Chihuahua Puppies for Sale in Pennsylvania, PA
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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 Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania loves dogs! This state consistently ranks among the best in the country for pet-friendliness across things like animal cretly laws, pet-friendly accommodations, number of of dog parks, and more. However, Pennsylvania could do better with more no-kill shelters.
The state boasts 545 pet-friendly accommodations and 198 campgrounds. There are also over 200 boarding and daycare facilities, as well as 200 veterinarians ready to help as needed.
A study by pet safety site Pawsafe ranked Pennsylvania the 15th most pet-friendly state in the country. They also ranked the state 10th for dog-friendly trails. Of the 2,403 trails in the state, 65% are dog-friendly.
Safewise conducted a similar study in which they ranked Pennsylvania 3rd. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws, protecting against things lie abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Does Pennsylvania have pet-friendly cities?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities stacked up.
In their study, Pittsburgh ranked 11th, which is quite good. Specifically, the city was 20th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 22nd for pet budget, and 46th for pet health and wellness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows Pittsburgh to have the 15th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 2.3 parks per 100,000 residents.
SmartAsset has a similar study ranking the country’s biggest cities. In it, Pittsburgh ranks 15th for pet-friendliness. The study found the city to have 134 dog-friendly restaurants and two dog-friendly shopping centers.
On the other hand, Philadelphia only ranked 77th for pet-friendliness. The city scored well for outdoor activities but ranked lower for budget and health care.
Philadelphia is also on the lower end of parks per capita. The city only holds 0.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more pet statistics for Pennsylvania
Thirty-nine percent of Pennsylvania residents own a dog. This is just below the national average of 40%. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Pennsylvania are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. The official state dog is the Great Dane!
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania performs poorly when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 68,776 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 1,652 more animals than in 2019, but approximately 6,940 were killed the past year. Out of 95 animal shelters, 35 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 82%. This is on the lower end. Pennsylvania has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state.
We hope to see improvement in the coming years!
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