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Question by Rmanduh
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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i recently adopted a chi puppy. her living conditions were awful! she was kept in a small box never allowed out of it to play or explore, she was infested with fleas, and was covered in her own poop. i got her when she was only 5.5 weeks old, because the people just didnt care about her anymore. ive had her for two weeks, and she seems to be doing great. she eats and drinks on her own and doesnt cry for her mommy at all. she is now 7 weeks old and weighs 2 lbs. the father chi was an adult weighing 4 lbs and the mother weighed close to 6 or 7 lbs. is there any way to predict how much mine will weigh full grown? also, her ears are still floppy. at what age do they normally stand up?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 3/31/2004
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I would suspect your puppy will end up to be between four and six pounds.  I've found that whatever they weigh at four months, they'll eventually be double that, as long as they are fed properly, given lots of play and not too many treats.

Her ears may flop for a while yet, but the odds are they'll pop up soon, not necessarily both at the same time.  One or both may flop again when she starts losing her baby teeth but don't let that worry you, in the vast majority of cases they pop up again and then stay that way.

Thank you for rescuing this little girl, she will reward you with a lifetime of adoration and love.  I always suggest having puppies spayed before six months of age, to prevent unnecessary litters and the chances of losing the dog to complications of breeding or delivery.  And I usually recommend getting the book Chihuahuas for Dummies, which is the best book I have on the care and maintenance of these adorable creatures.


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