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Old 01-05-2013, 10:33 PM
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Not to split hairs but not all "teacup" sized dogs (and of course we all know it's not a real breed standard, but a descriptive phrase used by many none the less) are runts, some smaller than usual dogs will have larger birthweights than their litter mates who end up bigger than them! Some dogs are genetically tiny. Very often runts grow to be average sized dogs in the end.

The reality of all this though is yes, many breeders charge more for smaller dogs, and you won't really technically know what you're dealing with size wise until the dog is past 6 mos of age. That's why picking the runt of a litter is usually not a good way to determine the end size of the dog, that Chihuahua chart is pretty whacky too!

That is pretty much what I learned by researching and talking to people who owned smaller than average Chihuahua's and of course my own experience with my own dogs.
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What Kitty says is a good point. For example, Max (pumpernickel) has very similar measurements to Mylo...there was about a half inch difference in each measurement but Mylo weighs a little over 3kg and if I remember correctly Max weighs somewhere around 2kgs, which is a fair difference!
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Here is Ike, in his Daddy's hands the day we got him at 7 weeks.

Awwww! So cute!!!


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That's crazy about how they can look to be the same size but weigh totally different amounts. Does anyone know why? Do some have heavier bones perhaps?


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Old 01-05-2013, 11:24 PM
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That would be my guess. Mylo has a very heavy frame...he's well built. He bangs himself and doesn't seem to notice. I think he's just a sturdy pup. Max is an adult though and Mylo is 8 months so he may still grow larger. He could probably do with losing a tiny bit of puppy fat. He's not fat but not ideal either. He does a lot of exercise though so there's probably a lot of muscle in there too.

Of course muscle tone has a lot to do with weight too. As LS will tell you have a dog that hasn't been exercised much they can put on a lot of weight in muscle alone.
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Some have very dainty tall/long slender builds where some have very stocky cobby compact builds.
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I love the baby-puppy picture of just a handful of dog....so cute !! Rico was from a litter of 7--and they were all sizes. I mean that when they were whelped, there were a couple of tiny ones and at eight weeks some pups were twice the size of others--but all in the range you'd expect for a chi. Rico and a sister pup were about 3 ounce babies and at 8 weeks Rico was almost 2 pounds and baby sister was hardly a pound in weight. It is funny that in one litter you'd get so many colours and sizes.
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This thread has got me thinking that i've never met a chi in real life that was under 7lbs. Theyve all been on the larger scale. Chis have such a wide range of sizes.
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