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Experiences with Chihuahuas

Grissom's Mom
January 13th, 2005, 02:00 PM
Hi there. Our baby will be coming home in 2 1/2 weeks. I'd love to here some insight as to what to look out for or experiences you've had living with a chi. Thanks!

Carina
January 13th, 2005, 09:27 PM
Cool!
I've never owned a Chi.
But, there is one that shows up sometimes at my drop in advanced obedience classes. Her name is Rotten, she does obedience & agility, and I WANT her. She is really self possessed and calm, especially considering her tiny size. :)
Lots and lots and lots of socialization, and obedience classes. As a "big dog" person, two things I notice about toy breeds:
a: Often people let them get away with horrid behaviour because they are so tiny. I don't believe this does the dog any favours at all.
b: They are naturally more defensive, because they are often smart and understand most of the world is way bigger than them & can squish them. This IMHO manifests in unpleasant or nervous behaviour (shaking, snapping, barking a lot.)
So building toy breed dog confidence by lots of sensible socialisation when they are still imprintable puppies would be important.
One day I want a teensy dog!

mona_b
January 13th, 2005, 09:47 PM
What I would suggest is talking to the breeder.They are more then willing to help you out... :)

Carina
January 14th, 2005, 05:59 AM
I bet there's a "Chihuahuas For Dummies" book. The Rottweiler one is excellent.
Oh wait. There is! :D
http://www.dogwise.com/search.cfm

lil_kirk
January 14th, 2005, 07:23 AM
From what I have learned, Chi's are a needy sort of toy breed. They want to be the centre of ONE person's life--to go with you, to spend time with you, and to be loved by you. They tend to bond more with one member of the family and then want that person to be theirs forever!! :crazy: So...don't be upset if Grissom has a taking to one family member more than the other as this is to be expected.

As for their size, they are exactly what was described earlier--a small dog in a big body. They are limber, can jump and leap and do acrobatics!!! However, that being said, you have to watch them as they do not know their limits!! :D

The Chi's I have known don't like being alone. They need companionship with their chosen one. They also like to sleep in small quarters--one person I know who had a chi made a little sleeping bag for him. They took two thing pillows and placed them doubled up inside a wide pillow case. The Chi slept all tight and cozy in between the pillows!! he loved it!

Grissom's Mom
January 14th, 2005, 07:36 AM
Thanks everyone for your replies. We do have the Chihuahuas for Dummies books and have done a lot of research but none of that compares to first hand insight from a number of sources. Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated.

MIA
January 18th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Do NOT treat your Chi like a small dog, treat him/her like a 100 pound monster! LOL I have MinPins and do MinPin rescue and find those that treat them like small dogs have rotten little buggers for pets! Lots of training and socialization as someone posted.

andone
February 4th, 2005, 12:43 PM
They bark a lot, at anything, and you have to be sure that it never gets hit on the head. Chihuahas have a soft spot on their skulls that may never close up.

pitbulliest
February 4th, 2005, 01:49 PM
My chi has an attitude problem lol...he thinks he owns the entire house and everyone in it, including my mean and vicious killer pitbull :rolleyes: .

I agree with the comment made on not treating a chi like a small dog...although they are gentle and quite sensitive dogs, they do need discipline and training from an early age OR, well to put it lightly, they will own you lol