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Pug

Pug, may she- rest in peace
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 10:10am PST 
I really want a chihuahua one day in the future. I am currently reading all I can about them. I don't see any reason why they wouldn't be right for me. They love apartments (I'll probably be living in one when I get a chihuahua), They are small, I love small dogs, I grew up with a Chug, They are temperamental it seems, but it also seems like if you just socialize them at a young age maybe they won't be so temperamental.

I want a dog to love me and a chihuahua seems like It would love me dearly. Just wanted to see what your thoughts on this are, how did you know a chihuahua was right for you?
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Dublin Rose- O'Belle

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Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 11:07am PST 
Looks like you have had some experience by already owning one - or a mix of one.

As far as loving dogs...I found my little (non-Chi) Dubs at the Humane Society. She loves me like crazy. Have you considered checking your local humane society out? Maybe you could volunteer, be around some dogs and if the right one comes along, you might even adopt?
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Pug

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Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 11:35am PST 
I actually use to volunteer at an Animal Adoption center. My parent's really want me to get an actual job so they won't let me volunteer any more. I love all dogs but really like the small dogs. That's all I've grown up around is the small dogs.
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Dublin Rose- O'Belle

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Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 11:39am PST 
Well, it is hard these days to land a paying gig...

I am in a place where I sometimes get to hire people - and I always hire a volunteer if I can get one. Because I know their ability already and they are at least somewhat trained.

Maybe you could volunteer until you get a paying job?

I like the little dogs too, but have never had a Chi. I feel that the wee tiny ones are just too delicate for me!
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Pug

Pug, may she- rest in peace
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 11:54am PST 
I actually have an interview at a Veterinary Hospital. Its for a receptionist position. I'm not sure if i'm cut out to be a receptionist but hey, i'll try it. I'm really looking for a data entry job but those arn't easy to get, i've applied to I don't even know how many and haven't gotten any calls. I'm still looking every day but I keep seeing the ones i've already applied for. Yeah, I'd like to volunteer until I get a paying job. I've been away from the Animal Center for so long now I'm not sure if I can just show up or if i'll have to re apply to volunteer.
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Rosey Belle- Stewart

Mommy, let\'s- Snuggle!
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 12:24pm PST 
I have a chihuahua, and basically if everything you've read about them as far as requirements and temperment and energy level, and size matches what your looking for, then it's the right dog for you. That goes for any breed big grin I love chi chi's. They will lay on the couch with you all day if you want, or they'll sit in your lap on a car ride. They're really adaptable little dogs. They usually bond with their owners really strongly.
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Emerson

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Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 12:49pm PST 
Try volunteering with a Chihuahua Rescue if there's one near you. We have a big Chihuahua Rescue here in San Diego smile
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Violet

hey good looking- ....what ya got- cookin
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 1:32pm PST 
every chi i have ever meet has been a loving little dog (good and bad).some chis can be a little shy but most i have met are little social butterflies.good luck
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Princesse- Lily CGN

I am RoyalChi!
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 1:52pm PST 
Truth be told, it was never a breed I was expecting to live with. However, at this stage of my life it is working out really well.smile Hubby and I are empty nesters and he is home a good majority of the time. I socialized her every night the first summer we had her. She loves most people , but is not fond of small children or other dogs. Bunny is better with her than she is with himlaugh out loud There are lots of Chis in rescue that are good with kids and other dogs, something you might want to consider, since it seems you are at a stage in your life where a lot of things may changesmile Pricnesse is very bonded to my husband, although she likes me toowink
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Foxxy

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Barked: Fri Jan 21, '11 10:02pm PST 
Chihuahuas are awesome little dogs, and mostly healthy too. They have a vast gene pool compared to some breeds, and they can come in any color except Merle in some countries is very discouraged. They also come 2 different coat lengths, but even that is dependant on the lines you choose. Ther eare a lot of long coat/smooth coat crosses out there, you just need to get a god look at the parents.

Don't fall for the "teacup chihuahua" gimmick. ALL chihuahuas are tiny. most of them are 2-6 pound (1-3kg) dogs. "teacup chihuahuas" are a sign of bad breeding. Also, there is a growing number of people who are preferring the "deer head" variety over the "apple head." when a breeder uses it, be wary. The correct, breed standard right now is for apple head only. There has always been both varieties of skull though, so I don't know why deer heads are not accepted. In my mind it's just political. I happen to love the deer head look much better than the apple head (just look at my 2) even though it dooms them to pet quality. That's ok.

I love them, I love their antics and their sparkling personality. They can go from snoozing on your lap to racing around like mad hens in a matter of seconds. They're very cat-like, very clean. they have a terrier-like stubbornness. Every one of them is unique.

Foxxy, for example, is a rough and tumble girl who likes hunting vermin. She can hear ground squirrels and shrews with her radar dish ears. I have watched her as she pounces, fox-like through the grass to stun, catch, and kill rodents, I have seen her go to ground after rabbits, and I have had to pick up the remains from her kills, proudly shown to me before she tries to eat them head first. She is aloof, often having to be called more than once before she decides to come, but she knows all f her tricks.

Tag, on the other hand, is submissive, manipulative, and dependant. He never pulls on the leash, he wants to be touched and handled all the time, and he is very sensitive to tone of voice. I can't yell in my house because it really undoes him. A simple AH-ah is enough to startle him out of whatever he is doing wrong.

Both break the chihuahua standard in that they are very friendly with other dogs and very friendly and tolerant with children. I wouldn't leave a toddler or a baby alone with them, because the toddler might hurt them, but who would leave a dog alone with a baby anyway? They are loyal, affectionate, an sensitive of my moods and health. All chis are really very different.

Unless you plan to show it, though, I would recommend getting the bigger side of chis--that is about 6 lbs, although it is not unheard of for some lines to get as big as 12. They tend to have less problems with hypoglycemia and tooth issues, and they tend to shake less. I have noticed that the deer heads also have less tooth problems, as their muzzles are big enough to actually support all 42 without crowding. Make sure the pup's bite is level or scissor. Bad dentition from the outset will mean issues with digestion throughout life.

Be aware that chis mostly like to dig and burrow. They are also carpet cleaning specialists, and cat pan miners. they also shouldn't be getting wet very much. The fine, absorbant, silky hair of the long coat takes hours to dry, though it doesn't mat too much so a powder cleaner once a month and a brushing once a week should be better for them, the smooth coat should require no more than a wiping down. Long hairs shed less, even only seasonally for some. Smooth coats are moderate shedders.
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