Do You Know Where Your Chihuahua is-Rescue Update

Chihuahua Rescue

I recently heard a newscaster talking about a glut of Chihuahuas in rescue shelters in California. Practicing what I preach I decided to do a little snooping to see what is up with this loveable little breed. Here’s just part of what I found. Chihuahuas are disproportionately crowding pet rescue shelters and small dog rescue agencies, at least in California. Chihuahuas are the most popular breed of dog in Los Angeles. It makes sense that Chihuahuas are the most abandoned breed, said Madeline Bernstein, President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. Experts say pop culture is to blame fans imitating Chihuahua-toting celebrities like Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus, then abandoning the dogs.

Apparently, at least in California’s Bay Area, Chihuahuas are replacing pit bulls as the breed most left behind in animal shelters. This overload causes shelters and rescue groups to need the public’s help.

Among the reasons for the glut is the breed’s popularity in movies like “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and as celebrity pets, said Dave Frangipane, senior coordinator for Chihuahua Rescue of Beverly Hills. There are so many Chihuahuas at rescue shelters in Oakland, they have started shipping the dogs out of state, said Megan Webb, director of Oakland Animal Services. And so it goes with more and more disturbing reports of these wonderful animals being given up to shelters and Chihuahuas rescue agencies. Some are not so lucky. They aren’t delivered to a shelter.

Chihuahuas are a dime a dozen. Most of them are bred and offered for sale by people who don’t have the slightest idea of how to breed good-tempered dogs. Though they are adorable and wonderful dogs. Just know that Chihuahuas are not right for everyone. The Chihuahua makes the perfect pal for anyone interested in a long-term companion

Chihuahua the Breed-the Good News

First the good news then some bad news then I will close with a positive thought or two. Always do your homework before acquiring or adopting any pet. They will, hopefully, be with you for many years. It is a big decision especially if there are children in the home.

The Chihuahua is recognized as one of the oldest dog breeds. Historical facts concerning the Cholula Pyramids and the Chichen Itza ruins indicate that Chihuahuas have existed before the 16th century. It is said that the ancestors of the Chihuahua were the companions of the ancient Toltecs during the 9th century and were used for religious reasons. It’s a long way from the time of the Cholula Pyramids to the Chihuahua rescue activities of today.

Chihuahuas crave attention, affection, exercise, and being petted. Pretty typical for a dog, right. Chihuahuas with proper breeding are not yappy; the AKC standard calls for “a terrier-like attitude. Chihuahuas often like to dig and snuggle down in blankets for sleeping. Now, don’t we just all love that? Just be sure your bed isn’t too far from the floor. We don’t want any broken legs when the little one jumps off the bed by surprise. Chihuahuas, often called Chis (CHEE-s) are a lively dog breed that adores human companionship. Chees are alert dogs with terrier-like qualities. They are one of the smallest dog breeds and are a part of the Toy group.

They are a relatively clever breed, but it is said that Chihuahua’s training is not easy. They shed and come in two coat varieties: short hair and long hair but have minimal grooming needs. Long-haired Chihuahuas tend to have a more mellow temperament. Chihuahua’s are one of the longest living dog breeds and can live up to 18 years or more. They dislike the cold and appreciate a sweater on cool days. Chihuahuas are tenacious, proud, and very energetic. They are best known for their small size and large, erect ears. Chihuahuas have very different personalities not really depending on their gender, but they are all unique just like people. These little ones also have a wonderful sense of play. They sport some exotic colors, merles, blues, brindles, but please do concentrate on healthy, happy puppies as your first priority when making your selection.

Now for some bad news

This breed is not recommended for homes with small children but do well with elderly individuals or couples, or an owner who loves to spoil their pets. Being naturally territorial and protective, Chihuahuas can be easily provoked to attack, and are therefore generally unsuitable for homes with small children.

Chihuahuas are NOT suited to children, no matter how well-meaning the child. A toddler can snap a Chihuahua’s leg in a second. Are you getting the idea that this breed is not recommended for homes with small children? If you make the correct decision you won’t need to call your vet or small dog rescue.

Diet-More Bad News

Chihuahuas are sometimes picky eaters, and care must be taken to provide them with adequate nutrition. “They will eat when they are hungry” does not apply to this breed. Chihuahuas are prone to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar and could be at a critical state if allowed to go too long without a meal. Chihuahua owners should have a simple sugar supplement on hand to use in emergencies, such as, Nutri-Cal, Karo syrup or honey.

Overweight Chihuahuas are susceptible to having an increased rate of joint injuries, tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and shortened life span. Chihuahuas are sometimes picky eaters and care must be taken to provide them with adequate nutrition. Overfeeding a Chihuahua can be a great danger to the dog’s health, shortening its life and leading to diabetes.

Be a responsible buyer and stick with Chihuahuas who will mature at 4 pounds and up, who have the best chance of living a normal healthy life. You can see that they may require a bit more attention, especially in the area of nutrition, than some other breeds.

Veterinary Care

This breed requires expert veterinary attention in areas such as birthing and dental care. Dental problems are a common health problem with this breed, so keeping them clean is of utmost importance.

Some common health problems of the Teacup Chihuahuas are bladder stones, heart and tracheal diseases which means excessive coughing and sometimes arthritis. Chihuahuas are also prone to some genetic anomalies, often neurological ones, such as epilepsy and seizure disorders. They are prone to eye infections or eye injury due to their large round protruding eyes and their relatively low ground clearance.

Positive Thought about Chihuahuas

Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated though small in size. Chihuahuas are intelligent, graceful, and sometimes too brave for their own good. Chihuahuas are prized for their devotion and personality. While Chihuahuas are often thought of as high-strung and fragile, correct training and socialization can result in an outstanding companion animal.

If you delve deep enough into the positive and negative aspects of each breed this breed may hold its own with regard to health issues. And face it, how cuddly are they. I believe them to be extremely loyal and protective. What more could one ask for in a companion pet?

Don’t forget the puppy accessories. You should have a small dog crate for your new Chis. This is for their potty training and their safety. Of course, a pet carrier is a must. You will need some new clothes to keep him or her warm.

If you have done your homework and believe a Chihuahua is right for you then now is the time to help relieve the pressure and adopt one.

“She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.” ~~Unknown

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6 Responses to “Do You Know Where Your Chihuahua is-Rescue Update”

  1. PhyCox Soft Chews says:

    This is good article.I like dog and I feel happy.

  2. Thank’s for the good and interesting article. best regards.

  3. I wanted to thank you for this superb article. I truly appeciate it.

  4. Hey Roger, Quite Welcome. I enjoyed doing the post. I learned a lot about the breed. All the best.

  5. Hi Michal, Glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. That’s horrible. Chihuahuas have to be the cutest things ever ! I have two of them and I had no idea this was happening to them ! Thanks for the information !

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