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Question by linda
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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I've been thinking of adopting a Chi,and I'd like some info? which is better,a tiny toy or a standard toy? as far as Health  problems? What do you look for? (besides internal things you can't see,I have 3 cats,that have grown up with dogs,and kids are grown,I want a( POCKET PET)But I'm at school all day...Are they good to stay home by themselves?Do they crate train well?I will only have a crate train'dog.I'm sure there are other things I should ask but,that is a start! thanks!

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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The tiniest of chihuahuas, three pounds or less, tend to have more health problems as a general rule but each dog is different.  They can have more probability of slipped kneecaps, retained baby teeth and other frailties related to being so small.  My 5 pounder is much sturdier than my 3 pounder, just as loving, etc.  I wouldn't change either, but I knew that the little one was going to cost more in vet bills and accepted it.

I didn't crate train, I used my bathroom with a tile floor as their bedroom and where they stayed while I was at work during the day.  Only after they were six months old and reliably using the litter tray did they have access to other parts of the house while I was gone.

I got my first chi, and she was fine being alone as long as she got lots of attention in the evenings and on the weekend.  She has always been secure and somewhat independent. My second chi was added a year later because I didn't think my first was getting enough exercise and might be lonely.  This dog would not be good all by herself, she is more 'needy', is beta and knows it.

You really need to find a good breeder, ask lots of questions and expect to answer lots of questions back.  A good breeder will want to make sure their pups go to a good home, and if they don't have a pup that suits you, will likely not want to sell you one.  Take the time to get the right pup, even if you have to visit several breeders.  Chihuahuas bond very strongly to 'their human', they can live up to 20 years, so a bad match can make you both miserable for many years.

I suggest you get the book Chihuahuas for Dummies.  It will answer lots of questions, some you don't even know you want to ask, and is the best book I have on the care and maintenance of these adorable furry creatures.


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