FAQ

Q. Do I need to breed my Chihuahua?
A.Generally speaking, no. More so than almost any other breed, the Chihuahua is not for a novice. The physical problems of trying to get a litter of puppies out of the worlds smallest dog can, and has, filled a book. Caesarean Sections, Uterine Inertia and problems with nutrition leading to eclampsia are common to the point where they must be expected, and when they do happen, you'd better know what to do or you can very easily kill your dog. Don't try it. However, do you have in the back of your mind that you would like to be a breeder? It can be done obviously, but you must be prepared to do your homework first, and you WILL need the help of an experienced breeder to avoid some not too obvious pitfalls. For a one time pet owner? Absolutely not.
Q. Is it OK if my Chihuahua sleeps with me?
A. No doubt, you have your own bed where you sleep at night. Where will your puppy's bed be? even if you eventually plan to share your bed with your Chihuahua, it's best not to start out that way. For one thing, your bed is too high for the puppy to get on and off of at will, and it could easy hurt itself trying to do so. For another, you could crush a tiny puppy. Finally, it's best not to accustom the puppy to always being in your bed, because there will be times when that is not possible. For more information about Chihuahua puppies, please visit our website
How long does a Chihuahua live?
On average, 10 to 14 years. Some Chihuahuas live to 20+ years, although this is the exception, not the rule. Regular visit to your vet and good quality of food and nutrition will help your Chihuahua to live longer.
Can my Chihuahua sleep outside?
NO! Not only do they feel the cold, but they are a very social breed who crave your company. They are much happier inside with the family than outside in a kennel. If you feel that a dog should live outside, please choose another breed.
Will our Chihuahua be fine if it is left home alone while we are all at work and school?
This should really be your main consideration when deciding on a Chihuahua. They are a very social animal and will fret badly if denied companionship. To a Chihuahua, being left alone is like solitary confinement to us. It's OK for a little while, but regular, long periods of it will turn your little dog into a destructive, nervy and generally miserable little individual. Chihuahuas can live happily in just about every environment you can picture. If however, your lifestyle dictates that you must be away during the day for long periods, definitely consider two Chihuahuas. They'll keep each other company and you're less likely to come home to a disaster.
What is the rarest Chihuahua colour?
Pure White with bright blue eyes, solid lilac (blue/pink/ gray), tiger, solid chocolate, blue (steel /gray) and chocolate/tan with blue eyes - those colours are unique and appear to be rare.
  • How long is my Chihuahua stay in heat?
    Females go into heat about every 6 months. and the heat cycle lasts for 21days. The heat cycle of the female dog has three parts and lasts about 3 weeks. The first part lasts anywhere from 3-14 days during which a bloody discharge and swelling of the vaginal area are usually seen. Next the dog will become receptive to being bred and actively may seek out a male dog. This is the time when she can become pregnant. The discharge may change color at this time and become lighter
    • Are Chihuahuas with blue eyes rare?
      Show quality are rare, but we have them sometimes
    • How often should you walk your Chihuahua?
      At least twice a day. If you have a fenced garden for him/her to run, then I would say 5 to 6 times a day. Because they are small they need to go to the toilet more often.
      How often do you feed your 8 week old Chihuahuas?
      4 times a day, every 4 hours, clean drinking water must be available all the time.
    What things do you need to take good care of your Chihuahua?
    Food (good quality), treats, chews, veg, apples, carrots, bed, toys, comb, nail clippers, body wipes, ear cleaning products, eye cleaning products, shampoo, food and water dish, collar, harness, leash, tag, towels, clothers for cold weather, heat pad with gel (for cold weather), and a friend - another Chihuahua, because Chihuahuas better live in pairs
    What are symptoms and signs of a sick Chihuahua: when to see a veterinarian?
    Indications of a sick Chihuahua include:
        * Lethargy
        * disorientation
        * weakness
        * weight loss
        * seizure
        * lack of appetite
        * vomiting
        * diarrhea
        * unproductive retching, straining to urinate
        * bloody urine
        * difficulty or inability to walk
        * bleeding, pale mucous membranes
        * difficulty breathing and persistent cough
        * panting (high temperature)
    What is Tea cup Chihuahuas?
    There is actually no official breed called Tea cup Chihuahua or Tea-Cup. The name is some breeders came up with for the Chihuahuas that are genetically bred to be smaller. This was probable to make the stand out and create more of a personal identity for these small creatures so they would become more valued. As to Chihuahuas there are officially only two kinds, Long Coat and Short Coat. The name "Tea cup" Chihuahua has become so popular lately though that many are considering this to be a breed of their own. One help in their fame has of course been the celebrity Paris Hilton and her Tinker Bell dog
    Why do Chihuahuas shiver?

