The movie may spark a Chihuahua "fad" putting Chihuahuas in high demand to those who get caught up in the hype.
KCBS.com in San Francisco reports:
“We’ve seen too many people make quick decisions,” said spokeswoman Laura Fulda, "like buying a Dalmatian after taking the kids to see 101 Dalmatians. “They may not be prepared for the special things that the breed needs.”
Shelters are already overflowing with abandoned Chihuahuas, Fulda said, and prospective owners should consider an adoption if they decide that’s the dog for them.
If you encounter someone expressing a desire to get a Chihuahua or ANY dog for that matter please do your best to encourage them to educate themselves about dog ownership before deciding to take the plunge. Also, insist that they adopt from a shelter and not from a breeder. There are plenty of available dogs in shelters and rescues. They can always to go petfinder.com and adoptapet.com (formerly, 1-800-sav-a-pet.com)