Who Should Not Own A Chi Chi

As irresistible as a puppy is, there are certain households where a Chihuahua would be more of a problem than a delight.

·Puppies are not suitable companions for pregnant women, as dog hair and dog dander (skin flakes) in the air may also overstimulate the mother’s immune system and create allergic responses or respiratory problems both for the human mom and her unborn child.

·Chihuahua puppies are not recommended as pets in households with infants. Chihuahuas are also very jealous creatures and they may harm the baby. A Chihuahua puppy will often seek out a cradle because it is a place of warmth and there are blankets to burrow under. This could accidentally smother a child.

·Chihuahuas are not recommended for households with toddlers. Toddlers may be tempted to accidentally abuse a puppy by pulling, hitting or tugging on the animal. This could cause the dog to attack the toddler, leaving scratches and bites. Most Chihuahuas feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can’t help making — and stress and fearfulness (even defensive biting) may be the result.

·Don’t even think of owning a dog if you can’t afford to take yourself. You have to make a lifetime commitment to taking care of this tiny dog the same way you would a child.

·You should also not own a dog if you or a member of your family suffers from schizophrenia, manic depression, alcoholism, and addiction. attention deficit disorder or a personality disorder. Unfortunately, one of the main traits of these diseases is irresponsibility. Like children, puppies need routine, responsible care and consistency in order to be happy and healthy.

·You should also not consider adopting a chi if your plan of action is to let it roam around outside. Chihuahuas are indoor pets. Letting them wander around outside makes the vulnerable to poisons, verbal and physical abuse, attacks from other animals, falls, accidents, theft and extremely contagious diseases such as worms and tuberculosis.

Chihuahua pups and aggressive alpha dogs also don’t mix. A larger dog can grab a Chihuahua and break his neck with one quick shake. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what’s going on around your tiny dog. Dogs are pack animals and if you are the owner of an alpha dog, (one that considers itself to be the leader of a pack) then he may see the puppy as an intruder. A puppy just does not know how to act in a submissive manner when confronted by an aggressive animal such as a pit bull or German shepherd

Also you should not consider owning a puppy if you cannot grasp the concept that these cute little animals eventually transform into dog. The number of dogs abandoned in our humane societies and pet shelters are a testimony to people who have broken a promise that they have made in their heart to a puppy who had the gall to turn into a dog.

Teacup and Toy Dog Issues

In 1923, the American Kennel Organization sorted all dog breeds into five basic categories: Sporting Dogs (including hounds), Working Dogs, Toy Breeds, Terriers and Non-sporting Dogs. The Chihuahua is classified as a ToyDog.

Toy dog are often called lap dogs are essentially smaller or miniature versions of larger breeds. They were originally bred to be the companions of royalty in the Orient and in Europe. Of course sometimes they were also bred to be sacrifices or meals. Most toy dogs are less than a foot tall and weigh less than twelve pounds, perfect for settling in a lap.

Unfortunately, their tiny size does not mean a tiny temperament. Many toy dogs can be as savage or tough as their larger counterparts. In fact this noble, yet stupid bravery is very characteristic of most toy dogs. When it comes to the inbreeding of dominant or aggressive traits, in this case, size does not matter.

Toy dogs relate best to adults as they find the swift and unpredictable movements of children to be very irritating. They also tend to only be loyal to one person, thus demonstrating characteristics of aggression, territorialism and possessiveness. Toy dogs are also more likely to suffer from separation anxiety than other breeds. These typical behavioral problems and how to deal with them are discussed in later chapters of this book.

The fact that toy dogs are small doesn’t mean that they prefer small spaces. In fact, many are so active, almost hyperactive, that they need even more exercise than a larger dog.

. The terms “teacup” or (“tea cup”) and “tiny toy,” have increasingly come to be used to describe smaller adult dogs and especially Chihuahuas. Any kennel club, however, does not use the terms, officially. Since the terms are unofficial, there is Chihuahua that can be described as a “teacup.”

Many professional breeders argue that the whole concept of the “teacup” is nothing more than a marketing tactic to charge high prices for dogs that are frequently runts or that may have health problems due to dwarfing.

For instance, Chihuahuas that are exceedingly small, particularly those that are two pounds or less fully grown, often have shortened life spans and require special care. If you are dealing with someone who is trying to sell you a teacup dog ask him or her how the dog deserved that name.

The AKC says a chi chi can be up to 6 pounds. Over 6 pounds is undesirable as a show dog (but probably just as desirable to have as a pet.)

Along with “mini” and “tiny toy”, “teacup” is sometimes used to describe runts or unhealthy dogs. Always remember that these and other terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder. Some teacups may have shortened life spans and other health problems due to extreme dwarfing.