i just want to warn people before purchasing a puppy beware of health problems .we learned the hard way.we purchased a 8 week old chihuahua puppy that was born with hydrocephalus .i am new to the chihuahua breed and never seen a dog with hydrocephalus .we new he was different .but loved him any way we just lost chewy to the disease.we are just heart sick .what to look for is domed shaped head eyes looking bulgy and not growing at there usual pace .buyer beware
I think, stating "domed head' can be deceiving. A proper chihuahua head is domed. However, an extreme dome, eyes set far apart, head predominantly larger than the body, acts 'not quite right', balance is poor, extreme eye bulging etc... is something to have your vet look at. First, in any breed, never buy without a health guarantee. Always be certain the dog has a certificate of having been checked by the breeders vet prior to purchase. And ALWAYS take any new addition to the vet immediately for a check up when you bring it home. These are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.
Your vet should be able to tell you if the chance or presence of hydrocephalis is present so the breeder can be called immediately.
Good advice lpn. We always took our potential pups to our own vet regardless of the health check given to us by the breeder and we had to return quite a few. The last pup returned was diagnosed with a serious heart murmur and our vet was appauled that he passed a checkup. Our vet called the breeder's vet to challenge her and she claimed she was directed to examine the litter outdoors and must have missed it. That's when it became clear we were dealing with a BYB. The sadness of returning a puppy cannot compare to the heartbreak of losing a dog you kept, loved and had to nurse through illness. I am sorry for your loss.
***Edited By: BoxerBoy on 3/1/2009 12:46:56 PM*** Reason: spelling
Yep, you just never know what people will do these days.
I recently sold a puppy to a woman who had purchased a puppy of the same breed a month prior, this puppy died within 3 weeks of purchase...with a too bad, so sad attitude from the 'breeder'. The dog had a liver defect, microscopic kidneys that were too tiny to support function, also a heart murmur. yet this same pup passed a 'health exam' according to the card she recieved from the 'breeder'. The breeders vet was contacted when the diagnoses were made to sort out how it passed.
Turns out, this PM'r would select only ONE pup of the dozens he had running about (all outdoors, all running together, no idea who was breeding who, all parents of each pup are unknown) Well, they would choose one of the healthiest appearing ones to take for an exam.....then photocopy the card to give out with ALL the pups.