The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographsnow revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!
Chihuahuas are little dogs with big personalities. Adorable and affectionate, feisty and fearless, they're equally comfortable snuggling in your lap or stalking intruders. Always on the alert, they make great watchdogs. With their sassy expressions and amusing antics, Chis are great companions and they're travel-size, so you can take them with you! This guide helps you with advice on:
* Characteristics to look for
* Getting ready to bring your Chi home
* Feeding and grooming
* Healthcare and common problems
* Training and enjoying your pint-size companion
* Bonus chapters available on companion Web site
About the Author
ELAINE WALDORF GEWIRTZ is the author of or a contributor to several books including Pugs For Dummies, Your Yorkshire Terrier's Life, and Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide. She is a multiple winner of the Dog Writers Association of America's Maxwell Award for Excellence and the recipient of the ASPCA Special Writing Award.
Table of Contents
Part I: The World of the Chihuahua.
Chapter 1: What Is a Chihuahua?
A Toy Breed.
The Ideal Chihuahua.
Chapter 2: The Chihuahua’s History.
The Chihuahua Comes to the United States.
Chapter 3: Why Choose a Chihuahua?
Are You Ready?
Why a Chihuahua?
Why Not a Chihuahua?
Chihuahuas and Other Dogs.
Chapter 4: Choosing Your Chihuahua.
All Your Choices.
Finding a Puppy.
Choosing Your Puppy.
Adopting a Dog.
Part II: Caring for Your Chihuahua.
Chapter 5: Getting Ready for Your Chihuahua.
Puppy-Proofing Your Home.
Bringing Your Chi Home.
Being a Responsible Owner.
Chapter 6: Feeding Your Chihuahua.
Choosing a Food.
Reading Dog Food Labels.
When and How Much?
Too Many Calories, Not Enough Exercise.
The Picky Eater.
Chapter 7: Grooming Your Chihuahua.
Why Groom a Smooth?
Brushing Your Chi.
Bathing Your Chihuahua.
Making Your Environment Flea Free.
Chapter 8: Keeping Your Chihuahua Healthy.
Choosing a Veterinarian.
Chihuahua Health Issues.
Common Canine Health Problems.
When to Call the Veterinarian.
How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.
Part III: Enjoying Your Chihuahua.
Chapter 9: Training Your Chihuahua.
Understanding Builds the Bond.
Practical Commands for Family Pets.
Training for Attention.
Chapter 10: Housetraining Your Chihuahua.
Your Housetraining Shopping List.
The First Day.
Confine Your Pup.
Watch Your Pup.
Appendix: Learning More About Your Chihuahua.
Some Good Books.
Clubs and Registries.