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Hello everybody, my name is Scott, and this would be my first post here. I bought a Lab a couple years ago, joined a lab forum, and was quite happy with the insight and advise I recieved there. So, we just added a Chi to the mix, and figured the next best thing to do would be to join a Chi forum.
My concern with this new little pup is the interactions with the existing big dog. I'm sure things need to be handled carefully, as to not have a negative effect for either one of them. My lab, Zeppelin, is 2 yrs old, and is well behaved, so I'm not too worried about her jumping or bouncing on the pup, who's name is Lil'Bit.
The first introductions were very brief, and went well I believe. I had Zep sit there, and had Lil'bit in my lap so everybody could have a good sniff session. The next time, lil'bit was up on the sofa, and had Zep below her on the floor. Lilbit didn't seem too scared, and was kinda jumping around, tail wagging with a little yipping, and would come to the end of the sofa to get a smell of the other big scary black dog.
I want to have as cool of a little dog as I do a big dog. I don't want lilbit to be scared of everything because she is small, so I know it all has to do with her interactions, and reactions with things now.
 

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Welcome,well you seem to be doing all the right things ,introducing them slowly ,i'm sure they will be best playmates ,i have a very tiny chi ,and a larger one and a sheltie and they amaze me how they're so gentle with her,i'm sure they know she's small
 

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Welcome! I'm pretty new her as well. I recently just got my first Chi baby, she is such a little joy! I don't have any advice for you since I don't have any other dogs, but there are a lot of great people on this forum that I'm sure can be very helpful with this and any other questions you may have.
 

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Hello everybody, my name is Scott, and this would be my first post here. I bought a Lab a couple years ago, joined a lab forum, and was quite happy with the insight and advise I recieved there. So, we just added a Chi to the mix, and figured the next best thing to do would be to join a Chi forum.
My concern with this new little pup is the interactions with the existing big dog. I'm sure things need to be handled carefully, as to not have a negative effect for either one of them. My lab, Zeppelin, is 2 yrs old, and is well behaved, so I'm not too worried about her jumping or bouncing on the pup, who's name is Lil'Bit.
The first introductions were very brief, and went well I believe. I had Zep sit there, and had Lil'bit in my lap so everybody could have a good sniff session. The next time, lil'bit was up on the sofa, and had Zep below her on the floor. Lilbit didn't seem too scared, and was kinda jumping around, tail wagging with a little yipping, and would come to the end of the sofa to get a smell of the other big scary black dog.
I want to have as cool of a little dog as I do a big dog. I don't want lilbit to be scared of everything because she is small, so I know it all has to do with her interactions, and reactions with things now.
Hi and welcome. Sounds like you know what you're doing and all is going well. Like you said, lots of socialisation and positive experiences and your little one will be fine and happy just like your big dog. Chis don't tend to realise they're so small most of the time, or they overcompensate for it!

I've never had a big dog but when I have had Chis and a slightly bigger dog the chi has always been the one in charge. One time my chihuahua, poppy, got out and was taken home at the rescue by someone with a large Dalmatian...apparently she took over the dalmatian's bed and growled when it came near the food bowl! There is also an amusing clip on YouTube of a chi and a great Dane and the chihuahua steals the huge dog's kong even though the kong is the size of the chi itself and the huge dog just looks up at the owner as if to say 'are you going to do something about this?' as long as you don't let her get away with bullying Zep (this may never happen, often they get along with no problems) you should have two happy well rounded dogs.
 

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Welcome to Chi People. I have my daughter's 60 pound lab/pit mix living here and he just loves the chis. He has his favorites, he will lay down so they can play with him. He is very gentle, even with Pepe, who just barks and barks at him and sometimes darts in to nip at him. (I just got Pepe about two months ago, he has major issues). Puppies he's fasinated with, but if he gets tired of them, he will jump up on something to get away. So it can be done.
 

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I had 2 mastiffs living with my chis for years and all was well we just never left them unsupervised together when we went out even tho the mastiffs were dominated by the chis :)

 

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I have a German Shepard, a pug and a chi who is still tiny, the shepherd isn't bothered at all like another said we never leave them On their own and we have never had a problem, dogs seem to sort themselves out but a puppy class for the baby would benefit and you can ask the trainer for advice too
 

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Hi there, you'll see in my sig I have 2 x Mastiff x Rhodesian Ridgebacks & 4 x Chis - the Mastiffs are fine with the Chi's although the big girl will let out a low grumbling growl when they give her the irrits too much. The big boy, however, just adores them as I'm sure your Lab will.
 
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