Raising Chihuahuas

Written by Sierra Rein
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Most dog breeders take the prospect of raising Chihuahuas with much seriousness and excitement. Because they are the smallest breed of dog, and one of the most popular in the USA, there is a huge boom in Chihuahua breeding. However, only the best breeders know how to raise a Chihuahua from a baby into a well-behaved, sociable pup ready for adoption or purchase.

Most Chihuahuas are born to be very clannish and will grow up preferring their own kind to other dogs and people. Without good socializing in a home environment, a Chihuahua puppy may grow up to be very standoffish, nervous and aggressive towards humans and other pets. It is important that personal human touch and care go towards every Chihuahua puppy as it is being weaned from its mother so that the smell, size and movements of humans becomes second nature to them.

Raising Chihuahuas can be touchy as far as their health is concerned, especially in a puppy's first few months of life. Their immune system at this time is extremely weak and can be susceptible to illness and disease. A good breeder will know how to keep his or her home sterile and comfortable for the puppies as their immune systems grow strong.

Raising Chihuahuas Once They Are Brought Home

Once a Chihuahua puppy or dog has been brought home, there may be some slight adjustments to household activities. They are not recommended to be played with by small children or larger dogs as their thin bones can be broken with just a little bit of unchecked force. Ideally, the task of raising Chihuahuas should fall to a responsible adult who has plenty of time in which to give his or her puppy the attention and care it deserves.

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