In her book "Chihuahuas: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend," Dr. Marta Sanchez-Emden neatly captures a key element of the attitude of the Chihuahua: The dog, she says, "is bigger in his own eyes than in yours." In Sanchez-Emden, Chihuahuas have found a champion who shares their view. The author praises these petite pooches for their intelligence, fearlessness, affection and loyalty. She also arms readers with helpful guidance for choosing and caring for a Chihuahua throughout an owner-pet relationship that could last for as long as 18 years. Sanchez-Emden catalogs a range of hybrids — "designer" Chihuahuas — noting that the very process that produces such dogs places them at risk. A breeder recognized by the Chihuahua Club of America or the American Kennel Club, she says, is the best source for a healthy purebred Chihuahua.
Excerpt from the Book:
“Chihuahuas are considered a companion breed because of their naturally affectionate nature. They will become their owner’s shadow, following him everywhere he goes. The Chihuahua is one of the few breeds that prefer human companionship to that of all other animals, including other Chihuahuas. They frequently bond to a single person. In a multi-pet household, they will look to spend the whole day with their human companion, leaving other people and pets as a second choice to play with when their owner is otherwise occupied.”
Tips for finding the right Chihuahua
Advice for the new owner
Common health problems and remedies
And much more!
1.History and Breed Characteristics
2.Choosing a Chihuahua
3.Bringing Your Chihuahua Home
4.Feeding and Diet
About the Author:
Dr. Marta Sanchez-Emden graduated Cum Laude from Tuskegee University in 1994 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She has been awarded the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award and the Hills Science Diet Award. She is also a member of the Veterinary Honor Society of Phi Zeta, the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Dr. Sanchez-Emden is a Certified Veterinary Journalist. She has been featured on television and radio programs broadcast throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, including “Despierta America” (Univision), “Tu Desayuno Alegre” (Venevision), “Mi Mascota” (PBS-Spanish), and “Cristina Radio” (Sirius XM). She has also appeared in promotional videos for Elanco Pharmaceutical.
She has been a member of the Hills Science Diet Advisory Boards since 2011. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Canine Rehabilitation, and collaborates regularly with the Miami Zoo. She is the founder and medical director of the Animal Health and Rehab Center, a veterinary hospital specializing in integrative medicine in Miami, Fl.