Choosing a Chihuahua puppy is a very exciting experience. They are so small and cute it will be hard for you not to take the whole litter home. So when faced with so much cuteness how can you choose the right one for you?
Your selection should not be based on looks alone. It is important that you take note of your new pup to be’s personality as well. Not all personalities will suit your own and you need to find a Chihuahua that shares some of your own traits. A good breeder will talk to you about your life to try to match you with the right dog from his or her litter.
It is essential that you listen to your breeder’s advice concerning this. At this point he or she knows more about the pups than anybody else. The breeder will have already noted the personalities of the pups in the litter and will be able to tell you about the personality of each one.
Pay close attention to the health of the puppies. Check for discharge from the eyes or nose and look for clean ears and white teeth. Look out for coughing, sneezing or signs of vomiting. Diarrhea is also a sign of a sick puppy. The coat should be soft and clean. Check that the skin is healthy and look for fleas or ticks. If the pup has a pot belly it could be a sign of worms.
Decide whether you want a male of female. It is commonly believed that Chihuahua males are more aggressive that their female counterparts and that males mark their territory while females do not. In the case of Chihuahuas this is not true as both sexes can be aggressive and both will mark their territory.
You should spend an hour or two selecting your Chihuahua puppy and even longer with the whole litter so that you can get an idea of the puppies’ personalities. You’ll probably find that the puppy you were destined to have will actually choose you! Very often it is the dog that chooses its owner and these become the best canine-human relationships.
Ensure that your pup is at least eight weeks old before you take him or her home. Your breeder should offer, (and if he or she doesn’t ask for one), a 2 day health guarantee. Once you arrive home you should visit your vet within this 48 hour time period and get your puppy checked over.
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