Frequently asked questions
Q.) Can I come visit your dogs and puppies?
A.) No, for the safety of our family and our dogs, and since we raise our dogs in our home, we are no longer allowing anyone to visit our home. No exceptions! We did allow this at one time, but breeders' homes have been broken into and puppies stolen, along with the homeowners being beaten or worse. This is one of the many reasons we no longer allow people in our home to meet or pick up their puppies. I apologize if this is inconvenient for you, but my family and my dogs are my priority and it's my job to protect them! We will meet at my vets office or a public location at pick up.
Q.) Do you ship your puppies? How much does that cost?
A.) Yes we do ship our puppies. We ship our puppies with a pet nanny. The pet nanny fee is estimated at $350 - $650 as an estimate. Prices vary based on location in the US. A pet nanny is someone who will safely meet the breeder at the airport, and then transport the pet to an airport near the buyer and meet them at the Arrivals terminal. The pet nanny flies with the puppy in the cabin and assures the puppy gets food and water as needed.
Q.) How long does a Chihuahua live?
A.) Toy breeds live the longest of any size dog. Chihuahuas can live up to 20 years.
Q.) What does my Chihuahua puppy come with?
A.) Your puppy comes with a Two Year Health Guarantee for life-threatening genetic defects, with a signed puppy contract. They also come with a small sample bag of the food they are currently eating, a scent blanket that smells like their mom and siblings, toys, and vaccination & deworming records. All puppies are examined by a Licensed Veterinarian between 7 - 8 weeks. The records from this appointment will be in their go-home folder along with informational sheets on chihuahuas and hypoglycemia.
All our puppies are handled and loved on every single day. We play with their feet, tail, and ears often to get them used to it. The puppies and their mothers are kept in our living room and den area, so they get used to all the usual household noises like vacuums, crinkling of paper/plastic bags, big dogs barking, T.V., pots, and pans, etc. We do our best to expose them to as many sights and sounds as possible while they are growing, so they will be a more well-rounded pet and the transition from our home to yours will be as smooth as possible.
Q.) When can my puppy come home?
A.) Most puppies can go home at 9 - 10 weeks, if they are on the tiny side they will need to stay with me and their mother longer. No puppy will leave Lil Treasures before they are 8 weeks old. Puppies must be paid in full by 8 weeks so we have time to arrange shipping with the pet nanny.
Q.) What is a Molera/Soft spot?
A.) Historically, the Chihuahua has displayed a "soft spot" on the top of the head. This spot, or fontanel, is known as a Molera and is the same as that found in human babies. Some of these soft spots close completely as your dog matures, others remain small and are not detrimental to your dog. In the past, the Molera was accepted as a mark of purity in the breed. A domed head with a Molera present does not predispose the Chihuahua to hydrocephalus.
Q.) How often should I feed my Chihuahua?
A.) Chihuahuas have a higher metabolism and should be feed twice a day using a premium dog food. Young puppies should have food available at ALL TIMES to prevent hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar. It can occur if a puppy has gone too long between meals or has become chilled and/or stressed. A puppy that has become hypoglycemic will lack energy and become listless. Corn syrup and honey (diluted 50-50 with water) are readily available items you can give your puppy to restore its sugar balance. Nutra-cal is good to have on hand as well. If it does not respond within minutes seek Veterinary assistance as hypoglycemia can be life threatening. Be carful not to overfeed your adult Chihuahua as obesity can create health issues and shorten your pet's lifespan. Fresh water should always be readily available to your chihuahua.
Q.) If I am unable to take possession of my puppy when he/she is ready to leave, can you keep the puppy longer?
A.) Yes, we are happy to keep your puppy longer but there will be a $10.00 a day boarding fee, plus any additional costs like vaccines, dewormings, and vet visits incurred during the additional stay before pick up or delivery.