GREAT things come in small packages. This is true of Chihuahuas, the tiny dogs that pack great qualities even though they are much smaller than the average house cat.
The Chihuahua's big personality – smart, courageous, playful and affectionate – has won the hearts of many Filipinos as proven by the high number of chihuahuas registered with the Philippine Canine Club Inc.
In 2013, local Chihuahua enthusiasts took to Facebook to form the Philippine Chihuahua Club. A guy named Yen Whistler started the community page, which has grown to nearly 2,700 members today.
“The objectives we set are meant to improve the Chihuahua breed by discouraging bad breeding and selling practices,” said Supan. “This is why as admins we immediately delete posts that don't conform to ideal standards.”
Today, a Chihuahua puppy from a line of champion show dogs from a reputable breeder can fetch from P40,000 or more. On the other hand, a good pet quality Chihuahua pup can be had from P10,000 (male or female) or more, Supan said.
Chihuahuas are also very easy to bring around and don't require a big space to keep them happy and active indoors. Despite being petite, Chihuahuas don't shortchange in terms of companionship as they are loyal and sweet, just like their bigger kins. They can also be very funny.
At present, active PCC members try to hold monthly meet-ups, depending on where their next public events take them. Next year, the group plans to hold a charity grand eyeball for the benefit of lesser known dog shelter. After all, the little Chihuahuas' big personalities are complemented by their huge hearts.