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Old 11-15-2012, 11:41 PM
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Jenna went to her vet today. The vet has a Chihuahua. She told me that it will be "next to impossible," to stop her from growling at people. Jenna didn't growl at any of their office staff.*

We are going to keep making her greetings pleasant and praising her when she does it nicely which does happen occasionally (: *most people approach her with fear after all she is a viscous CHIHUAHUA and she can't like that.*

Today I sat around all day trying to knit her a sweater. As she snuggled me for hours I wondered if Chihuahuas were really that bad then why would anyone own one?

My kids clearly explained to me that all Chihuahua are like that (growly) as I tried to explain they looked at me like I was from another planet. *They don't even call her a dog, they call her a Chihuahua. When I asked why because I thought they were being mean, they explained that it is fun to say (:

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:29 AM
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I can't stand that either. I had this one vet who made me pass Kensie to them while she was facing me, and had her back towards them. I mentioned something about she's a sweet girl, and she replied how this is the one breed she's scared of... And how shed rather a German Shepard. I wish Kensie would have bit her right then and there. Another vet actually put a muzzle on her as the were giving her shots. It upsets me to see them act like that because she's always been the sweetest baby.
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Jenna's vet muzzled her too. At first it pissed me off, but I figured it was because she hadn't been vaccinated for rabies. Jenna was nothing but nice to the vet and the vet was still afraid of her. But, if Jenna treated me the way she treats my husband I would be scared of her too. In fact, I would demand she leave! *Last night she tried to bite him when he tried to pick her up. It hurt his feelings an he doesn't even want to try with her now.*
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I have to admit, I was not a chi person and in fact believed most of the stereotypes before I met my Butterbean. This was far less from actual experience with the breed, than with media depictions of them. Any time a movie or tv show wants to depict a spoiled rich girl, they'll stick a chihuahua in her purse and make sure it displays all the most annoying stereotypical behaviors at least once over the course of the story.

But then she came right up to me and climbed into my lap, and I looked down into her sweet little face with its big vulnerable eyes and baby-seal whiskers. As I petted her, she didn't shake at all or make any noise or act hyper-alert. She just seemed very calm and happy to be there with me.

I had to make some arrangements before bringing her home, so couldn't do it that day, but as I was telling people about her, I was dismayed by the reactions I got. Everyone's minds immediately went to the stereotypes, and it really hit me how far the discrepancy was between that and the reality of this little dog I fell in love with.

Another stereotype I have to deal with is that chi's aren't a "guy's" dog. It doesn't help that the weather is cooler now, and she needs a coat or sweater to go out. When I put something on to keep her warm, for me it's being a responsible parent, like making sure a child is dressed appropriately for the temperature, but I'm afraid some people get more of an impression like I'm playing dress-up as if with a Barbie doll or something.
I can really relate to what you feel about dressing up your chi. I do dress up my chi a lot and that's primarily because I want him to be as warm as possible and to be a responsible mom. But there are people who can't really understand that. They think it's part of my vanity and that I'm being ridiculous.sigh!


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I can really relate to what you feel about dressing up your chi. I do dress up my chi a lot and that's primarily because I want him to be as warm as possible and to be a responsible mom. But there are people who can't really understand that. They think it's part of my vanity and that I'm being ridiculous.sigh!


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Well, we know better, right! I just bought Butterbean a new coat at a shop around the corner today, and the owner said with a smirk, "Did you ever see yourself buying dog clothes?" I said, "No! But it's getting colder, and she needs it."

Also in keeping with this thread, my roommate brought a guest in yesterday. I overheard her say, "I thought you said there was a chihuahua?" I carried Butterbean out and said, "Yeah, here she is." The woman looked surprised and said, "I expected to hear yapping. She must be quiet because you're holding her." I said, "No, she's quiet and calm all the time."
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:09 AM
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Out of my pack of 4 only one of them is yappy and that is only when he is left alone in a room. The 3 older ones bark at strangers but Eva rarely does. She is my pure chi and she is the ones that most of the time loves everyone.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:03 AM
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Yeah, it does annoy me that when people meet Edie or see pictures, the most common "compliment" is "Oh, she doesn't look/act like a chihuahua at all!". One of my friends even said "Wow, she's just like a real dog!". Really had to bite my tongue, but I figured since Edie wasn't being snappy, I shouldn't be either!

I think a lot of the reason for the prejudice is that twenty years ago, there wasn't the wealth of Internet resources for people to learn about training and socialisation and people just didn't know how to train small dogs, or they didn't think they needed to bother. So there were probably more small dogs with behavioural problems.
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I think maybe also chis' tendency to attach to one person exclusively doesn't help this perception problem. If you're the owner, this sweet little dog loves you so much! But nobody else gets any of that. Fortunately, Butterbean is just shy with other people, never aggressive toward them or "protective" of me, but when she doesn't let anyone else pet or hold her or even give her a treat, I can tell some people feel disappointed or even snubbed, and I'm sure that doesn't help anyone's opinion of chi's.
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