kennel cough in chihuahuas: prevention, signs, symptoms and treatment

January 30th, 2015 · 4 Comments

what does kennel cough in a chihuahua sound and look like?  this 15 year old chihuahua has kennel cough.  it should clear itself within 14 days as long as he is kept quiet and rests.

this chihuahua also has kennel cough. how do you know if your chihuahua has kennel cough?  what are the signs of sick chihuahua with kennel cough and what can you do to treat and prevent it?  here’s what you need to know about kennel cough in chihuahuas.

enjoying adventurous trips to the dog park with our chihuahuas can be fun, but it’s also a time to be extra cautious as it is where dogs contract kennel cough most often.  trachea respiratory problems in chihuahuas is common, so it’s especially important to know how to prevent, identify, and treat kennel cough.

although kennel cough is generally not a serious respiratory condition and usually goes away after a few weeks, it is often the case that the cough masks a more serious issue like pneumonia, thus, it’s important to properly care for your chihuahua to avoid more serious problems from developing.  the key is to carefully monitor your chihuahua for symptoms so that you can get them checked out as soon as possible.

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January 24th, 2015 · No Comments

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colors and markings of the chihuahua breed according to akc standards

January 19th, 2015 · No Comments

chihuahua colors and markings

chihuahuas are a unique breed that comes in a variety of beautiful colors and markings.  the akc recognizes 29 colors and 11 markings in the chihuahua breed.  chihuahuas can be any color, solid, marked, or scattered.  several different color combinations exist and can be found in both short haired and long haired chihuahuas.    (photo credit: phodography.com)

for show purposes, chihuahuas are classified by type – standard or alternate – as well as by a code, which references the registration application for the chihuahua being shown.

here are the official color and markings for the akc chihuahua breed standards:

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merle chihuahuas: potential health problems from the merle color gene

January 17th, 2015 · No Comments

merle chihuahua puppy

what exactly are merle chihuahuas?

merle chihuahuas are said to be the latest ‘style’ or ‘designer color’ to gain popularity within chihuahua breeding during the past 15 years, but due to potential health problems, merle chihuahuas are rarely mentioned in credible books about genetic coloring patterns of the breed.  chocolate and long haired merle chihuahuas are also a rare find, thus making them more desirable to people who are more concerned about making a ‘fashion’ statement.

how does merle breeding work?

the merle gene will change the pigmentation of their base color causing them to have a lighter colored spots throughout their fur coat.  merles can create very intriguing and unique colored chihuahuas and at times will often have blue eyes.  the merle gene is also a dominant gene. this means that one parent must be a merle for the gene to be passed on to their offspring.  thus the gene will not remain dormant for many years and then suddenly surface.

are merle chihuahuas show worthy?

at one time, merle chihuahuas were eligible for show and were even considered to be purebred by AKC, CKC and KC standards.  however the rules changed as merle chihuahuas grew less likely to be purebreds and more breeders were just creating mixed breeds with false registration papers.  merle chihuahuas were also suspiciously increasing in size getting as large as 10 lbs!

are merle chihuahuas more prone to health problems than other chihuahuas?

the most controversial and debatable issue with merle chihuahuas is if there exists an increase in potential health problems.  if a breeder does not breed responsibly, then there definitely exists an increased health risk with merle chihuahuas, but if a breeder breeds responsibly and is credible, merle chihuahuas are typically happy and healthy just like all other chihuahuas.

a breeder does not breed responsibly if they mate two purebred merles together, where both parents are merles.  by doing so they think they are strengthening the merle color, but in actual fact they are creating a recipe for disaster as the double merle gene can create chihuahuas with serious health defects that include blindness, deafness and even severe deformities.

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what is a blue chihuahua? how do blue chihuahuas differ from others?

January 15th, 2015 · 132 Comments

blue chihuahua

what exactly is a blue chihuahua and what makes a blue chihuahua puppy different from other chihuahua puppies?  not a heck of a lot as all chihuahuas are special and unique in their own way, but blue chihuahuas are best described as a chihuahua puppy that is bred to have a dull silver-grey-coat with a tinge of blue.

a blue chihuahua is rare and can be an apple head chihuahua or a dearhead chihuahua and is produced from mating a black and tan chihuahua, a chocolate, or even a fawn parent, but the parents must carry the recessive blue gene in their line of heritage.  the blue in a blue chihuahua can also be part of a merle patterned – tri-colored or multicolored coat.

the chihuahua club of america warns that coat color in chihuahuas is often linked to genes with undesirable traits or birth defects.  the merle pattern and blue coat color can often come with health problems. this is another reason that blue chihuahuas are rare.

blue teacup chihuahua

like teacup chihuahuas, much controversy exists around the subject of breeding blue chihuahuas by blue chihuahua breeders as hidden defects on the gene that is linked to the blue color can result in serious coat problems and other health issues.  for these reasons, it is advised to never breed a blue chihuahua with another blue chihuahua.

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