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Lisa Chelenza knows that not everyone in your family walks on two legs. For helpful tips on taking care of your animal friends, and advice from local veterinary experts, watch Pet Pointers Wednesday and Saturday on TWC News. If you have ideas for Pet Pointers segments, email Lisa at lisa.chelenza@twcnews.com.

Chihuahas One of the Most Popular Dog Breeds, Issues Associated with the Breed

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Chihuahas are one of the most popular breeds in the world. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza explains about some of the issues associated with this popular breed.

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kettle Club. They are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and one of the most surrendered.

Because of their popularity in movies and commercials, people scoop them up and are willing to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars without fully understanding the breed. The Chihuahua is one of the only dogs bred to strictly be a companion and develop strong bonds with their humans.

These cute little dogs are easy to care for, but do need annual vet visits because of a host of potential health issues that can result from being neglected. Chihuahuas can also become territorial around objects and food or protective of a specific person. They should be socialized with other dogs, and people as well as taught obedience.

While they are small in stature, never underestimate the temper of a Chihuahua. Like all dogs, they are sensitive to the emotions of their humans, their surroundings and how they are treated. A calm gentle happy person will often be the best pet parent for a sensitive toy breed such as the Chihuahua.

Remember, never choose a pet because of their looks. Select a pet that fits into your lifestyle and be sure your personalities and energy levels match before you bring them home.

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