he looks chi, he just looks out of standard, possibly from a back yard breeder.
You love him though so what does it matter. and you can use him to teach curious people.
when they ask you can say "hes a chihuahua but from a not so good breeder, so he doesnt look exactly like a chihuahua should"
Yeh, I didn't get him from a breeder just a lady whose dogs had pups. I love him with all my heart though. Yes, his snout is longer than many I have seen but his characteristics are just like my friend's chihuahua. He is 1yr and 4months old. I'm going to get him weighed today so I'll post that later. Thanks
He looks like a beautiful sweet baby, so it doesn't matter! He looks like a chi to me. He reminds me of Hershey of the Hershey and Jax family (haven't seen pictures of them in a while, though) .
My baby is a deerhead, and I don't say to people, "she doesn't look like a chi should." She is what she is. And I love her.
I think he's a chihuahua too. People that don't know much about the breed have a vision in their head about what chihuahuas look like. So when they come across one that is out of standard, they immediately think they are mixed. :roll:
People ask me if my boys are mixed. They even ask about Lucky and Buster. :roll: :lol: Mr. Peepers I can understand because he's so big, 12 pounds. But the other two are 8 pounders, definitely not huge by any means. :lol:
Do you guys remember awhile back, a neighbor of mine, the one that beats her parrot with a curtain rod, told me that Bu looked part Jack Russell or Rat Terrior, I don't remmeber which now. I was so infuriated with her and her silly butt. I saw Bu's mom and (and grandparents on mama's side) and dad and they are pure chi. He doesn't look like either one of them really, but I can tell you that he is chi thru and thru and I love that little fella with all my heart! I have missed him so much this week and can't wait to get home and hold him.
You know, I was wondering.....where ARE Hershey & Jax? I haven't seen them in a long time either.
And OMG Kari! I didn't know Mr. Peepers was 12 lbs! He's a Whopperchi! LOL! Marley is close to 20, but he's half beagle, so I get that....and Tito is only 7.5 (I usually just tell people 8). :-D I still :love5: Mr. Peepers. I just wanted to call him a Whopperchi. :-D :lol:
Looks 100% chi to me, too! My Max is very big for a chihuahua, and people (including the vet we now go to...I might change vets), think he is mixed. But he's not. I saw Maxs' mom and dad and they were smaller than what Max is now. A vet in Illinois where we used to live told us Max is definately 100% chihuahua; that he more than likely has a glandular problem which is making him bigger. That's true, a lot of people know very little about what all chi's look like. They just have the taco-bell or paris hilton version in their minds!!
He looks chi to me too, he's just not completely to the standard, but he is a cutie.
I agree Jen, you can't say a chi is from a bad breeder based on what he or she looks like alone. Two very standard chis can have a puppy with a deerhead, very long nose, and long legs. I've seen puppies from champion parents that don't look that close to the breed standard, it just happens.
Usually in a litter from breed standard parents a breeder is lucky to have one puppy that is show standards.
And most people, if they haven't actually researched the breed, have no idea what a chihuahua is supposed to look like. I've had people tell me Izzy has something wrong because her eyes bug out and has a huge head, that Deedlit is too huge and that's a minipin color not a chihuahua, that Cosette must be part rat terrier. Everything you do in life you'll have people giving you their opinions, it seems like chihuahuas are a beacon for this kind of beahvior for some reason, and I would just learn to ignore them.
I wouldn't worry about what people say anyway, I get TOLD, not asked, that Deedlit must be a mix all the time. :roll: He's your baby and you love him so it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.