I never liked long haired chis until we saw Bear as a puppy. Then I fell in love with him as did my daughter. Then when Bear's mother had another litter, Maia was the only short haired chi, and I thought that having one of each would be the best of both world's. Plus having another chi gives Bear someone to play with when my daughter is at school. Little Joey is my boyfriend's mothers. She also fell in love with Bear and wanted one of her own.