A Chihuahua puppy can be a great choice of a family pet for many folks, as long as you exercise some caution in deciding where you will get your puppy. Pet stores will advertise, "Chihuahua puppies for sale!" and people will flock to the shop to get their pet. However, pet stores that sell dogs are really nothing more than a broker who is working for commercial breeders and puppy mills that are interested in nothing more than taking your money for a substandard dog. These places do not care about breeding animals that are healthy or well socialized. Purchasing a dog from a pet store is simply asking for trouble.
However, breeders of Chihuahuas are not all created equal either, and you need to be able to determine whether the breeder you select is a reputable one or one that you would be better to stay away from. It is also a fact that some "breeders" offering Chihuahua puppies for sale are merely con-artists that want to take your money and run, but by doing your homework you can protect yourself from these shady types as well.
Finding a breeder is the best way to purchase a Chihuahua puppy for sale, but not all who claim to be breeders really are. To find out for sure, check the registration papers for the mother of your puppy. If the person's name is on the papers, then he is the legitimate owner of the dog. If not, you are dealing with a broker, which takes you back to the problems listed above.
If you can determine that you are indeed working with the actual breeder, there are then some other red flags to watch for. First, bad breeders will not have veterinarian records for their dogs, often because they are trying to cut corners by cutting back on vet visits. Next, a breeder that does not allow you to see the place where the puppies are being cared for may not be keeping its puppies in a clean environment. Puppies that live in their own waste can be very difficult dogs to housetrain. Finally, no Chihuahua breeder should allow you to take a puppy home until he is at least ten weeks of age, due to the frailty of these small pups.
Now that you know what a bad breeder looks like, it's time to learn the characteristics of a good breeder with Chihuahua puppies for sale. First, just because a breeder has puppies available, that does not mean that he is going to sell them to the highest bidder. Good breeders are not just in it for the cash, they are primarily interested in the betterment of the breed and the best care for their dogs. A good breeder will have you sign a contract that states that if at any time you are no longer able to care for the dog, you will return it to the breeder.
Good breeders have nothing to hide in terms of where their dogs live, because the area is always clean and well maintained. His dogs are like a part of the family, and because of this, they are well socialized. By finding a good breeder, you are much more likely to find a healthy, attractive and friendly pet.