    Chihuahuas shiver when they are 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 the breed

     

    What are normal health concerns for Chihuahuas?

    Common disorders include weak knee or Patellar luxation - dislocation of the knee cap, and Hypoglycemia - low blood sugar. Don't be alarmed though. All dog breeds have a list of things that can become disorders or conditions. Fortunately we have not experienced any health disorders or defects in our Chihuahuas

     Is chocolate truly harmful to Chihuahuas?There are some foods that humans eat that can result in your pet's death, even if it is healthy. One such food is chocolate. This attacks a dog's heart and can result in cardiac arrest. Some other foods that should not be fed to your dog are onion, garlic and grapes. These can make your pet sick. Please read more about it in "Chihuahua Heath and Care".

     

    What is that noise my Chihuahua is making?

    Some Chihuahuas have been known to perform reverse sneezing. This can be scary when your dog first does this. It is totally normal and is not a big deal. Your Chihuahua's health is not at risk. It gets its name, because the dog rapidly pulls air into his nose, whereas in a "regular" sneeze - the air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. The dog is completely normal before and after the episode. During a reverse sneeze, the dog will make rapid and long inspirations, stand still and extend his head. A loud snorting sound is produced, which may make you think the dog has something caught in his nose. A reverse sneezing episode can last for several seconds - to a minute. This is usually caused by an elongated soft palate that is thought to become temporarily misaligned. It is a common trait in Chihuahuas and other toy breeds. Pulling hard on a leash, drinking too fast or getting overly excited can lead to an episode of reverse sneezing.

     

    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. I would recommend dressing your Chihuahua in a special dog sweater for brief walks.

    What is Hypoglycemia and is my Chihuahua puppy at risk for it?

    Hypoglycemia is a low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia occurs when the body runs out of available energy stored as glycogen or as fat, depriving the nervous system of the energy it needs to function properly. Tiny puppies cannot store adequate levels of glycogen or fat to sustain them for very long, especially when they are burning energy rapidly. Chihuahua puppies are more fragile than larger breeds and can succumb to hypoglycemia, if they miss a meal, or if they overexert themselves without sufficient nourishment.Many breeders elect to keep Chihuahua puppies until they reach 10-12 weeks to decrease the incidence of hypoglycemia. Tiffany Chihuahuas begin assessing puppy readiness after the age of 8 weeks. Please read about it in "Chihuahua puppy care."

     

    Will you sell me a puppy?

    I reserve the right to refuse to sell one of my puppies to anyone. I only sell my babies to homes where they will be well cared - for family members with forever homes. I do not sell any of my babies to someone who will put them in a kennel. I care about them too much to turn them over to that type of life.

    Where do your Chihuahuas live?

    All of my Chihuahuas live in the house with the rest of the family. I would never have them live in kennels or outside. Chihuahuas are a small dog, they are not meant to live outside in the weather. I do not believe in having so many you would have them live in kennels where they don't have love and life, just babies all the time - that is a horrible life for them!
    Ours are first and foremost pets. They enjoy TV with us at night, the couch is their favorite place to be. They sleep in their own beds or with us at night. When it is time for the Mother's to have their babies they go in a baby playpen in my bedroom, so that they can have privacy. I will not sell any of my puppies to a kennel or someone who is going to have them live outside either.

     

    I bought a Chihuahua puppy and he is very shy, why?

    It is the nature of the Chihuahua breed to need time to fully trust someone before they will open themselves to being affectionate and showing their true personailities. Your puppy may have not been socialized with a lot of people, so meeting new people is a bit scary for him. I would say give him time to know that you are only someone who wants to love him. I'd be very surprised after a peroid of two weeks, if you just stay the course showing him love but allowing him a little space that he will still be acting this way. Good luck I am sure you will get to see that loving Chihuahua personality soon.

