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Why Senior Chihuahuas Rock

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why senior chihuahuas rockOlder dogs are often overlooked in shelters and that’s a darn shame. They have so much love to give us. Even if they may be a little grey around the edges and aren’t as cute as a wriggling puppy, senior chihuahuas have so much to offer us.

They Know the Rules of Dog Life

Senior Chihuahuas have been around for a while. You’ve trained them to perfection, socialized them (hopefully) beautifully, and confirmed your lifestyle to suit your aging buddy to a ‘T’.

With years of experience behind them, these adorable fellows have seen quite a bit in their day. No longer having the curiosity and wild energy of a puppy, your senior chihuahua doesn’t need the obedience courses or visits to the trainer that he or she once did. Your little ‘fur-oldie’ no longer leaps around with reckless abandon when company visits.

Yup, your little senior Chihuahua is a true pro at the dog life, having seen it all!

  • Already socialized
  • Familiar with children and other animals
  • Calm; lower energy requirements

Senior Chihuahuas Need Little Training

Because your senior has seen it all, that awkward ‘puppy phase’ is long behind. No need to deal with extensive house training (it can take around 4 months (or longer) to fully house train a puppy!); that was done long ago. No more stains on the carpet or smelly messes in the house.

Speaking of which, your senior has a fully developed, mature adult brain. Unlike a puppy, your dog’s personality has been shaped and molded perfectly by life’s experiences.

  • Already Potty Trained
  • Doesn’t run with abandon
  • Knows the rules of the house

They Love to Snuggle

Your little fella isn’t a puppy anymore. They are more than content to snuggle up on the couch while you catch a movie marathon. Lower maintenance than years ago, your little chihuahua is a breeze to care for!

Your relatives all know your chihuahua. They’ve bonded long ago; life apart is unimaginable. You love that warm ball of fur cuddled up next to you to pieces! Yup, your senior chi has firmly established him/herself as part of the family long ago!

  • Chihuahuas have one of the longest lifespans of any dog breed; spanning an avg. of 10-18 years! Some even make it to their 20’s. This means your ‘senior’ Chihuahua might not be very senior at all.
  • Chihuahuas are considered light to moderate shedders; cleaning up constant dog hair isn’t a problem!

Are you a calm, mellow, relaxed type of person? If that is the case, an older ‘Chi’ is definitely for you!

 

older chihuahuaWhy Adopt a Chihuahua?

If the incredible, loving bond they offer or the constant source of company and self-esteem boosting attention doesn’t get you, consider the fact that you are literally saving a life.

The pet industry is a very money driven industry that large scale dog breeders are more than willing to take advantage of. Unfortunately, there is no where near the space or funds available within our country to support the immense number of animals produced; a great many of them wind up in shelters or ‘euthanized’.

Because the many shelters across the United States can’t afford to care for all of the stray animals that are taken in, over a million dogs are destroyed annually.

  • As of 2014, a Chihuahua was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the smallest dog in the world!

Right now, all 3 of my dogs are seniors, all over 10. And I love this stage of their lives.

Do you have a senior chihuahua? Will you consider adopting a senior chi the next time you are looking to add a dog to your family?

Cathy signature Chi

 

P.S. I like this inforgraphic on how to help senior dogs feel more comfortable. Of course with chis, you can ignore the one about raised food bowls. LOL. You can find the complete article here:  https://www.movingfc.com/home-organizing/senior-dogs/

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Judy Hanstead

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I am very interested in adopting a chìhuahua and would know where you are located. I live in Ontario Canada and would like to get more information and how I proceed from here. I have had a rescue chihuahùa in the past and she was the best pet I have ever owned. I currently don't have any pets and I really miss that.

Thanks JUDY

Cathy

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Hi Judy, I'm in Virginia but I don't adopt out or sell chis. I just write about them. We do have an article that might help you find a rescue: https://ilovemychi.com/how-to-find-a-chihuahua-rescue/

Ed

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I have two old chis both rescues - I don’t technically know their ages bec the rescue only gave an estimate - I’ve had one for 14 years and the other for 5 years - I also have one that adopted as a puppy so she’s only about 6 now - I never thought much about chis only felt sorry for the ones that had to be in Paris Hilton’s bag lol. They are the best - I love their crazy personalities!! They bicker they play they’re possessive they are so loving and cuddle so smart I call mine my lil cling ons! Lol they follow me everywhere I go - my sister and my niece have now rescued one each bec of mine - they really are the best!!!

Cathy

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I love that "lil cling ons" Ed. I'm glad you are helping others to see how wonderful these little guys are.

Wendy

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

We adopted 2 seniors a couple of years ago. A father and daughter pair. Nacho was 12. Unfortunately he passed away at 13. Bella was 9 now 11. She has arthritis and some nerve damage but is going strong! We love her!

Cathy

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I'm so glad you adopted seniors Wendy. They are so often overlooked.

Alice Willis

Saturday 4th of January 2020

I hope you like this. My senior chi was Caesar. Tiny 6 pounder. As he aged, his knees were bad. I watched him slowly move around the house and fenced in yard. One day, he found a small gap in the fence and snuck out. When I didnt see him in the yard, I started looking around. I was so shocked to see him trotting proudly down the street. No limping at all! I called for him and he looked at me like, Oh no, I am busted!! I must add we lived on a dead end street with very little traffic so he wasnt in danger. But I knew then that he was quite a good actor!!

Cathy

Saturday 4th of January 2020

LOL, did he come back to you when you called him Alice?

Cecilia Tyson

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

My Prissy will be 10 next month. I've had her since she was 4 months old. My mother had gotten her from a breeder and within a couple of months mother passed away suddenly. I took in Prissy and mother's other dog, Jay, a schnauzer dachshund mix. Jay was 8 years old at the time and died from liver disease at 10.

Prissy is full of spunk, sass and energy. We love her and she is spoiled beyond belief. She has her own room, gets rocked to sleep every night and sleeps in her own crib.

Cathy

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

She is really cute Cecilia. I love her little grey muzzle.