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In the interest of educating any new buyer I would have to say "In my humble Opinion, I would steer clear in this case.

If you are looking to find a chi, here are some hints

1) Look for a breed who only has 1 or 3 litters per year (not the case here).
2) Look for a breed who does not advertise rare colors like blue since blue chi's are known to have skin related issues
3) Look for a breed who does not advertise teacup or toy chihuahuas. These are ficticious names used to discribe very small chi's and gain more money for their size from a buyer
4) Get a written health guarentee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5) Make sure the puppies do not leave their mother before a minimum of 8 weeks
6) Be careful, DO NOT IMPULSE BUY. It could end up costing you heartache and thousands of dollars in vets bills in the end. Visit the AKC website and educate yourself about what a good chi looks & acts like.
7) Visit a dog show and talk to chi breeders. Any Good breeder will be willing to answer any and all your questions!
 

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Nope

Nope, Im not a breeder, never would want to be one. If your breeding healthy tested dogs that meet the breed standard, your definately not in it for the money. There are too many risks involved, too much heartache and so much personal time involved. Breeding should be left to the true professionals!!

Having said that, Im very very familiar with the ins & outs of good breeding practices and what or how one should go about finding a good quality healthy puppy. I've lived, I've learned the hard way in some instances and I've educated myself. Dogs are such special gifts and should be treated as such, not as money making machines.
 

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I agree that this is very good information, and would add:
1. Get and read the contract before paying anything more than a small, token deposit.
2. Find your local kennel club, or go to shows to find out the reputation of a breeder. Sometimes it's hard to get strangers to give "specifics" but if several people answer "no" to the question "would you deal with ...... " then it would be safe to assume that there may be good reasons for this response, so consider carefully
3. Be wary of anyone who wants to meet you away from their home to show you a dog. Many breeders will not allow just anyone into their kennel area, and for good reason, but most all will allow you to see a dog at their home.

Always remember that there are bad buyers as well as bad breeders, so if you seem to get a cold shoulder from some breeders, then understand that most really just want to come to know you well enought for them to feel good about placing one of their dogs into your care. So if you care enough about the quality of a dog to look for a good breeder, rather than in the ads in the paper, be prepared to allow a breeder to come to know you and the environment you would give to one of their dogs.

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great info guys..............keep up the good work, I would like to add :

a responsible breeder will not sell a pup until it is 10-12 weeks of age.

a responsible breeder will not sell a really tiny hate to use the word teacup ! pup to a owner who has never had a dog before or never had a chihuahua before.
 

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I have a question. I have a chi (possible mix -- his lineage is unknown) that weighs 10 pounds. He's about 2 years old and is uncut.

We are going to get him fixed, but I truly would love to have him bred with another chi once in exchange for a puppy. Someone I met offered to do this with her chi who is also not papered because of their matching temperaments.

What do you all think?
 

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Does the pure-ness of the puppies matter to you? Because if you don't know for sure if your dog is pure then the puppies could come out with some traits un-chihuahua like. They can be passed down even from older generations.

Someone wanted me to breed Mr. Peepers with their female chi and I didn't want to do it because of Mr. size and his ears don't stand. The ears not standing, I've read, is genetic. So there was a chance his babies ears wouldn't stand. He's got an almost perfect personality, so it was kinda tempting. I ended up getting him neutered.

Do you think you two would find good homes for the puppies? Is the mom larger too? Do you mind if the puppies turn out to be big like the daddy? That doesn't mean they will, but there is always a chance. Just some things to consider. :)
 
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