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PHS Seeks Your Thoughts on Chihuahua Overpopulation

By taking this short survey, you can let shelter officials know your thoughts on the population explosion of this popular dog breed.

If you've read Sunday Patch column, you've noticed that at heart. That's because of all dog breeds, the Chihuahua is the most common breed being brought into shelters around the Bay Area. According to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, these animals are either strays or are being relinquished by their owners.

By taking this short survey, you can let shelter officials know your thoughts on the overpopulation of Chihuahuas. Click here to take the survey.

So why the explosion in Chihuahua litters? There are several theories according to Delucchi. One is that has turned these miniature dogs into accessories---problem is, these accessories need love, food, water, exercise, play, companionship, and regular visits to a veterinarian. Another theory to the small dog phenomenon is the false expectations held by owners, especially parents. Small dogs don't necessarily make the best companions for small children, and once the dog doesn't live up to the owner's expectations, off they go to the shelter.

And finally, popularity breeds popularity--because there are so many of them out there, many more litters are accidentally produced. It's what Delucchi calls a perfect storm for a Chihuahua epidemic.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is seeking the community's input on the over population of the Chihuahua dog breed. By taking this short survey, you can let shelter officials know your thoughts on the overpopulation of Chihuahuas. Click here to take the survey.

For more information, go to www.phs-spca.org.

Antonio Catpo September 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I tried taking the survey but when i clicked on the link, it said "Thanks for taking the survey" (?)
N. Poteet September 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I also tried to take the survey and got the same "Thanks for taking the Survey" so whats the deal? I was almost afraid to take this survey thinking it may lead to untimely deaths of unwanted dogs. I own one of this little mighty dogs and years ago said I would never have one, but here I am with my heart wound around her she is my best friend and goes with me all the time, but I do agree they are not for small children (in general) are a one person dog (most of the time) and need the same amount of care both medically and attention wise, information should be available as to the cost of supporting an animal prior to its adoption, along with general information of the breed. Stop trying to breed down the size of animals all it does is to bring out genetic problems that hurt the future breed. Thanks
Linda Hall September 09, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Same here. Fashions of breeds.
mit noslen September 09, 2012 at 10:08 AM
my partner and i live in phx az and we have 6 chihuahuas...yes SIX. i love them more than life and i never tire of their company.....they are my world. they love us so much and we love them that i can hardly go a couple of hours without them before wanting to get home to see them. love my dogs.

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