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.
Thanks in advance
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