There’s no denying that Chihuahua’s are adorable and incredibly loyal, which is why they are always such a popular breed. Unfortunately that popularity can be their downfall in some ways.
Many Chihuahua are born within puppy mills daily, causing them to end up in shelters around the country. This leads to them having trouble finding their forever home. Like most dog breeds, they can be great companions for a variety of people. However, below are 6 things you need to know before adopting one:
You’ll be Saving a Life
You may be surprised that Chihuahuas are actually the second most euthanized breed. However, it’s not because of their behavior, but rather the constant over-breeding causing overpopulation of the breed. Because of this, shelters quickly run out of room for them, causing their days to usually be numbered. By adopting a Chihuahua, not only are you saving their life, you’re allowing for another animal to earn a second chance as well. Don’t assume that a Chihuahua in a shelter has behavior problems, dogs end up in shelters for numerous reasons (many of which are no fault of their own). Visit your local animal shelter if you’re looking for one of these little furballs.
Chihuahua’s Prefer Warm Weather
Chihuahua’s thrive in warm weather, partially because of their very thin coat. Therefore, if you live in a colder climate for most of the year, a Chihuahua may not be the best fit for you. Chihuahua’s are quite sensitive to cold weather – to the point that they normally refuse to go out in cold weather. However, there are plenty of ways to keep your little pup warm.
Most people will dress their Chihuahua’s to help keep them warm in the winter — even if they stay indoors — because of their sensitivity to colder temperatures. You can also invest in a heating pad/blanket for their bed (that is meant for dogs, otherwise there’s a risk of harm to them from it getting too warm.
Chihuahua’s Tend to Shed
Most Chihuahua’s are short-haired, meaning they shed a little less and are easy to clean up after. However, a long-haired Chihuahua’s shedding can be a challenge to keep up with. Luckily it’s nothing that your average pet-vacuum or lint roller can’t manage. That being said, these dogs are not exactly hypoallergenic. So, if you’re looking for a dog that won’t bother your allergies, a Chihuahua may not be the best choice.
Chihuahua’s Can Have Joint Issues
Due to their small size, Chihuahua’s have very tiny joints to support them throughout their daily activities (especially in their knees). Because of this, they tend to be prone to certain joint issues as they get older. If you’re concerned about your furry friend developing any joint problems as they age, you can always talk to your veterinarian about preventative measures to help keep them active as they age. A great product to alleviate their pain is from Wellnergy Pets, these chewables designed by an amazing Vet. You can check them out here and get an exclusive code via our Shop Small Page.
Chihuahua’s Can Be a Challenge to House Train
Given how small a Chihuahua is, it’s no surprise that they need bathroom breaks often. Once your furry friend is housebroken this won’t be much of an issue. However, it’s important to know that housebreaking takes a little more time and patience with this breed. Despite it taking a little longer to do, don’t get discouraged while training your pup. It just takes a little more determination to train them is all.
If you’re looking to have a pup that is easy to go with you wherever you go, and doesn’t take up much space in your home. A Chihuahua could be a great fit for you! They’re perfect snuggle buddies due to their size, and love being with their family.
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