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Old 11-27-2017, 12:41 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am a new Chi owner - my little Tiki is between 5 and 6 months old and I got him when he was about 10 weeks. I've never owned a dog this small before and am wondering if there is anything I should be aware of unique to toy breeds or Chi's.

Thank you all for the info!
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Little dogs are a lot of fun to have. I have one little black, brown & white Chihuahua. Damián is 9. Bruiser was 13 when he passed. I love to snuggle with them.
Enjoy your new baby
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Welcome, glad to have you here!
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Well...there's "backwards sneezing". Scares the hell out of most new toy breed owners the first time it happens, but it's common in the small breeds and not really a problem, as such.

Otherwise, one of the most common health issues with Chihuahuas is bad teeth - many Chis need dental work by the time they're two years old. As such, it's highly recommended to brush their teeth, at least a few times a week to help. The breed itself doesn't have much in the way of genetic health concerns or issues.

They're usually pretty quirky, and having such a tiny dog is an adjustment for sure. I grew up with big dogs - 120lbs shepherd/Malamute crosses who were brothers, and the best dogs. I'm a big dog person, but Chihuahuas are my weakness and I've had them in my house for 14 years. Things like, Chihuahua proofing any fencing in the back yard - they fit through the TINIEST spaces under the fence or between posts! Or, always being supervised when in my yard - a large raven could easily go after my smallest boy, never mind hawks, owls, or eagles. Just things like that
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oh yeah, snakes.. raccoons..coyotes. you really need to keep an eye on them when they are out
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