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Old 12-02-2006, 07:40 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie, without a chi (the horror!) but hopefully I'd like one in the future. I went to an open dog show where I was competing in obedience with my current dog and saw the chi's showing. I met some with their owners and fell in love. I'm quite active, so I love larger dogs but a lot of the time I also like to read, watch tv and chill so I also love lap dogs.

Anyway, to get to the point...my current dog is a labrador retriever. He is an absolute sweetie who loves all people and all dogs and is very obedient (most of the time)...he's just a typical lab. So, I've noticed a few of the members here have chi's with larger dogs also in their furry family and I was wondering how this works for you? Any major problems? Any advice? Am I totally mad or just slightly insane???

Hoping to get to know you lovely people and your lovely chi's.

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Old 12-02-2006, 08:03 PM
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I don't think there's a problem with having both just watch them together at first. Chis can get hurt easily. If your lab is well behaved then all should be good & the chi will be the boss in no time

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Old 12-02-2006, 08:51 PM
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One of my Buford's very best buddies ever is my brother's Golden Retreiver, Bailey.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:10 PM
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I think just about any dogs (small and large) can get along well as long as they are carefully introduced and closely watched. I owned a Doberman Pinscher when I had my first chi, Ricky. They got along wonderfully and turned out to be best buddies. The down side to owning a large dog such as a lab and a chi is the fact that chis are delicate and can be easily injured. I unfortunately learned this firsthand.... I had let both dogs out to potty and and they were running side by side back to the house when Tesa accidentally tripped over my chi, Ricky and sent him head over heels. My chi was able to get back up and made it back to the door, but started to convulse and seize shortly after. We rushed him to our vet with what turned out to be a very serious head injury. It was very touch and go the first few days and also a very expensive vet stay. I would just caution you to watch your furbabes carefully if you do end up getting a chi. As I said before, they can most definitely become buddies and exist well together.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:45 PM
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I agree with what the others said. They can get along just fine, but they need to be watched carefully because accidents can and do happen. My big dog tends to be a bit rowdy sometimes and doesn't always watch where she plants her feet, so I don't even let them out together much, unless she's being calm and I'm closely supervising. And my poor little chi always wants to play with her, not realizing that he could be hurt, so he's actually the one who instigates it most of the time and gets her in a playful mood. Lately I've started just letting them out separately, both in the house and outside, because even if my big dog were the calmest dog in the world, an accident could still happen where she could just accidentally step on or trip over my chi and hurt him badly.

But as far as getting along, I think my chi actually likes big dogs better than dogs his own size, just because that's what he's been around since he was a puppy. He doesn't know what to do with dogs his own size.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:59 PM
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I live with my boyfriend who has a Blue Heeler (aka Australian Cattle Dog) who is 4 years old. I had been wanting a chi for a long time, but I was really worried about how such a tiny dog would get along with a bigger dog (the heeler weighs about 50lbs). When I got Poco, I also worried because he is male, and so is the heeler. I worried they might fight. I was very careful when I introduced them, and I never left them alone at first. Poco warmed up to the heeler very quickly and looked up to him. I think it actually really helped with training, because Poco would copy everything he did, including using the bathroom outside It was actually quite funny to watch a tiny chihuahua copy a big dog's every move. Anyway, they are now best friends and have never ever gotten in a fight. I think most dogs kind of have a sixth sense about them, and know to be gentle with the tiny dogs. Even though they both play together all the time and steal each other's toys, the heeler is never aggressive with the chihuahua. I can even leave them alone and they will be fine. I think it is largely a myth that chis can't live with big dogs, but I guess it depends on the dog.

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Old 12-02-2006, 10:01 PM
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Hi there welcombe and be sure if you get a chi you will become hooked instantly. We have great danes, and they are the most gentle creatures god ever made BUT when exited have no real brain cells to speak of and although we know they would never hurt our chison purpose they are NEVER NEVER allowed to be together without very strict supervision maybe we are a bit over protective but I never want to have to say IF ONLY I would never forgive myself if anything happened to the little ones because I wasnt careful enough. Having said all that your dog is probably less stupid than ours so just be vigilant and everything will be fine . They are so worth the effort.
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Old 12-02-2006, 10:43 PM
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Welcome, I have 2 labs a yellow , and chocolate 6 and 4 yrs, a cat 3 yrs and 14 lbs, I also have 2 chi's 1 yr, and one 8 months. The dianamics [sp] surprise me sometimes, with who likes who. There is two intact males and two females, its really fun most of the time, no need for tv.
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