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Chihuahua

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Breeders

Aurispa
Ann and Heidi Stanley
aurispa@mweb.co.za
011-8673437
Bellocane
Wynand Schutte
wschutte@vodamail.co.za
013-2353834
082-8980999
 
P O Box 605
Lydenburg
1120
Chifafa
Peter Kruger & Rui de Mendonca
chifafa@worldonline.co.za
083-4577628 (cell)
083-6283635 (cell)
011-918 2306 (h)
Conchetti
Trixie de Waal
trixie.dewaal@gmail.com
021-9301024
083-7089340
Desertsun
Susan Reeves
jacqueray@telkomsa.net
021-5590689
082-3572443
 
7 Tafelberg Street
Bothasig
Dremasgold
Tom & Dee Dowson
dowson@lantic.net
016-3661400
016-3660342
  
P O Box 138
Henley-on-Klip
1962
Jardinela
Grace Gomes
grace@ballmail.co.za
011-8945929
082-5316351
Numinous
Debbie-Ann Cronje
dcronje@icon.co.za
082 784 1099
021 7821718
 
Fish Hoek
Cape Town
Pamistand
Dawn Hartzer
dawn@dawnsdogs.co.za
082-7196580
 
2 Skilpadbessie Street
Hopefield West
Pasadena
Jean Viljoen
jean.viljoen1@freemail.absa.co.za
012-6513225
082-7059202
  
P O Box 21573
Valhalla 
 Pretoria 
0137
Tequita
Lorinda & Reoleen
tequita@tequita.co.za
083 259 3107
083 673 7917
Yupyupper
Priscilla & Anton Brittz
pbrittz@yahoo.com
016-4241695
082-7239400
   
P O Box 264096
Three Rivers
1935

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Description:
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world, and in fact, are the only "natural" toy breed, which means that their small size not attributable to "breeding down." The average height of these dogs is 5 inches and their average weight is between 2 to 6 pounds. Their coats are soft with colors including white, blonde, fawn, black-and-tan, patched, and a few others. There is a smooth, or short-haired variety and a long-haired one. The two types are distinguished primarily by the long-haired variety having longer hair on its ears, chest, stomach, legs, and tail.

The Chihuahua is a swift moving, graceful, and energetic dog. Alert and observant, they exhibit many terrier-like qualities. These dogs are a good breed for city and apartment dwellers, and remain extremely loyal to their masters, sometimes protectively so. They are content as long as they are occupied with toys and exploration. Minimal grooming is required for those with smooth coats, but twice a week is recommended for those with longer coats. These dogs are highly companionable and don't need much obedience training, and are so tiny that they can be trained to use a litter box like a cat does. In addition, these pets make excellent watch dogs and have the longest life-span of any breed of dog.

      
History:
This breed is believed to have its origins in the late Paleozoic period. Originating in Mexico as the Techichi breed, it was bred with small, hairless dogs to produce the modern Chihuahua. Its name comes from the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Carvings on stones resembling the modern-day Chihuahua were found in the Monastery of Huejotzingo, on the highway from Mexico City to Pueblo. Tourists traveling through Mexico immediately fell in love with the breed.

      
Fun things to do:
Chihuahua's like to sunbathe. They also prefer to sleep under a cloth or blanket. They're great little walking companions, although the short-haired varieties do not like nor tolerate cold weather.
     
Health Risks:
These dogs are susceptible to slipped stifle, a joint disorder. In addition, as they age they are also prone to weak knees. Fractures, jawbone disorders, rheumatism, eye problems, heart disease, and tooth and gum weaknesses may also be associated with aging. These dogs are often born with a soft spot on top of the head that doesn't always close.
     
Things to watch out for with this breed:
These dogs are high-strung, and bark easily. In addition, they don't adapt easily to new environments or to new people, which often leads to the barking. When this dog is provoked, it can be bold with much bigger dogs. Chihuahuas tend to be vulnerable to the cold, and can also be hard to housebreak.

If they are not properly and frequently socialized, they can be nippy with strangers. Often, they are not good with children unless they were raised with them. Because these dogs are small, they may not be good to have with small children, since they could be easily injured from any rough playing. If these dogs are socialized well, and are given short, frequent and gentle obedience sessions, they will often be much calmer and more confident.

Owners often tend to carry these little toy dogs around so much that the dogs can become timid and snappish if they are out of the owner's arms. Proper socialization of the pup cannot be stressed enough. Socializing your dog often, including having others handle it frequently as a pup. Take your Chihuahua for frequent walks (yes, that does mean letting it walk on the ground), so that it remains confident when it is out of your arms.

 

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