Northern Counties Chihuahua Club

Buying a Chihuahua

(including the KC Breed Standard for both coats)

NCCC know of many people who have attempted to purchase Chihuahua puppies over the phone, the Internet and adverts in various publications, where the seller has asked for a deposit before the potential buyer has even been to view the dog.  The seller may give the excuse that a deposit is required up front to cover shipment costs or other charges incurred before a puppy can be sold

We as a breed club are gravely concerned that several people who have paid money as a ‘deposit’, particularly through adverts on the Internet, have not only lost their money, but also do not get a puppy.

We strongly recommend that all potential purchases of Chihuahua puppies do not buy over the Internet, but rather buy them from reputable breeders.  In all instances it should be possible to see the puppy’s mother, father and siblings.

It is with great sadness that the breed has seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years due to extensive media coverage, and tiny dogs such as Chihuahuas being seen as a cute fashion accessory.  This hype may have  encouraged people who have no real long-term interest in the breed to buy them, and worse still, breed from them to jump on the band-wagon and make a quick profit.

We would advise people who are serious about buying a Chihuahua to very carefully consider where they buy from.  Not only are there people who are fraudulent, but also people who do not breed for any other reason than to make as much money as they can.  This goal does not benefit the puppy, the breed, or the buyer.

Please telephone the Kennel Club or breed club secretary to enquire if there are any puppies for sale in your area.

 The members of this club are bound by a strict CODE OF ETHICS (see below) which should help to protect puppies and new owners alike.

Members Code Of Ethics

 

KC Breed Standard for The Chihuahua (Both Coats)

General appearance

Small, dainty, compact.

Characteristics

Alert little dog; swift moving with brisk, forceful action and saucy expression.

Temperament

Gay, spirited and intelligent, neither snappy nor withdrawn.

Head and skull

Well-rounded ‘apple dome’ skull, cheeks and jaws lean, muzzle moderately short,

slightly pointed. Definite stop.

Eyes

Large, round, but not protruding; set well apart; centre of eye is on a plane with lowest point of ear and base of stop; dark or ruby. Light eyes in light colours permissible.

Ears

Large, flaring, set on at an angle of approximately 45 degrees; giving breadth between ears. Tipped or broken down highly undesirable.

Mouth

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck

Slightly arched, medium length.

Forequarters

Shoulders well laid; lean, sloping into slightly broadening support above straight forelegs, set well under chest giving freedom of movement without looseness.

Body

Level back. Body, from point of shoulder to rear point of croup, slightly longer than height at withers. Well-sprung ribs, deep brisket.

Hindquarters

Muscular; hocks well let down, with good turn of stifle, well apart, turning neither in nor out.

Feet

Small and dainty, turning neither in nor out; toes well divided but not spread, pads cushioned, fine, strong, flexible pasterns. Neither hare- nor cat-like, nails moderately short.

Tail

Medium length, set high, carried up and over back (sickle tail). When moving never tucked under or curled below the topline. Smooth – Furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in centre and tapering to point. Long – Tail long and full as a plume.

Gait/movement

Brisk, forceful action, neither high-stepping nor hackney; good reach without slackness in forequarters, good drive in hindquarters. Viewed from front and behind legs should move neither too close nor too wide, with no turning in or out of feet or pasterns. Topline should remain firm and level when moving.

Coat

Long Coat: soft texture (never coarse or harsh to touch) either flat or slightly wavy. Never tight and curly. Feathering on ears, feet and legs, pants on hindquarters, large ruff on neck desirable. Tail long and full as a plume.

Smooth Coat: smooth, of soft texture, close and glossy, with undercoat and ruff permissible.

Colour

Any colour or mixture of colours – but never merle (dapple).

Size

Weight: up to 2.7 kgs (6 lbs), with 1.8 – 2.7 kgs (4-6 lbs) preferred.

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

*Note for prospective puppy buyers

Size – The Kennel Club breed standard is a guide and description of the ideal for the breed; the size as described does not imply that a dog will match the measurements given (height or weight). A dog might be larger or smaller than the size measurements stated in the breed standard.