Chihuahua FAQ  

Q:  Do longcoat Chihuahuas shed much?
A:  Since their hair grows for a long time, longcoat chis are almost non-shedding.  If
they are exposed to cold air in the wintertime their coats will get thicker and they
may shed more in the spring.  Unaltered females who go through heat cycles will
shed.

Q: How much grooming is required?
A: Pet your Chihuahua everyday and brush occasionally.  Trim the nails monthly
and keep the ears clean.  Trimming the coat is not reccomended as it ruins the shape
of the coat and is unnecessary.

Q: Are they yappy little dogs?
A; My Chihuahuas are quiet most of the time.  If there is an exciting event such as a
doorbell ringing then they will yap to alert me.
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Q: Are longcoat Chihuahuas compatible with children?
A: Yes my longcoat Chihuahuas like people of all ages.  They are compatible with
well-behaved children who are respectful of pets. Young children should be
instructed to sit on the floor when petting or holding a puppy, and to never chase a
Chihuahua.

Q: Do they get along well with cats?
A: Yes they do.  I have a cat who loves dogs and they all get along very well.

Q: When will my puppy be old enough to go home?
A: Most puppies are ready to go home by 8 weeks.  You need to pick up your puppy
by 10 weeks unless you have arranged otherwise in advance.

Q: What will my puppy look like when it gets bigger?
A: The best way to tell is to look at the photos of it's ancestors and siblings.  Look at
the puppies parent's webpages to view photos, videos, and photo pedigrees of the
pup's family.  
You can also click here to look at my puppy growth pages and see how
puppies grow through various stages.

Q: What size are your Chihuahuas?
A: My Chihuahuas range anywhere from 2-6 lbs at maturity.  Average size is 4 to 5
lbs.

Q: Do you have teacup Chihuahuas?
A:Yes.  Teacup is a vague term that people use for Chihuahuas up to 6 lbs.  For
accuracy I usually refer to expected weight aty maturity.  The term "teacup" is not
part of the AKC breed standard.

Q: Do you have smoothcoat Chihuahuas?
A: No I do not.  Longcoats rule the world! Actually I do occasionally have a
smoothcoat Chihuahua available on my Chihuahua rescue site.

Q: I want to breed my Chihuahua.  Can I buy a dog from you and breed it?
A: No my Chi babies are only sold to be pampered pets.

Q: I bought a puppy from  you a while back.  It is so pretty that I want to breed it
and preserve it's bloodlines.  Should I do this?
A: If you love your chihuahua just the way he/she is, do not breed your chi.  A male
who breeds or a female who whelps is likely to behave differently and will develop
different physical traits as well.  Spay or neuter your pet so it will retain it's beauty
and personality.  If you want a similar chi, consider getting a sibling or cousin to
your pet.
Q: I am going to have a new puppy party for my friends when I bring my new puppy
home.  Is this a good idea?
A: Unfortunantely this is a very bad idea.  This will expose your new puppy to
thousands of new germs, stress your puppy, and start things off on the wrong
schedule.  When you bring your new puppy or adult Chihuahua home you want to
keep things calm, and slowly introduce your pup to her new home.  Get her on a
potty and eating schedule.  Eventually your friends can meet her.  Don't expose your
new puppy to other people's pets until she has had her full series of shots.  This
means no puppy playdates, trips to the dog park, or the petstore with you new pup
until she is 12 weeks old.

Q: Where are you located?
A: I live in Columbia South Carolina.

Q: Are your dogs registered?
All of my Chihuahuas are registered with
The American Kennel Club

Q: What food should feed my new puppy?
A: Puppies should eat a combination of canned food and kibble for the first few
weeks.  
Click here to go to my nutrition page and read more about what pet food
you should feed.

Q: I am not planning to breed so why do Champion bloodlines matter?
A: Champion bloodlines are your assurance of good traits.  A showdog must pass
many tests in the showring and must shine above all competitors to win a single
point.  To become a champion a dog must win a total of 15 points. A champion can
be expected to have excellent temperament, conformation (how it looks,) joints, and
overall health.  A champion's descendants are likely to inherit these traits.  Since it
usually costs $2000 - $5000 to show a dog to championship, breeders only show their
very best dogs.  A dog with many champions in it's pedigree usually represents the
finest qualities of its breed.

Q: Some of your dogs don't look like longcoats. Why is that?
A: Longcoat puppies go through a "teenage stage" between 4 and 10 months in which
they have very little coat and may appear to be smoothcoated.  They then grow full,
long, pretty coats.  Adult females that are bred shed out their coat every time they
have a litter and will then appear skimpy coated or smoothcoated.  The hair grows
back every time, and if the female is then spayed she will never shed out again.

Q: How much deposit do I need to pay for you to hold a puppy for me?
A: In most cases, I require a deposit of $100 to hold a puppy.

Q: I don't like my new puppy's name.  Can I change the name?
A: Yes you can change the name.  Puppies learn their new names quickly and easily.

Q: I changed my mind. Can I get my deposit back?
A: A deposit represents your promise to buy a designated chihuahua, so that chi is
no longer available to anyone else.  If you change your mind, you may apply the
deposit to another one of my chis during the following two years.  However if a
buyer abandons the deposit without contacting us, the deposit is forfeited.