Chihuahua Rescue: Still one of the top surrendered dogs.
Chihuahuas can be wonderful pets; they are a territorial breed which makes them excellent watch dogs and are tuned to let their owners know if someone is coming. The small size of chihuahuas means that they are great for small homes and flats as they still have plenty of space to roam and exercise. Chihuahuas are loyal creatures that are very low maintenance and are great fun.
Despite having so many positive attributes that make chihuahuas lovely pets, they are now one of the most common dog breeds to be handed into re-homing and chihuahua rescue.
Blue Cross For Pets has revealed that chihuahuas are now appearing in the list of the top ten most unwanted dog breeds. Has the fashion trend taken its toll on these adorable dogs, and how can we help to give these dogs a better life?
The sad case of unwanted handbag dog
Handbag dog breeds, such as chihuahua, yorkshire terrier and shih tzu have been a popular trend in recent years because of the celebrity spotlight and the fact these small and sweet dogs are adorable and can fit into small spaces such as handbags when they are sleeping or resting. Chihuahuas really enjoy travelling which is why these handbag pets became so popular.
The problem is that people do not spend enough time researching what it takes to care for these dogs, nor understand the care and commitment needed to train dogs, give them regularly exercise and look after them properly.
In fact, a recent survey suggests that one-third of owners spent less than a week researching what pet to get, a sign that dog ownership was not taken seriously. Chihuahuas have a long lifespan and regularly live longer than 15 years, so the decision to choose a chihuahua for a pet should not be taken lightly.
Many chihuahuas urgently need re-homing, but adoption should be carefully considered to make sure that your home and family is suitable. In some cases, Chihuahuas do not make good family pets; they often have a tendency to bond with just one person and can take unkindly to people when they feel threatened.
Due to their small size, Chihuahuas can easily get injured, which means they may not be suitable around young children or in an impractical home. Depending on the training and previous life a Chihuahua has had will determine how suitable they will be for you. It is best to read their descriptions carefully, so you find the perfect pet for you.
To make sure you are united with the perfect pet, Chihuahua Rescue will ask you to complete their application form so they can find a home that is perfect for their needs. Chihuahua Rescue will also provide a home check to make sure that the dog has the best second chance.
The British Chihuahua Club Rescue Association also re-homes Chihuahuas that have suffered from hardship and neglect. They will match chihuahuas to homes based on the suitability found in the adoption forms. Foster homes are also used, to help get dogs used to family life as soon as possible.
There are many ways for helping neglected chihuahuas, from adoption to temporary fostering or just by donating to charities to help cover the vet bills and food for the dogs. Another way you can help is providing transport to collect and deliver dogs when they are re-homed or fostered. If you want to help give Chihuahuas a better life, get in touch with your local Chihuahua rescue charity and find out how you can help.
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