Houdina – Female Chihuahua Mix
Congratulations to Houdina who found her furever home at Petsmart 2-15-2014 in Peoria. Houdina is a tan and white, 1-year-old Chihuahua mix.
This little girl got her name at her previous shelter because of her talent at being an escape artist. After slipping away one day, the volunteers were surprised to find her sitting by the door patiently waiting to be let back in. Clearly she knows to come home after a big adventure!
Houdina is very friendly and gets along well with other dogs. She can be very chatty and likes to sing. But, like any good little dog, her favorite spot is to snuggle in your lap! Houdina lives up to the Chihuahua code: lively, courageous, adventurous, proud, and, most importantly, affectionate. 🙂
To ask about adopting Houdina, use the form below to contact Pammy’s 2nd Chance Rescue.
Read on to learn more about the fun loving Chihuahua!
Chihuahuas are the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world. Native to Mexico, where it received its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua. They live about 15 years or longer and are the smallest recognized breed of dog in the world. The Chihuahua is the only “natural” toy breed, that is, the only small dog NOT bred down from larger versions of the same breed.
Take caution around toxic products such as chocolate or fertilizer. This is a very small breed and it will not take much to poison them. Has a tendency to wheeze and snore because of their small, short muzzles. Prone to stress, caused by the owners tendency to treat them like little babies. All dogs, even tiny ones, need to feel their owners are strong-minded beings able to handle the entire pack.
They are good little dogs for apartment life. The Chihuahua likes warm weather and dislikes the cold. They need space just like any other dog. Because they are small does not mean they can be kept in a very small area. Although it is tempting to carry these dainty creatures about, these are active little dogs that need a daily walk. Play can take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display a wide array of behavior problems, as well as neurotic issues. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.
The Chihuahua is a good companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and adventurous, they enjoy affection. Brave, cheerful and agile, Chihuahuas can be strong-willed without proper human leadership. They are loyal and become attached to their owners. Some like to lick their owner’s faces. Socialize them well. For some, they may be slightly difficult to train, but they are intelligent, learn quickly, and respond well to proper, firm but gentle (positive reinforcement) training. May be difficult to housebreak. Do not let the Chihuahua get away with things you would not allow a large dog to do (Small Dog Syndrome), such as jumping up on humans. While it may be cute for a 5-pound tiny dog to put his paws on your leg when you come home from work, it is allowing a dominant behavior. If you allow this little dog to be your pack leader it will develop many behavior issues such as jealousy, aggression with other dogs and sometimes with humans, and will become undeniably suspicious of people except for its owner. When strangers are present, it will begin to follow its owner’s every move, keeping as close as possible. A Chihuahua that is pack leader of its humans may snap at children. Chihuahuas that are their human’s pack leader tend to be fairly dog-aggressive. An owner who realizes this and treats the Chihuahua no differently than they would a large breed, becoming a clear pack leader, will get a different, more appealing temperament out of this wonderful little dog, finding it to be a good little child companion.