You may often see ads for “Free Chihuahua Puppies” in various places like Craigslist online or even in free circulars in your neighborhood and wonder if that is a safe alternative to buying from a Chihuahua breeder.
Risks Associated with Free Chihuahua Puppies
There are some risks associated with these free ads and you need to be aware of them.
First and foremost, your free Chihuahua puppy might not be so free. There might be a good reason that their dog is being given away. There may be significant health issues necessitating their desire to “dump” the animal to anyone who will take it off their hands.
It can be sort of like buying a new car. Some people sell their car as they start to notice things breaking down or fearing that major repairs will be needed soon.
Another factor you need to consider is whether or not there might be behavioral or personality defects making the animal an undesirable pet. Maybe the animal is a chewer or refuses to urinate in designated areas or at designated times. Maybe it is barking incessantly and exhibiting other quirks or annoyances.
Still another consideration is the age of the puppy. If the puppy is less than eight weeks old, they are too young to be weaned from their mother and should not be separated. Not only is this unhealthy for the mother and her puppies and can lead to health, development and socialization issues as the puppy grows older, it is illegal.
Another aspect you must be mindful of is that the Chihuahua may not be a purebred Chihuahua. Purebred Chihuahuas can fetch a decent amount of money so one has to wonder why an individual would simply give these animals away.
Chihuahua Rescue Groups & Adoption Options
If you are really interested in acquiring a Chihuahua and you are considering searching for “free Chihuahua puppies” ads online or in your local papers, there are other options for those opposed to purchasing from a breeder or simply do not have the financial resources to purchase an expensive teacup Chihuahua.
You can check out a Chihuahua rescue group. These groups are run by lovers of the breed who dedicate their lives and money to saving Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes at local shelters and other places. They will take in abused, neglected and abandoned Chihuahuas and nurse them back to good health (if needed), conduct medical examinations and also spay or neuter them.
Additionally, some Chihuahua rescue groups will conduct temperament and personality screening to assess ideal conditions for each dog so that it can adjust to your home, family and live a happy life.
While you can’t get a free Chihuahua from a rescue group, technically, they are basically free save for the costs associated with getting them healthy and incurred by the organization. And your adoption fee allows them to continue saving Chihuahuas.
Consider the modest adoption fee as insurance. For a small price, you have had professionals and experts with years of experience assessing and examining your new dog. You will have been given a reasonable assessment (like a professional home inspection) and have a good idea of what to expect with your new puppy.
When you decide to take a shortcut and acquire your new pup from a “free Chihuahua puppies” ad, you are exposing yourself to more risk and probably even more costs. You could answer one of these ads and take home a healthy Chihuahua puppy with everything turning out great. You could! But, the odds are likely that one of the above issues will arise.
Now, as we stated in our “about” page, we believe we can appeal to people’s intelligence and desire to “do the right thing”. We are not using hyperbole or scare tactics here nor are we trying to lecture our readers in a condescending fashion.
You simply need to understand that “free Chihuahua puppies” aren’t always the great deal you think they are going to be…