Myths and issues

This pup is suffering the effects of hydrocephalus.

“I’m after a teacup Chihuahua” or “Do you sell teacup Chihuahua’s”

“Oh I just love the little teacup Chihuahua’s”

These are words that make me cringe, the reason why is!  THEY DO NOT EXIST!

 

Tea-cup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. These names are used by non reputable breeders to cash in and charge big bucks for a so called designer dog. The Chihuahua breed is the smallest dog in the world and they are fine the size they are. Yes! sometimes you get a small pup in a litter, a runt. These pups are just small, not a specific breed of Chihuahua. They also can grow into a normal sized Chihuahua.  The Standard size is up to 6lb.

 

To continually breed a Chihuahua down to a smaller (than the standard) size is to ask for trouble and cause a range of health issues. These issues can be life threatening and cause on going veterinarian fees. Issues you could have include:

 

 

  • Hydrocephalus a brief description:

‘Hydrocephalus is characterised by the presence of an abnormally large volume of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) present within the brain or between the brain and skull. In both forms, the pressure exerted by the CSF on the bones of the skull may result in the cranium becoming excessively domed in shape and to thinning of the skull bones. The disease can cause brain damage and dysfunction. Signs are often not present at birth but become apparent over the first few weeks, or months, of life. Affected dogs are often smaller than littermates, slower to learn, and can exhibit bizarre behaviours such as manic walking, repeated pressing of their heads against a wall, and to seizures (fits). It may also lead to blindness (due to brain damage). The progress of the disease is variable and unpredictable. Signs usually progress from mild to severe and then to death, but in some animals the disease may stabilise before this, meaning that they exhibit only minor signs that persist throughout life’. (UFAW 2018, n.p.).

https://www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/chihuahua-hydrocephalus

 

  • Hypoglycaemia (sugar drop):

This can happen with small toy breeds at any time, especially with puppies. It also can be life threatening. It occurs when the sugar level in the animal drops and the supply of glucose to the brain causes serious symptoms which can lead to death left untreated. With these small types they have the inability to store glucose because they have a very low body fat mass. The liver produces glucose, in undersized Chihuahuas they lack the ability to perform gluconeogenesis (to make glucose) that is supplied for normal brain function. These small chi’s need to be watched and feed on a regular basis to prevent the animal from having a blood sugar drop. Symptoms to watch out for are as per below

  • staggering gait, wobbly when walking
  • muscular weakness, inability to hold its head up
  • unusual or prolonged fatigue, drowsiness
  • unresponsiveness when his name called or to his meals
  • unable to get up to use the bathroom
  • muscular twitching especially around the face and eyes
  • locked jaw
  • mild or complete paralysis of the rear legs
  • convulsions
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness, coma

 

If you suspect your Chihuahua of having Hypoglycaemia and you get to him/her soon enough give some glucose, honey or nutri-gel, this should help your pup within the hour. Feed as soon as possible some protein and carbohydrates. If your pup still seems unwell call a veterinarian.  

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16.11 | 14:08

He will be $2000

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16.11 | 14:00

Just wondering how much you after for puppy

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24.03 | 18:55

Ann, thank you for all your hard work and trusting me with your babies

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24.03 | 18:03

Very nice Kim

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