Kitaco Kennels is a preservation breeder of the only truly ancient dog breed - Chihuahuas.  We are the first Dogs NZ Accredited Chihuahua breeders in New Zealand and the only Chihuahua breeder in NZ who is also a vet and the Dogs NZ National Breed Health Liason Officer.

We love Chihuahuas and are aiming preserve this wonderful breed by improving the genetic diversity of the NZ Chihuahua lines. We strive to breed healthy,  quality dogs, capable of showing all over the world. Our dogs come from champion New Zealand lines in addition to importing international lines  from top, Crufts-winning European kennels; lines we can trace back to the 1940s to deepen our gene pool and help eliminate inbreeding issues affecting NZ Chihuahuas due to the small population. We aim for health, soundness, great temperaments and excellent confirmation.


Our breeding dogs are all DNA screened for known genetic conditions, health tested for heart, eye and patella problems, and bred according to the Dogs NZ Accredited Breeders Code of Ethics.

Our dogs are not just bred for showing. Besides making wonderful  pets, we have dogs working as therapy dogs, in musical theatre, working with internationally renowned acts like Piff the Magic Dragon, on TV and featured in newspapers and magazines


Like all responsible breeders, our dogs come with a no-questions-asked re-homing guarantee if for any reason an owner can no longer care for their dog during the dog's lifetime.


If you are interested in a puppy, please read the information on this site and then contact us for a discussion before deciding if a Kitaco Chihuahua is for you.

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