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Question by chihuahua_luvr
Submitted on 10/25/2003
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hello, my familly and I have finally decided to get a young puppy chihuahua. And i was wondering if any experience "chi" owners would mind sharing some basic knowledge of chihuahua's..

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 10/27/2003
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Before you buy, please read the book Chihuahuas for Dummies.  You can probably get it from your local library, or purchase it for approximately $15.  This is the best book I know of as far as providing information on chi's and helping you decide whether a chihuahua is right for you. If, after you read it, you can still say "A chihuahua is the right dog for us" than welcome.  If you aren't sure, please don't buy a chi.  They can live up to 20 years, if you aren't 100% convinced that a chi is a good fit, you may be in for a miserable two decades, and you aren't doing the dog any favors either.

A few highlights, Chihuahuas bond very tightly to one or two people, 'their humans' become the center of their universe and they will spend their lives adoring you and wanting to make you happy.  They are miserable if they don't get lots of time and affection from and with their owners.  If you are gone for long periods of time (out-of-town trips, etc.) please reconsider.  

Chihuahuas aren't really any harder to train than other breeds, but you need to figure out how to make them think it's their idea, some of them can be very stubborn.  Each has their own personality, so it is important that you take the time to observe and choose wisely, the right dog will quite often pick you.  They shouldn't be allowed to get away with anything that a larger dog would, they need to learn manners and are happiest when confident that you are alpha, you love them and will protect them.  They return your love 100 fold.

Please go to a responsible breeder, not a pet shop or have a puppy sent to you.  I believe you should go to a reputable breeder and plan to spend at least an hour there observing the litter.  Ask to see the mother, the father if possible and members of previous matings.  The temperament of the parents can tell you a lot about the likely temperament of the puppy.  Examine the area where the puppies are kept, is it clean, are there toys, do the pups play well together, are they used to being handled by people?  Also expect to answer a lot of questions about your household, what you are looking for, what your expectations are, where puppy will sleep, etc.  A good breeder wants to make sure their puppies go to good homes.

There's tons more I could say, but rather than that I recommend again, read the book before you buy.  Good luck!


Answer by abdou
Submitted on 5/12/2004
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hi my name abdou  from morocco

i have many problem

i want move to usa 4 work

4 help



Answer by Nrthngal
Submitted on 12/3/2004
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Any Chi is a good Chi, its the patience of the person who chooses them as to whether they are going to work out. Yes all have diff personalities, but all in all, that is up to you to make them at home! Attention is a biggie, real big! If you are ready to eat sleep at times and breath with this dog, then choose another breed! I love the two I have and they are small enough to hide in my purse in the markets! hehe


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