If you have decided that a Chihuahua puppy is the best pet for you, you will not have trouble finding a Chihuahua breeder to purchase your puppy from. However, during your search you might also come in contact with a number of breeders who do not breed their Chihuahuas in a responsible fashion. When it comes to Chihuahua breeding, it is important to shop around and ask the right questions when selecting the best breeder for you. There are some guidelines that you can follow that will help to determine whether a breeder is breeding his dogs responsibly to help ensure that you receive a puppy that is healthy, good tempered and attractive.
Never rush into the purchase of a dog. Keep in mind that Chihuahuas can live 18 years or more, so this pet will be a long-term commitment. You will want to find a puppy that is healthy and bred carefully to prevent possible genetic defects and illnesses.
There are plenty of steps that you can take to ensure that the breeder that you select practices responsible Chihuahua breeding. First, check with your state or national Chihuahua clubs for a listing of reputable breeders in your area. The American Kennel Club is another good source for responsible breeders of all kinds of dogs. Your veterinarian may have names of good Chihuahua breeders and friends with Chihuahuas might be able to guide you in the right direction as well. Publications will also have listing in them for Chihuahua breeders, so check your local pet supply store for these magazines and trade publications. If you go to dog events like obedience classes and agility trails, you might be able to collect names of breeders as well.
Another good place to hunt for Chihuahua breeders is on the internet. If you can find a breeder in your area, you will be able to visit and check out the location and dogs for yourself. If not, you will want to take a few extra precautions to ensure that the breeder you select practices responsible Chihuahua breeding so that you will be able to get the healthy dog that you are looking for.
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.
The breeding area should be clean, and the puppies should appear clean and healthy. Your breeder should be concerned about the home that his puppy is going to, and not merely interested in making a sale. If you follow these guidelines, your chances of finding a person who is responsible in Chihuahua breeding is good, and you will be able to purchase a puppy that will bring you years of enjoyment.