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Hello, we have a dog friendly Australian Shepherd 8yo neut. He is epileptic so I have to be careful bringing in another dog, must be a breed that cannot hurt him during a seizure. I think chihuahuas are adorable but did some research online and came away feeling that #1 its impossibly to housebreak them to go outside to potty? #2 they can be nasty toward other dogs? Do any of you have a chi and a large dog and they get along nicely together? Also have any of you adopted an adult chi and introduced it successfully to a larger dog? Thanks :D
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what i did was show my chi to my bigger dog one day but i only let her smelly her, then the next day but her down but didn't let her go near her i did this for 2 days then the 3rd day let her meet my other dog and just smell then they just started to get along. just check what they do :D
 

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Well, first I want to say that I'm sorry to hear about your aussie having seizures. I had an aussie when I lived in NY and he was an awesome dog.

Now, to answer number one...it's not impossible to housebreak a Chi, it just takes time and a lot of patience. My Chi is housebroken, and it is actually possible to litter train Chi's, so so I've heard.

For the part about Chi's being nasty towards other dogs, I would have to guess it all depends on the Chi. Some Chi's can be nice and others not so nice towards other dogs. When Chico is around my mother's dogs (she has 2 big ones, a black lab and a shepard mix) he was skiddish at first, but now he plays with them, but he has never been mean towards them.

And lastly, I don't have any experience with indroducing an adult Chi to a larger dog, but everyone on this forum is really nice and most likely someone will have an answer for you. I hope I've helped you! :)
 

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it is not impossible to house break a chi and aslong as socialised with other dogs from an early age they will be fine - try puppy classes etc.

My only concern here is you not want your aussie been hurt by another dog while fitting - think about what happened if he landed on your chi and started fitting - we have a few dogs on here die by playing with bigger dogs etc - so you really need to thinnk about that - they should never be left together unsupervised etc - is this possible ? if not I would say unfortunately a chi is not for you.

What about a cavalier King Charles they are fairly small but sturdy and are friendly with other dogs and children - they are a really nice breed :wave:
 

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I was very afraid when I first introduced Peanut (now 4.5 pounds) and Cody (100 pound labrador) They like each other enough that I can leave them unattended for hours on end, but that is also because Cody is 8 years old and not extremly playfull and is a VERY nice dog. To add to all this they both are unnuetered males. But I do not suggest that you go by my experiences with them because this rarely happens with a small and large dog. I dont think I would allow Peanut to be with another large dog other than Cody.

If your aussie is not aggressive towards other dogs, especially small dogs you might be able to have them play together supervised. But be very careful because some Big dogs dont do well with tiny dogs like Chi's. You do have an advantage because neutered dogs tend to be less aggressive towars other dogs. It also depends on how playful both dogs are.

I hope everything works out with your aussie and future pup. :)
 

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Yea I would say it depends. Seiah only gets along with Bubbles (my fiance sisters dog). but thats because they were introduced at a young age, and have pretty much grown up around each other. Just yesterday I was in Santa Monica and a big dog passed by Seiah and I, Seiah was growling at him like crazy. Never let his eyes off of him till he was to far to see... :roll: :lol: . But I assume if introduced properly there shouldn't be a problem. Good luck!!! :D
 

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<where did you do your research :? :?

i tend to agree with Ozzy and Lily's mom ...maybe you can find another breed...chi's are very playful and delicate ......

welcome BTW :wave:

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I guess I could be one of the best people to answer the chi's with a bigger dog question. My little chi Nemo was killed by my parents larger dog while she was playing in the garden and she jumped on him. It happened just over a month ago and I still haven't come to terms with it and he was only 15 weeks old. I personally wouldn't recommend a chi with larger dogs unless you have a lot experience with both breeds and the temperiments are faultless on the larger breed, Nothing could ever bring back my little Nemo and I would hate to see anyone else go throught the pain and heartache I did over losing him. I am getting another chi in Nov but we've been preparing a pen system for the chi when it's in the garden and it will never be on the floor with the larger dogs. I wouldn't recommend getting a chi with larger dogs at all unless you are willing to put in so much extra work and never ever leave the chi unsupervised.

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Many good points already made, and Sarah, omg I am SO sorry about Nemo, that is very devastating.


I have both an Australian Shepherd and a chihuahua. Most aussies are not very big dogs, TC's mom was 40 pounds...and he turned out to be a big 65 pound lug. lol TC will be 5 tomorrow and he is neutered like your aussie. He is still very high strung and acts like a 2 year old puppy. I don't know how your aussie would be, because of the health condition, but for my 2 dogs, they get along very well. They were introduced in the yard, on somewhat neutral grounds, and until Lexi was bigger, she never played really played with him, or around him. They play now, with supervision of course.

TC is one of the most intelligent dogs I've ever met. He was housebroken in 3 days, never had an accident since except for when he was sick.
Lexi on the other hand, took a bit longer. I've had her for 2 months and now she knows to run to the back door when she had to go "potty". We have very few accidents with her, and I am proud of her for learning to tell us when she has to go.

Of course, TC was not thrilled when we brought in a new baby. The funny thing....Lexi loves TC more than anyone! The second she hears him or sees him her tail is going like crazy and she cant wait to see him! lol TC has now somewhat adopted Lexi and he treats her like his baby.

One thing about TC however is that he wants to be the alpha male. This is his house, and he prefers not to live with another male companion. So we got a female, and we dont have any dominance issues at all.

