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How To Find A Chihuahua For Sale In Perth (2022 Update)

How To Find A Chihuahua For Sale In Perth (2022 Update)

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If you’re looking for a Chihuahua for sale in Perth, I hope that this article will be helpful for you.

You might think that the easiest way to find a new Chihuahua puppy is to pop into a pet shop down the road, or to find a dog on Gumtree. However, these aren’t necessarily the best ways to bring home a new dog.

In fact, you can save yourself from a lot of heartache (and expense) if you take your time when looking for a new furry family member.

For the best results, the number #1 way to find a Chihuahua for sale in Perth includes many smaller steps that we will explore in this article.

These steps include:

  • Evaluating if a Chihuahua really is the best breed for your lifestyle
  • Deciding if you’re looking for a puppy, adolescent, adult, or senior dog
  • Speaking to local vets and qualified dog trainers to get their feedback
  • Researching dog breeders, shelters, and rescue organisations

If that sounds like a bit much for you, please keep in mind that a Chihuahua is a 10+ year commitment. You’ll really save yourself from a lot of potential heartache and expense by taking a bit of extra research time before you commit to a new dog.

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Should you get a Chihuahua?

If you never had a Chihuahua before, it can help to write down why you want a dog, and what activities you are looking forward to doing with your dog.

Then, speak to as many of the following as you can:

  • Qualified dog trainers
  • Dog Clubs
  • Veterinarians
  • Dog owners who have a Chihuahua

They will be able to give you helpful feedback about whether your expectations align with the reality of living with a Chihuahua.

For example, compared to other breeds, Chihuahuas have bigger genetic prepositions for stranger fear and dog fear.

So if one of your big reasons for wanting a dog is to be very social with it, you could end up disappointed.

This doesn’t mean that every single Chihuahua will develop dog and stranger fear, but statistically you’ll have a higher risk compared to other breeds.

So when you decide to find a Chihuahua for sale in Perth, you want to be aware of this, and prepared to invest both time and money to work on any issues that may arise.

Heritability estimates for 14 behavioural traits. Source: The Royal Society Publishing

Where to find a Chihuahua for sale in Perth?

Here are your options when looking for a Chihuahua for sale in Perth:

  • Dog breeders
  • Dog shelters and rescue organisations
  • Backyard breeders, Pet shops, Gumtree, Trading Post and similar (don’t do this)

Dog Breeders

When looking for a dog breeder, it helps to understand that not all breeders are the same and that there’s a difference between purebred dogs and well-bred dogs.

Unfortunately, it’s not safe to assume that a dog came from a reputable breeder simply because it’s purebred.

It’s a common misconception to believe that you’ll always do better with a puppy from a breeder rather than a dog from a shelter. It’s hardly ever as black and white like that.

Finding a responsible Chihuahua breeder

To find a responsible breeder, it’s often best to get off the internet and speak to a local veterinarian or qualified dog trainer. They will know all about who’s good and bad, and can give you plenty of feedback and insights that you won’t be able to find online.

You can also go to dog shows and speak to people there who will hopefully be able to give you helpful advice.

Websites that list Chihuahuas for sale in Perth from dog breeders

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Dog Shelters & Rescue Organisations

Some Chihuahuas end up in shelters due to no fault of their own and they can be a great addition to your family.

Whether you want to adopt or shop is entirely up to you and both options have pro’s and con’s. Whichever options you choose, the most important thing is to do it responsibly.

If you’re a prospective new dog owner who wants to adopt a dog but you don’t know where to start, consider contacting a qualified dog trainer for help.

A dog trainer will be able to advise whether a specific type of dog will be a good fit for your lifestyle.

You can even ask them to come along to the shelter with you to help assess the dog before you commit to bringing it home.

The truth is that you will probably end up doing some dog training anyways once you brought a new dog home, so there’s nothing wrong in getting a trainer involved beforehand too.

Websites that list rescue Chihuahuas for adoption around Perth

Chihuahuas for sale in Perth from Backyard breeders, Pet Shops, Gumtree, Trading Post and similar (don’t do this)

It’s a delicate topic, but here are my two cents worth about looking for Chihuahuas for sale via the above mentioned sources.

Irresponsible breeding practices can lead to sad and expensive health and behaviour problems which are ultimately contributing to dog abandonment.

That’s not to say that this is always the case, but the fact is prospective dog owners are less likely to be screened for suitability when they buy from backyard breeders, pet shops and online marketplaces.

And I understand that most people hate getting screened for suitability in the first place, and that there are issues with screening processes too.

But if screening or no screening are your only two options, getting screened significantly reduces your risk of ending up with a dog you can’t care for.

In addition, you typically also end up with much less support than you would have received from a dog shelter, rescue organisation, or responsible breeder.

And if you’re a new dog owner, you want all the support you can get, not less of it.

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