All About Chihuahuas
Legend and history are rich in tales of the ancestors of the present Chihuahua. He is described as a popular pet, as well as a religious necessity. The Techichi, companion of the ancient Toltecs, is believed to be the progenitor of the Chihuahua. No records of the Techichi are, so far, available prior to the 9th century, but it is probable his ancestors were present prior to the Mayans. Dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Pyramids of Cholula, predating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula. There is little question the Chihuahua’s principle home was present-day Mexico but the breeds immigration to Europe may be the result of the travels of Christopher Columbus. A historical letter written by Columbus to the King of Spain makes reference to the tiny dog. The Chihuahua as we know it today is a much more diminutive dog than its predecessor. It is theorized that the Chinese Crested, brought from Asia to Alaska across the Bering Strait, was responsible for the reduction in size. Modern Chihuahuas are also found in a myriad of colors. The Chihuahua is an older breed by American Kennel Club standards, first registered in 1904.
Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar. I do not guarantee against low blood sugar so it is up to you to do your research, have on hand a supplement, and most important to make sure your new baby is eating and drinking as he/she should be. I will supply you with a schedule to follow for few weeks that should help keep LBS under control.
Hypoglycemia can happen when a puppy goes too long between feedings, has gotten chilled, or is stressed. If your puppy develops this he/she will become listless and their little heads may sway from side to side and if they walk, they will stagger. Corn syrup, honey or the product NutriCal or NutriStat will restore your pup’s sugar balance.
Please, have at least one of these products on hand prior to bringing your puppy home.
Molera or Soft Spot: Your Chihuahua puppy/adult may have a molera which is a “soft spot” on the top of his/her head. In the Chihuahua this soft spot, or fontanel, is called the Molera; it is also found in human babies. Historically, this molera was accepted as a mark of purity in the breed, and it is still mentioned in many Chihuahua standards all over the world. If your Chihuahua puppy has a domed head with a molera present it does NOT mean your puppy will be predisposed to hydrocephalus. Please, search “Molera in the Chihuahua” online and/or read one of the many books available about the Chihuahua breed, and educate yourself about the molera.
A graceful, alert, swift-moving compact little dog with saucy expression, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Weight – A well balanced little dog not to exceed 6 pounds. Proportion – The body is off-square; hence, slightly longer when
measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks, than height at the withers. Somewhat shorter bodies are preferred in males.
Disqualification – Any dog over 6 pounds in weight.
A well rounded “apple dome” skull, with or without molera. Expression – Saucy. Eyes – Full, round, but not protruding, balanced,
set well apart-luminous dark or luminous ruby. Light eyes in blond or white-colored dogs permissible. Blue eyes or a difference
in the color of the iris in the two eyes, or two different colors within one iris should be considered a serious fault. Ears – Large, erect
type ears, held more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45 degree angle when in repose, giving breadth between the ears.
Stop – Well defined. When viewed in profile, it forms a near 90 degree angle where muzzle joins skull. Muzzle – Moderately short,
slightly pointed. Cheeks and jaws lean. Nose – Self-colored in blond types, or black. In moles, blues, and chocolates, they are self-colored.
In blond types, pink noses permissible. Bite – Level or scissors. Overshot or undershot, or any distortion of the bite or jaw, should
be penalized as a serious fault. A missing tooth or two is permissible. Disqualifications – Broken down or cropped ears.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck – Slightly arched, gracefully sloping into lean shoulders. Topline – Level. Body – Ribs rounded and well sprung (but not too much “barrel-shaped”). Tail – Moderately long, carried sickle either up or out, or in a loop over the back with tip just touching the back.
(Never tucked between legs.) Disqualifications – Docked tail, bobtail.
Shoulders – Lean, sloping into a slightly broadening support above straight forelegs that set well under, giving free movement at the elbows. Shoulders should be well up, giving balance and soundness, sloping into a level back (never down or low). This gives a well developed chest and strength of forequarters. Feet – A small, dainty foot with toes well split up but not spread, pads cushioned. (Neither the hare nor the cat foot.) Dewclaws may be removed. Pasterns – Strong.
Muscular, with hocks well apart, neither out nor in, well let down, firm and sturdy. Angulation – Should equal that of forequarters. The feet are as in front. Dewclaws may be removed.
