Marli's Chi's - AKC Longcoat Chihuahuas 

of San Jose, California

"How To Have Puppies Available"

by Chris Watkins

I like it when people who want a pet decide to buy from someone who takes excellent care of their breeding stock, and has true concern about the health of their breed and their puppies.  I am glad when they can find a nice pet Chihuahua.  But sometimes not everyone in the country can have everything his or her heart desires.  Live dogs are perishable.  They can't be warehoused for a few months and then brought out at Christmas time, all perfect 12 week old puppies.  In order for Joe Public to get his puppy that he wants this week when he wants it, that puppy that so many people think he has a "right" to own, let's see what has to be done:

Joe saw a TV commercial last night and when he woke up this morning, he decided that he absolutely MUST have a dog just like Rufus.  In fact, he has a RIGHT to own a dog just like Rufus, and he wants it right now.  Joe is actually a decent guy who loves his dogs and he has a good fenced yard and he will even take a pup to obedience classes: in short, a very good home for a dog.

Unfortunately, Joe did not give a 21 week notice so that a litter could be bred 21 weeks ago just so a 12 week old pup would be ready this week for Joe.  Since we don't know what week Joe will wake up with a hankering for a Chihuahua of his very own, that means a litter will have to be born every week of the year, just so that one is the right age to leave in any random week.  That's 52 litters, 100-150 Chihuahuas born, just so Joe doesn't have to wait for what he wants.

But hey, maybe there are homes that will happen to come up by chance in the right week to take all 150 of those puppies.  That would work good, huh?

Of course, Joe doesn't normally want to travel very far, so lets make that 150 puppies times 50 states, because not only does Joe want his puppy at a random time, we don't know where he lives, so now we have 7500 Chihuahuas reared every year, just so Joe's puppy is ready when and where he wants it.  Only, gosh, some puppy buyers tell me they don't want to drive more than 30 miles, so 1 litter per week per state won't do it to meet the demand.  30 miles? We will have to have 50 litters born every week just in California alone, or an additional 7500 Chihuahuas born every year, and that is just for California.  We will need 20 more litters in Florida, 40 more liters in Montana, 40 more litters in Oregon in order to guarantee that Joe will have his puppy just the right age and the right location to be available when he has demand.  How many pups per year are we up to now, so that Joe can have the pup he wants this week at a random location? Let's see, America is approximately 2500 miles across and 1350 miles deep, so a litter every 30 miles would be approximately 3,735 litters born every week so that Joe can have a 12 week old puppy available within 30 miles of his house in any given week (someone check my math), and times 52 weeks a year that makes 194,220 litters a year born to suit Joe's demand for a pup.  Times 2-3 pups per litter, we now have 388,440- 582,660 pups born every year just so Joe can have the puppy he has a right to, when and where he wants it.

Oops.  I forgot to mention that Joe doesn't want a male.  They kill his rose bushes by peeing on them.  None of the other puppy seekers want a male.  If half the pups born are males, what are we to do with a quarter of a million unwanted male Chihuahua puppies every year? Should we put them to sleep? Oops.  If you put half the pups to sleep, you are going to have to double production in order to get the 582,660 females that you need to produce so that Joe can have his puppy when and where he wants it.

Oh, did I mention that the pup has to be a tricolor? True, Rufus is red sable and Joe wants a puppy just like Rufus, but he did his research and he saw a picture of a tri-color and now he must have that color.  In fact he has a RIGHT to that color, right now, within 30 miles of his home, and she must be a female.  How many more litters do we have to breed so that we can insure that this week, within 30 miles of Joe's house, he can buy a female tricolor bitch 12 weeks old, well raised and ready to go home right now?

I don't know.  I give up.

Joe is a great guy.  He deserves to have the puppy he wants.  He has a right to have the puppy he wants, and if the local breeders refuse to sell him a puppy right now, when he wants it, the breeders are obviously controlling selfish b*stards who are trying to keep Chihuahuas all to themselves.  I mean, it is so obvious, isn't it? Otherwise, they would breed enough Chihuahuas to meet the demand for nice pets.

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