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Old 03-06-2012, 12:48 AM
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Bear in mind ladies, these 2 little Chi's came from backyard breeders i.e. 2 families who only had a bitch and a dog they mate once a year, NOT a puppy farm. Chi pups cost between $1k and $1.5k here on Limited Register (meaning no showing or breeding with compulsory spaying).

All my worries were cleared yesterday when I saw a Vet (Uni Prof) who said they are in darn fine health with super great patellas, and not in the least bit "Nervous Nellies" as they mostly seem to be - neither of them batted an eyelid with stangers fawning all over them, trotted off and explored his surgery, came when called, despite there being a strange puppy in the room they were visiting, and sat on command (I was secretly proud). Just as well too because I don't do simpering, whimpering, shivering, pathetic, attention seeking brats well!!!


The golden boy is 12 weeks and the black/tan girl is 9 weeks and both weigh 1.4kgs = 3lb 1oz (does that indicate at this age that they'll be huge?) I don't know anything at all about Chi conformation except for the standard but on paper & in person is too hard for me to translate into a jumping jack puppy. I've also put up pics of the boy's parents, don't know if they're good, bad or indifferent either. The girls dad was really tall but her mum really tiny.

They'll both be desexed in 6 months once I know what their little teeth are doing ....

'Chiko' The Man ... (He and I bonded the second we laid eyes on each other and have been inseparable albeit he also spends a lot of "alone time" with her whilst I'm busy -





Chiko's Sire/Dam:





Bootiful 'Bella' :





AND MY MARAUDING MASTIFFS ... "Boofa" & "Jessica" - Eng Mastiff x Rhodesian Ridgebacks - best dang dogs I ever had, head & shoulders above all my fancy smancy show stock over the years:



You'll notice there's 1 x missing cushion on this gorgeous LEATHER Chesterfield couch ... 2 nights later, all 3 cushions were decimated, chewed into teeny, weeny pieces that had to be vacuumed up ...

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awww , they are all gorgeous!!! and omg, thats terrible what they did to your couch, thats a nice couch!!!
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awwww what a lovely crew you have there beautiful
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Oh my goodness what gorgeous dogs you have!
Every single one is precious in their own way, love all 4!
The eyes on the lighter Chi are just killer!
And your Ridgeback mixes are my idea of awesome dogs, love everything about them.

How did you come to having them? What's their story?
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Those chi babies look like cute little stuffies! The Ridgebacks look
like a lot of fun. Playful.
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Those chi babies look like cute little stuffies! The Ridgebacks look
like a lot of fun. Playful.
sorry, about your couch, though.
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What a beautiful pack you have! Wow, Chiko's coloring is stunning! I've never seen that coloring before, so lovely. Might Bella not come into her first heat by 8+ months? I bet they wont have a problem with retained baby teeth as they have longer muzzles, the only chi Ive had retained baby teeth with is Leo as he has such a short snout. I think their teeth do better with the longer muzzles, more room for little teeth to come in and fall out.

Add: I would guess if they've both already hit 3 lbs that they will be on the larger side, maybe 8-9 lbs?
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Thanks one and all, so wonderful to meet folk who appreciate them instead of what I've been used to which is usually a very unimpressed grunt or snigger from friends & family about them not being REAL dogs (except for my 12yo son). I wish I still had it in me to create a couple of agility champs to thumb my nose at them all lol!

I meant to say in the first paragraph that run of the mill Chi's from a normal, everyday breeder, some great, some average, many just wannabe's are $1-$1.5 but I got these little guys from a "backyard breeder" because I don't care for pedigrees that go back to when Christ was a boy, who beat who in the show ring, who's nasty and who's not, these were only $350 each.

@ LS no story re Mastiffs really - just that there was no way I was going to pay $2k each for linebred weaklings riddled with health issues and then I found out that virtually ALL of our hunters across the land go for this "type", so figured $400 ea for mongrels was a small price to pay to keep them away from the hunters pickup trucks. The are WONDERFUL - they go to the public dog park, public off leash beach and will never hurt any dog, or the Chi's (accidents accepted) but they live outside now after the couch and many other incidents - unfortunatey they do catch, kill and eat a possum usually every night which is heartbreaking for me.

@ Reece & Milly thanks for the reassuring words, I do hope they're true. I thought their teeth would be visible & the status quo recognisable by the Vet at 6 months - I think he may pull all baby teeth that haven't fallen out at that time anyway but not totally sure.
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