Tramp – Male Chihuahua/Terrier Mix

By Pammy
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Dec 7th, 2013
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACONGRATS TO TRAMP. Tramp was adopted at Petco in Goodyear. Tramp is a male Chihuahua/ Terrier mix who was born on May 1, 2013. He weighs about 8 lbs and still has some growing to do.

Tramp has a beautiful white muzzle and chest that contrast with a striking black coat. 

He gets along well with other dogs, enjoys being held and giving out kisses.

Because Tramp is just a puppy, he will need someone who has the time and patience to train him. Like any Chihuahau, he wants to spend his time indoors with his humans.

If you’d like to know more about adopting Tramp, contact Pammy’s Second Chance Rescue using the form below.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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.

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.

Tramp Snapshot 4The 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.

Tramp Snapshot 3A terrier is a dog of any one of many breeds or landraces of terrier type, which are typically small, wiry, very active and fearless dogs. Terrier breeds vary greatly in size from just a couple of pounds to over 70 pounds and are usually categorized by size or function. There are five different groups with each group having several different breeds.

Most terrier breeds were developed in Great Britain and Ireland. They were used to control rats, rabbits, and foxes both over and under the ground. Some larger terriers were also used to hunt badgers. In fact, the word terrier comes from the Middle French terre, derived from the Latin terra, meaning earth. The durable, wiry coat needs to be brushed weekly and professionally groomed twice a year. The object is a completely natural look. The Terrier sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. Bathe only when necessary. The Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient.

Tramp Snapshot 1Terriers are alert, bold little hunters. Very agile, they are willing to squeeze through a narrow space to capture any quarry that may be on the other side. Lively, they enjoy playing with children. Affectionate, mild-mannered dogs that aim to please their owners makes them easy to train. This sturdy, scruffy, little terrier is a good watchdog, and may bark, but is not aggressive. Be sure to socialize them well. Puppies should be made accustomed to loud noises while they are still young to avoid excessive timidity. Puppies and adolescent Terriers are very active, but will mellow as adults provided they get plenty of exercise. Terriers like to dig; it is a good idea to install additional reinforcements along the bottom of fences. Good with family cats if socialized with them, however this hunting terrier has strong instincts and should not be trusted with non-canine pets such as hamstersguinea pigsrabbits, and birds. Be sure you are always your dog’s firm, confident, consistent pack leader, to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, and separation anxiety.

Different localities raised terriers suited to their hunting or vermin control needs. Terriers were crossed with hunting dogs, fighting dogs, and other terriers. In the mid-19th century, with the advent of dog shows, various breeds were refined from the older purpose-bred dogs. All of today’s terrier breeds are bred primarily as pets.

Today, most terriers are kept as companion dogs and family pets. They are generally loyal and affectionate to their owners but can be “big characters” requiring a firm hand.

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