First off, for you nay sayers, wanting to have a chihuahua does not make me less of a man, regardless of how much I'll be made fun of by my friends, or the possibility that attracting a female companion for myself might be slightly more difficult because of said ownership
Now, since I moved into my own place about a year ago, I've considered getting a dog. I've had dogs in the past when I lived with my parents (over the course of time, a mut, a lab, two wiener dogs and two rottweilers). I have no problem taking care of a dog so that's not an issue. However, my back patio isn't big enough for a large dog, as much as I'd love to have one. And I've always been a sucker for chihuahuas. Not those ugly long-haired ones but the cute little snuggly looking ones (no offense to long-haired chihuahua owners).
So, for those out there who may have owned, or do own a chihuahua, what advice can you give me to sway my choice one way or another? And, if it's on the positive side of owning one, where would be a good place to look for one (I'd like to avoid pet stores at all costs).