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Quick question for Tiller. Not a breed match :)

If you are wondering what is the right dog for you, this is the place to be. In this introductory forum we talk about topics such as breed vs. mix, size, age, grooming, breeders, shelters, rescues as well as requirements for exercise, space and care. No question is too silly here. This particular forum is for getting and giving helpful, nice advice. It is definitely not a forum for criticizing someone else's opinion, knowledge or advice. This forum is all about tail wagging and learning.

  
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Princesse- Lily CGN

I am RoyalChi!
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 2:43pm PST 
In all the time I have been here on dogster, I have never seen Tiller recommend a Chihuahua. Any particular reason? wink
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 4:50pm PST 
No, just the right person hasn't come along wink They actually are a breed I *will* recommend. Some I won't because they are just in too tricky a territory. But I Chihuahua I will recommend. They make good pets smile
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Princesse- Lily CGN

I am RoyalChi!
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 4:58pm PST 
For the right people of coursewink I will look forward to your description of both the Chihuahua and the person they are suited forbig grin
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Jackson Tan

Lad about town
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 10:51pm PST 
I've never seen Tiller recommend a kelpie, either. laugh out loud Then again, they are pretty rare in the states, I guess.

Hmmm, I wonder who the perfect chi person is. thinking
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Princesse- Lily CGN

I am RoyalChi!
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 3:35am PST 
Me , JT laugh out loud

Seriously, if I had done a breed match with Tiller for a tiny dog, I doubt she would have come up with a Chi. Just because of hubby's disinclination for barking and sheddingconfused

If you leave that aside, we actually are a near perfect fit for a Chi. Empty nesters with a human at home a good part of the day and a tolerant smaller dog to keep her company on the rare occasion there is no one home. Hubby likes tiny dogs ( she has grown on me wink ) We both like a dog that will stay by our side and can be trusted off leash. A dog that is just as happy on the couch as going for a walk or a drive. A dog who, although they may take awhile to get what you are asking, will do what you ask every single time and sometimes even before you ask! And... a dog with lots of personalitybig grin

I think the reason the right person hasn't come along ( I believe they actually have, they just haven't had Tillers input yet smile and they are taking a dogster break right now, so it could be awhile ) is because of some of the challenges with a Chi. Such as, tiny dogs and children as a rule are not the best fit. Not to say it couldn't work but its certainly not your go to breed if you have or are planning to have children. They are companion dogs who should not be left alone for hours on end. Then there is the delicate balance between protecting and babying a tiny dog. There is also the fact that they are often not good with other dogs. Except possibly their own kindlaugh out loud That said, they are awesome with other petsbig grin Then there is the potential for alarm barking , which is not good in apt settings. The shedding could also be an issue for some people ( like hubby naughty ) although I have read that the long haired Chis shed less thinking That also brings up the issue of climate. We are definitely do not have the ideal climate 6 months out of the year, which means Princesse spends winter indoors.

How am I doing, Tiller ? wink

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Kali earned- her wings- 10/21/14

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 3:59am PST 
We would be a good match for a Chi. Kali LOVESSSSSSS little dogs. We baby sat my Niece's dog and she fell completely in love with him. It was the funniest thing. A 107 pound Kali following a 6 pound Petey around the house. laugh out loud
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Jackson Tan

Lad about town
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 4:38am PST 
Hmmm, I'm home all day long and have no designs on kids. If I didn't have JT and such a clumsy husband, it could just work. laugh out loud As it is now, I think it could just end badly.

Still would like to see the perfect kelpie person come along, but I'm not holding my breath, lol. I rarely recommend this breed either and I love them.
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Moose

I love sitting- in laps
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 8:51am PST 
There are two Chi's (different families) that make appearances at the beach somewhat regularly and it has me looking at Chi's in a totally different light.

These two have the most awesome personalities. I've got video of one running up to the big dogs at the beach while they're digging in the sand and quickly goes about helping them dig. All the while, his tail is wagging so hard, it looks like he's going to throw his back out it's swinging back and forth so much.
He has no fear and he tries so hard to engage the big dogs in play.
He's like a Lab trapped in a Chi's body. It's a hoot.
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 11:56am PST 
Chis are actually pretty awesome. A lot of times they aren't given the time to BE awesome, but if you want to raise one like a "real" dog, you will have a real dog, a lot like what Moose described. This is one of the most intelligent of all breeds, has more individual personality and quirk than most breeds, and very few tolerate spoiling as well as they do. You need to select your Chihuahua carefully as they are so overbred and rampantly bred that you need to either know the parents or know the dog you are getting, particularly if a puppy.

