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Old 06-04-2004, 04:18 AM
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I have been checking out some very questionable breeders on the internet who are using the term "teacup" chis to ask outrageous prices for their pups. First of all, there are no "teacup" Chihuahuas. A breed who is advertising a teacup chi is trying to scam you for big bucks. Some Chihuahuas are small, some are large, but they are a toy breed, nothing more or less. The smaller chis usually come with many more health problems. Low blood sugar, hydrocephalus, liver problems, breathing problems are some of the things you may encounter when purchasing a "teacup" chi. Also their bones are so much more fragile than a normal size chi. I have found "breeders" who are asking thousands of dollars for their babies, promising they will not get over 2 lb or 3 lb grown. There is no way to guarantee a chi will stay this small. Anyone that will tell you this is lying. I found one website where they claim to be the #1 breeder of chis in the USA. They claim to have AKC champions, many AKC champions from their bloodlines. It is funny that when I wrote them inquiring about their AKC pups and pedigrees, and to see pix of their kennels, they had no AKC pups available, even tho they are asking thousands of dollars for their babies. And they have dozens of pix of available puppies. No pix of any parents on the website. They "hand-deliver" their pups, even to local buyers. These people are runing some kind of scam, or they are puppy brokers or something, but things are just not right. I checked out another website where they had lots of "teacups" for ridiculously high prices, but it is funy that when I asked to see pix of the kennels, they never would even reply to my email. Another member was asking about another questinable breeder today. I canot remember right now who it was, but I have not been able to find out much about them. Be very careful about who you are buying from!!!!! I cannot stress this enough.
Big red flag is if someone will not let you go to their home to see the pups. What are they hiding?? Chihuahua puppies are beautiful. I just want you to have a beautiful, healthy baby, not be scammed by someone promising something they cannot deliver.

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Yeah ive seen sights like that!, i personaly think any site that doesnt have pictures of the parents is very questionable, i mean any person who loves there chis would want to show of the parents aswell as the puppies on the site! good breeders are proud of their "breeding stock" and take pride in what they do
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Yes the term "teacup" "pocketsize" is a joke. The lady I rescued Kemo from did just that. She also under fed her dogs so they weighed less. I am glad I got him out of there!!
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I try to stay away from breeders. Of course if you want papers and all that then you really dont have a lot of options, but if you are just looking for a full blood chi I suggest checking local shelters and making sure the shelters have your number and know you want a chi. I found Amigo in only a few weeks at a shelter about an hour from my house and he desprately needed to find a home. I have seen internet sites trying to charge anywhere from $200 to $1200 or more for "super tiny teacups" and I am wondering if they are only super tiny because they are underfed, like Kemo's mamma said.
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Yes I agree with all of above but wanted to say one thing.



I was selling another breed and not Chi's, and I would not let the people come to my home .. I did however explain to them that this was for health reasons but did offer to let let them come AFTER the pups recieved their first round of shot's at 6 weeks. I did this for the protection of the pups . I also want to point out that I also offered to hold pups with no deposit and also offered picture updates. Just wanted to point out that people who don't want strangers handling the new pups and trapesing around their house aren't always sneaky people.
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Old 06-04-2004, 01:12 PM
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Well Cuddle that makes sense, and I am sure you explain that to the people, These other ones sound like they are just trying to make an extra buck on the "size etc". In fact, you make such good points that it would make me want the breeder to follow those terms.....something to think about for prospective buyers.
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I have also seen breeders who practically starve their pups to keep them small to ask more money. They will also starve the adult dogs so they can show the prospective buyers how small the parents are and say your pups will be no bigger than this. Someone is much better off with a 6 lb chi that is very healthy than a 2 lb chi that has lots of health problems.

I am a breeder myself, and I have had many people coming thru my hom looking at puppies and no one has ever brought disease into my home. You are much more likely to have your puppy get sick from visiting the vet where so many sick dogs go thru every day than to have a puppy get sick from a visitor to your home. A buyer has a right to see the environment the puppy is raised in, the parents of the pups, and the other dogs in the home to see if they are healthy too.

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Oh I hope you didn't mean me when you said that
I DO letthem come in after the first round of shots... I also charge no deposit until then but DO hold the pups if they ask before that with no fee. I then give them the option when they come to either say NO and walk away no hard feelings or YEAH and THEN give me a deposit until the 8-12 weeks is up.

I'm sorry but I'm thinking that if I let people come to check out my pets before a shot... they were probably checking out other places too that day... pet shops other breeders etc...... I have NO IDEA how clean other places were and I truly believe it's possible to transfer diseases. Say those people were at some pet shop earlier that day and the pup they looked at pooed on the fllor and they steped in it. Then they come walking in my house and walk it in my grass or whatever. Then the pet shop pup ends up being a parvo puppy from a pet mill. They just possibly carried it to my home to my u vaccinated pups .
Small chance..... YUP..... but better safe then sorry
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