AKC Warns Against Impulse Dog Purchases

"Beverly Hills Chihuahua” release prompts reminder to potential owners.

Posted: October 6, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The Chihuahuas are out in movie theaters, and the American Kennel Club is urging potential dog owners not to get star struck.

With the release of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” the AKC reminds moviegoers about the importance of making careful, educated decisions when adding a dog to their home. The new film follows the story of “Chloe,” a pampered Chihuahua from Beverly Hills, Calif., who finds herself lost in Mexico. Alone for the first time, Chloe must rely on new friends to lend her a paw and help her to find her way back home.

The AKC and the Chihuahua Club of America would like to lend moviegoers a paw in finding a breed that suits their lifestyle. The groups advise people to research a breed when buying or adopting a puppy and to only buy from reputable breeders.

“Chihuahuas are very delicate as puppies, and can be inadvertently injured by being dropped, stepped on, or having a small item fall on them,” said Bruce Shirky, Chihuahua Club of America president. “For this reason, we recommend that families with very small children perhaps consider a larger breed. The Chihuahua Club of America hopes that anyone who becomes interested in owning a Chihuahua as a result of seeing this movie will educate themselves on responsible dog ownership and all that it entails.”

People who see the film may think about owning a dog like “Chloe,” said Lisa Peterson, AKC spokeswoman. “Chihuahuas are also known for longevity – so remember, before you add a new member to your family, dog ownership can be a 15- to 20-year commitment for the life of your dog.”


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Isobella   Nashville, TN

9/24/2009 5:07:39 PM

DON"T get a dog just because a movie came out featuring a certain breed! Do extensive research and ,if possible ,meet people with the breed you're interested in and discuss what it's like living with that kind of dog. There isn't a breed that's for everyone, you have to research what is right for you. I've seen so many dogs wind up in shelters because of impulse buying or adopting and then being abandoned or brought back because ''It got too big, It barks too much, It doesn't get along with my kids or cats or other dogs, It has too much energy, It's too protective,'' or another problem that is not really a problem but a breed trait. Please be responsible and do your research!!!

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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

10/8/2008 4:32:07 AM

Genete from Santa Maria, CA, makes a good point! Words of Wisdom for everyone to follow! Every time a movie or TV show like this comes out, we have a surge of the featured breed flowing into shelters nation-wide. The Jack Russells because of Frazier, the Dalmations because of 101 Dalmations! Thank heaven for the wonderful folks in the breed rescues for helping out with these situations!

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Cirdan   Grey Havens, ME

10/6/2008 10:49:04 PM

Chihuahuas are lovely and if you are able to care for one... do so! If not, don't ruin a perfectly good dog.

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Genete   Santa Maria, CA

10/6/2008 9:21:07 PM

Every time we have a movie like this, this creates a mass want of the featured breed. With ALL the dogs we have out in shelters, kennels, humane societys, & with all the animals left behind because of foreclosures, WHY does anyone need to make a rush out to get a breed without first considering the animals that ALREADY need help. Please folks think of this first!!

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