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Puppy love: Scotland's first dog cafe opens in Edinburgh

Cuddles and cake are on the menu as customers play with the eight resident pooches.

As a group of guests gather in a small cafe in Edinburgh, eight boisterous and lovable Chihuahuas pile in for cuddles and playtime.

Sipping non-alcoholic fizz and enjoying treats from a cake stand, the big day has finally arrived for Tanya Salitura and husband Ross as Scotland's first dog cafe opens to the public.

Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe on Frederick Street has been transformed into a cosy and comfortable space for dog lovers to enjoy cuddles, play and relax with its resident pooches.

Tanya and Ross' eight pet Chihuahuas will have the run of the city centre-based cafe, travelling from their home in Fife each day.

Eight resident Chihuahuas will be on hand to offer cuddles to customers.
Eight resident Chihuahuas will be on hand to offer cuddles to customers. STV

Ama, Lady Bee, Cleopatra, Duchess, Elsa, Faery, Gatsby and Hepburn have been training for months for their starring role at the Edinburgh attraction.

"We got some [dogs] that are much more calm and they are the ones that are just going to want to sit on your lap and cuddle the whole time," Tanya explains.

"Some are more high energy for a Chihuahua so they'll want to play ball and fetch just like a retriever would.

"People tend to gravitate towards the dogs that suit them the most."

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

Customers can enjoy tea, cake and cuddles at the Edinburgh cafe.
Customers can enjoy tea, cake and cuddles at the Edinburgh cafe. STV

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.

Some early Christmas shoppers walking past the cafe as it enjoyed its opening event were delighted with the idea.

One woman said:"I love dogs, I'm excited. I think it's about time since we have a cat cafe that we have a dog cafe."

Another wasn't too keen on the idea, explaining: "I've been to a cat cafe, that's not too bad but no, not for me."

The cafe aims to offer a relaxing space for people in Edinburgh.
The cafe aims to offer a relaxing space for people in Edinburgh. STV

As the cafe opens to the public on December 1, Tanya hopes dog lovers will find the cafe a place to relax, especially in the run up to Christmas.

"It's all about slowing down from the hustle and bustle and just having some quality time," she says.

"You come here to sit back and relax, maybe chat to some other like-minded people.

"You've got a common shared interest walking through our doors."

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