Hello, I just found this site. I'm trying to find 2 chihuahua puppies. Does any of u know if there are any breeders in or around Ky? My husband has been wanting a chihuahua for years. I'm trying to find 2 lil babies to surprise him... Thanks for any info Angela
Two dogs is twice the trouble, IMHO. Is there a reason you want 2 instead of just one, getting two (espeically littermates) can mean the pups are more likely to bond with each other than you.
I understand that your husband wants a puppy but I really think you would be far far better off letting him take part in the decision making process and both of you going through the selection process together. You will probably have a lot of fun too, especially if you take your time. No living thing should be given as a surprise gift, even if that person has said they've wanted the dog for years.
To find a reputable breeder that has health and well socialized dogs, I recommend you check out the http://www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com/ website. That's the parent club for Chihuahuas in the US. Ask the breeder if they do any health testing, especially OFA certs for patellas on the dogs they breed.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I read about a really cute alternative to giving a dog as a pet. Instead of giving a puppy, why not buy a few puppy supplies along with a card that says "You're getting a puppy." That way you get to surprise them but they are still part of the process. I agree that two puppies isn't the greatest idea for your average pet owner. Many chihuahuas do not get the training and socialization they need (see the post about aggressive breeds). I would think it would be that much harder to train and socialize two. Good luck!
I "third" the suggestion to NOT get two puppies. My good friend has two Chi's, 18 months and 2 years. Even being a little bit apart, he has such a hard time with two of them. They are very bonded to each other...they like him. He's had a hard time with everything from potty training, to obedience training, to getting them on a schedule that works with his.
I also agree that if it is your husband that wants the dog, then he should be involved in choosing the pup.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
I have quite a few dogs and all in all I have preferred to buy one pup at a time as I believed that it would be easier to train one pup at a time but I have since found myself with two pups and didn't find that to be of insurmountable difficulty. You treat both pups as if you were dealing with only the one. After meals you take them outside to a designated place and wait for them to show the typical signs of wanting to go and as soon as you see them about to squat you say a word (potty, toilet, etc etc) each and every time and they soon learn to associate the word with doing their business. I have a couple of chihuahuas that I have recently obtained and am not finding it to be a difficult task providing that you are prepared to persevere but having said this one pup can seem like a headache to some people; one just has to bear in mind that they are living beings and not a disposable commodity. If you are 100% sure that you can invest the time to train them adequately and can offer them a FOREVER loving home then go for it. I have found the chihuahua of my dreams, I have been looking for that look for years and finally have been able to find him; he does have a hernia where one of his balls has not descended so hence that is why the breeder sold him, he is perfect in every other way - I bet that if he hadn't had that problem she would have kept him as he is a top show quality chihuahua but given that I don't intent to show or breed it's all good as I will be having him neutered and I have an absolutely stunning dog. Good Luck.
I think the 2 at a time thing really depends on the breed, quite honestly. I've not only raised a lot of Sheltie puppies in pairs, but I've placed a lot in pairs (some litter mates, some just close in age). My breed actually does better if you raise 2 together IF you're planning on having 2 dogs anyway. They don't do that funny "I'm stuck to my littermate like superglue" thing. They actually do keep each other company and they learn from each other - so when one gets basic training, the other usually doesn't want to be left out.
I KNOW this doesn't work with every breed. My Dad got two Australian Shepherds at the same time and regretted it A LOT. But with Shelties they do really well in pairs. I just placed a pair of puppies together this spring - the new owners had heard all the horror stories but wanted to try it anyway. Of course every trainer and vet they talked to in between when they picked them out and when they took them home "warned" them they were making a mistake... They LOVE having 2 puppies. The boys are both VERY different puppies (that is something I recommend - don't get the two puppies that seem like best friends... get two that are different in personality that compliment each other). One is active and adventurous and bonded with their daughter instantly. He has a shorter attention span. :) The other is laid back and kind of lazy and LOVES training and learning things. He's a bit more naturally reserved. He has become "Mom's puppy". They really compliment and challenge one another.
So I think the statements above need to be made on a breed by breed basis... I can't imagine getting two terriers at the same time! But some herding breeds I think you can quite successfully raise 2 puppies together. I prefer to get/keep two puppies at the same time as a breeder as I like them to have a special friend. None of my dogs prefer the other dogs over me. But I also make sure they spend time apart as well. It's kind of how you attack the situation.
My first Maltese rescue needed heart surgery. My friend immediately bought a puppy from a BYB. It was my thinking, and his, that she needed a friend. Something to come home to.
Wow!! Other than the BYB part, it was awesome. They were the best of friends. Still loved me, but also had each other.
Does seem odd that I'm in rescue, and my friend bought from a BYB. I know. He meant well, and learned his lesson.
The very pup, he bought to save my baby, and keep her spirits up, passed away just short of her second birthday.
I spent thousands of dollars to save her. For me, and for my little rescue. I didn't want her to lose her best friend.
Make a long story short, I did chew my friend out for supporting a BYB. But they were the best of friends.
My point is, as long as you purchase from a reputable source, then I do think it's fine to get two little ones. I would kill to get my Samantha back. Not just for me, but for my little Jops.
One more point. We often have fosters, who are best friends. They are surrenderd, and only placed together. It's been my experience, that they are every bit as loving, not only to each other, but to me.
You, and your boyfriend may want to consider a pair of rescues. I definately think this should be discussed with him, and not a surprise gift.
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