This is 100% on the money and exactly what I was going to say. Zippy is a shelter dog and you wouldn't be able to find a better pet (or friend!) anywhere. A healthy adult dog should run you $150-$250 from most reputable not-for-profit shelters and you will go home with a neutered/spayed pet that is up to date on all shots. A true bargain if you add up all the costs! (A senior pet, like Zippy, can often be found at significantly reduced fees as well.)Have you looked at chi rescues and/or shelters? You can get a wonderful little dog there for a cheaper price and you would be saving a life in the process.
Go to petfinder.com and put in your zip code and you will see how many chis need homes. Perhaps one of them will steal your heart.... and save your wallet in the process.
Hurrah! I was just looking through the Petfinder listings for adoptable Chihuahuas in Arizona and there are a TON of beautiful looking dogs to choose from. I don't know how you could pick just one! Good luck and let us know how everything goes.Thanks for the advice! I am currently looking into a Chi rescue that has all of their Chi babies in foster homes. Plus our animal control has something like 100 chi's just sitting there waiting for homes.
Some people prefer getting animals from breeders, but who can afford it these days? Plus saving a life is always worth the cost, right?
Tink and Chimama- I forgot to mention that I have a decent (I can eat, pay bills and play) income ,so vet bills and the like wont be a problem. The money saving up is really my boyfriends way of stalling the inevitable. And yes, I am worried about the initial cost because I like having extra money around in case something bad happens. What if I see two Chi's in a bad situation and decide to get both or the Chi I get isn't spayed/neutered. Things like that. I'm a very cautious college student and I say i'm broke so I don't go on shopping sprees to the mall.
I should have said all that in the beginning though. DOH... I feel dumb today.
Thank you so much! Everyone here has been so nice that it's really made this whole experience more special to me.If you ever have any questions for me, feel free to ask. I have two chis...a five year-old and a ten month-old. Both long haired. Halle, the older chi, is 4 lb, orange and white. Heidi is 3 lb and tri-colored. Both have very different personalities, but both are super loving and would never ever bite anyone. Anyone can take them right out of my arms or lap or touch their food, bathe them, brush them, cut nails, go through vet appts...all without fear of them biting!!!
I knew how important it was, however, to start this kind of training with them right from the beginning (got them both at 8 wk old)...you need to socialize, socialize, socialize when it comes to tiny dogs who are more prone to developing Napolean complexes out of sheer fear or bravado!
I would LOVE that. I also have email if you like.Though you can definitely find some well-rounded rescues; it'll definitely be to your advantage to get a puppy if you want a very specific type of temperament.
If they're socialized very well, and exposed to a lot at a young age, you'll get the very friendly sweet pup that you want. **Edit, I just wanted to also side not that it's never a guarantee lol; genetics DO play a role to some extent, but early socializing definitely plays a huge part)**
Kahlua is my pride and joy and my ambassador for the breed; I got her as a pup and took her EVERYWHERE, did EVERYTHING with her, took her to parties, bars (yes bars) and made sure she was always safe and that everything was a positive experience. Now, she's the most affectionate, cuddly snuggle bug that has changed SO many people's minds of what a chihuahua is like, since they're used to the shy snippy stereotype. I always tell everyone that it does take effort though! If you're interested, I wrote a few pages about socializing and handling excersizes I could PM you. It's part of the booklet I wrote up about dog care that I gave away with each of Eleanors puppies.