In the Smooth Coats, the coat should be of soft texture, close and glossy. (Heavier coats with undercoats permissible.) Coat placed
well over body with ruff on neck preferred, and more scanty on head and ears. Hair on tail preferred furry. In Long Coats, the coat
should be of a soft texture, either flat or slightly wavy, with undercoat preferred. Ears – Fringed. Tail – Full and long (as a plume).
Feathering on feet and legs, pants on hind legs and large ruff on the neck desired and preferred. (The Chihuahua should be groomed
only to create a neat appearance.) Disqualification – In Long Coats, too thin coat that resembles bareness.
Any color – Solid, marked or splashed.
The Chihuahua should move swiftly with a firm, sturdy action, with good reach in front equal to the drive from the rear. From the rear,
the hocks remain parallel to each other, and the foot fall of the rear legs follows directly behind that of the forelegs. The legs, both front
and rear, will tend to converge slightly toward a central line of gravity as speed increases. The side view shows good, strong drive
in the rear and plenty of reach in the front, with head carried high. The topline should remain firm and the backline level as the dog moves.
Alert, projecting the ‘terrier-like’ attitudes of self importance, confidence, self-reliance.
Right Breed For You?
Chihuahuas are alert dogs with terrier-like qualities. They are good with families if the children are gentle and patient. Because
of their small size, they require little exercise and are good city dogs, but can be sensitive to cold temperatures.
Smooth coated Chihuahuas need very little grooming due to their short hair. Long coats need occasional brushing
but still require minimal grooming.
Sales Agreement/Health Warranty
Heart of Texas Chihuahua.com
This warranty/guarantee covers your newly purchased puppy only. We at no time are responsible for any charges such as veterinary fees or shipping cost. You must meet the terms of this guarantee/warranty otherwise it is considered null and void.
- GENERAL TERMS & CONDITONS
- Puppy must be vet checked with a fecal, within 48 hours/2 working days after leaving HTC.
- If any life threating or genetic health issues are found at time of first examination. Puppy must be returned within 24 hours with a written statement from your vet. This excludes Cocciddia, Giardia, and or Hypoglycemia.
- · Guarantee covers against any serious genetic defects: Such as heart, lungs and kidneys until the age of one year, as long as the terms of the contract have been followed.· No cash refunds will be made at any time. A replacement puppy of equal value and same sex will be offered. · We at no time guarantee that he/she will be capable of breeding due to size, structure or health.· We are not responsible for any shipping fees, vet fees that may incur after puppy leaves our home.· Buyer also agrees to yearly vet exams, heartworm prevention and other normal procedures necessary for your puppy’s good health and care.
- · This Warranty/Guarantee is null and void if at any time dog is mistreated, abused or neglected.
- · There is no warranty for Parvo, Cocciddia, Giardia, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), hernias, luxating patella and other environmental disorders, such as erect ears or bite issues.
- · We do not guarantee size or color of your puppy. We will help you estimate your puppy’s size and color, but at no time do we guarantee either.
- · If your puppy should die of any genetic problems or genetic illness within in the first year, an autopsy from a state veterinary lab is required
Purchasing the perfect little Chihuahua puppy for you and your family.
Heart Of Texas Chihuahuas does not take deposits on our puppies until eyes are open and we are able to do a photo shoot usually at 10 to 14 days. Being added to our mailing list is the best way to get first sneek peek at our new puppies and have first chance to get your perfect puppy. Please Email me and request to be added to our mailing list.
Once you and your family have chosen your perfect puppy. Please email or call me to verify that he/she is available and to let me know that I need to watch for your deposit. I require a $200/$300 deposit through PayPal.com PayPal will notify us when your deposit has been paid and then your puppy is on hold for you!
The ONLY way to place a puppy on hold is with a deposit.
We are not responsible for broken hearts if your puppy sells while you are waiting for
additional pictures or a puppy visit. This is our policy and we will honor it. The deposit is
a tool for you, the customer, to assure your special puppy goes home to YOU!
We try to do updates by email, every two weeks and send you new pictures of your puppy at that time. You are encouraged to call/email/text anytime if you have any questions/concerns or just want to talk about your new little Chihuahua.
