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I've been thinking for awhile about getting a chiwawa puppy but Im wondering if it would be a good idea, as Im disabled electric wheelchair user although I dont use the chair in the flat, I crawl as the flat is too small for manuverablity.

I live on my own have a garden front(with ramped access) and back, spend most of my time at home, other than the occasional visits to ASDA, to the local town or friends twice a week.

I would be planning to purchase a dog home (crate) for the living room and would gladly sleep on the sofa in the living room until the puppy is comfortable on their own.

My question is this would a chiwawabe suitable for a person such as myself and would they be comfortable to be carried on my lap either held or in a carrier, while a took them out for exercise or toiletery needs in my wheelchair?

As I previously owned a jack russell terrier that would not sit in my lap or walk on the lead and was down right dangerous around my wheelchair. It was also very tempermental and has attacked me on several occasions leaving bite scars on my hands and arms. So much so that refuse to have the dog living with me due to his jekyll and hyde nature and his tendency to escape, i have given up ownership to my parents.

Since this experience, I have been put off dog ownership but I simply was wondering if the chiwawa was the dog to restore my faith?

Any Advice would be appreciated.

Christian.
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Hello there. We have three chis and I think one could be ideal for you. Mine are happy to walk on a lead or be carried. They make such a strong bond with you, they are ideal companions. I like their tiny size as it makes everything more manageable. Good luck and I hope you get one.
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I think a Chihuahua pup would be okay.
You 2 can create a very special bond since it be just you and the pup.
Plus if your okay with the dog going on a puppy pad you can train the pup and it can go inside the house without creating a mess especially if that day your having a particular hard day.
I want to say a lot of Chi's are just fine being lap dogs.
Also a great idea to crate train early but be aware that the 1st couple of nights/week they can cry that can seem like forever.

I don't want to be disrespectful in any way (sorry if I am) but have you ever considered/qualify for a service dog?
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I think a chihuahua would be ideal. I think, especially, if you got one that was 4-6 months old. A real baby may not realize the danger of a wheelchair. (I reread your post, and didn't realize you didn't use the wheelchair inside.) A trainer might pick one out, and help you for a week or so? I also am slightly disabled (80 yrs old with synthetic hips/knees and one shoulder. Arthritis and slightly balanced compromised.) My dogs do not go out, but use human grade washable pee pads. I also use the Iris pen. You may not have room for one? I like a pen/large crate. JMO!
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Thank you for the kind responses, I raised this question at another forum and the response from some posters was decidly negative, do you realise the amount of exercise a chi needs, could you cope with housebreaking etc etc. So much so it has put me off the idea, one poster even stated no dog is going to be happy being carried and running around a stationary wheelchair, no wonder the JRT was the way it was. I replied to this that I was never stationary, the JRT would never listen or stop running around, no matter hoe I tried and I would only carry the dog across busy roads and walk it on cycle tracks or forest roads or even the 3/4 quiet residenal streets between my home and nearest bus stop and would stop for the dog to do its business or sniff whilst on the leash.

Im not saying that all the advice was this bad, most of the advice was very helpful but I did get the impression they were mini Linford Christies on the go all the time, one poster even said after 5 mile walks, her chi were still on the go and complete bonkers, not suitable at all in my situation. But I can see that perhaps this is not the case and thank you Susan Davis and Ari1405 for the advice, I had read that chi could be litter boxed trained which could be handy as I know they are not found of the cold or the rain.

Rockiesmam01 thats what I was thinking they would be a managable breed for me and when accidents occur easy enough to clean up.

I don't think I have any (or meet the) requirement(s) for or need for assistance dogs, as I live completely independently even if I do things from a kneeling or sitting position, and the dog would simply be a companion.

As I say, the other forum posters have put me off the idea for now but thank you all for showing me its at least possible in the future.

Christian
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