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Old 01-18-2013, 04:54 PM
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T, the pics of your guys chasing a bigger dog like that is hysterical. Poor thing probably didn't know what hit it with the Wees chasing it.


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Watching that play date was super funny!! The Wees started out brave, then Buster figured since they were chasing him they wanted to play. He started land sliding them, and that's where I ended the play date. Scared them, and me. But at least we gave it a whirl. I didn't put Jade down. Buster got to sniff her, but that was it. He wanted to nudge her with his nose, poor girl didn't know what to think. I think it's cute how they play tough guys till the going gets tough. Then it's, "Mama, pick us up!"
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Oh, how precious! Well, I DID want something smaller - my brother's wife has an adorable tiny maltese mix who is about 3-4 lb that seems to do okay with our dogs. My basset is very chill, although he can occasionally get rambunctious. Our pom is rambunctious but doesn't usually do 'contact' play with things smaller than him (we've had rescue kittens that were 4-5 weeks around both dogs and they were both very, very calm (and ALWAYS supervised)).

This dog is supposed to be my 'baby', haha, but we don't want to make a decision that might end up being bad for us and the chi later.

A few more questions: I read the article about hair loss linked to the blue fur gene that was posted in this section, and if I understand correctly it generally results most commonly if the allele for blue color is homozygous, which I assume results from Blue x Blue breedings. This breeder has a soild blue short hair puppy (the boy we were looking at) as well as two blue/white puppies but their parents are not both blue (in the case of the solid blue, it's a female black/white/tan tri and a male brindle, respectively.) I assume this means that the blue gene is recessive in both parent dogs, and therefore that the resulting pups who carry the blue gene do so in a 'heterozygous' fashion and it is less likely to experience hair loss? Both of it siblings are black & tan.

I should add that this breeder doesn't charge extra based on weight or coat color - the first I could find around here that didn't.

Oh, and I guess one more question! I've read that 'merle' is not a true chihuahua coat color and results from crossbreeding, most likely with a miniature daschund. Furthermore, most Merle x Merle breedings result in health problems for pups, and as many as 50% of merle pups regardless of lineage experience some level of hearing loss. Is that true too?

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I don't know about the color dilution. Blue color seems to have it.

Merle colors; some breeders don't breed. I personally think it came from a doxie mix back generations ago. They wouldn't have health problems UNLESS the breeding was a merle to merle.

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Okay! Well, it looks like that color information might not even matter, because...

I think we MAY have found our puppy. A breeder in a town nearby has a 12 week old cream & white male longhair chi puppy who is supposed to be charting at at least 4.5 lb. I am waiting to hear back on what the parent's weights are, just as a 2nd reference since I heard that chart wasn't always super accurate? He's up to date on shots & worming, and has been vetted. She even said she could hold him through the end of the month with a deposit since we're kind of in the middle of having our floors redone right now!

I am very excited, I can't sleep, lol. We're hoping she will let us come see him tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

As pretty as the dogs were from the other breeder we had been talking to before, she wanted us to take them home at a really young age and I just wasn't very comfortable.
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I really think you'll do fine with whatever you decide. It really is a personal choice, what fits in to your lifestyle. If you really want accuracy of size and weight, I'd ask to see the pup on a scale. Many times weights quoted will be guesstimates. They can turn out to be way off. The breeder might not be purposely trying to deceive you by giving guesstimate weights. But it's very easy to see a tiny Chi pup and be totally off on their actual weight vs. visual weight. Before 12 weeks, as I mentioned, their weight won't be an accurate indicator of adult size. With that said, a reputable breeder uses a scale to monitor healthy growth.

I did not find the weight chart accurate at all. My friend that show breeds does not use the chart. She doubles the 12 week weight, and adds 1 lb. Or double the 14 week old weight.

I haven't done any extensive research on colors. But here is an article you'll find informative.
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My youngest is blue and white. Her dad was Fawn, Mom blue. She doesn't have any coat issues. But there are those that do.

I have heard that many Merle's have health issues. I don't think AKC recognizes Merle as a Chi color. I think they are beautiful, though.

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The breeder said the parents were both around 5lb, and that she would be happy to weigh him again for us when we see him today. I think I'm just paranoid about weight because when we got our pom, we were told he'd be 6lb, and he's 17!! He's not overweight either, just really BIG.
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A breeder in a town nearby has a 12 week old cream & white male longhair chi puppy who is supposed to be charting at at least 4.5 lb.
How exciting! Do you know what he weighs now?

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My youngest is blue and white. Her dad was Fawn, Mom blue. She doesn't have any coat issues. But there are those that do.

I have heard that many Merle's have health issues. I don't think AKC recognizes Merle as a Chi color. I think they are beautiful, though.
You are right. Ruby is Red. Her dam was Blue and she has some alopecia on her underside as a result.

AKC now recognizes Merle. It is classified as a marking, however, rather than a color.
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The breeder said the parents were both around 5lb, and that she would be happy to weigh him again for us when we see him today. I think I'm just paranoid about weight because when we got our pom, we were told he'd be 6lb, and he's 17!! He's not overweight either, just really BIG.
This happens all to often with small breeds. I can't emphasize enough that going with a reputable breeder that knows their lines well is your best bet at getting a healthy Chi, within standard, good temperament, the whole package. An honest breeder will tell you up front what they think the pups adult size will be, but also tell you there is no guarantee.

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How exciting! Do you know what he weighs now?

You are right. Ruby is Red. Her dam was Blue and she has some alopecia on her underside as a result.

AKC now recognizes Merle. It is classified as a marking, however, rather than a color.
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I remember reading over the years a few here with blues that have alopecia. Jade has no signs of it, thankfully. I hear it can be quite severe. :/

Ah, okay. I know for the longest time Merle wasn't recognized. From what I read, the argument was that the Merle color came from cross breeding somewhere along the lines, so they didn't consider the color to be pure bred. I personally think they are beautiful.
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