    What is a soft spot in Chihuahuas?

    A soft spot on a Chi is not a fault. It may close and it may not. If it is not big, it is fine. If it is big, just use care around Chihuahua head. Be careful that dog does not get injured because his/her brain can get infection. If any problems, see your vet for help straight away.

    What is the Chihuahua history?

    Chihuahua discovered by Americans in Mexico around the mid-nineteenth century, around 1850, the true origins of the Chihuahua's ancestors still remain a mystery. Several theories seem to indicate that Spanish traders may have brought a small dog from China to Mexico in their explorations, and from there that small dog bred with the local dogs, possibly the Mexican Hairless Dog or Techichi, a breed kept by the Aztecs and Toltecs. Others say the breed was mixed with the Chinese Crested. The Techichi was a breed, in legend, used by the Aztecs and Toltecs as sacrificial dogs and possibly even as food. Chihuahuas' coats were the determinate for whether they lived or died, according to myth. The Aztecs are said to have believed that Chihuahuas born of blue coat were sacred, while those born of a red coat were sacrificed on funeral pyres. Other theories suggest that, Chihuahuas have been around for thousands of years, having lived with the Africans, transported to Malta in 600 B.C., and then lived there for centuries. The likeness of a Chihuahua was recorded in Rome, in the Sistine Chapel on a fresco painting by Botticelli in 1492. Not only did this little dog get around to Europe, but in 1910 a zoologist uncovered the remains of a tiny dog in Egypt who shares the same characteristic soft spot, or mollera, on the skull that Chihuahuas currently have. Therefore, they may have also existed in Egypt some 3,000 years ago. In the 1850s, a few of these small specimens were brought to America from Mexico, but remained out of the spotlight until later. The Chihuahua first came to be known popularly in Mexico City around 1895, and the breed was named after the city it supposedly came from - Chihuahua Mexico. In 1904 it was registered by the AKC, and has since gained popularity in the States, later in Europe and UK. Even more popularity came to rise after certain "Taco Bell " commercials, using this tiny canine as the icon of their company, ultimately causing every Chihuahua owner to help their dog learn the phrase "Yo quiero Taco Bell!" (means: "I want Taco Bell").

     

    What are cleft palates and cleft lips?

    A cleft palate is a gap in the roof of a puppy’s mouth. The gap often leaves a space open between the dog’s airways and the mouth. A cleft lip is a gap in the line of a puppy’s lips.
    Cleft palates and cleft lips are physical defects that are usually inherited from a puppy‘s parents. In a handful of cases these conditions can be caused by dietary deficiencies or exposure to chemicals while in utero. Whatever the cause, these conditions can be considered "birth defects" of the puppy world.
    A cleft palate is visible if you are looking at the roof - hard palate of a dogs mouth. It will look like a split in the middle of the hard palate. A cleft lip looks like a split or indentation in the lip extending up to the nose.

    Difficulty nursing from birth.

    Milk running out of the nose (caused by milk being drawn up through the cleft into the airway).

    Coughing/gagging.

    Failure to thrive.

    A puppy with a cleft palate will need round the clock care and assistance as it will not be able to feed on its own.

    In the case of minor defects, once the puppy reaches a stable weight (around 6-8 weeks of age); a corrective surgery can be preformed to close the gap. The dog should be spayed or neutered to prevent passing this defect on. In the case of severe defects, euthanasia must be considered as they are almost impossible to repair effectively.

     

    Are chicken bones safe for my Chihuahua?

    While not toxic, chicken bones or splinters from bones may get lodged in various places in a dog’s digestive system and can result in death. Thoroughly cooked chicken bones, which are in some high quality canned foods, can be chewed and are safe. However, do not try to cook these yourself, stick to the pre-made ones.
    It’s a good idea to assume that anything unhealthy for you is also not healthy for your dog. When in doubt, always call a vet.
    There are lots of common foods that are delicious and safe treats for your dog! Some of them are:

        Raw carrots
        Bananas
        Scrambled egg
        Rice
        Apples, when they’ve been cut and all seeds removed
        Watermelon
        Strawberries
        Cheese
        Roas beef, lamb, turkey, chicken (with NO bones)
        Peas
        Goat's milk, ect..

    Do you have any female Chihuahuas for re-homing?

