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Question by Asia
Submitted on 11/25/2003
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Hello fellow chihuahua owners! I have owned a few dogs in the past, all of which have been deceased for some years now due to old age. After being in my new house which has a pretty roomy yard and space for a dog, i have decided I want a new dog. I'm set on the chi as the breed for me, they are the spunkiest and cutest little things. However, i searched my entire area vainly for that perfect chi. I have fallen in love with one on a breeder's website, and i have spoken to the breeder and she seems alright. The chi is a deer style. She is in California. I live in New York. Does anyone have any experience with shipping and out of state breeders that would speak against my decision to purchase this dog?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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I personally recommend against getting a dog from a breeder who will ship the dog to you.  Most reputable breeders want to meet the person who is adopting their dog, to make sure that the dog is going to a good home with people who understand the joys and challenges of owning a chihuahua.  The dog may be very different in person than on the website, which is unfair to the dog as well as to you.  What would you do then?

This is a long plane ride, and chihuahuas don't really do well being put into a crate, loaded into a plane (which may have a very minimally heated cargo hold) and being picked up by someone they have never met.  

This doesn't mean you shouldn't proceed, but have you really searched your area thoroughly?  Have you contacted chihuahua rescue groups and/or chihuahua clubs to get lists of pre-approved breeders?


Answer by ada
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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email me if in new york and looking for a chi...i might be able to help



Answer by tinychilover
Submitted on 8/19/2004
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Well, I was also planning on getting a Chi shipped to me.  I too did not think I could find one.  Most people were charging about 800-1000 dollars all together for shipping and the puppy.  I found a perfect one for only $325 about 20 miles from where I live.  Look in all of your local newspapers and personally check everyone out that you can by going to their house.  That person could be a puppy mill.  It's hard to be able to trust someone over the internet.  Also, that puppy could get sick and you would then have to ship it back maybe.  Or it could die on the plane and the person may not acknowledge that she sent one to you.  You just never know!


Answer by chiluvr4er
Submitted on 8/20/2004
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About 2 years ago I purchased my first chihuahua ever at the local pet store and he was also a deer like chi, he is now my best friend and love of life, next to my husband of course.  We love him dearly and he is the most perfect chi ever.  Then we decided to get a second one and found out mine was from Ohio and I am in Seattle so how would we get another perfect chi.  The pet store gave me the name and number and asked for a sibling of mine if she ever gets one.  The breeder was happy to ship me a sibling to my other chi.  I very satisfied and the pup was fine when arriving, I saved barely $500 this way and going straight to the breeder.  If you like the chi I say GO FOR IT!!!


Answer by Ali
Submitted on 3/15/2005
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Well, my mom says that I shouldn't get one out of state. She really doesn't want to give away her credit card number. I really like the chihuahuasthere, but I don't want people taking money from my moms credit card.


Answer by bda
Submitted on 8/10/2005
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I'd advise against shipping the dog, too. I know of a breeder in Florida -- and would like to find out about the breeder in CA.


Answer by danielle
Submitted on 9/27/2005
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i bought a chi that had to be shipped from the us to canada.  Stitch is a beautiful dog and is exactly what the breeder said he would be. however, i was not impressed by the lack of personal contact involved with "ship-outs" and was later unhappy with the breeder's sloth and attitude. the next chi i buy will be close by so i can visit and inspect better.


Answer by shaybeau
Submitted on 4/8/2006
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I sincerely hope you do not buy a chi that needs to be shipped to you.  Chi's are prone to hypoglycemia especially when stressed at an early age.  Make sure you get a health guarantee and a good breeder should not let puppies go until they are at least four months old and have had all of their puppy shots.  Try and contact people that have previously gotten a puppy from this breeder.       good luck   a chi owner


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