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Old 01-07-2013, 05:57 PM
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LS so glad you have patched things up,even best friends fall out sometimes
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It's the same with large breeds! Everyone wants to know how much they weigh, larger being preferred! Almost every person that would see us with our Rottweiler or Pit bull fosters wanted to know how much they weighed, and then wanted to tell us about a huge one they owned or knew. Our Rottie was perfect standard at 115, some people would say "Wow that's big!" and be impressed or "Oh he's little, ours is 185!" and be smug. People are too weird! lol
I can't be happier with Miro! He is a very sturdy 5 lb 4 oz at almost 7 months. He is a great size for us, even if he gets bigger because we have a toddler and a baby on the way. Both of his parents have very stocky cobby bodies, mom was 5 1/2 lbs, dad was 5 lbs, and he looks like he is filling out that way too. I don't know if he will get over 6 lbs, but when I first got him 2 show breeder friends told me he could end up big(6-9 lbs) because Merles can be bigger. (Their dogs are short, thick, tiny bull dogs, with almost no snouts! They look like little wingless bats, super cute!) My friends and families chi's are all standard to BIG(16 lbs!), no one under 4 lbs. I don't think I have ever seen one in person under 4 lbs outside of a dog show... People still ask all the time if 'Ro is a "teacup" and "apple head". I don't get offended, as long as they acknowledge he is adorable.
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My rescue, Miss Angel, is 7lbs 2 oz. I read the standard and it said that 6 lbs was the largest they should be but I think all breeds have smaller and larger dogs in them. I wouldn't worry about it. Just love the breed and the dogs as God made them.
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chi come in all sizes, me personally i don't want a under 6 lb baby. they seem to have more health problems sure they are cute and all but nope i have enough with worry with my littlest one she is 7 lbs. i have 3 and one weights 11 lbs, another 9 lbs and then the 7lb one. i am not into showing or BREEDING so the weight thingie doesn't even interest me
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chi come in all sizes, me personally i don't want a under 6 lb baby. they seem to have more health problems sure they are cute and all but nope i have enough with worry with my littlest one she is 7 lbs. i have 3 and one weights 11 lbs, another 9 lbs and then the 7lb one. i am not into showing or BREEDING so the weight thingie doesn't even interest me
When they are under 3 lbs., they can indeed have more health problems. Under 4.5 lbs., they are so tiny that your lifestyle must meet the ability to care for and keep them safe. Younger kids, or a lot of company can make it difficult with the wee guys. Over 3, 3 1/2 lbs. the "health" issues, if coming from a reputable breeder, are not as prevalent. I really don't understand the "breed size standard." There are far more Chi's in the 5 to 10 lb. range, than 2 to 6 lbs. There are many over 6 lbs. that are show dogs. I have a friend that breeds, and has shown for years. She said she never breeds a female under 5 lbs., and prefers 6 lbs. They whelp much easier, and less complications. On the rare occasion she ends up with a "tiny," she said its a night and day job getting them past the hypoglycemia stage. The early months it can be a challenge to keep them alive. I know this all to well having 4 that have gone through it. A 6 lb. Chi is still tiny. A 10 lb. dog is by any means "big." I think a lot of it is just plain misconception. People not familiar with the breed just assume they fit in a teacup as adults. Kinda like anything we aren't real familiar with. We just assume until we are educated. It can be a fun subject. Just the mere fact that Chi's can be so small. Considered the smallest breed, it's just amazing they are actually dogs. When you get under 4 lbs. grown, they are going to have limitations that their owner has to be prepared for. They are very cute, but definitely not as easy as having a 5 lb., and over pup.
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When they are under 3 lbs., they can indeed have more health problems. Under 4.5 lbs., they are so tiny that your lifestyle must meet the ability to care for and keep them safe. Younger kids, or a lot of company can make it difficult with the wee guys. Over 3, 3 1/2 lbs. the "health" issues, if coming from a reputable breeder, are not as prevalent. I really don't understand the "breed size standard." There are far more Chi's in the 5 to 10 lb. range, than 2 to 6 lbs. There are many over 6 lbs. that are show dogs. I have a friend that breeds, and has shown for years. She said she never breeds a female under 5 lbs., and prefers 6 lbs. They whelp much easier, and less complications. On the rare occasion she ends up with a "tiny," she said its a night and day job getting them past the hypoglycemia stage. The early months it can be a challenge to keep them alive. I know this all to well having 4 that have gone through it. A 6 lb. Chi is still tiny. A 10 lb. dog is by any means "big." I think a lot of it is just plain misconception. People not familiar with the breed just assume they fit in a teacup as adults. Kinda like anything we aren't real familiar with. We just assume until we are educated. It can be a fun subject. Just the mere fact that Chi's can be so small. Considered the smallest breed, it's just amazing they are actually dogs. When you get under 4 lbs. grown, they are going to have limitations that their owner has to be prepared for. They are very cute, but definitely not as easy as having a 5 lb., and over pup.
I agree my house has never been the same,always looking at your feet in case Dottie is there,been through the hypoglycemia stage that frightened the life out of me
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I agree my house has never been the same,always looking at your feet in case Dottie is there,been through the hypoglycemia stage that frightened the life out of me
Definitely. It's something you have to prepare for. People want the tinies cause they are so bitsy and cute, but many times do not realize the challenges they will face. The younger months, 6 months and under are the toughest. Which is why many breeders hold their tinies until that age. The average owner does not recognize the hypo signs. The pup can die within short hours if not treated. It can be plain scary even when you are educated on how to care for a tiny. It never got any easier for me to spend nights awake during the critical stage. You can't just sit out food and hope they eat. I have force fed all 4 of mine. Giving liquid by syringe every hour on the hour. You can't fast them during tummy upset. They don't have the stamina for hiking and long walks. They don't fare well in extreme temps. They are just fragile and require different care. Any reputable breeder will tell you up front, that an adult Chi under 4 lbs. grown is going to require special care. My household changed the day I brought Lexie home. In a good way, of course. I followed with 3 more. I find caring for them rewarding. But it's not for everyone.

You are an awesome Mommy to Dottie! She's a lucky lil girl to have you.
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Ahhh thanks T.Would I do it again YES as you say rewarding and such a pleasure to have around,but a bit of a bully sometimes,she stands up for herself alright and keeps the other 2 in line
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