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A Few Facts About The Blue Chihuahua

The Blue Chihuahua is a very special dog due to its somewhat unusual color. Aside from having a gray coat featuring a bluish tinge, it is the same as any other chihuahua in most respects, except it tends to be quite a bit more expensive. The Blue Chihuahua is a result of many years of careful, selective breeding. It takes a chocolate chihuahua and a black and tan chihuahua to produce a chihuahua, having the distinctive blue coat, but not just any old black and tan or chocolate colored chihuahua will do. The chances of having a successful breeding can be relatively small, which contributes to the high price one must pay for a puppy having the desirable blue coat.

Recognized By The AKC

The American Kennel Club does not recognize the Blue Chihuahua as a special breed. It only recognizes it as a purebred chihuahua that happens to have a grayish-blue coat, an acceptable color according the AKC standards.

The chihuahua in general has been a favorite breed for many years. It became quite well known to the general public as it was often seen in movies, either as a lap dog or toy dog. Those who watched the musicals during the 1940's and early 1950's may remember the Latin band leader, Xavier Cugat, who always had his pet chihuahua with him whenever we was conducting, or for that matter, when he appeared in almost any movie scene.

Chihuahua Characteristics

Chihuahuas are alert and swift moving little dogs. They also tend to show more bravery than a dog their size should have reason to.  They definitely exhibit signs of self-reliance and self importance. They are tough little dogs in many respects, and often act that way, but they are physically a bit on the fragile side, and need to be handled accordingly. Their ears are wide and erect, and their eyes are very round and somewhat large in proportion to their head, giving the dog a somewhat saucy appearance.

Accepted Blue Combinations

The list of colors and markings for this dog, as far as those meeting AKC standards, is fairly lengthy. Besides having a blue coat, a chihuahua may have a coat that is blue and white, blue fawn, blue brindled fawn, blue and tan, or chocolate blue. There are chihuahuas who have a blue coat with a black mask, and chihuahuas sporting a black coat with a blue mask. Acceptable colors for the chihuahua breed also include chocolate, red, black, silver, gold, white, and combinations thereof.

Health Issues

The chihuahua is in general a relatively healthy breed. It has fewer genetic defects than are found in most other toy breeds. One of the most commonly identified problems chihuahuas face however is a knee problem, where the tendons, cartilage, and bones sometimes do not align properly. In extreme cases, this can cause the kneecap to slip out of position, or the dog's leg to “lock” when lifted. Fortunately, this is a rather rare condition. Another problem, more common to chihuahuas than to other breeds, is a breathing problem associated with the collapse or partial collapse of the trachea, partially brought on as a result of the chihuahua's soft palate. This condition is usually treatable, and preventive measures can be taken.

Insofar as the blue coated chihuahua is concerned, there are some controversial issues surrounding the breeding of these dogs, due to the suspected presence of hidden defects in the recessive blue gene the dog must have to have a blue coat. Most experts agree that, because of the suspected defects, a Blue Chihuahua should never be bred with another Blue Chihuahua. In spite of the potential health problems the recessive gene may lead to, people remain willing to pay large amounts of money for a blue puppy of their own. There have been a couple examples of blue coated chihuahuas found in shelters, but the chances of having that bit of luck are really quite small.

A Source Of Information About The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua Club of America (CCA) website is an a excellent source of information about the breed, and is also a place where you can look for a breeder, whether the chihuahua puppy you want is to have a blue coat, a black coat, or whatever. Since a chihuahua having a blue coat will set one back a pretty penny, it's always advisable to do a little research on any breeder who is advertising these puppies for sale. It's best to select from a litter that has been, or will be registered with the AKC, as that will ensure the bloodlines have been documented, and you are not purchasing a puppy having a blue coat that is the result of breeding two blue-coated chihuahuas. If you locate a breeder who has puppies for sale that meet AKC standards, and the breeder is also a member of the CCA, you can probably rest easy in the knowledge you will be getting a healthy, purebred puppy. The CCA has been around since 1923, and it is a source of just about any information you would ever want to know about the breed, including where to show your Blue Chihuahua should you have an urge to do so.

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