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Old 10-28-2017, 02:11 AM
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Hello!

I'm new to the forum, and to Chihuahuas. I know this should probably be in the Chihuahua Questions section, but it won't let me post anywhere but here!

I'm currently a vet tech student, and my school has a colony of dogs that the students work with. They're all from pounds and are *eventually* up for adoption.

Now I've had dogs my whole life, but the smallest dog I've ever had was our family golden retriever. I currently have a 10 year old lab mix and two cats.

So the reason I'm posting here, is there's this little chihuahua (I guess he's not that little, as he's 10 lbs exactly) in the kennels. Now I've never described myself as a small dog person - nothing against them, I've just never felt the draw to own one - but I instantly fell in love with this little guy.

He's obviously really stressed and afraid, being in a kennel environment and always being dealt with by different people, different situations, etc. He's totally misunderstood by my classmates - they all hate him. Whenever I walk him though I find that his undesirable behaviours (being a macho man and barking like mad at the other dogs) are very easily corrected and he responds to correction really really well. Just no one else seems to bother.

Anyways, he's really slow to warm up to everyone, but it seems like for some reason he really likes me. I don't know if it's because I give him structure and don't let him work himself up, and he actually gets to relax around me, or what. We aren't allowed to adopt the dogs until second semester, once they've been fixed, but I really want to adopt him.

The boyfriend has some concerns, he's only ever had experience with small dogs who aren't trained/behave very poorly. He's concerned that Gizmo would be very yappy at home, and that he wouldn't be able to adjust to the dog and cats that we have. Now I have zero experience with the breed, and only know what I've read online. Mostly what I've seen for compatibility with Other Pets is 'with supervision.'

Does anyone have any experience with this sort of situation and could offer some insights? I'd just like advice on things we should be aware of regarding bringing him home - if Bryan signs off on it when the time comes.

Gizmo is three years old, not neutered (although he will be), and 10.0 lbs. He's trim and not overweight at that size. I don't have his history to know if he's a mix at all, but I can attach pictures for you guys to get an idea.

Any advice would be appreciated! And tips for convincing someone who is leery about the idea of living with a small dog.

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Old 10-31-2017, 04:36 PM
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He's adorable

He doesn't get along with dogs? And also not fixed?
If he doesn't get along with dogs I'm not to sure he'd get along with your dog at home or your cat. You'd probably have a better chance of the dog at home was female (from my experience) Now of course he could just be dog selective. Plus taking him away from the stressful environment (the kennels) and into a structured home might be all he needs to live with you and your pets.
None of my Chi's never liked cats.
Their is a member on here that actually has 2 Goldens and a Chihuahua. The Chi needed teeth work done. And they became a perfect trio. So I guess it just depends on the dog.
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My two chis respect my cat and bully my two Redbone Coonhounds. LOL They all get along great! It will just depend on him. See if you can do a trial period.
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Thanks! He's not neutered yet, but will be before he's able to be adopted out.

I'm not sure how he is with other dogs, other than that when we're outside he barks at them when he first sees them. He quiets down really quickly when you give him a small tug and a verbal correction though. The only interaction he has with them is through the kennel doors on his way outside, and at that point of course they're all barking at each other, and they're all large dogs so it's definitely a stressful experience for him.

I've actually been reading about Taquito and the goldens! It gives me hope lol. I'll have to ask about a trial. Our dog at home is female, and she's generally really good with other dogs so I think she'll be fine. When he's been fixed and he's available to adopt we can bring her there and put them in adjacent outdoor runs, see how they interact through the fence, and then if they're okay we can introduce them.

Even if he and the cats dislike each other, do you think they'd be able to coexist peacefully?


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I think that a careful introduction will be key. I would have both dogs on leash and walk them away from each other (so they can see each other, but not 'meet') Then you just keep walking together until they are close enough to sniff each other. A fence SOMETIMES makes it worse. They can 'fence fight'. If you take them both to a 'neutral' area, that makes it even better. I wonder if they would let you take him on a weeks 'loan'? That would be an even better deal! I would keep him in a pen at first so that he is safe, and your dog and cat are safe. Then leash him and see how he reacts. I'm so glad you gave this pup a chance. BTW, he looks like a pure bred chihuahua, just on the big side.
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I think that a careful introduction will be key. I would have both dogs on leash and walk them away from each other (so they can see each other, but not 'meet') Then you just keep walking together until they are close enough to sniff each other. A fence SOMETIMES makes it worse. They can 'fence fight'. If you take them both to a 'neutral' area, that makes it even better. I wonder if they would let you take him on a weeks 'loan'? That would be an even better deal! I would keep him in a pen at first so that he is safe, and your dog and cat are safe. Then leash him and see how he reacts. I'm so glad you gave this pup a chance. BTW, he looks like a pure bred chihuahua, just on the big side.
Thanks. I'll have to see what my options are. It's tough because all the dogs at the school are from different rescue organizations, and the school has to facilitate the rescue's policies in terms of the adoption, plus the school itself has really strict rules regarding the colony on site and their interactions with other animals.

Jersey won't bark or fence fight. She's not a reactive dog at all. When other dogs freak out and bark at her it makes her completely lose interest. I'll ask them about doing an intro during a walk though. I'm not worried at all about how she'll be with him, she's met small dogs before with no problem. I just have nothing to go on to see how he'll be with other animals.

Next time I'm at the school I'll ask about trial runs. With the policies in place I'm not sure it's something that will be allowed, but no harm in checking.

It's around Feb-March that the dogs are up for adoption, so it's a little ways off yet.

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I think you might have a real good chance with your golden and the Chihuahua to be able to live together. I think the fence think could possibly be a hit or miss as Susan said they can fence fight (He'd probably be doing the "fighting") but I really think it might work out. Maybe also try to do a walk with both of them just not letting them to close.
I honestly don't know about the cat thing as I've never owned the cat. But a family member has a "street" cat (He comes home for breakfast/lunch/dinner but he roams the neighborhood freely as he pleases) they also have a Chihuahua male. When the dog was a puppy, the cat would bully him. The dog grew up a bit and started bullying the cat. He would chase the cat out the house. And now the dog is about a year old and the cat is about 4 and they finally "co-exist" The cat eats his meals inside and the dog just stares at him until he finishes so he can eat what he left. They're definitely not cuddle buddies but they've finally learned to "respect" each other.
Have him on a leash when he meets the cat, very slow introductions might help.
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Keep us posted on this pup's future! Hopefully you will be the owner of a chihuahua soon.
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