Frequently Ask Questions
- Chihuahua Quick Facts
- What does my puppy come with?
- Does my puppy need vacinations or wormers?
- Can I change the name of my puppy?
- What should I feed my puppy?
- Does my puppy come with a Guarantee?
- What is the difference between a pet and a show dog?
Chihuahua Quick Facts
- In the show ring, a Chihuahua exceeding 6 pounds will be disqualified, but many Chihuahuas are actually larger than that (7-15 pounds), making them a better choice for families with young children.
- Chihuahuas are one of the longest living dog breeds. Often living more than 16 years.
- Chihuahuas that weigh less than three pounds often have a short life span. (5-9 years)
- If you think that Chihuahuas are simply little gentle lapdog, you would be wrong. They are tenacious with a terrier like attitude. Making them great watch dogs also.
- Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and take well to training, especially if started young. They respond well to positive verbal praise and treats as training aids.
- Chihuahuas come in almost any solid color or combination of colors, including fawn, black and tan, black and white, chocolate and white, blue (which is gray) and red. Avoid breeders who try to get you to pay more for a supposedly “rare” colors.
- The number 1 health issue for Chihuahuas is obesity. Which can cut their life span in half. So do not over feed those cute little puppies.
What does my puppy come with?
We provide the following with each puppy we sell at no extra cost.
- ACA registration transfer
- A three generation pedigree
- A hard shell transportation crate
- Chew toys
- Appropriate sized collar
- A two day supply of puppy's current food
- A one year Health Guarantee
- A copy of the puppy's vaccination records
- Information packet that includes:
1.) How to housebreak dogs
2.) Crate Training your puppy
3.) Puppy stress list when coming to new home
4.) Difference between small breed & large breed dogs
5.) Introducing a new dog to your old dog.
6.) Your Chihuahua's First Week Home
7.) Hypoglycemia (low blod sugar) in Dogs
Does my puppy need vacinations or wormers?
All required puppy vaccination shots (to date) have been administered at the time you pick up your Chihuahua puppy.
We also have a free follow up service in which we will administer their remaining puppy vaccination if you live in the area. Your will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian when your puppy is 3-4 months of age to administer their rabies vaccine.
Can I change the name of my puppy?
Yes, your new puppy will begin learning it's new name, you choose, the first day in your home or sooner if you tell us. The puppy's "Kennel Name" is our way of identifying each puppy in the litter. We will work with your pup and call it by the name have chosen until you pick-up time. When you register your puppy its name official registered name will begin with "Happy Trail's" then whatever name you choose.
What should I feed my puppy?
Here at Happy Trail Chihuahuas we spent a good amount of time researching foods appropriate for our chihuahuas and we have found an excellent kibble that meets all standards.
Harmony dog kibble and Purina One Puppy food are in popular use here at our kennel because it is easy to feed, meets all nutritional standards and can be ground and given to weaning puppies as well as our normal adult ration. All our puppies maintain an excellent weight and all growing whelps wean straight on to it by 7-8 weeks.
Pupperonie dog treats and Waggin Train Jerky Tenders are easily attainable and highly digestible. In spite of the gossip you might here about them we recognize them as an important part of our dogs diet as well as training treats.
Any canned food may be excepted by your dog taste wise , however we recommend Iams canned food at 10% protein versus other brands 8% and 9% protein levels. These feeds are also recognized as meat first foods which means their main ingredient is real meat. Only use canned foods if your dog is having a health problem. Prolonged use can build tatrer on teeth causing gum problems.
Here is a list of other supplement foods used for our pups and dogs:
- milk watered at 2 T. water / 4T. milk with dry kibble
- cooked potato preferable cubed
- carrot raw or cooked
- yogurt plain or vanilla
- your best Biscuits (highly digestible)
- cottage cheese
- soft cooked scrambled egg
- green beans cooked, small pieces
Any or all of the above list may be fed mixed with Harmony or Purina One Puppy dog food as their main stay or fed as snacks any time. After bringing home a new puppy you may have to entice he or she to eat till it is used to you and their new home life. Please feel free to feed them any of the above listed foods or follow our favorite recipe below. Especially chihuahua puppies are finicky eaters, not only the new puppy stage but also adults need coaxing from time to time. Our favorite puppy recipe is:
- 1 Tablespoon ground kibble
- 2 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 2 1 inch cubes of cooked potato
- 1 Tablespoon carrot or yogurt
This recipe counts as 1 part per 1 pup. Put all ingredients times number of pups in blender and feed 3-6 times a day depending on age of puppy. Especially great feed for weaning puppies on to plain kibble. Enjoy!
Does my puppy come with a Guarantee?
YES! A one year Health Guarantee for genetic or hereditary problems. Also a 10 day guarantee on any "clinical illness" with the exception of failure to eat and drink on its own after moving (hypoglycemia). Clinically ill means that your puppy had to be left at the vets office overnight or for a few days, because of an illness it contracted before you took it home.
The difference between a pet and a show dog
- Pet dogs shed, whereas Show dogs blow coat.
- Pet dogs are in heat, whereas Show dogs come into season.
- Pet dogs trot, whereas Show dogs gait or move.
- Pet dogs stand, whereas Show dogs stack.
- Pet dogs get a bath, whereas Show dogs are groomed.
- Pet dogs beg for treats, whereas Show dogs bait.
- Pet dogs poop, whereas Show dogs toilet or eliminate.
- Pet dogs bark at other dogs, whereas Show dogs spar.
- Pet dogs have family trees, whereas Show dogs have pedigrees.