Chihuahua breeding has become a popular business, and this can work both for and against you when you are on the hunt for an ideal Chihuahua puppy. On a positive note, if you are serious about wanting a puppy from a responsible Chihuahua breeder you will be able to find a breeder that has an ideal dog for you. The down side is that there is Chihuahua breeding going on that is not done in a responsible fashion, and the result can be unhealthy, unfriendly ugly dogs - probably not what you are hoping for in a family pet.
Never rush into the purchase of a dog. Keep in mind that Chihuahuas can live 18 years or more, so this pet will be a long-term commitment. You will want to find a puppy that is healthy and bred carefully to prevent possible genetic defects and illnesses.
There are plenty of guidelines that you can use when searching for the best source of Chihuahua breeding. First, it's not what you know but whom you know, so go to the people that you trust for recommendations on the best Chihuahua breeders. State or national Chihuahua clubs are one of the best places to start, since they will have listings for reputable Chihuahua breeders. You can also get references at dog events, from publications and through your veterinarian. Breeders also know other breeders, so if you find one breeder who doesn't currently have puppies available, ask for the name of another.
Another good source for finding Chihuahua breeding sources is over the Internet, but caution should be used in this situation. Make sure that you can talk to the breeder you select over the phone, and ask for plenty of documentation before sending any money for your puppy.
Locating a Chihuahua breeder is the first step. The next step will be to make sure that the breeder you select practices responsible Chihuahua breeding. This can be done by first interviewing the potential breeder about some of his policies regarding his dogs. A responsible breeder will screen his dogs for hereditary problems like Luxating Patella and eye diseases, which are often seen in the Chihuahua breed.
You can do this by coming to your first meeting equipped with a list of questions that include whether the dogs are tested for hereditary problems and if dogs that test positive are kept out of the breeding process. You can ask about the lines of dogs that your puppy has come from, and spend some time with the puppies parents to see what kind of dogs they are.
It is also good to visit the breeding site to see if it is well maintained and the puppies are well cared for. The pups should be kept indoors with the family much of the time, to ensure that they are well socialized. Your breeder should spend time quizzing you as well, so that he knows his pup will go to a good home.
By doing your homework up front, you will reap the rewards with a dog that you can enjoy for many years to come.
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