The teacup Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world and one of the most loyal. They get along well with other dogs and household members, but can be shy and overprotective in unfamiliar places. The Chihuahua can have short or long hair and comes in multiple colour variations. The teacup Chihuahua thrives in a warmer climate and requires little space to fulfil its exercise needs. Though the Chihuahua loves play and activity, their delicacy will require some extra demands and care both as a puppy and throughout their adult life.
Adopt your teacup Chihuahua around eight weeks of age. Your puppy should be properly weaned from its mother's milk and able to eat solids. Start with small amounts of small breed puppy kibble in a small bowl, and then gradually increase the quantity with each feeding. If your prefer portion control for feeding, make sure you are offering food every three to four hours. You can moisten the kibble with warm water or broth if your Chihuahua is having difficulty chewing. Have fresh water available at all times in a small bowl.
Protect your puppy from electrical burns and injuries by securing and covering all accessible wires. Chihuahua puppies love to chew and bite. Between three to six months old puppies begin teething. Supply many exciting chew toys so your teacup can be safe and happy while relieving gum pain. At seven to nine months your puppy will go through another chewing phase as a way of exploring its territory.
Vaccinate your puppy before taking it out to public places. Vaccines can begin at eight weeks. Your Chihuahua will need a series of three DHAPP (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus,) each two to four weeks apart. It will also need to receive the coronavirus vaccine with a booster given two weeks later and a rabies given at 16 weeks or older. All puppies will need to receive at least two oral doses of a dewormer.
Take your puppy out in a small carrier or with a collar and lead to acclimate it to social situations. After 12 to 16 weeks your Chihuahua will be ready to explore more and practice social skills as well as house-training. Your puppy's development has now reached a point where it can experience real fear of objects and situations; this is an ideal time to begin positive training.
Groom your puppy regularly. Between four to 12 weeks your Chihuahua puppy is also learning about companionship, relationships and bonding. Brushing is an ideal way to connect with your puppy and instil a knowledge of calm, peaceful encounters as well as promote healthy skin by reducing dander and encouraging oil production.
Schedule a neuter or spay appointment with your veterinarian somewhere between six to 18 months when your puppy begins sexual maturation. If you are not planning on breeding, the procedure will offer your Chihuahua a healthier and longer life.
When puppy proofing your home don't forget to remove chemicals, plants and other toxins. You can use baby gates to limit access of the house at first.
Teacup Chihuahuas are at risk for low drops in blood sugar, known as hypoglycaemia. Always have your new puppy checked by a veterinarian for possible parasites such as heartworms.