We do not take deposits or plan homes for infant puppies. We do not determine if a puppy is show or pet until 8-10 weeks. Our pet puppies do not go to their new home before 10-12 weeks. When we have something available, it will be on our "available" page. These are here for viewing pleasure!
We do not go down a waiting list to choose a home, nor do we choose a home in the order someone wrote to us. Talking to us or writing us does not guarantee you a Terlingua puppy. No Terlingua puppy is reserved until we both agree it is the right fit, and we have a signed contract and payment has been made. We will not contact you if selling to someone else if you are "thinking about it." We get many inquiries and have many wonderful homes for only a few puppies a year.
So, how do you get a Terlingua puppy? Send me an introduction letter at Then keep an eye on this "Litters" page. When I have a litter vet confirmed, I will give them their own page that is linked to the middle column here. I will post photos each week and at the 6th week I will also begin posting videos. The squeaky wheel does get the grease. During the posting of these pictures, the person who talks to me and expresses interest in a puppy will be more likely to be offered the puppy if the puppy is a good match. At that point I will begin learning a lot more about the potential owner as well. At 8 weeks we do an evaluation of show vs. pet. After this evaluation, I will make up my mind and offer the puppy to the home I feel is the best fit (or if none are the best fit, I will put on the Available page). There is a small window. At this point, if you are really wanting the puppy, this is not the time to think...the time to think was previously to this time. If I do not get an answer I WILL move on to the next potential home that is a good fit. When we both agree it is a good fit, it will be time to sign the contract and 1/2 deposit and at that time it is YOUR puppy. We will then talk about making arrangements for pickup.
If you are interested in a puppy from Terlingua or you would like to learn how to find a REPUTABLE Chihuahua breeder, please email Cara at
Click on the links below to see the most recent pictures of our current litters.
Terlingua Polar Princess Born Nov 20. 2 puppies. To follow the litter, click here!
Read here about OUR BREEDING PHILOSOPHY
A note about "teacup" or "micro" Chihuahuas:
Please take a look at the Chihuahua Club of America's page that explains about "teacup" or "micro" Chihuahuas.
In short, at Terlingua we breed for the AKC standard size. Our goal is NOT to breed the tiniest Chihuahuas. Our standard says the Chihuahua should be under 6 pounds. This in itself is a very small dog.
In my photo below, you can see a 4 pound Chihuahua, a 5 pound Chihuahua and a 6 pound Chihuahua. There is just not "THAT" much difference when you are thinking of a pet.
Many breeders will state a puppy is "charting" a certain weight...this is NOT always accurate and can only be considered a guess.
A red flag: do not buy from a Chihuahua breeder who sells infant puppies (just born, eyes not open, only a few weeks old). You want to buy from someone who knows the health and temperament of their litter, who has seen them through their series of combo shots and wormings, who has taken them past weaning where sugar issues may show up in a puppy that is not eating well yet. If they try to get you to deposit INFANT puppies - RUN!
From a vet on Facebook regarding teacup breeders:
BEWARE OF CRAIGSLIST DOG BREEDERS******
This is a 4 week old puppy.
He was purchased from a breeder selling puppies on Craigslist as teacups, and telling the buyer the puppies are 8 weeks of age.
We see this often.
This puppy will probably not survive, as it has not eaten since it was purchased. The new owner did not realize the puppy should have been drinking its mother's milk, or at least milk replacement, and after many attempts at offering different dog foods, and cooked foods, the puppy was finally brought into us at the emergency clinic emaciated and in renal failure with a body temperature of 94.6.
The people selling these puppies on CL will also state that the puppies have had their first set of vaccinations, so it's entirely possible this puppy received a vaccine too young.
Send a message to everyone you know and tell them to tell all of their friends NOT to purchase a dog from Craigslist.
In good animal health...
NOTE FROM TERLINGUA:
This isn't JUST on craigslist. It is on Facebook, it is on the internet on "breeders' websites" - it is everywhere. I saw one just the other day on a Facebook "list" called Pets in Tennessee where a person was attempting to pass off a 4 or 5 week old puppy as a 12 week old "teacup micro mini". Beware - please read my article on tinies - but if you are committed to a tiny, please don't buy one of these way too young babies - it is just going to die and you will be out your money.
Applehead vs Deer Head
A Chihuahua is a Chihuahua is a Chihuahua! The only labeled differences in the AKC standard are Long Coat and Smooth Coat. Some have round, apple domed heads as called for in the standard, some don't. Some have moderately short noses as called for in the standard, some don't. Some are over the show ring weight limit of 6 pounds, doesn't mean they are not Chihuahua, just means over 6 pounds is a disqualification for the show ring. Does not mean they are not 100% Chihuahua. - by Connie Williams