Alfheim & Andromeda Chihuahuas
Are you contemplating opening your home to a fur baby sometime in the future?
I do not recommend bringing a new pet into your home for the Holidays’ sake, unless you are certain of the care and attention that the responsibility will require – but if you are ready – the chihuahua may be the breed for you, and we may even have the right breeder: Alfheim & Andromeda Chihuahuas (A&A)
This AKC “Toy” breed typically weighs in between 3 and 6 pounds and has an impressive life expectancy ranging from 12-20 years. The World’s oldest Chihuahua on record, named Megabyte, passed away on January 1, 2014 at the age of 20 years and 265 days. You may see the word “chihuahua” and think of: “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” (“I want Taco Bell!”) and the movies Legally Blonde and Beverly Hills Chihuahua but my love of the breed is far beyond those entertaining snippets from US Pop Culture.
While these little guys and girls sometimes get a reputation for being yappy or unfriendly, particularly with small children, the right training will make the chihuahua an excellent addition to your family. I should know, as I have had up to 3 at one time.
My pack of 3 were each one year apart and sadly, I lost 2 this past year in less than 12 months. While mine lived a lengthy life, one aged 13 and the other at 14, the pain was intense and the illnesses that they suffered were heart wrenching.
My middle guy Spike just had an excellent physical examination and will be turning 15 this May.
I decided recently that I was ready to open my home and my heart to a new chihuahua. While I often encourage people to consider senior pets, in this instance, I wanted my son to experience a puppy. My son only remembers our dogs as seniors. I thought the curiosity and energy of a baby may be the direction for us.
Why do I love Chihuahuas?
My son asked why the new dog had to be a chihuahua? They are wonderful in apartments, largely on account of their size. I also have grown to love the cuddly and sweet nature of the breed. They are fiercely intelligent. I rescued a Shepherd dog growing up and she was very intelligent. I do not believe that the Chihuahua is very far behind.
I looked into rescue for a puppy Chihuahua in the Northeast but was not having much luck. The shelter in Austin, TX has many chihuahuas if you are looking to adopt.
I was not comfortable flying a baby from down South, so I began to research breeders. The internet, while an amazing resource, can take a searcher on some twists and turns and some of my research left me unsettled with pursuing a relationship with the breeders I corresponded with. That is, until I came across Alfheim-Andromeda Chihuahua’s (A&A), the result of two breeders who merged to become one dog breeding force. Ansok has over 20 years of dog breeding experience, and Cass has over 10 years.
Science of Breeding
Of course, I was hesitant because A & A is four hours North of NYC, so I could not swing by and check things out…but then I read the following:
“To breed better should mean that you are breeding HEALTHIER…
Our goal is to have our dogs live longer and healthier lives.”
Having just been through very painful loss and lengthy time at the Vet and Vet Hospital, this was music to my chihuahua-seeking ears.
We discussed a little girl that they were calling “Leia,” who was four months old at the time and the last of her litter. After receiving her pictures, I knew she was our dog and we proceeded with getting “Leia”, now named “Bella,” to our home.
Ansok and Cass struck breeding brilliance applying the scientific advancements we so often hear of in human medicine and forensics, to the world of dog breeding. A concept that I found fascinating.
Utilizing the AKC Breeder Education Program which covers topics on breeding, genetics, anatomy and selection and The Institute of Canine Biology Seminars covering topics from DNA for Dog Breeders to Understanding Hip and Elbow dysplasia, A & A is constantly educating themselves to breed a better generation of Chihuahuas than the one bred before.
Ansok and Cass know that Dog Breeding is not successful without genetics and keeping up with the latest topics offered by Veterinarians and Specialists in the field are also part of their ongoing education.
The merge has also allowed both breeders to share expertise and experience and merge the important commodity of time to obtain and provide better research and to give breeding and baby pups better veterinarian care.
“We strive to have your Chihuahua’s visits to the vet as few as possible in its lifetime.” – A&A Chihuahuas
Additional benefits to this partnership include travel to both AKC and UKC dog shows, the development of both an Emotional Support Dog and a Certified Therapy Dogs. Many of these dog’s work as models for Group One Dog Gallery.
The best part of the partnership? The pleasure of hand delivering pups to new owners. I picked up my little love on the West Side of Manhattan!
Our little Bella arrived to us happy, healthy and wee-wee pad trained. She has acclimated beautifully to our home and all 2 pounds of her is having a blast playing with her senior friend Spike, whom she has breathed new life into.
Your pup goes home with the following:
- lifetime health guarantees
- lifetime support via email, messenger, phone or A&A Facebook group
- return-for-life; no questions asked
- 2 – 5-way puppy vaccines
- De-wormed at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Weeks old
- Revolution starting at 6 weeks old
- Health Records recording all treatments up to 10 weeks old.
- Puppy Pack with Blanket & Toy
- Checked by Veterinarian ( with a report in puppy pack)
- Already Micro-chipped with AKC reunited, that is registered and pre-paid
- Already Registered with the AKC, A&A cover the cost
- Pedigree and access to parents Health testing records
- Started on potty mat training and sometimes outdoor training (not in winter)
- Eating solid food Purina Pro Plan Savor Chicken & Rice Shedded (A&A send a few days worth of food home with the pup)
All dogs tested by specialist and O.F.A. Board certified veterinarians for Genetic eye issues (annually), Patella, and Heart. They also test D.N.A via Embark for 160+ known genetic diseases that can occur in Chihuahuas. Embark also tests Coat Color, how inbred the dog is, and how far back to a wolf they are: most Chihuahuas are from Asiatic Wolves 15,000 years ago.
Should you find yourself seeking a chihuahua, please check out www.aachihuahuas.com
To view some of the delightful babies and antics, make sure to join the group Alfheim-Andromeda Chihuahuas on Facebook.
Alfheim & Andromeda Chihuahua puppies prices start at $2,000 and go up from there!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.