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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie, without a chi (the horror!) but hopefully I'd like one in the future. I went to an open dog show where I was competing in obedience with my current dog and saw the chi's showing. I met some with their owners and fell in love. I'm quite active, so I love larger dogs but a lot of the time I also like to read, watch tv and chill so I also love lap dogs. :rolleyes:

Anyway, to get to the point...my current dog is a labrador retriever. He is an absolute sweetie who loves all people and all dogs and is very obedient (most of the time)...he's just a typical lab. So, I've noticed a few of the members here have chi's with larger dogs also in their furry family and I was wondering how this works for you? Any major problems? Any advice? Am I totally mad or just slightly insane??? :D

Hoping to get to know you lovely people and your lovely chi's.

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I think just about any dogs (small and large) can get along well as long as they are carefully introduced and closely watched. I owned a Doberman Pinscher when I had my first chi, Ricky. They got along wonderfully and turned out to be best buddies. The down side to owning a large dog such as a lab and a chi is the fact that chis are delicate and can be easily injured. I unfortunately learned this firsthand.... I had let both dogs out to potty and and they were running side by side back to the house when Tesa accidentally tripped over my chi, Ricky and sent him head over heels. My chi was able to get back up and made it back to the door, but started to convulse and seize shortly after. We rushed him to our vet with what turned out to be a very serious head injury. It was very touch and go the first few days and also a very expensive vet stay. I would just caution you to watch your furbabes carefully if you do end up getting a chi. As I said before, they can most definitely become buddies and exist well together.
 

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I agree with what the others said. They can get along just fine, but they need to be watched carefully because accidents can and do happen. My big dog tends to be a bit rowdy sometimes and doesn't always watch where she plants her feet, so I don't even let them out together much, unless she's being calm and I'm closely supervising. And my poor little chi always wants to play with her, not realizing that he could be hurt, so he's actually the one who instigates it most of the time and gets her in a playful mood. Lately I've started just letting them out separately, both in the house and outside, because even if my big dog were the calmest dog in the world, an accident could still happen where she could just accidentally step on or trip over my chi and hurt him badly.

But as far as getting along, I think my chi actually likes big dogs better than dogs his own size, just because that's what he's been around since he was a puppy. He doesn't know what to do with dogs his own size.
 

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I live with my boyfriend who has a Blue Heeler (aka Australian Cattle Dog) who is 4 years old. I had been wanting a chi for a long time, but I was really worried about how such a tiny dog would get along with a bigger dog (the heeler weighs about 50lbs). When I got Poco, I also worried because he is male, and so is the heeler. I worried they might fight. I was very careful when I introduced them, and I never left them alone at first. Poco warmed up to the heeler very quickly and looked up to him. I think it actually really helped with training, because Poco would copy everything he did, including using the bathroom outside :) It was actually quite funny to watch a tiny chihuahua copy a big dog's every move. Anyway, they are now best friends and have never ever gotten in a fight. I think most dogs kind of have a sixth sense about them, and know to be gentle with the tiny dogs. Even though they both play together all the time and steal each other's toys, the heeler is never aggressive with the chihuahua. I can even leave them alone and they will be fine. I think it is largely a myth that chis can't live with big dogs, but I guess it depends on the dog.

Here they are - best buds :)
 

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Hi there welcombe and be sure if you get a chi you will become hooked instantly. We have great danes, and they are the most gentle creatures god ever made BUT when exited have no real brain cells to speak of and although we know they would never hurt our chison purpose they are NEVER NEVER allowed to be together without very strict supervision maybe we are a bit over protective but I never want to have to say IF ONLY I would never forgive myself if anything happened to the little ones because I wasnt careful enough. Having said all that your dog is probably less stupid than ours so just be vigilant and everything will be fine . They are so worth the effort.
 

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Welcome, I have 2 labs a yellow , and chocolate 6 and 4 yrs, a cat 3 yrs and 14 lbs, I also have 2 chi's 1 yr, and one 8 months. The dianamics [sp] surprise me sometimes, with who likes who. There is two intact males and two females, its really fun most of the time, no need for tv.
 

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Thanks for your replies so far guys. If I did decide to add a chi to the family he/she wouldn't be alone with Toby - they would under strict supervision (like you say, accidents do happen) and both would get individual attention.

I just wanted to hear from the guys and gals who've been there and done it, just to know I wasn't totally going off my head. :) ;)

Thanks again
 

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First Welcome, I had a 6 yr old and a 2 year old chia when we got our boxer Dixie. .I think you know your dog better than us. So they were the boss and still are( They dont like her much) But they do tolerate her alot better and she is a year and 7 months now.You have to watch them and it depends on your dog and the chia puppy. Labs are usually good with other dogs Just keep in mind that your chias personality will be a factor when you pic one out. Go for the one who is alittle spunky or playing a Bit rough and you shoudl be fine. We just recently got a new chia baby and Its kinda tough. I am paranoid but my chia's kinda spunky and likes to get rough with dixie. its funny cause she will just sit there and let him chew her or at least till she has had enough.
 

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I think they'll be fine, we have a large and small dog,my mom does also, her dogs weigh 10 lbs and 90 pounds...and they're the free running country types who get along fine.... Tinks never had a problem with my bigger dog,or moms 90 pound sweety either,even when she was 2 pounds, the big lug learned to be careful of the shrimp....
BTW, love the pic of the aussie and chi- Tink just Loves racing around and playing fetch with our next door neighbor dog,who's the same breed, they have a blast! And Tink can keep up with him,it's the cutest thing when they run so fast.....
 

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We have a golden mix and an Aussie/border mix...both about 40 pounds. They LOVE Dolly. They do play (mostly Dolly attacks them and they have a lot of wrestling), but I watch them. I mean, there is some "putting Dolly's head in their mouths" going on, but it's gentle and she must love it because she comes back for more. My Aussie licks her all over and gives her very nice baths which make her smell terrible, but it does take care of any tear stains!

I would not ever leave them alone, of course, so when we leave, Dolly goes to her crate and they hit the couch. The plus side for Dolly is that she goes with us a LOT so, then she can thumb her doggie nose at them, getting back for all her crate time.

If you are like me, it will surprise you how much you LOVE your little dog. I have only had big dogs all my life and now I can't imagine life without someone (preferably a chi!) on my lap.

Good luck!
 

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Hi there & welcome! I dont think it would be a problem. I have 3 chis inside, but my big dog is outside. Hes part border collie/german shepard. Well, he sleeps inside at night anyway! They get along fine!! He would never hurt them. I dont think you would have a problem!
 

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Thanks for all your replies guys!

Chioxer - those pics are fab! :D

dolly's grandma - I already love little dogs. Toby the lab is my first 'proper' big dog; previous ones have been small/medium but never anything that counts as toy.

Anyway, thanks again!
 

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I agree too. Chis are a little fragile at times, so watch them closely - especially at first, but they seem to socialize really well with other dogs. :) And in my experience, Labbies do too, so you should do fine. Good luck finding your chi! They're addictive! We told ourselves, "NO MORE," and here we are looking at getting another!! LOL! Watch out! Chis have magical power like that! HAHA~
 

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i visit my dad every other weekend. he has a black lab and i bring my chi with me when i go. they get along great. they play and my dads dog lets my dog beat her up (lol :)) but if we leave we make sure to seperate them.
 
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