First lets start with Pet Shops
You may think you are helping the puppies, the problem is, your helping the puppy mills stay open.
Ok on to breeders
A breeder asks to meet you someplace other then there home.
A breeder asks you to come by there home so they can show you what they have available.
A breeder has one price for the dog with papers and another price without.
Be leery of a breeder that claims to show, that is selling puppies without papers.
A breeder says they have one, but you have to buy it now because they have others wanting it.
A breeder says they have one, but they don't think it is what you are looking for.
A breeder says they have one, but you have to co-own it with me so I can breed it later if I choose.
A breeder tells you that they have Tea-Cup chihuahuas.
A breeder says they have one, that will only be approximately 2 pounds as adult.
A breeder tells you they have a litter available or they can put you on a waiting list.
Advertisements asking over $100.00 for dogs with NO Papers
A breeder tells you they had 3 litters last week and we have lots to choose from
or They say they have puppies available all year round.
A breeder tells you a reasonable price to expect to pay for pet quality puppies, on AKC Limited registration or spay/neuter contract, is $200 to $450.00.
A breeder tells you Brindles and Blues cost more because they are RARE....Not True.
A breeder tells you Color does not make the price of the dog go up.
A breeders that is attending a Dog Show and has several puppies with them for Sale.
A breeder makes arrangements to meet you at a Dog Show, in your area, with the puppy they have sent you photos of and have talked to you extensively about.
A breeder tells you the price is the same for all sizes, they are Pet Quality regardless of weight.
A breeder says it is normal for a chihuahua to have multiple moleras.
Genetic Concerns and Standard
When to stay...When to run
Patella Photos Normal & Luxated
Chihuahua Fact or Fiction
Early Neurological Stimulation
Why do you want to breed?
Luxating Patella Article
Legg-Perthes Disease Atricle
Chihuahua Weight Chart
Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Article
Think Carefully Before Breeding Article