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Old 11-07-2015, 09:57 PM
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Hey everyone... My husband and I lost one of our chi's in April to seizure disorder caused by hydrocephalus and we were completely devastated. Angelina was the sweetest, most friendly little girl and loved everyone, but especially my husband. She was only 2.5 pounds full grown so we treated her more like a baby than a pet.

Anyway, after a lot of thinking we have decided that we would like to get another puppy. One of the ones we are looking at comes from heavy champion bloodlines, but her little bite is off. Other than that she's perfectly healthy. Does anyone know if a bite being off is a significant problem or will cause issues for her down the road? The very last thing we want is to have to go through medical/health issues with another puppy after having gone through everything we went through with Ang. It was absolutely heartbreaking.

This chi girl has a sister also who is fine and doesn't have any bite issues. We are contemplating getting both of them, but just wanted to find out if anyone has had any experience with a chi who has bite issues. Any info would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much
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Nope, having a less than perfect bite is not at all a threat to a chihuahuas health. I hope the two sisters are fortunate enough to have a home with you and your husband. I'm sure they'd love having one another for company.

So very sorry for the loss of Angelina.

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It really depends on the severity of the issue.
A slight over or underbite won't affect eating, but may affect tooth position as the permanent teeth come in and require dental work.
Misaligned teeth are also harder to keep clean
More extreme malocclusion can make it difficult for the dog to pick up food. Dogs with a pronounced overbite (where the lower jaw is much shorter than the top one) can't close their mouths properly, so the palate is permanently exposed.
So it really depends on what the pups problem is. A bite that is 'off' can be a really minor issue that just means the pup is unsuitable for showing or breeding. This can also change as the pup grows up
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im really sorry to hear about your darling Angelina.
also it would be great to see some photos of your potential additions. I wouldn't worry too much about the bite personally.
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A bite that is just too off to show is not a problem at all. A really severe under or over bite can cause problems as Stella said above. More than likely in this situation it is just slightly off and would be no issue for a pet at all- but I would suggest you talk to your breeder about it. They should be able to clarify it for you.
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Thanks for the replies everyone!! Unfortunately, someone else snatched up this little girl before we had the chance to Her sister is still available though and we are still considering whether to get her or not. She's not a smooth coat, but she's not really a long coat either (this is what the breeder said). All of this woman's chi's that she uses to breed are registered service dogs and apparently have great temperaments, excellent health and are the perfect little companions. My husband has his heart set on another smooth coat, but I'm less picky about the fur length.

Is it possible to have a "medium" length coat? I have read a few different things online and it generally seems to sound like there is no such thing. More so just varying degrees of smooth/long coats. This will probably sound crazy so bear with me since I've only ever had smooth coat chi's before, but if they are a longer coat and have feathered ears/tails/etc is it difficult to trim them so they're kept to a shorter length?

Also, thank you all very much for your condolences on Angelina. She was just the best little dog we could have ever had and she won't ever be forgotten.
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I would upload pictures but I can't figure out how to do it on here without having to link through the url? Normally I'm not this computer illiterate!! Lol
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You shouldn't have any issues with photobucket. Try downloading the app and uploading your photos to photobucket then copy and paste here.
I am a long chi owner 3 longs and one smooth. And even my 3 long coats fur are varying lengths. Some smooth coats have a bit longer fur around their neck or tail. Never the ears though. I would advice against not purchasing a long coat chi and cutting its fur. Their fur is one of their most beautiful features. If you are set on a smooth coat then you should look for a smooth coat, there are loads out there. Check Petfinder. You can't go wrong finding one on there.
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