I've come close to foster failing only three times. I know that sounds weird, and it has nothing to do with my love for shelter dogs, which is obvious and apparent. But bond is something I grow into, and in terms of what dog I end up with for fifteen years, I am pretty prickly. I do a lot better with purebreds, with genetics and some future concept, and of course am a puppy person, 100%. Some complain about puppies. Once my dogs become dogs, I start missing the puppy. Yes, even the eighteen month old puppy that is ruining my life. I just love puppies and their promise, and pointing them to what they can grow up to be. I'd never get an adult dog (of any sort)....it's like a plain, bunless burger. Ok, you are still getting the substance of what you desire....the meat patty...but all the fun stuff is gone and you don't get to design it any way and miss out on so much texture. The fun is gone. You still get the actual burger, but come on! laugh out loud

Anyway, one of those three was an American Bulldog. Which makes sense. Two, however, and this will surprise I assume shrug, were Chihuahua mixes. One I regret not keeping. The first, Roxy, was going to be fine wherever she went. She was just a starlet and I lusted for her. She was a true star and if she had tons of type and I were a breeder, I would have been freaking out, for she truly was a star. I remember taking her to my mom's Assisted Living. She trotted out of the room, down the hall....I mean like she owned the place....and just kept on trotting down this long and winding hallway. I just let her....she feared nothing..... and then heard the nurses exploding with glee. She had trotted to their station and had just propped herself in that cocky and social way she had and they were over the moon with all her darling presumptiveness. She was like 5 lbs or something and my Cocker thought she was a rat and I had to be careful because he obviously wanted to eat her. Because he thought she was a RAT! She was so tiny. It was nuts. But she thought she owned the world and was just...I don't know how to describe her. She was Katherine Hepburn laugh out loud big laugh

And then Spencer, who I do regret letting go. He had this horrible beginning to his life. I got him in when he was five days old. As the litter grew, he was the crybaby. It's not like litters don't have them. Some puppies are just all drama. But I started to get concerned. It was hard for me. Socialization is critical. I didn't want to pull him. But the screams were getting worse and worse. And it came to the point where his whole day was avoiding them. He was always in a corner or somewhere similar to avoid them, staring at the floor and taut with anticipation. I pulled him out, with regret. And in the ensuing two weeks he just seemed to be getting worse. His eyes were funny, he started walking with a hunched posture, wasn't too stable in his hindend. Had a really odd affect. Look on Tiller's page and you will see a video taken at that time. We took him to the vet....I was now thinking something was terribly wrong. She discovered looseness into the atlantoaxial joint, which is near where the neck meets the head. It is extremely painful and life threatening. So this poor puppy was screaming with his litter because he was in terrible pain. And the more he screamed, the more they had harassed him. He had literally been living in a torture chamber. His life had been nothing but pain and fear.

We were given meds, with the possibility of a very expensive surgery in his future which had a 50% chance of killing him. Ghastly. He lived in a crate on my bed and I tried to develop a bond with him. All he wanted to do was to be kept safe and left alone. As I wrote before, I am not big on bonding with food. Play is the way, IMO. And to watch him, for the first time, come out of his shell and playing for the FIRST time, with all this body to protect and what a horrid association he had with it....his pluck was just so amazing and endearing. Rare, but I actually have a video of some of those first moments.....HERE And then HERE a little later.

He actually came out of his shell and if you put him on the floor would hide under the bed, then in five minutes willed his courage and went from a zero to an eleven. Once he thought it out, got his bearings, no toeings or anything, he'd just strut out with his tail up and this confident trot and then go over to Tiller and do a play bow laugh out loud So outrageous!

Yeah....I love 'em wink I think those into "real" dogs would get a huge kick out of the right Chihuahua way to go
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Trixie Bean!

none so blind as- those that will- not see
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 12:09pm PST 
I never liked Chi's.. Like ,at all. Im a big dog person... And I hadn't met one that was treated like a "real dog". Then in time, working in a dog groomers I eventually came across one that was well socialised and just SO confident and happy... And against my will I fell in love with the little bugger laugh out loud. I want my GSD, the boyfriend wants a Great Dane but heck if I were to ever get a little dog I think a Chi would be the one, much as I don't want to admit it wink
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