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I was really hoping to be able to find a second chi to add to our family. Unfortunately, I know now that the breeder I got Tansy from is a perfect example of a byb. So, I started searching again... and of the around 8 breeders in Ohio that I have found, absolutely none of them keep their puppies until 12 weeks. Most even say that if they aren't picked up by 8 weeks, you lose your deposit and everything. So, where are the GOOD breeders??? I really did not want to have to ship either. I really really really want a long coat, preferably a black and white or black. I'd consider any color though, personality is more important.
 

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at 8 weeks it's also ok ...it doesn't mean the breeders are bad

best is at 12 weeks , but indeed not many breeders do this.

it's good you are searching for a respectable breeder ....i think there are lists in the breeders/sellers topic :wave:

kisses nat
 

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I think you are amazing too be searching for the perfect pup and AI will be the same when my time comes for gettuing another I know the disadvantages of getting a chi at 8 weeks or under etc at the time you think well what does another 2-4 weeks make but it really does.

I disagree with nat (in a nice way hun :D) I think chi breeders who send pups off 8 weeks and under are not that great and I personally would never get one from breeders who do that because it shows that they lack the understanding that chis need to stay with Mom extra and any good breeder will know this if they research the breed properly. I really hope you find what you are looking for, good luck and keep us posted.

Also Tansy is a cutie :wave:
 

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Where are you located in Ohio? If you are willing to travel, I would highly recommend Annette & Annalisa Waldkoetter from Seymour Indiana. They only breed long coats and this is where our little Kosmo came from. Super wonderful breeder who has bred two National Chihuahua Specialty winners which is a great accomplishment. I will also tell you her pet quality puppies are reasonably priced. My husband and I have been to her home and she doesn't have a mean dog in her lot. She's very concerned about breeding for temperment and so all her dogs are lovers. Her dogs are treated like royality and she'll ensure their health. Here is her website which you can contact her through if you are interested.
http://www.windsongchihuahuas.com/Mainpages/AboutUs.htm

Since many "good" breeders tend to show, their schedules require travel. Often if you get in with a reputable breeder, if they have to attend a show near you and puppies are ready to be placed they or a fellow friend will transport the puppies to their new homes if they are going to be in the area or nearby state. We had to travel to a dog show in Kentucky to pickup our Beamer & Fritzy who had come in from Georgia by their breeder who was attending a show.

Here is a picture of our LC's. "Kosmo", bred by Annette is the cream & white in the front (6 months old in this picture). Beamer is the black tri in the back and Fritzy the sable is in the middle. Beamer & Fritz were bred by a breeder in Georgia who got into showing & is mentored by Annette.



 

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I got Gizmo at 8 weeks...

Never had any problems...I think it's up to the breeder...Gizmo was learning to pee in a patch or grass that they bought...LOL...he never was afraid of noises because she kept them all in the kitchen penned...

I guess we all have different opinions...I think 8 weeks is fine as long as it's not a tiny tiny chi...the breeder I got Giz from kept the last two for another week because they were smaller...

Gizmo was very independent at 8 weeks in that he didn't miss his littermates at all when he came home....

I say it's all in the breeder, just because a breeder sends off a litter at 8 weeks does not mean he is a bad breeder..earlier than 8...then that's a different story... :wave:
 

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Also, Helen. I would be questionable about any breeder who is asking you to place a deposit on a puppy. Espcially one that is non refunable. If the breeder is any good, they often have people waiting for puppies from them. They are not concerned if puppies don't sell right away thus they are not worried about getting the sellers money. I have yet to speak with or meet a reputable breeder who asks for a deposit on any of their puppies.

As for the age, Beamer & Fritzy came to us at 10 weeks of age. Kosmo was 8 weeks of age when Annette let us take him as he was larger then the rest and a strong puppy. I believe its up to the discretion of the breeder as to when they will release a puppy but anywhere between 8-12 weeks is fine, but nothing before then. If they've been in the breeding game for a while, they will have the experience to know when a puppy is ready to go to its new home.
 

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Good Breeder

I'm not sure where you are in Ohio or if you'd be willing to travel at all, but there is an EXCELLENT breeder in Casey County, Kentucky. She breeds long and short coat Chis, as well as Italian Greyhounds. My fiance and I visited with her and her husband and were very impressed. Her name is Nancy Patton and you can reach her at [email protected]. She'll get back with you quickly (in my experience).

Hope this helps! :wave:
 

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Hey

I too agree with xx-nathalie-xx as I took Zola home at 8 weeks. The breeders pther litters went at 12 weeks but this one she felt was ready to go at 8 weeks. The vet also agreed this would be best as they were any from there mummy before they left for a while. They started to suck on her to hard and she started to get really snappy with the pups. So yeah I think it depends on the suitation. You could get in touch with the breeders and ask them there reason for letting them go at 8 weeks.
Oh and also... Zola started to bully his brothers and sisters. I saw this when I picked him up. He was so hyper and wanted all the attention. Which he now gets completely from me :lol:
 

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I got Lexi at 7 weeks, I would have wanted to wait till 8 weeks but unfortunately I had no way of transport all the way to Birmingham the week after as my father was going away on holiday.

To be honest, I have not had any problems with having her early.
I too think it's down to how they are socialised in the breeders home. Although sometimes she does have a problem of biting when playing, ALL puppies mouth when they're young. It's the same with kittens. They grow out of it with good training and persistance. Her mother was getting really aggressive and stand offish towards the pups by the time they were 6 weeks! Their vet like paintmyworld's breeders' vet also said they were ready to go by the time I got her, he said that particular litter developed very quickly for their breed, maybe due to them getting iron supplements as well as their mothers milk I dunno.

All my 4 (modern) dog training books say the best time to bring a puppy home is between 6-10weeks. This is simply because after 12 weeks it's generally more difficult to train them as opposed to when they are younger. For Chihuahua's, since they are small, I would never bring one home at 6 weeks. But for me I personally wouldn't bring one home older than 11 weeks at the most.
Next time, I'd like to bring my pup home 8-10weeks ideally.

The longer you leave them with their doggy family, the better socialised with dogs they will be. While this is important, it runs the danger that they will find it harder to adapt to being with a human family where there may not be other dogs. So that's why the books say before 12 weeks. They learn better before then, supposedly.
Please nobody get angry and argue with me, I'm just telling you what the professionals say in the books!

I'm sure you will find a good breeder that fits what you want.
I don't have any info that could help you but i'm sure there are others who can :wave:
 
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