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The Canine Good Citizen Program

By launching the Canine Good Citizen Program in 1989, the American Kennel Club established a training benchmark, for both pet dogs and their owners, that represents a solid, basic foundation for the well-adjusted dog. The tests involved in the Canine Good Citizen Certification represent the facets of dog behavior that are important in the home environment, social situations, and even veterinary visits.

Although the program establishes training goals and works with other organizations and local governments to encourage the adoption of their standard, it is the certification exam that they are most known for. In fact, obtaining the Canine Good Citizen Certification is a prerequisite for some assistance and therapy dog organizations, and it is considered the starting point for other obedience and performance events.

Who Can Take the Certification Tests?
Any dog, whether purebred or mixed breed, can take the tests and obtain Canine Good Citizen Certification. The only requirement is that the have all necessary vaccinations and boosters, including rabies, so there is an implicit minimum age for participation. Additionally, the program encourages owners who obtain certification with a puppy to re-test when the dog reaches adulthood, to make sure the training and behavior is maintained through the normal behavioral changes that occur as a dog matures.
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What is a microchip and why is it so important that our puppies have one? A microchip is a unique identification code that is implanted between the shoulder blades of the dog/puppy. The dog is then enrolled with the AKC Reunited Recovery Program. AKC Reunited maintains a national database and is available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year. When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at any animal shelter or by a veterinarian. The animalís identification number is called into AKC Reunited, and the pet owner is notified immediately. 305.904.9796 http:...
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Chihuahua

The Chihuahua At a Glance
Recognized By AKC, CanKC, UKC, CKC, KCUK, FCI, AFDSB
Country of Origin Mexico
Life Expectancy 14 years
Height Range 6 - 9 in
Weight Range 1.5 to 6 lbs
Colors Virtually any color and
markings acceptable
including tri-color,
blue, and brindle
Trainability High
With Children Usually good
With Animals Can be territorial
Climate Warm weather
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor
Exercise Reqd Moderate
Grooming Reqd Low; long coat moderate
Chihuahua Information
Although it's the world's smallest breed, the Chihuahua is hardly aware of that. They may be small and often fragile, but they are quite spunky and can be quite bold. However, they generally suffer in cold climates and need to be indoors. They can be quite aloof with strangers, and their bark can make them a good warning dog. They may have either a short or long coat.




The Myth of the Teacup

The Chihuahua Is A Chihuahua



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The official A.K.C. Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat types. The difference in coat type (the Long Coat or the Smooth Coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed. Our Standard does not categorize the Chihuahua by size.



For the purpose of showing and record keeping, the American Kennel Club includes the Chihuahua (along with 16 other breeds) in the Toy Group. Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature, ALL Chihuahuas registered with A.K.C. are considered to be a toy breed of dog.



As with all living things, there will be a size variance between individual dogs within this breed. Within the human family, brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes. They are described as humans, male or female, and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further. The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas-Long Coat/Smooth Coat, Male/Female.



Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size difference and physical appearances are many; and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate. Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. The Chihuahua Club of America is concerned that these terms may be used to entice perspective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not; and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading. Occasionally, within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small. That puppy is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct. To attach any of these additional labels to a particular pup is to misrepresent that animal as something that is rare or exceptional and causes a great deal of confusion among those fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.



The Chihuahua Club of America does not endorse or condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective puppy buyer not to be misled by them. We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy. While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their general health and well-being.

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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Where does your dog sleep?
This Week's Question:
What's the coolest dog name you ever heard?
My dog sleeps in the bed with me, curled up right next to my head on her own pillow.
Scott from Martinsville, VA, USA
Rolf has his own bed that looks like a smaller version of our bed with a wooden headboard and everything. It is in our bedroom.
Jen from Dublin, OH, USA
Harley has a big soft dog bed, but he burrows under it to sleep!
David from Arcadia, NY, USA
Miss Jay is basically a princess, so she's got a little bed that looks like throne.
Blaine from Atlanta, GA, USA
Our Great Pyrenees sleeps with the goats... he gets very upset when he can't get to the barn at night to watch over them.
Margaret from Tulsa, OK, USA
My three youngest sleep in the bed with me. One on the other pillow and the other two spread out across the bed. The little male will even """"tuck"""" me in, if my hand or arm is exposed he will come over and pull covers over it.
Jessica from Hawley, PA, USA
He sleeps in his own room on a big dog pillow thing..
Mickey from Miltown, Wisconsin, USA
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