Chihuahua Puppies for Sale in Scotland
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There isn’t any doubt that the Chihuahua is the tiniest breed in the dog family, but rest-assured that he is all-dog and comes with a strong personality!
The Chihuahua comes in a variety of colours and can be smooth or long-haired. The UK Kennel Club considers smooth and long-haired Chihuahuas as two distinct breeds and mating between the two are not eligible for Kennel Club registration.
Both types of coat can also be identified as having one of two different ‘headshapes’. The ‘applehead’ and ‘deerhead’ moniker for the dogs is more common in the US, with the ‘applehead’ dog recognised by its rounded head, short ears and close-set eyes. The ‘deerhead’ Chihuahua is characterised by having more flat-topped heads, widely set eyes and longer legs.
No matter the shape of his head, the Chihuahua makes an endearing, devoted little friend. The one thing a Chihuahua is not is purely a lapdog; these little dogs tend to think they’re larger than they really are!
If you’re looking for a Chihuahua puppy in Scotland, it’s worth doing you research into breeders first.
Chihuahuas are full of personality and their genetic temperament depends entirely on parentage and grand-parentage for that matter – so it’s worth doing your homework before you buy a Chihuahua to get a feel for the kind of dog you will be taking on.
These dogs can also be heavily influenced by the temperament of their owners and surroundings, so thorough socialisation with other family members and pets is vitally important from puppyhood to avoid small dog syndrome.
The breed can also be fiercely loyal to one person and although this devotion can be endearing, there can be a negative to this – if the diminuitive Chihuahua becomes over-protective of a certain member of the family – they can be easily provoked to attack.
This make the Chihuahua more suitable for houses with older people and houses which have older children rather than small children, who may not have the patience and calm required for relationship with this strong-willed little dog.
That said, the Chihuahua is a highly intelligent and spirited dog that with the right training and socialisation can be a great companion. Just be sure to gently remind this little man / lady of who is boss and don’t over spoil them as that’s when they might display some dominant behaviour.
Description of the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua’s origins are believed to date back to Mexico where archaeological finds prove that they are descended from the Techichi – a companion dog of Toltec civilization in ancient Mexico!
The Chihuahua’s charms lie in him being a small dog with an outsized personality! He loves nothing more than being with people and despite his small stature is well-capable of competing in agility and obedience competitions. He makes a great little watchdog and requires a minimum of exercise and grooming.
There are two varieties of the Chihuahua – the smoothed coated dog which is short haired, and the long coated Chihuahua – both are relatively easy to keep clean and well-groomed.
Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of coat colours from fawn to black to silver, chocolate and red. The only colour that isn’t accepted by the Kennel Club is ‘merle’ as this was identified as having negative genetic health traits.
These dogs love to make little dens and can often be found burrowed under the covers at the bottom of a bed. They also love to bathe in the warmth of sunshine for a time.
Clannish in nature, Chihuahuas do best kept with other Chihuahuas and smaller pets; they sometimes don’t get on with other breeds. The Chihuahua stands around 15 - 25cms tall and can weighs in at around 1.8 - 2.7kgs.
If you’re looking for a Chihuahua puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s worth knowing that they can live between 15 -20 years. They are hardy little dogs considering their size, but they are known to suffer from congenital disorders including Patella luxation, Hydrocephalus, Eye Infections and Hypoglycemia.
If you’re serious about buying a Chihuahua puppy in Scotland, you should know that the Chihuahua isn’t a lapdog! Just like any other dog, this breed needs regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. They may be small but they have plenty of energy. Some would say the Chihuahua has almost the same energy levels of a medium-sized dog, therefore, they need daily outdoor walks to release any pent-up tension.
The Chihuahua should be encouraged to play and exercise also for mental stimulation and to keep him a well rounded and happy little dog.
In the early days, around the 4-8 months mark, two short walks a day would be sufficient for a young Chihuahua. Once your Chihuahua enters adulthood one walk of 30 mins should be sufficient, though you could take the dog out twice a day for walks as long as there is a long break in between.
Chihuahuas are easy to keep well-groomed whether they are a long or short haired dog. They actually really enjoy the one-to-one attention of regular brushing, which also keeps their skin and coat in good condition.
The Chihuahua should have two meals per day with fresh drinking water always available. Owners tend to spoil their little Chihuahua friends because they can be so affectionate, however, owners should remember that treats should make up no more than 20% of a dog’s daily diet.
Cost of Keeping a Chihuahua
If you’re looking for a Chihuahua puppy for sale in Scotland, you should know that a well-bred Chihuahua can cost anywhere between £400 and £1000. You should always ask to visit the breeder in the place of the dog’s birth before buying a puppy and check that the mother and all of her litter looks healthy.
To keep a Chihuahua for life will cost you between £40 and £90 per month. This will include food, insurance, initial vaccinations and neutering your dog.