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Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe takes lead with December opening

Tanya Salitura's city centre venue will be the first of its kind in Scotland.

Chihuahuas: The Edinburgh dog cafe has announced its opening date.
Chihuahuas: The Edinburgh dog cafe has announced its opening date. Edinburgh Chiuahua Cafe

Scotland's first dog cafe has announced it will open to the public in December.

The Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe will open on Frederick Street on December 1, six months after it first began trialing the idea with pop-up puppy cream tea parties.

Animal lover Tanya Salitura decided to open the cafe after passers-by would regularly stop to pet and take photographs of her chihuahua Ama.

She now cares for eight Chihuahuas at home in Fife, with the dogs enjoying their own bedroom and ample space to run free.

They will be taken to and from the cafe each day, where Ama, Lady Bee, Cleopatra, Duchess, Elsa, Faery, Gatsby and Hepburn will be waiting to play with customers and enjoy extra cuddles.

Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe will work in a similar way to Scotland's popular cat cafes.

Scotland's first dog cafe will open in Edinburgh on December 1.
Scotland's first dog cafe will open in Edinburgh on December 1. Edinburgh Chihauhau Cafe

Customers can pre-book 50-minute slots on the company's website and will then be able to interact with the pups while enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake.

Unlike dog-friendly cafes and bars, people will not be allowed to bring their own pooches into the premises.

"We have been doing our pop-up events since June to socialise our dogs and let the public start meeting them ahead of the grand opening," Tanya says.

"This means we already have some loyal fans, which is wonderful and has definitely inspired small business tweaks, such as a loyalty card.

"Our customers are really important to us and we have even had a tasting session to help decide our final menu."

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Tanya says a lot of hard work has been put into the design of the cafe for the well-being of the dogs.

Nearby Princes Street Gardens is a two-minute walk away for the dogs to be taken for breaks and a double door system will be in place to ensure there are no escapees.

"We aim to bring a little quality time, community and fun to Edinburgh city centre," Tanya adds.

"Our business model is uncomplicated - we focus on a quality, unique dog interaction and really good tea and cake."

Eight Chihuahuas will be on hand to offer cuddles to customers.
Eight Chihuahuas will be on hand to offer cuddles to customers. Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe

Tanya explains the Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe will host special events during the week and plans are in place for the upcoming Christmas festivities and next year's Fringe.

"Our customers comment on the level of interaction and service they receive and we have yet to see a guest willing leave," Tanya says.

"Everyone always wants to stay and relax with our gorgeous dogs a little longer."

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