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AKC to Chihuahua Lovers: Don't get starstruck!

Posted September 25, 2008 4:53 p.m. EDT
Updated September 25, 2008 5:17 p.m. EDT

With the release of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” the American Kennel Club reminds moviegoers about the importance of making careful, educated decisions when considering adding a dog to their home.

The movie follows the story of “Chloe,” a pampered Chihuahua from Beverly Hills, who finds herself accidentally lost in Mexico. Alone for the first time, Chloe must rely on new friends to lend her a paw and help her to find her way back home.

The AKC and the Chihuahua Club of America urge potential dog owners to carefully research a breed when buying a puppy and to only buy from reputable breeders.

“Chihuahuas are very delicate as puppies, and can be inadvertently injured by being dropped, stepped on, or having a small item fall on them,” said Bruce Shirky, president, Chihuahua Club of America. “For this reason, we recommend that families with very small children perhaps consider a larger breed.”

Or consider adopting from an established dog rescue organization where thousands of furry friends await new homes. And don’t forget to microchip your new companion! Keep contact information current with your recovery service provider. While Chloe received assistance from her fury friends to get home, most dogs are not so lucky. Make sure your dog is permanently identified with a microchip.