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Question by Deni
Submitted on 11/7/2003
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My 3 1/2 year Chi had some sort of seizure yesterday shortly after playing with a rubber squeak toy that had these rubber protuberances on it.  She has never had one before.  The funny thing is, we were dogsitting a friend's Chi and the same thing happened to her after playing with a very similar toy.  She was 5 years old and had never had a seizure.  Are there certain squeak toys that Chihuahuas should not have?

Also my Chi, which I bought at a pet store (I know, I know, I shouldn't have done that) was 2 1/2 lbs at 10 weeks old and is now 14 lbs!!  Her head is Chi, but her body looks like a miniature dachshund.  For the price I paid for her I'm a little annoyed at the breeder and pet store.  We love her very much but I'm curious - how does someone determine if their Chi is mixed with something else?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 11/10/2003
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1) I would get rid of that toy and take both chi's to the vet to make sure they are OK.  There may be something in the toy or that got onto the toy that is toxic, better safe than sorry.

2) I suspect that your dog is not purebred.  Female chihuahuas do have a slightly longer body than males, this is desirable since it gives more room for puppies to grow.  But 14 pounds and looks like a dachshund?  Unless she's grossly overweight, that's just too different and too heavy for a purebred.

3) The pet shop may not have known, if she didn't look out of normal when they sold her to you, maybe even the breeder the pet shop got her from may not have known.

The best way to make sure your chihuahua has only chihuahua in her background is to go to  a reputable breeder, ask to see the mother (and father if possible), dogs from other litters, etc.  Expect to spend at least an hour and answer lots of questions about your household, where puppy will sleep, what you are wanting from the puppy, etc.  If you want a quiet lapdog, don't take the most rambunctious member of the litter, vice versus if you want a bundle of energy you should take the quiet one.  A good breeder wants to make sure their pups go to good homes and that the pup is matched to the home.  Avoid breeders who will ship the puppy to you, or who want you to pick a pup right away.  If you don't find the right puppy, keep looking.  Chihuahuas bond so closely to their owners and can live to be 20 years old.  If you don't have the puppy you 100% believe is the right one for you, you can spend a very long 2 decades with the wrong dog.


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