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Old 01-16-2013, 01:10 PM
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Just wanted to introduce Milo, our new Chihuahua pup (I hope I've uploaded the image correctly). He was born on 19/09/2012 so is 17 weeks today, we bought him on New Years Day and love him to pieces! I just have two questions please if you wouldn't mind helping...

Ears - when we first bought him Milo's ears were standing up. However, over the weekend they have flopped forward. I have read on loads of sites about this being related to teething, although I can't help but be anxious as he is the first dog I've ever had. He is showing signs of teething - wanting to chew his toys all of the time, not eating as much, etc. How long will these last and will they go back up?

Feeding - I have read that Chi's should be fed 1oz for every 1lb that they weigh. Is this correct? Milo weighs 3lbs so we haw been feeding him 1oz of Royal Canin Chihuahua specific food 3x a day. I'm worried we might be over / under feeding him!

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Welcome. He is really cute!

His ears will stand up. Angel's ears took a while to stand up. My DIL was concerned, but I didn't care because he was just a pet for me - not for breeding or showing.

I'm not sure on the feeding issue. He is still a puppy so he needs his nutrition. But you will want to get him off Royal Canin. I started mine on that also, but he is two years old now and he gets Wellness Core. Ziwi Peak is also a good choice. A lot of people here feed raw. You might want to check into it.

Also, there is a website Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor They have good info and ratings on different foods.
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That's fab, thank you for your help.

We don't intend on showing him either - was concerned that it was something we may have done more than anything. Ears up or down, he still looks adorable!

Thanks for the tips on the food, I'll check it out.
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Hi Louise - he really is a cutie!!

As for food, I and a few other UK forum members feed Eden - its a 5* dry food and all our pups are doing very well on it. Google 'Eden dog food'.
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He's super-squishy-squashy and its a good job I'm not there coz I'd have to munge him


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Hi Louise - he really is a cutie!!

As for food, I and a few other UK forum members feed Eden - its a 5* dry food and all our pups are doing very well on it. Google 'Eden dog food'.
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He is adorable!!!! Super cute baby!!! His ears will come back up. He's right at the age for them to flop. It might take several weeks, but I'm pretty sure his ears will be perky again in no time. Normally if they were up, they come back up. Feeding wise, I don't know about oz. to lbs. ratio. My girls have a very fast metabolism, so I feed a lil more than what they should eat, but it's the only way to keep enough weight on them. My boy is neutered and on steroid treatment, so his portion varies to keep him at optimal body condition. Your baby looks fine, though. He's still a puppy.
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Thanks for your help everyone, I'll have a look into all of your food suggestions. He is such a good boy, we were so lucky to find him - we didn't buy him straight from the litter. Someone had bought him as a present for their daughter but they also had a ten year old Staffy and she just couldn't tolerate him. We saw him advertised and couldn't not have him. He has the mot amazing temperament!

I can't wait to read all about everyone else's Chis!

I'll upload more photos when I work out how...!
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