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The Essential Guide for
New and Prospective Chihuahua Owners
Is a Chihuahua going to be your next family pet? A great fit does not have to be left to chance. 45-year breed veteran Cara Ryckman and 41 other preservation breeders help you to learn to identify a reputable breeder, write that introduction letter, how to spot red flags or even worse – a scammer. Look into rescue – what would it be like to adopt a rescue Chihuahua? Don’t be one of the inquiries that the ethical breeders pass by. Find out how to handle sensitive issues such as kids, other dogs, and past problems. What supplies might you need for your new puppy? What to do when you bring your puppy home to continue the great health and temperament your breeder worked hard to provide! Activities you can do with your Chihuahua – this is a smart dog with a big heart in a small package who can do it ALL. 378 pages of great information that will help you find and raise the Ultimate Chihuahua.
This is the information I have given and continued to give for years when approached by someone looking for a Chihuahua - many times finding me AFTER a bad experience. If you are having problems, I can help. The information is here:
Knowing What You're Getting Into
Are Chihuahuas the Right Breed for You?
Knowing What You Want
Show, Pet or Performance
Adult vs. Puppy
Smooth or Longcoat?
Male or Female?
So, You Think You Want a Teacup...
Kids & Other Dogs
Are You Wanting to Breed?
The "What You Want" Worksheet
Selecting a Breeder
How Not To Get Scammed
How to Talk to Your Prospective Breeder
Chihuahua Health Testing
Where NOT To Buy a Chihuahua
Breeder Red Flags
NOT Red Flags
How a Breeder Evaluates a Litter to Choose The Best Fit
What About a Rescue?
Chihuahua Adoption: The Story of Spike
Some Reputable Rescues
Bringing Your Chihuahua Home
Your First Days With Your Chihuahua Puppy
Maintaining Your Puppy's Health
Protecting Your Chihuahua From Your Veteriarian
Socialization, Trianing and Activities
The Smart, Versatile Compact Chihuahua Who Can Do It All!
Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs
Camping, Boating and Swimming
Toss & Fetch
Keeping Your Chihuahua Safe
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