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Old 01-06-2013, 07:50 PM
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That's just it, it can be so hard to find them within the standard unless you're dealing with show breeders for the most.

I almost forgot about that!! ha ha ha honestly it feels like a century ago doesn't it? At the time it was very frustrating but looking back now at least I can laugh at all of it! I agree about it doing the head in it's not a topic I ever raise anymore myself, because I find people get really defensive, and I just don't get it! at the end of the day if you have a dog you love and are happy with, nothing else matters! It just sucks when someone has a certain thing in mind & they end up duped because of things they have read online or poor info people have given them. It still fascinates me though and I'm always so eager to share the things I've learned.

We're having another blizzard here as I type, hubby was shoveling the terrace earlier & I tried to let them outside with him, HA! they were not having ANY of that! anyhow. Mimi & Bijou send snowy kisses to the Wee's and are very envious of their Texas sun right about now.
True, if you don't use a reputable breeder, it's a gamble you have to take. Even show breeders get Chi's over standard size. You just never know. It's kind of like having a child, you don't love them any less no matter what. Those who do, do not deserve them. You heard the same stories I did about people actually getting rid of their Chi because he/she grew larger than expected. That just infuriates me! But what can you do? :/

Yeah, it can be a topic that leads to defensiveness, hurt feelings, etc. It is a very interesting topic, I agree. But when you have varied opinions, it can get heated. It's just not worth it to me. I can find much more fun things to do than argue over Chi size on the net. You can put the info out there that you've learned, and that's about all you can do.

The Wees and I send love and kisses too. You can always send Mimi & Bijou to Texas. I promise to send them back (never!)

Gotta get ready. A friend of mine made Chili, so off I go in about an hour for some good ole' food! xxxxx
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A lot of people not familiar with the breed think the "norm" for Chi size is the tinies you see in movies on in a celebs bag. They see average sized Chis & think they're huge...or just can't be purebred. In all actuality, tinies do not do well in general as far as showing goes because, they are just so few & far between. Show breeders do occasionally get tinies depending on their lines. I don't think I know a breeder who ENJOYS having a tiny puppy--it's very nerve wracking & a lot of hard work keeping them healthy & thriving while they're so small.

Most of the time the "teacups" I see advertised are just people who are trying to trick buyers into buying their "teacup" puppy when it's actually either average sized...or a lot of the time BIGGER as far as size goes! All Chi puppies are small... When I got my very first Chi...she was 8 weeks & she was bigger than I had expected. We love her to this day of course...all 8lbs of her.

I personally do not like tiny puppies. When getting a pup in to grow out for show...the hardier the better! When we got Sassy she was quite small (just over 1.5lbs at 13 weeks old) & I had a hard time getting her to eat anything but being small she HAD to eat something every so many hours to avoid hypoglycemia. She is a chunky 3lbs 10oz now at 6mo--I will be thrilled if she reaches 4lbs adult weight. She has a bit more growing to do & that is perfectly fine to me!

ANYWAY, size is ineteresting but IMO really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. A Chihuahua is a Chihuahua--get it from a reputable breeder who breeds for health & to the standard & you can't go wrong. You may end up with a larger than standard Chi but that doesn't mean they're not Chi. If size is that important...I would strongly suggest getting an older puppy closer to 5-6 months old

OP...your pup is adorable & looks Chi to me. Good healthy size & all.
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OP...your pup is adorable & looks Chi to me. Good healthy size & all.
Thank you! I love my Ruby to bits, and would do no matter what size she was. I really was just curious to find out what sort of size differences there were out there, I didn't mean for things to get so heated.


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Thank you! I love my Ruby to bits, and would do no matter what size she was. I really was just curious to find out what sort of size differences there were out there, I didn't mean for things to get so heated.


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Thank you! I love my Ruby to bits, and would do no matter what size she was. I really was just curious to find out what sort of size differences there were out there, I didn't mean for things to get so heated.


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You loving her no matter what is the important thing. Michele is right...size is always a hot topic around here. Definitely don't take it personally. Pure bred Chis can be 2lbs or 15lbs. There is no different "classification" in size. The Chi standard states they need to be no bigger than 6lbs but that is for showing & breeding...doesn't mean if they are over they are not pure bred. And even still...I've seen plenty of Chis in the ring that I am certain exceed the 6lb mark & plenty of CH Chis I'm sure that produce bigger than the standard "should not exceed 6lbs" statement...it just depends on genetics.
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My husband thinks Moose is too small at 8.5 lbs. To us, he is tiny and I can't imagine a smaller one around my human kids, it's just too tempting for them. I do want another Chi someday but he gets next pic and it won't be a Chi....
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I'm sure Moose will persuade him....
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Thank you! I love my Ruby to bits, and would do no matter what size she was. I really was just curious to find out what sort of size differences there were out there, I didn't mean for things to get so heated.

Aww please don't be sad. I'm very sorry.
We've patched things up, all is good, all is fair.
We can't all agree on everything, but I think the
one thing we all have in common on this forum is
our love for Chihuahuas. We are fortunate to have
a place to come to and share our passion for this
wonderful breed. So don't you worry about a thing!

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