Blue Eyed Chihuahua Health Problems
One of the biggest challenges facing a dog lover who wishes to adopt a chihuahua is the cost. Patella locations (the medical term for knee elbow joint problems) tend to run in the thousands. Even the very best of blue-eyed breeds can cost thousands of dollars. Adopting a chihuahua does help reduce costs, but only if you know how to find good homes that care for their patellas.
Blue Eyed Chihuahuas are an exquisite and amazing breed, but they do come at a hefty cost. Blue Eyed Chihuahuas make up about fifteen percent of the chihuahuas sold in the United States each year. These dogs are beautiful to behold, but they are not easy to raise. They require constant attention, exercise, and lots of love. Since many people cannot provide all of these things, many chihuahuas end up in abusive environments where they do not receive the love and attention they need.
Most Blue Eyed Chihuahuas have short coats that require regular brushing and a timely visit to the veterinarian.
They have a double coat of hair which requires regular trimming to keep the coats in good condition. They have some health problems that need to be tended to regularly; one of them being the very annoying condition known as “Patella Luxation”, which is caused by excessive walking.
Blue Eyed Chihuahuas are among the oldest of the purebreds, and it is believed they have developed around four centuries ago. The most common colors in this breed are black, blue, fawn, and tan. There is also an assortment of additional coat colors available. These include platinum, chocolate, and gold. Most of the time, chocolate, gold, and platinum is mixed with other colors to produce a tri-colored coat.
Tri-colored chihuahuas have three times more chances of acquiring health problems compared to purebreds with two colors in their coats. This is because some pet store breeders don’t know how to properly mix different colors and develop healthy puppies. The most common health problems seen in tri-colored chihuahuas include hypoglycemia, congenital heart disease, congenital rubella, and skin allergies.
Another common health problem seen in Blue Eyed Chihuahuas is known as patellar luxation or kneecap syndrome.
Patellar luxation is usually caused by excess weight gain or a lack of exercise, which causes the kneecap to stretch out. The excessive weight causes the cartilage underneath the kneecap to weaken, causing the bone on either side to separate. This causes the kneecap to rub together, resulting in that uncomfortable feeling known as “patellar cramp”. If not treated, this syndrome could lead to arthritis in the joint, which would require physical therapy and medications.
Good Blue Eyed Chihuahua breeders will be able to tell you if a particular puppy has not been tested for genetic diseases. They should also be able to provide proof of the health of the two chihuahuas if the test results are known.
It’s always a good idea to ask the breeder to provide a certificate of authenticity for the Pritchard test. Some websites help you determine the genuineness of certain Chihuahua breeds. Blue Eyed Chihuahua breeders who don’t have such documents available to prove their blue eye status may be questionable.
Most Blue Eyed Chihuahua health problems are mild, with only some worrying cases seen.
However, it is still important to keep an eye on your pet and know what to do in case of emergencies. Even though these adorable little dogs look cute and very cuddly on TV, they can still be serious threats if not properly taken care of.
As always, it is best to pick a reputable breeder over the internet or from the papers. Blue Eyed Chihuahua breeders who care about the health of their chihuahuas will provide documented proof of breeding and pedigrees of each of their dogs.