We allow puppy visits prior to pick up,if you desire, but not until the puppy is 6 wks or older. If the puppy is less than 10 weeks old you will not be allowed touch or hold your pup. We will hold the puppy where you can see him/her closely. You must have clean hands and clean clothes. Please do not visit any other breeder/rescue or shelter prior to visiting my dogs/home at anytime. We are very protective and can not take any chances on spreading infections/diseases to our babies! We allow only one 30-45 minute puppy visit prior to your scheduled pick up. I encourage and insist that you do not allow your small children to “hold”
the puppies while here. I encourage them to gently pet and talk to their new puppy all while mom/dad are safely holding the puppy.
We will at about 8 weeks email you and start scheduling puppy pick up dates and times. I will at this time attach your invoice, directions to my home, and lots of hints/ideas/information on taking care of your new chihuahua puppy.
Please remember that I do my very best to honor your request for a certain time and day. But at the same time I may schedule several appointments on the same day. I do allow a bit of extra time between pick ups for traffic delays etc. Please do your part and leave your self a few extra minutes for any delays. We could have to reschedule or delay your pick up if it overlaps the next pick up. Puppy pick ups are important because we go over all the puppy care information sheets, the shot record, the registration information, the feeding schedule and answer any questions you may have.
Please remember that I do not take CHECKS. Only cash, US Postal Money orders or PayPal for final payment. If you chose PayPal.com please add the 3.5% processing fee to your final balance.
I do my very best to ensure you that you are getting the most well adjusted, healthy and happy Chihuahua puppy possible. I encourge you to ask questions, voice concerns about issues etc. I will always tell you I do not claim to know all the answers and if I am not sure about something I will gladly find out for you. AND I LOVE PICTURES OF MY BABIES…
so if you find the time please send them to me or post on my FB Page
Heart of Texas Chihuahuas..
- HTC mailing list policy When HTC make puppies available for deposit, we do a photo shoot of each puppy and compose a stat sheet along with an introductory email about the newest litter and at that time we will email to our customers on our mailing list notice that puppies are now ready to be placed on “hold” with a $300 deposit through PayPal.com , We will try to give notice of approximate time the emails will go out. This notice will be posted on puppies for sale page and also on the nursery page.
If you are interested in an HTC puppy and would like to be added to our mailing list, please email us. We would at this time like to know a little bit about you, your family and your desires and wants for your perfect new family member. We will at this time add you to our mailing list. We will no longer respond to FB post etc. FB is coming down on certain pages and I would love to stay low key with them. I use FB as photo album not as a selling tool.
This email will be sent out to everyone on mailing list. This is your time to get your deposit in for your perfect puppy. The deposit is $300. This will hold your puppy till pick up that will be scheduled at a later date closer to 8 to 9 weeks of age.
I ask that you at this time confirm the availabity of the desired puppy before placing your deposit, Things sometimes happen very quickly and get delayed updating web page. Once your deposit is made and excepted by HTC it becomes nonrefundable and nontransferable. So always make sure you are clear on which puppy and that you are happy with he/she.
Please visit our web site and look over our Chihuahua information page. This is where you will find most questions you may have posted there.
I update my mailing list every puppy season, so without a request to remain or with no response from you I will assume that you are no longer looking for a Chihuahua puppy and will remove you from the list.
Please know that if you snooze you lose at times in the puppy world. Without a deposit a puppy is not on “HOLD” for no one.
I thank you for your interest in my puppies and look forward to helping you find that perfect puppy
Jerry & Deborah
While we encourage puppy visits if you want to come and meet your newest addition to your family prior to pick up time. We as responsible dog owners and breeders have to set certain guidelines for you and our puppies.
We do not allow any visits prior to the age of 6 weeks no exceptions. At the age of 6 thru 9 weeks you will be able to schedule a puppy visit for certain available puppy without a deposit. This will be always be no contact visit. I will bring puppy out where you can see how cute he/she is. You will at that time be able to place a deposit on puppy at this time if you desire. Please understand that while you are waiting for your appointment there is no guarantee that puppy will be still available… A deposit is the only way to hold your puppy.
Please remember that most or all of our puppies are usually spoken for way before then. We usually do not have any still available at this age.
