The Process: How to Get a Terlingua Chihuahua
If you are interested in a Terlingua Chihuahua – whether it be one that is on the Available Page, a puppy you see in Litters, or a future puppy – the best way to start a conversation about that is to email me or message me. In that introductory letter, it would help me to know pet or show, male or female, longcoat or smooth coat, and any characteristics that are important to you for your prospective dog. Also, I need to know about your home – do you have kids? Do you have other dogs? If so, please tell me about them (kids or dogs) and their personalities and experience with toy dogs. None of these things are a dealbreaker, but a discussion about how you are going to introduce the puppy and keep the puppy safe. You need to tell me if you have a quiet calm home where you sit home and watch tv the majority of the time, or if you have a family circus like me with kids and friends in and out all the time, or if you are a social butterfly and you want the puppy to be similarly outgoing and out and about. All of these things will help me determine if the puppy is the right match for you.
We do not take deposits or plan homes for infant puppies. We do not determine if a puppy is show potential or pet until 8 weeks – we feel this is also the best age to look at personality to see what the puppy may be like as an adult. Our pet puppies do not go to their new home before 10-12 weeks. 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. Pet puppies are $1500, Show potential puppies are $2500 and up.
After we discuss your expectations in a Chihuahua and any questions I might have from what you’ve told me, keep an eye on the "Litters" page. When I have a litter vet confirmed, I will give them their own page that is linked to the middle column on my Litters page. I will post photos each week and at the 6th week I will also begin posting videos. I usually make a post on the Facebook page to let everyone know I have put up new photos, with a sampling. 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.
Now is the Time to Take Action!
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. I do not hold dogs for anyone – it’s not fair to the dog to miss out on a good home if one appears who is ready to move forward, and this has happened to me more than once in the past waiting on a home that does not materialize with someone “thinking” or “checking with spouse.” Please do all that in advance of the 8 week date. 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. We have many inquiries and only a few puppies – some people will unfortunately be disappointed or have to wait for another litter.
No response from you will definitely cause me to move on to the next person. Foot dragging will definitely cause me to move on to the next person. Even if we are talking about a puppy, if the perfect home pops up in front of me, I will take the home for the best interest of the puppy because if I wait for you and you aren't serious, the home may be gone. The puppy’s best interest will always come first. I can't stress how important this is.
When we both agree it is a good fit, it will be time to sign the contract and 1/2 deposit put down, and at that time it is YOUR puppy. That is the only way it is YOUR puppy, and I will immediately remove the puppy from the Available page. We will then talk about making arrangements for pickup. The puppy will be able to leave at 10-12 weeks OR when the puppy has 2 sets of shots, is fully weaned, fully independent from mom, and physically and emotionally ready.