A Wee Dog: The Chihuahua



Gracie Narum March,2011

                                                                                                                                           Chihuahua, long hair  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a   photo of a black and white long haired Chihuahua. Her family lavishes her with much love and devotion. This is one proud queen bee of an assembly of pets.      

This little dog is a very old breed- some say it originated in Mexico. The chi is tiny and toy sized. The body is longer than it’s tail. The muzzle is short, pointed, and the ears are large and erect (stand up). The coat comes in various lengths: wavy, flat, long, or short. Various colors are seen and these are probably the result of the breeders whim or what ever happens to be popular at the time. A WORD OF CAUTION. MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU ARE NOT BUYING FROM A PUPPY MILL. CHECK OUT PREMISES, PARENTS,  CLEANLINESS, HOW AND WHERE THE PUPPIES WERE RAISED AND CALL THE BREEDERS VETERANARIAN AND MAKE SURE IT REALLY IS A VET’S OFFICE THAT YOU ARE TALKING WITH.   Better yet, adopt a chi from a rescue group or an animal shelter and save a life!   

These pint sized dogs require human leadership, proper socialization with other dogs, pets, and people. They need firm training with positive reinforcement. The chi should never be allowed to dominate anyone in the family. Letting your “itsy-bitsy- cutsey” dog rule the roost by sitting only in your lap and allowing it to assume the role of pack leader are all NO-NO behaviors. Never give into the assumption that little, means tender, meek, and mild. If your chi assumes the role of pack leader, you are in for tumultuous times. This dog can and will become over protective, snap at children, adults, and possibly you, when you attempt to correct it’s ill behavior. Pampering and ignoring your dog’s increasing dominance does not pay.     

Exercise daily. A walk or plenty of active play is necessary for the chi’s mental stimulation. It will do wonders for your pet and possibly you!      

One last word of advice.  Do not get a chihuahua because it is the latest fad.  If you choose a chi, put the effort into training your dog so that he/she does not become a menace. Commit yourself to train your little dog and your chi can be the ideal pet. PLEASE do not add your dog to a shelter that is already teeming with un-wanted chihuahuas.       

It might be difficult to believe that a dog that appears innocuous can become a demon from hell. Don’t be fooled. Train your dog to live up to it’s full potential, so that you can be the proud owner of a great little dog.      

 Post by Yvonne Daniel            Photograph by Yvonne Daniel