We require that you contact us via email or phone call to request an appointment to come and visit. I do not do drop-ins. We also ask that you and your family do not visit another breeder/rescue before coming to our home. We welcome you into our home and ask that you respect our wishes. This is only for the wellbeing of our tiny puppies and their moms and dads.
I had a friend speak of the many calls that she and I get from chi owners that tell us that they just lost their beloved chi that was 15 years old and can they come and pick out a puppy just like they did 15 years ago. I too remember those wonderful days. But with the wonderful world of internet and web pages those days no longer exist. We all do most of our shopping setting in a chair in front of our computer. Puppies are no exception today. We take pictures, update our web site frequently, and respond as quickly as we can to answer emails, text and phone call to keep you informed.
I hope that this helps for all to understand that sometimes as bad as we hate it we have to have policies and guidelines in place that we all must follow. The bottom line is this is for the well-being and health of your new puppy.
Heart of Texas Chihuahuas
New Puppy Information
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Taking care of your new puppy….stress and your new puppy
There are many sources of stress. Simply moving a puppy to a new home, holding him too much, contending with another pet,
or being allowed too much playtime are just a few of the many sources of stress. A new puppy is nervous and excited
because they are unfamiliar with their surroundings and their new families which cause a lot of stress.
They are like babies who need regular scheduled time for eating, sleeping, drinking, going to potty and playing.
A quiet place of its own is the most important item to have for a new puppy. It can be a carrier, a cage, a playpen
or a small enclosed area in a quiet room of your home. The crate serves two purposes. It will housetrain your pet
and it protects its health and well-being while it grows. The crate provides a secure, comfortable place where it can rest,
eat, drink and play at his own pace. The crate should be placed in an area where the temperature stays about the same all the time.
Avoid areas that are drafty, such as under A/C vents. Provide a comfortable bed in the crate since puppies sleep approximately
90% of the time until they are older. They will need food and water available to them at all times whether they are in the crate
or out of the crate for their playtime. This allows them to eat, rest and drink, as they need to so they can grow properly.
Crating the puppy is not punishment, it is protection! It can in some cases save their life.
Avoid excessive handling. Too much of this can add stress and overtire the puppy. A tired puppy will not eat; he only wants to sleep.
Missing a meal can be a life threatening thing with a young, small puppy. It can lead to a condition called Hypoglycemia.
A puppy can be played with for about 30 minutes at a time at first. Taking him out for his potty break should begin the playtime.
This schedule for playing can be increased gradually, week by week, as the puppy grows older and becomes stronger.
The rest time should remain the same. He needs at least 2 hours or more at a time in his crate, undisturbed, for rest.
Giving him the quiet time for rest is a must!
The stress of moving a puppy can sometimes bring on illness. If you notice any sign of illness before or after the post
examination by a vet, contact the breeder immediately.
Switching foods is not only stressful on a new puppy’s stomach, but so is switching water at times. Do not just assume
your puppy is eating. The best way to make sure is to put a small handful of dry food on or close to pup’s bed several times a day
and if this disappears you know your puppy is eating something. You can also soften some dry food with warm water
to entice your puppy to eat until it is adjusted. A puppy must eat. We suggest that you buy a gallon of bottled water and
gradually mix it with tap water to let your puppy adjust to it. Stress, new surroundings, a trip to his new home and new food
and water can cause stomach upset and loose stools. After a week your new puppy should feel right at home and do well
with his new family and surroundings.
Remember a puppy has to eat — HAS TOO! — A puppy that doesn’t eat when it is a tiny breed will die. Nutri-cal / Nutri-Stat are
wonderful for those in-between meal snacks, just a tiny bit keep the blood sugar up and will prevent all kinds of problems.
When in doubt call the breeder of your puppy or your vet.
Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar. I do not guarantee against low blood sugar so it is up to you to do your research, have on hand
a supplement, and most important to make sure your new baby is eating and drinking as he/she should be. I will supply you with
a schedule to follow for few weeks that should help keep LBS under control.
Hypoglycemia can happen when a puppy goes too long between feedings, has gotten chilled,
or is stressed. If your puppy develops this he/she will become listless and their little heads may sway
from side to side and if they walk, they will stagger. Corn syrup, honey will restore your pup’s sugar balance.
Please, have at least one of these products on hand prior to bringing your puppy home.