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Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency

Phosphofructokinase Deficiency, commonly called PFK Deficiency (or sometimes less accurately called just "PFK"), is an inherited disorder where an essential enzyme, phosphofructokinase, is deficient. This enzyme, PFK for short, is critical in the conversion of glucose to energy, particularly in red blood cells and muscle cells. Dogs who are deficient in PFK will have muscle and red blood cells that cannot supply their own energy needs, which becomes most apparent in times of stress or heavy exercise. Much of the time, during levels of low stress and exercise, they will have a lower-than-normal level of red blood cells ("persistent mild anemia"), which may not be as readily apparent and may not exhibit any visible symptoms. It is in times of stress and exercise that the condition would become obvious and likely demand veterinary attention.

Symptoms of Phosphofructokinase Deficiency
Most of the symptoms would appear after stress, exercise, heat, or excessive barking, and they include tiredness, weakness, apparent muscle cramps, pale gums, and high fever. One symptom that is often the identifying factor of the disease is dark-colored urine, caused by the breakdown of blood products.
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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:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
My dog Katie will go get the newspaper every morning and take it out of the plastic bag!
Mary Beth from Detroit, MI, USA
We have a dog named Benjamin, and he won't take his vitamin unless we put it on his nose for him to flip up and catch.
Walt from MA, USA
I have trained my dog to jump rope and he loves it. Now he won't let my daughter jump rope by herself.
Jean-Paul from Nice, FRA
We taught Twinkie to carry a purse! Her treats are in there and she won't open the purse herself... she waits for us to open it and give them to her!
Ben from New York, NY, USA
Our dog Skipper pretends to fall off the sofa. He did once by accident and we cuddled him afterward so he started doing it over and over for attention.
Rhonda from Boulder, CO, USA
My dog learned how to skateboard! Well, getting there, anyway. She can ride it and push, but still working on steering...
Barrett from Norcross, GA, USA
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