About Peppy the "Personality Plus" Hairless Chihuahua
Adoption Fee: $100.00
General Color: Black with Gray or Silver
Ear Type: Erect
Current Size: 8.9 Pounds
Potential Size: 8 Pounds
Current Age: 12 Years 1 Month (best estimate)
Exercise Needs: Low
Grooming Needs: Low
Peppy is an older hairless chihuahua who was surrendered due to the owners health. This older Chihuahua is very laid back and would like a warm lap to sit on and be loved in his later life. He just loves to cuddle. When we are not holding him, he cuddle with one of our other dogs in one of the dog beds. They spend a lot of time with each other whether sleeping or playing!
Peppy is a delightful little guy! Everybody who meets him falls in love with him. He does like to have his people in his sight at all times (separation anxiety) so would love somebody who would be home with him. The change in weather has meant a sweater at all times for him as he does get cold quite easily. Even when it warms up, if it is below 75, he is chilly due to his lack of hair. When it is sunny out care also needs to be taken that he does not get sunfurned. He loves to play with our dog who is about his size, loves to nap, loves to eat, loves to be outside as long as his people are. He loves to give kisses too!
Medical update: He has minor luxated Petellas in both knees and arthritis in his back. Although the vet doesn't feel his senior care will cost alot he just needs someone whom keep him well loved... I've been giving him a joint supplement and his legs are much stronger than when he first arrived at Judy's.
Foster Update 2/14/14: Peppy is doing great and has come a long way from when we started fostering him. His legs are so much stronger and he just zips around; however I have to be in his sight or he wails and cries, silly boy. I keep telling him I am not his real momma but he does not agree. He and AJ (formerly Ajax) are best buddies and sleep together in a little dog bed all the time and she keeps one of her paws on him as if to say "He is MY Peppy!"
Foster notes, December: Peppy loves to follow us around and know where we are. He actually has some "pep" despite his knee issues but the vet does think he needs to avoid further strain on his knees. He is eager to please and does well with the other dogs (all sizes) in our home. Once in a while he thinks he needs to correct one of the other dogs if he thinks they are doing something they shouldn't. He will back off right away if told to stop. We do not crate him. We are home most of the time but when we leave, he is loose in the house with 3 other dogs and does not get into anything.
Peppy qualifies for our senior for senior program. If adopted by a senior person (55+) his adoption fee is $50.
According to www.dogbreedinfo.com, the Chihuahua is the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world. Native to Mexico, nonetheless it seems to have been introduced by the Chinese. It was only brought to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua where he was brought to the rest of the world by travelers. This breed is believed to have been sacred to the Pre-Columbian Indian nations. The Chihuahua is a popular, economical companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and enterprising, it gives and demands affection. Bold and saucy, it moves swiftly to avoid being stepped on. Chihuahua's are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy. They like to lick their owner's faces. It is undeniably suspicious of people except for its owner. When strangers are present, it follows its owner's every move, keeping as close as possible. This breed may snap at teasing children, after all it is too tiny to get away. The Chihuahua must resort to his sharp teeth in self defense. It is not recommended for children. He can be noisy and may require patience to housebreak. Many owners simply paper train this breed. The Chihuahua hates the cold and may shiver, although this may be due to high metabolism as much as temperature or anxiety. It will tolerate and even appreciate a warm sweater on cooler days. They are good little dogs for apartment life. Although it is tempting to carry these dainty creatures about, they will keep fitter if taken for walks. A body harness is safer than a collar. Don't think that just because he is small he should be confined to a small space. Chihuahuas have a life expectancy of 15 or more years.
More about Peppy the "Personality Plus" Hairless Chihuahua
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Does Good in the Car, Likes to be in your lap, Prefers warm climate, Protective, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Needs a companion animal
Special Needs: He has knee issues (patellas are weak.) He is older! He has major hair loss and needs to be sheltered from the sun when necessary and kept warm when necessary. His legs need to be watched for "knuckling" per the vet and he would do best in low key environment.
Peppy the "Personality Plus" Hairless Chihuahua's companion, Mindy the Shih Tzu (adopted) can also be seen on our website.
Our dogs and cats love to sleep on Kuranda beds. We love them, too - sturdy and long lasting, they provide comfort to our pets for years! But we do not have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed or tower at discounted price, please click here!
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