Chihuahua Puppies for Sale in Michigan, MI
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A Chihuahua can easily be summed up as a tiny dog with a huge personality. Typically standing between 5-8 inches and rarely weighing more than six pounds, these dogs share little in common with their bigger ancestors apart from their big-dog attitude. Their compact size makes them ideal for living in apartments or other small spaces.
Chihuahuas are considered a national symbol of Mexico and are one of the oldest breeds of the Americas. While the AKC did not recognize the Chihuahua as an official breed until 1904, there is documentation of them being raised by the Aztecs in the early 16th century. Standing between 6-9 inches for the standard breed and 4-6 for the Teacup variety, Chihuahuas come in many different sizes and colors, and in both longhair and shorthair varieties. Chihuahuas are typically light to moderate shedders, but the shedding lasts all year.
Surprisingly, these dogs are a top watchdog candidate due to their extreme loyalty and territorial personalities. They may not have much bite, but the bark is often enough to scare away potential intruders. Their loyalty also makes them a great choice for first-time pet owners, just makes sure that children know to play gently with such a small dog.
Those in the market for a Chihuahua should be aware of the time commitment; Chihuahuas have some of the longest lifespans in the canine world, most living between 10-18 years. Relatively speaking, Chihuahuas don't need much exercise, and 30 minutes a day should be plenty to keep these dogs happy and healthy. Chihuahuas are also capable of competing in dog sporting events, such as agility and obedience competitions.
How dog-friendly is Michigan?
With its beautiful lakeside beaches and pet-friendly attractions, Michigan rates as quite a friendly state for our four-legged friends!
A study by animal safety site Pawsafe ranked Michigan as the 13th most pet-friendly state. Even better, the state ranked number three for dog-friendly attractions and activities. Pawsafe ranks states by evaluating the various dog parks, nature walks, local attractions, beaches, breweries, wineries, and shopping centers open to pets.
Safewise, another reputable site for animal safety, conducted a similar study in which Michigan was ranked as the 33rd most pet-friendly state. In the study, the state receives strong marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Both studies evaluated states for factors like availability of pet care and services, animal protection laws, and pet-friendly activities.
Is Detroit a dog-friendly city?
Detroit is the largest and most well-known city in Michigan – so how does the city stack up for dog lovers?
In a review of the 100 largest cities in the country, WalletHub found that Detroit was the 5th least pet-friendly city. It ranked 78th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 33rd for pet budget, and 98th for pet health and wellness. We also hate to say it but the city had the fourth-fewest pet businesses per capita.
In Detroit, the most popular breeds are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Goldens, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, and Labs.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked Detroit 52nd in terms of available dog parks, with 0.9 parks per 100,000 residents. There are six total dog parks in a city of over a half million people.
A few more pet-related facts about Michigan
Forty-two percent of Michigan residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Michigan are Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds in the state include Siberian Huskies and Rottweilers. People in Michigan love the great outdoors and activities like camping, hunting, and fishing – and these dog breeds love it, too!
Overall, 62.4% of the state’s residents own a pet. Dogs are the dominant animal, with only 31% of homes owning a cat.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Michigan
Michigan saved 97,224 dogs and cats during 2020. They showed wonderful progress as this was 4,705 more animals than in 2019. Approximately 9,714 were killed in the past year. Out of 130 animal shelters, 95 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 84%. Michigan has a bit of work to reach the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope they make it soon!
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