The sheer number of places that have teacup Chihuahua puppies for sale can be overwhelming. Not only does there seem to be a million different puppies for sale, there can appear to be a million different prices and different types available for sale.
Some ads might list their Chihuahuas as being teacups or toy Chihuahuas. Others might claim to have micro-teacup Chihuahuas for sale. And still others might even market theirs as being ultra-tiny or pocket size. With each breeder seemingly talking different languages, charging vastly different prices, how is anyone to make sense of it all?
Take a breath and exhale. We are going to walk you through some of these details. A potential owner can find the process much less daunting if they know what to look for in a breeder and their animals.
We are going to present a buyer’s guide of sorts below. Aside from researching the actual breed itself to determine whether or not it is a good fit for you and your family, the most important thing you can do is get a handle on what separates ethical and trustworthy Chihuahua breeders from the disreputable ones.
Does it really matter if Breeder X is selling a “mirco teacup Chihuahua” or if Breeder Y is selling a “tiny toy Chihuahua” if upon doing research you think they might be unethical, engaged in backyard breeding or a front for a puppy mill?
So, let’s take a look at Chihuahua breeders and learn how to spot the good ones. After that, we will talk about visual inspections of teacup Chihuahua puppies.
Chihuahua Breeders – Finding One You Can Trust
Places that support mass breeding practices (also known as puppy farms or puppy mills), should be avoided at all times. They are saturated with overpopulated cages, poor breeding practices, and unsanitary conditions. Genetic and non-genetic problems that are attributed to these places are rampant, like the very contagious and deadly canine disease Parvo. A puppy mill dog can suffer a lifetime of medical and behavioral issues, or worse a family can suffer the heartbreak of a pet dying soon after joining the family.
Good breeders have a high amount of accountability. They are often involved with local, state, and national kennel club and may even compete dogs in performance events. The American Kennel Club, Canada Kennel Club, and United Kennel Club all have very strict standards in health requirements and other factors when they allow a breeder to register their Chihuahuas. AKC certified breeders can be found on the American Kennel Club website, along with a list of their guarantees and services.
A responsible breeder sells to people directly rather than pet stores or other mass stock locations. Breeders who tout a USDA license do so to sell to pet shops and brokers, which can be a red flag in regard to if they breed dogs because they love the breed or the profit line. Reputable breeders vet the potential buyer to make sure they are ready to take care of a teacup Chihuahua and not looking for a fashion accessory or conversation piece.
A reputable breeder will also outline the care and potential health concerns. They give pups health screenings to show the buyer, and provide written health guarantees. In addition a good breeder will have no trouble allowing the buyer to see the places the puppies spend all their time, the parent dogs, and the litter.
The single most important factor you should use to determine whether or not you are going to work with a specific breeder is whether or not they will allow you to visit and tour their breeding facility and interact with the dogs on their property. It would be a blanket statement to suggest that any breeder who does not allow you to visit their location is unethical or engaged in shady behavior. There in fact may be some with legitimate reasons for this policy. However, we believe you have an ethical responsibility to purchase your puppy from someone you trust and you simply cannot take someone’s word for the conditions they are breeding their dogs in if you are not allowed to visually inspect.
Picking the Best Teacup in the Litter
It is always best to visit the location that has teacup Chihuahua puppies for sale personally. Their exercise and living areas should be sizable, clean, and well maintained. It is normal for nursing mothers to be lean, but their coats should be shiny and their eyes bright and attentive. Pups should appear healthy, lively, clean, and well socialized. Be on alert if the teacup Chihuahuas seem lethargic or shy away from humans, and do not trust a breeder that actively limits your exposure to the puppy’s environment.
When selecting a pet, a buyer should assume they will be committing to caring for the teacup Chihuahua for their natural lifespan, about 15 to 20 years. A buyer should take a good look at the health screens and ask to view the veterinary records of each puppy you are considering along with the records of their parents.
A reputable breeder will also have conducted some temperament screening of the parents. Ask the breeder why they chose the sire and dam of each litter to breed together. In all honesty, it will kind of be like asking a mechanic why they did such and such on your car. You may not understand what they are saying, but sometimes you can read people’s body language, tone and other quirks when answering a question and you can use this to ascertain their credibility and perceived honesty.
Ask and iron out health guarantees and consumer protections they offer you.They should also ask the breeder to clarify any healthcare problems, special needs, and train-ability in basics like house training and behavior.
There are an untold number of places to find teacup Chihuahua puppies for sale, but a buyer can select a good breeder and a healthy pet with a little research.