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What You Need To Know About Chihuahua Breeding

Jul 15, 2008
Chihuahua breeding has become a popular business, and this can work both for and against you when you are on the hunt for the perfect 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 the perfect 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.

When you begin the hunt for a reputable Chihuahua breeder, take the time to ask plenty of questions and conduct the proper research into each breeder that you consider. By selecting your Chihuahua breeder carefully, you will be much more likely to purchase the friendly, healthy dog that you are hoping for.

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.

There are also ways to find reputable Chihuahua breeders on the Internet, but if you decide to purchase your Chihuahua puppy online, you will want to take a few extra steps in the process to make sure that you have found a reputable breeder. Make sure that you at least have the opportunity to talk to the breeder over the phone, and ask for plenty of documentation to ensure you are getting the dog that you expect.

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.

If he has dogs that have tested positive for these issues, they should not be used in the breeding process. Responsible breeders will also let you meet with one or both of the parents of your puppy if possible, so that you can see the dog's temperament and appearance.

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.
About the Author
About the author: Sandra Dean is an avid lover of the Chihuahua and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Chihuahua. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Chihuahua Breeding concerns plus a whole lot more.
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