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Scotland's first Chihuahua Cafe opens in Edinburgh

Deadlines are approaching, stress levels are rising and your brain is going into overdrive.

We all know that it’s important to take frequent study breaks, but instead of deciding to catch up on your favourite TV show, students at the University of Edinburgh could opt to unwind at the first dog cafe in Scotland set to open in late 2017. The Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe will open on Fredrick Street, Edinburgh - a 3 minute walk away from Edinburgh’s main shopping street, and a 20-25 minute walk away from the university.

Animal cafes originated in Southeast Asia, covering a selection of animals that range from dogs, cats, birds and hedgehogs. England is already home to several residential dog cafes including Manchester and Newcastle but this will be the first for Scotland. Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe will see its eight Chihuahuas roaming the cafe whilst guests eat and drink. Customers are invited to interact with the dogs, take photos and pet them.

Tanya Salitura, entrepreneur and founder, decided to open the cafe after being inspired during her travels to pet cafes in Japan. Ama, Tanya’s first Chihuahua, with a beautiful black and tan coat, is regarded as the founding member. Tanya remarks how Ama is a great mentor to her seven younger sisters - Lady Bee, Cleopatra, Duchess, Elsa, Faery, Gatsby and Hepburn. Each Chihuahua not only has an aesthetic difference but has a unique personality to match. Lady Bee is a wild spirit, Duchess is a little clumsy, Faery is a social butterfly, and Hepburn is mischievous.

Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe is clear and detailed on its ethos, explaining how none of the dogs live in the cafe and are privy to breaks throughout the day, they all eat a balanced diet and go for regular walks. The dogs receive training and discipline, and Ama and her sisters receive suitable veterinary care when needed. To ensure the safety of their dogs and customers, the cafe does not permit owners’ dogs within the premises.

Perhaps you're a student living in halls and have a pooch back at home that you miss terribly, or perhaps you're a big dog lover but have never actually owned a dog (I raise my own hand at that). So to soothe those stress levels, why not book a table at the Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe when they open for a well-deserved study break with man's best friend. You've earned it!

Keep up to date with the Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe on their Instagram and Facebook pages, and check out their website for more information.

Written by Holly Psaliou.