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What You Should Know Before Getting a Chihuahua

Thinking about getting a Chihuahua? They are great little dogs as long as you can meet their needs.
There are important things you need to know about Chihuahuas prior to making a decision to purchase one.
Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and requires a fun yet gentle environment.
They are very fragile dogs that are prone to knee and eye problems.
However, if she is treated gently and the environment is safe the knee problems can be minimized.
Chihuahuas are very social and energetic.
As with large dogs, they need to be walked daily.
This helps them to maintain stronger muscles and bones and will ensure they continue to live a happy life.
Just because she is small, does not mean she should be confined to a small space.
Although they are energetic and friendly to all, there is the tendency to become attached to one or two people in the house hold.
This is who the dog will rely on for comfort and attention.
When playtime is over, the Chihuahua will seek this person(s) out.
If you tend to travel often, your Chihuahua will miss you; they become much attached and will struggle in your absence.
Chihuahuas need boundaries, just like with other dogs.
You wouldn't allow a 100 pound dog jump on visitors; you shouldn't allow the Chihuahua to either.
They need to be taught proper manners too.
Chihuahuas do not like cold temperatures and should not be left outside for extended periods of time.
Many Chihuahuas are both paper trained and trained to go outside.
If you live in the north this will help with those cold winter days.
Because Chihuahuas are small and fragile they should be closely supervised around small children as they can easily be unintentionally injured by a small child.
Make sure you make an educated decision before purchasing your Chihuahua and practice due diligence by selecting a reputable breeder.
Chihuahua's demand a lot of attention, but give so much love and pleasure in return that they are worth the effort!

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