It's a lot of work with the 2 of them and someone is ALWAYS watching over Lexi so she doesnt get herself into trouble. So I think that it is possible, you just have to put a lot of time and effort into it, and hopefully your dogs will get along as well as mine. Good luck with your choice. ~Christie
 

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I agree with you that chis are hard to housebreak. But, it's not impossible and all other aspects of chis are so delightful that it's worth the extra work.

How the two dogs get along depends on the dogs. They're all different just like people.

If you do choose a chi, choose a large one. The worry factor over a 3 or 4 lb chi is significantly greater than over an 8 or 9 lb chi. At 4 lbs. you have a precious delicate little dog. At 9 lbs. you just have a small dog.
 

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Frasier's Mommy said:
I agree with you that chis are hard to housebreak. But, it's not impossible and all other aspects of chis are so delightful that it's worth the extra work.

How the two dogs get along depends on the dogs. They're all different just like people.

If you do choose a chi, choose a large one. The worry factor over a 3 or 4 lb chi is significantly greater than over an 8 or 9 lb chi. At 4 lbs. you have a precious delicate little dog. At 9 lbs. you just have a small dog.
i agree with the size factor mentioned by frasiers mom. i also beleive that if you are aware that anything can happen bad or good you can be prepared to prevent it and take all necessary precautions. chiwi has never been on the ground with other dogs unless i was sitting right there with them. i see that she is a very tiny delicate baby and even a broom falling from leaning up against a wall could easily either break a bone or kill her.
 

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Reading all the information and taking it all in. My Aussie is a nice boy and very obedient and at 8yo and on epilepsy drugs he is not too active :wink: Good point made about when he has a seizure and falls down but usually 99% are from a sleep so not too concerned about that. Yes, I agree to not get a teensy Chi but one of a decent weight. I want to thank you all for your input and will weigh the facts carefully. Would probably be an adult Chi because a nearby breeder has offered me one to adopt but she won't be ready until after her pups are weaned. Of course first I have to have her and my dog meet and see how they do, the breeder does have a large dog on the premises so her chis are used to one. Thanks again for the wonderful response :wave:
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anneh said:
Reading all the information and taking it all in. My Aussie is a nice boy and very obedient and at 8yo and on epilepsy drugs he is not too active :wink: Good point made about when he has a seizure and falls down but usually 99% are from a sleep so not too concerned about that. Yes, I agree to not get a teensy Chi but one of a decent weight. I want to thank you all for your input and will weigh the facts carefully. Would probably be an adult Chi because a nearby breeder has offered me one to adopt but she won't be ready until after her pups are weaned. Of course first I have to have her and my dog meet and see how they do, the breeder does have a large dog on the premises so her chis are used to one. Thanks again for the wonderful response :wave:
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that would be great! keep us updated, i hope it goes well and the 2 get along!
 

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Frasier's Mommy said:
I agree with you that chis are hard to housebreak. But, it's not impossible and all other aspects of chis are so delightful that it's worth the extra work.

How the two dogs get along depends on the dogs. They're all different just like people.

If you do choose a chi, choose a large one. The worry factor over a 3 or 4 lb chi is significantly greater than over an 8 or 9 lb chi. At 4 lbs. you have a precious delicate little dog. At 9 lbs. you just have a small dog.
i agree with the size factor mentioned by frasiers mom. i also beleive that if you are aware that anything can happen bad or good you can be prepared to prevent it and take all necessary precautions. chiwi has never been on the ground with other dogs unless i was sitting right there with them. i see that she is a very tiny delicate baby and even a broom falling from leaning up against a wall could easily either break a bone or kill her.
The broom is a perfect example. Frasier is almost 8 lbs. A broom did fall on him. It was propped against the kitty litter box so when Frasier tried to dig in the kitty's litter the broom fell on him and scared both him and me to death. He yelped and jumped on me out of fear.

He no longer partakes of the yummies at the kitty litter box buffet and the broom didn't hurt him at all. Chiwi is tiny, like Puppet said, a broom would seriously hurt her.

I'm not saying one size is better than the other; just that it's a huge factor to consider. The difference in 4lbs and 7lbs doesn't sound like a lot, but it really is.
 

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to tell you the truth I am not sure yet, I do know this breeder does not breed "teacups" etc but will find out more two weeks from now when I meet her and her doggies. Will take mine with me and see how things go. I must say I was shocked about the little Chi here on the forum getting killed and my heart goes out to the owner, I am so sorry, that is horrific :(
anneh


Ozzy&Lilys'sMom said:
How much does your prospective chi weigh? :wave:
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Lots of great advise here......I think it really depends on the dogs.....you will know the personality of each best. It can work with the right ones! I have an 8 yr. old Golden Retreiver that's 80 lbs. and an 11 month old large chihuahua who is 12 lbs. Both neutered males. Like your Aussie, my Golden is very laid back. I only separate them when I leave and I really do this to keep the chi away from the golden. Taco (chi) is so playful that Buster (golden) tries to hide from him sometimes when he's had enough. hehe......it doesn't work, you can't hide an 80 lb. dog. Like others said though, I would stay away from a very small chi. Even if they got along good, accidents can happen. Here's a pic of them together. Huge size difference.
 

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Oh yeah as everyone knew Nemo was only 1 1/2 lbs a very tiny chi. It can and does work out with larger dogs but u just need to be extra carefull when the pup is little

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I hope that you find the right larger sized Chi. If not.....as Clare suggested earlier why not go for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? My friend has one and there really nice, friendly small dogs, but more sturdy than Chi`s.
Good luck :D :wave:
 
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