    Yes, we do occasionally. They are always spayed and health checked prior to leaving us. We only let our retired girls go to a home that will be willing to keep us updated on their progress. You will also be asked to provide reference from your vet. 

    What is Slipping patella?

    Slipping kneecaps (luxating patellae) are basically joint problems. The kneecap moves in a groove at the lower end of the femur (thigh bone). Some dogs are born with a groove that is not deep enough, so that the patella slips out of the groove, usually to the inside of the joint. This causes the dog to hop for a few steps. If mildly affected, the kneecap will often return to its grove and the signs of lameless dissapear. Sometimes both legs are affected and, particularly if the Chihuahua is overweight, the condition can be cripping. Often it first shows itself when the dog is young as 6-12 months. Today there are very successful surgical techniques to correct the problem. Nevertheless, it is wise to refrain from breeding from any affected dogs.

     

    What is Hydrocephalus?

    Commonly known as "water in the brain" - hydrocephalus is a condition in which excess fluid collects within the brain cavity of the scull. It can be caused as a result of trauma, for example a bang on the head, but in the Chihuahua there can be a problem with congenital hydrocephalus, i.e the abnormality may be present before or at birth. The cause is not really known except that it is a developmental abnormality. It may be genetic in origin, but until DNA testing has been sufficiently developed we can't be certain. If the condition is mild, the puppy may just be a bit slow and less intelligent than the siblings. In more advanced cases, circling and pacing may occur, culminating in seizures and paralysis. Today modern imaging techniques can result in accurate diagnosis. Mild cases respond well to medical treatment aimed at reducing the intercranial pressure.

    I want to spay my Chihuahua, is it dangerous for her?

    One of the best things you can do for your Chihuahua is to have her spayed (called neutering in males). In males, this means your vet will surgically remove the testicles, and in females - it means your vet will surgically remove the uterus and ovaries. Spaying or neutering decreases the likelihood of certain types of cancers and eliminates the possibility of your pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies. Some male Chihuahuas have a condition where a testicle stays in the abdomen instead of descending into the scrotum, and all vets recommend removal of both testicles in that case. Performing this surgery also give your vet a chance, while your pet is under anesthesia, to evaluate and possibly address some of the diseases your Chihuahua is likely to develop.

    What is a heart murmur in Chihuahuas?

    Heart failure is a leading cause of death of Chihuahuas in their golden years, and 75% of the heart disease is caused by valve deterioration. A valve that regulates blood flow slowly becomes deformed so that it no longer closes tightly. Blood then leaks back around the valve and strains the heart. Pets with heart valve disease (sometimes called mitral valve disease) have a heart murmur that can be heard with a stethoscope. If your dog has a heart murmur or physical signs that suggest heart problems, necessary to perform diagnostic tests to determine the severity of the disease, then to repeat those same tests every year or so to monitor the condition. If valve disease is diagnosed early, your vet may be able to prescribe medications that could prolong your pet’s life for many years. Proper dental care and weight control go a long way in preventing heart disease too.

     

    Is the Paris Hilton's dog the World's famous Chihuahua?

    Paris Hilton's Tinkerbell is known as the World's most famous Chihuahua.

    • The truth about where Tinkerbell really came from is in this book "Confessions of a Heiress. "

       

      • Does My Chihuahua Need Clothes?

        Chihuahuas can benefit from wearing clothes in many different ways.  Many people dress their Chihuahua up in clothes for the simple fact that they think it looks cute on them.Well, it is fun to play dress-up with your Chihuahua, but your Chihuahua may actually need some clothes for protection depending on where you live.
        Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the World. This means the weather, temperature, and elements will affect them more. Something as simple as a warm sweater or just a shirt for your Chihuahua could make a big difference in keeping them warm and healthy, which is what every Chihuahua owner should want.
        Some Chihuahuas don't even have enough hair to protect them, which makes them even more vulnerable to the elements. These almost "naked" Chihuahuas really need clothes to keep warm and safe.
        Dressing your Chihuahua is also a fun way of expressing to the world the personality of your Chihuahua. If you have a ferocious Chihuahua, you could get a spiked collar with a graphic tee.  If you have a Chihuahua princess, you could get a pink dress with  rhinestones on it or a complete wardrobe if you like.