeding lines

Continues investment into new & better breeding lines
We are excited to introduce our latest addition to our breeding lines, a lilac & white long haired female who will pair very well with our stunning long haired solid chocolate boy Putin. This girl has some of the most interesting names in the breeding world behind her, we look forward to share her progress with you.

Low fatty acids

Low fatty acids

Dogs (just like people) need essential fatty acids, which are good fats like Omega 3 and Omega 6 that help build cell membranes in the body. Without them the body’s chemical structure will not function properly. Omega 6 is one fatty acid that cannot be made by your dog’s body. Therefore, you need to ensure your dog is getting Omega 6 in its diet for optimal health.


When the diet has the proper amount of essential fats, cholesterol levels will regulate, energy will increase, the immune system will function properly, and any dry skin or skin-related conditions will be alleviated.


Problems you may notice that can be attributed to a lack of or reduction in essential fatty acids:


Arthritis or arthritis-like conditions
Behavioral disturbances, disrupted healing process,dry nose

  • Eczema like skin eruptions
  • Foul odor coming from the coat
  • Fragility
  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Hindered growth
  • Impaired learning abilities or vision
  • Kidney or liver degeneration
  • Lethargy or lack of energy
  • Male sterility
  • Miscarriage
  • Regular hair loss
  • Vulnerability to infection
  • Weakness

When buying dog food, take time to read the ingredients to ensure your dog is getting the proper nutrition, as this is something you do not want to skimp on. Nutri-plus gel is full of vitamins and fatty acids now available on the market. And our dogs and puppies love it!

Life span of a toy breed

Life span of a toy breed

On average how long do Chihuahuas & Pomeranians live?


For some reason, many people think that because Chihuahuas & Poms are small and delicate - looking - they have a short lifespan. In truth, toy breeds live longer, than most other breed of dog, small or large. On average, a Chihuahua & Poms can live from 12 to 18 years. Although, if your dog is provided with excellent care it could live as long as 20 years or more! For further chihuahua related Q&A's, feel free to have a browse through our website

Nails

Nails

Keeping your pups toenails trimmed is important to your puppy or dog's health. When a dog's toenails grow too long, it causes their foot to splay and makes it difficult, and even painful for the dog to walk. Even moderately overgrown toenails can affect the dog's ability to walk properly and can exacerbate existing joint problems.

When dogs have light or white nails, being able to see where the beginning of the nail bed is located is easy to do. However, for dogs with black nails you have to make an educated guess. As a general guideline keep just the tip trimmed. If you keep current with the nail trimming, you should never have to take more than the very tip off. If for some reason you trim too low and get into the nail bed, you will know because your dog will yelp, and bleeding will likely follow. For the yelp, gently pet and talk calmly to your dog, letting it know this was a mistake. For the bleeding, you want to stop this immediately, as dogs can actually have serious problems if the bleeding is allowed to continue.


To stop the blood flow, you can put about a teaspoon of baking soda or starch in a small dish or in the palm of your hand, formed into a mound. Holding the bleeding nail in the middle of the mound for several minutes allow the soda or starch to pack onto the nail, creating a cap that seals off the bleeding. If the bleeding is bad, you may need to do this several times. If you do not have either one of these substances - try baby powder. After trying several times, holding the nail in the substance for several minutes at a time, if the bleeding cannot be stopped, take your dog to a vet right away.


Reminder - It is also fine to take your puppy to a professional groomer or vet for their trimmings, but it will cost less and put less stress on your dog, if you do it yourself in the comfort of your home.

Chihuahua temperament

Chihuahua temperament

The Chihuahua has such a unique temperament, which is a definite benefit of owning this breed of dog. This breed prefers to attach to one or two people and is incredibly loyal to its owner.


Almost all Chihuahuas need lots of human contact. If your dog feels as though it is not getting the required amount of petting, touching, and loving, it will let you know by doing something to get your attention, such as lightly pawing your leg or hand, whining, or rolling on its back at your feet.


If you plan to have more than one Chihuahua, you may find your dog becomes less stressed when left alone. For example, if you work and will be out of your home for long periods, two Chihuahuas might be better than one. They will most likely try to keep each other company.


With their kind temperament, watchdog-like qualities, low exercise requirements and devotion -  this breed of dog is excellent for disabled, elderly, or single people. The Chihuahua will literally lie in your lap for hours, being perfectly content.
Chihuahuas also love to curl up and sleep under covers. For this reason, you should expect that the foot of your bed, under the covers, would be occupied by your dog (which is great for keeping your feet warm on a cold winter night).

Feeding your puppy

Feeding your puppy

Most veterinarians will recommend the following schedule for feeding puppies six weeks or older (after being weaned):
Six weeks to three months – four meals a day
Three months to six months – three meals a day
Six months to one year – two meals a day
One year and up – one to three meals a day

While this is the standard for most dogs, many puppies prefer to eat several small meals throughout the day, regardless of age.


Small size dry dog food is fine for your dog, although the preferred choice would be dry food mixed with canned food. Feeding your puppy canned food only is not a good idea. Their digestive tract cannot process canned food alone, which may result in diarrhoea and dehydration. Several puppy owners mix dry dog food with a small amount of white rice and cooked diced chicken.


Chihuahuas and Poms also love special treats. If you forget them, no need to worry, because your dog will surely remind you. A small treat each day or an extra one for special occasions is acceptable. These treats should be very small and not be given more than once or twice a day.


If you notice your dog gaining extra weight around the chest area, and developing rolls of fat around the hindquarters - it is probably time to go on a diet - start by cutting out excessive treats (especially those that come from your plate) and stick with quality dry food mixed with canned food.

Our Pomeranian stud Vinnie

Our Pomeranian stud Vinnie
Here is how our beautiful Pomeranian male (Russian Import ) 'Vinnie the Pooh' has matured, i am probably bias but i think he is extraordinary looking boy, not to mention his wonderful nature. I truly have not seen a boy prettier than him in UK, again that is my personal opinion. His breeding is also very close to my heart, after all he does have some of the most incredible dogs in history behind him. He is such a loving and intelligent boy & i swear he knows he is very handsome. This photo is of Vinnie in his home state, by that i mean he hasn't been groomed, so when Vinnie does have the 'full works', his fur looks even more amazing than it does in this photo. I find it very difficult to groom Vinnie as his fur this just so big & he absolutely hates it when i find a knot, he can't stand even the smallest bit of pain. I do use a special conditioner but even that doesn't seem to be enough sometimes. If anyone has any tips for Pom grooming, we would love to hear them