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The Importance Of Buying From A Well-Known Chihuahua Breeder

Jun 27, 2008
One of the most popular small breed dogs in the world is the Chihuahua. Ever since the sweet, little face of one of these adorable dogs graced our televisions to ask us if we wanted some tacos, the world has gone crazy with people looking for the perfect little pup. Unfortunately, this has created a wide open market for the dishonest Chihuahua breeder who is looking to make a quick dollar. These unscrupulous breeders are churning out pups by the dozen in breeding centers known as puppy mills.

Many pet store owners are unaware of the terrible conditions in which the dogs raised by one of these Chihuahua breeders are kept. The majority of pet store owners actually think that they are buying from a respectable Chihuahua breeder, never knowing that they are actually helping the puppy mills to stay in business. The truth of the matter is that a respectable Chihuahua breeder would never sell a single pup to a pet store. Preferring instead to thoroughly research anyone who requests a pup, in order to make certain that their pups are going to good homes.

The conditions in which the pups are bred in these puppy mills are nothing short of animal cruelty. Sometimes hundreds of females and pups are all living together in cramped conditions, often having to go without food or water for days. These conditions are rarely sanitary, and it is not unusual to find several dead pups and adult females each day. Even worse than the conditions the dogs are forced to live in, are the conditions under which the females are bred.

The unscrupulous Chihuahua breeder will breed each female in their kennel each time they come into season. By breeding unhealthy females, they produce sickly pups. These pups are then shipped as quickly as possible, often before they are completely weaned, without receiving the medical treatment that is necessary to ensure their health. This has led many a new dog owner to take home a pup that will eventually cost them thousands of dollars in vet bills.

You can do your part in the battle against the dishonest Chihuahua breeder by simply refusing to purchase any pup from a pet store. The conditions in which pet store animals are forced to live aren't much better than those in the puppy mills.

Even though the pups in the window may look cute and healthy, chances are they have come from one of these unrespectable Chihuahua breeders, and are much sicker than you think.

Join the battle against puppy mills by only getting your dog from a respected Chihuahua breeder. You can easily get a recommendation from any vet on his or her opinion as to breeders who treat their animals well and get them the medical attention they deserve.

If you aren't sure how to find an honest Chihuahua breeder, talk to your vet about some of the Chihuahua breeders that he or she respects and knows. But above all - never buy a pup from a pet store.
About the Author
Sandra Dean is a passionate lover of the Chihuahua and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Chihuahua. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Chihuahua Breeder types plus a whole lot more.
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