Itchmo Reader Dog Picture

Harley

Picture sent in by Michelle.

Harley, her apple head Chihuahua at six-weeks-old getting his nails cut for the first time.

6 Responses to “Itchmo Reader Dog Picture”

  1. Dog Breed Pictures says:

    Thats a cute Chihuahua..she really knows how to pose for the camera!

  2. Cate says:

    What is an apple head chihuahua? Did you buy this from a pet store - if so, do you know that she came from a puppy mill?

    Also, 6 weeks is too young to be away from her mother. UGH!

  3. michelle says:

    No I got HIM from my mother in law. And he was cleared to be home with me by the vet that is cutting his nails. He is now 11 weeks old and is potty trained and is very healthy. His mom stopped nursing at 4 weeks and Harley was eating on his own for 2 weeks before we brought him home. I love animals with all my heart and I would never do anything to harm an animal in any way. If I or his vet thought for one minute that he woould not survive I would have never took him home. Thank you for your consern. Oh and google Apple Head Chihuahua you’ll find out all there is to kow about them.

  4. Dee says:

    Michelle, I don’t think the concern is about his ability to eat or his survivability. 6 weeks is STILL too young to be separated from his mother and/or any littermates he may have had. That period of time is crucial for psychological development and socialization skills, and cannot be replaced by human contact, no matter how good anyone’s intent. That’s one of many reasons that some states (Fla. in particular) has actually gone so far as to make it ILLEGAL to sell puppies younger than 8 weeks of age.

    As a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with over 25 years of experience in private practice, I’d respectfully suggest that my colleague reconsider her recommendations in that area.

    Regardless of that, since you no doubt don’t have access to a time machine to go back and do it differently, he IS a very cute puppy….and that is an absolutely ADORABLE snapshot. You couldn’t have asked for a more expressive look on his face.

  5. Dee says:

    Oh, and btw…..

    “Apple head” chihuahua (and other similar terms) is nothing but a term coined by (some) breeders to “create” a “designer”-type “breed” in order to cover up their mistakes in breeding by trying to make them seem like a “special” type of a breed, to increase popularity and demand.

    When puppies are repeatedly produced that don’t conform to breed standards, irresponsible breeders try to turn that into a positive attribute by making up new names like that rather than choosing their breeding matches based on sound genetics. That’s one of the reasons we can’t get rid of so many of the undesirable hereditary/genetic medical conditions of so many breeds….breeders keep breeding them in, instead of breeding them OUT.

    Yes, you’ll find a lot of info if you google those terms, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it comes from a legitimate source or is true.

  6. michelle says:

    I do completely agree with you about being away from his mom and litters mates. But in this case both of his siblings died and his mother stoped going near him at 4 weeks.. She wanted nothing to do with the puppies. But yes I agree with you. I do have to say Harley is a wonderful dog and will go to anyone. He loves our three kids and he isn’t shy timid or aggressive. Thank you so much for you comment. Oh and btw… His best friend is our 7 year old cat. Thanks again…


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