Our breeding philosophy is simple: 

Healthy, Happy Dogs that conform to the Breed Standard

We believe with the ability to DNA profile and rigorously health test our dogs, we can avoid the health problems plaguing the breed, such as patella, eye and heart problems, etc.


We DNA profile all our breeding dogs and bitches and they are certified clear of these problems to the best of our knowledge and ability. We do our best to ensure they will not manifest the dilute gene (which creates blue/merle Chihuahuas and all the heartbreaking health problems that go with it).

We believe good temperament comes from well-socialized, confident dogs. Our dogs are socialized, we work with a professional trainer and our pups are raised in the family home as pets. They are crate trained, in order to avoid stress when they travel.


We do not allow our dogs to leave our kennel before 12 weeks, however, if you have been approved to purchase a puppy, we encourage you and your family to regularly visit your puppy in our home to play and bond with your new family member before taking it to its forever home.

No dog is "perfect". They all have their quirks and their good and not so good features. Dogs selected for pet homing are treated exactly the same as our show and breeding stock.

All our dogs come with a "no questions asked" return policy, regardless of age. If circumstances change, for any reason, and you can no longer provide a home for your dog, it must be returned to Kitaco for rehoming.

All puppies under 20 weeks of age come with 6 weeks free, comprehensive Southern Cross Pet Insurance covering accident and illness to the value of $3000. 

Kitaco Kennels are the only Accredited Chihuahua breeders in NZ.

For further information about the scheme, the health testing and the ethics required to be a part of this scheme, check out the following links:


Health Breed Tests
Code Of Ethics
Code Of Practice
Code Of Welfare
Rules And Regulations
Accredited Breeders list by breed

Health Test Info
Breed Test Info
DNA Testing