Q: Are Chihuahuas barky and loud dogs?
A: No, they are not. By nature, a well socialized chihuahua is not barky, but they do have to be trained just like a larger dog, but if you walk into my home all my Chihuahuas will bark at you...for a minute, then you don't know they are in the house. I encourage barking for a minute when someone new comes in, after all who doesn't want an excellent watchdog to let you know when someone is around, BUT they are quiet when I tell them that its ok :)
Q: Are Chihuahuas good with children?
A: They are EXCELLENT with children! Children just need to know that they can't ride the chi puppy like a horse :) My nephew has been around and playing with my puppies since he was 2yrs old, he is now 5 and has his own Charbain Chihuahua!
Q:What make a better pet, males or females?
A: Many breeders will agree that males are many times better companions than females. Males will bond closer and don't have the mood swings that females can. Ultimately it is just personal preference.
Q: Dont males "mark"(pee) in the house?
A: As with females, males simply need to be house trained, I have intact males in the house that DO NOT mark. Neutering before the age of 7 months helps the ease of house training males not to life their leg. :)
Q: What does limited registration mean, and why do a lot of breeders offer this at a
more reasonable price?
A: Limited CKC registration basically means you will not be able to CKC register any offspring produced by this dog. Dog will also NOT be eligible to show in the CKC conformation show ring. A lot of people offer limited registration at a more reasonable price for two reasons. (1) This decreases the chances of the dog ever ending up in a puppy mill, and will hopfully be a lifelong pet. (2) Responsible breeders have put in years of studying, dedication, and hard work to understand, and know the breed. We want our puppies to be bred to dogs of equal/better quality. Many of us have done a lot of research and study with different bloodlines to be sure we are crossing complimenting dogs.
It is best if you do decide to raise dogs that you do a lot of reading and research first. There is so much to learn, and it really is beneficial to know as much as possible, before producing any litters. Plus, you always have to be ready for the possibility of losing your female and/or any puppies to birth complications. This is much more common in tiny breeds, such as chihuahuas. As well as many late nights and costly emergency vet trips
Q: What is a T-cup Chihuahua and why do some people detest this term?
A: First of all, I must say that there is truly not a t-cup category in chihuahuas. The CKC/AKC breed standard states that the chihuahua should be 2-6 lb., so anything outside of this, is also outside of the breed standard. My opinion is really no better then anyone elses, but I think a lot of people abuse the word. The general public thinks of a t-cup as a TINY TINY dog, maybe even that fits in a t-cup as an adult. Truly, the term "t-cup" is a lot like the term 'big' or 'little', it might mean 3 lbs. to one person and 5 lbs. to another. I personally think that if you are looking for a super tiny baby, it is important that you don't let people mislead you by using this term. I know many people who have said they have 4-5 lb. chis and when you arrive to look at them and you see 8-10 lbs chihuahuas running around. Some people have the reputation for producing tinies, and they can be trusted to know the difference between a 3 lb. and 6 lb. dog. My personal advice is to be very careful when looking for a tiny baby, you will also want to ask about the health of the baby, and if they offer any kind of guarantee. Tiny chihuahuas require extra care, and should be monitored very closely while they are puppies, and sometimes for their entire lives.
Q: What determines the price of a puppy?
A: This can vary from breeder, to breeder, but in my puppies, price is determined by several different factors. The overall quality of the puppy will play an important role in the pricing, as a puppy that has show potential is more rare, and will be priced higher. The size, color, personality, sex, bloodlines, and hair coat will also play a role in the price. When I price a puppy, I try to take everything into consideration. A higher priced puppy does not mean he/she will make a better pet. Don't assume that one puppy is automatically better because of it's price, it might just be my personal preference.
Q: When is my chihuahua puppy full grown? How big will my chihuahua puppy get?
A: A lot of this can depend on the bloodline, as each puppy may grow at a different rate, just like people. However, I would say most chihuahuas have reached most of their size by 8 months old, but they may gain more weight from filling out. Please understand that it is truly impossible to fully predict the adult weight of a puppy. This would be like trying to guess the exact height of a human baby as an adult, when they are only 1-2 yrs. old, it's just not possible. However, a lot of breeders can give really close estimates, and those who know their bloodlines can guess even more accurately, because they know how their puppies develope.
Q: Is it easy to add another Chihuahua to the family?
A: Yes, Chihuahuas get along great with other dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits ect. They especially love other Chihuahuas, they know their own kind, and are very "clanish" sleeping in heeps, running around together etc.
Q: Are Chihuahuas hard to house train?
A: Not usually. As with any breed consistency is the key to any positive training, including house training. They are sensitive to extreme cold, so during winter lol here in Saskatchewan when it can reach -40, I use a pee pad/ litter box. A pee pad or litter box is a great way to train them for year round use as well.
The Best Tips on Effective Crate Training
Some people might think crate training is not at all important and it is just being cruel to animals. But the truth is, crate training could give both you and your dog a lot of benefits once it is done properly. When you have a new puppy, it is actually helpful to crate train it as soon as you are able to. When you have crate trained your puppy, it will even find its crate as a place where it feels more safe, comfortable and secure.
Crate training is really beneficial once you get to know how it is done. It can help your dog to behave in a good manner and also prevents him from doing bad behaviors and from being destructive. It is also good as it will keep your dogs safe especially during the night and when traveling. This will also help your dog from doing unwanted things and being destructive whenever you not home during the day. But be sure not to be cruel to your dogs by not leaving it with food and water whenever you are out and not to leave him for a long time. When you are able to crate train your puppy properly by taking into consideration some tips, it will be soon happier and well behaved.
First, crate training is not just about leaving the dog in the crate. Your puppy will definitely not like the idea. In housebreaking your puppy, the best thing to do is to put it in the crate after being fed then take the crate outside for about fifteen minutes to thirty minutes at the most. You can even use the crate as a reward to your puppy as when you take it outside, it can be helpful in positive housebreaking reinforcement. When your dog is done doing its thing, don't put it back inside the crate at once until the routine is started over. Eventually, your puppy will be trained to do its business outside and you will no longer have to use the crate.
You can also use the crate to give your puppy a place comfortable enough to sleep in. You can put in comfortable beddings and some of his favorite toys and leave the door open for the puppy to easily come and go whenever it needs bathroom breaks. The crate will also be helpful while you are sleeping during the night when you make it a comforting place for the dog to sleep.
When you get your dog a crate, you have to make sure that it is big enough for your dog to stand and be able to move around. Make sure that there is room for it to grow. You would not want your dog to be cramped inside the crate while restraining its movements. Crates are really helpful and they come in handy whenever you are on a trip or just visiting the vet. This keeps your dog safe and from becoming afraid.
Crate training is really helpful when you want your puppy to behave in a good manner and to discourage it from growling, nipping, howling, and other unpleasant behaviors. When you have finally trained your dog to use the crate, this could contribute to your puppy's behavior.
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