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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

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 that we have no identified home for, it will be on our "available" page - but to be honest, most of our puppies go to homes that work with us through the process of watching the puppies growing up and working to insure a good fit between the puppy and the family.  We put our litters up on our Facebook so our friends can watch them grow up - for their viewing pleasure.  You don't have Facebook?  No problem - Facebook feed to the left, and my Terlingua Facebook is PUBLIC - meaning you do not have to be a Facebook member to view the page.

If you are interested in a Terlingua puppy, please read "THE PROCESS" in the yellow box to the right...and then send us an introductory letter to 

Very Important Information:

The Process




Terlingua Chihuahua


Evaluating a Litter and Deciding on Placement



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!


Why Do Good Puppies Cost So Much? 

From the Knockout Chihuahuas website

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

From a vet on Facebook regarding teacup 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...

Dr. Stinnett


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. 

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