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So I have a few questions about my Chihuahua. I can't post a question anywhere else it seems, so I'll post it here. I just got what is supposed to be a 4-month old Chihuahua. He is very cute and friendly so far. I never owned a dog, but I know some dogs smell more than others.

Do Chihuahuas smell worse than other dogs? The owner said they washed him before I got him, but he smelled really strongly like urine or something. Once I got him home, I used some of my flea & tick shampoo that I use for my cats, which doesn't have a strong smell, but smells kind of pine-y. This seemed to reduce the odor by about 50%.

However, the dog still smells like urine. The closest thing I can compare the smell to is hamsters or one of those little kids that pee their pants. My gf has a boston terrier which has a different smell to him (he always stinks, we call him Mr. Stinky).

Is it normal for him to smell like this? I just hope this smell won't follow him around everywhere and get all our carpets and furniture smelling like him. I scrubbed him pretty good when I bathed him so he shouldn't smell at all anymore, I would think. And I dried him off well.

Also, from the pic, do you think he's really 4 months? Does he look like a 4-month old teacup to you? I paid $750... so I hope I didn't pay more than what I had to.

Thanks for your help!
 

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Firstly, there is no such thing as a Teacup Chihuahua. He is adorable, love him no matter how big he gets. I would take him to a Vet... a strong urine smell is NOT normal...my crew never has a 'doggie' odor...

I have a large Chi(Peso), much larger than Kody. DNA tests do say he is full chihuahua but you wouldnt think that by looking at him. I love him no matter :)

congrats on you lil one he is a cutie
 

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If the vet finds nothing wrong, it may be his fur has kind of absorbed the smell of urine if he was not kept clean before you got him. If you are feeding a quality food that your dogs don't react badly to, neither should stink, but I have known dogs to take a month to shed the stink when coming from a bad diet. I have often recommended Canidae all life stages chicken and rice. It can be fed to puppies and adults, and seems to cause less gas than many foods.
 

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Honestly, $750 is not that much to pay for a dog. A carefully bred puppy from health-tested parents could easily be twice that. If you can get an accurate weight on the puppy and the vet confirms his age, this chart can give you a general idea of the adult size he might achieve: Chihuahua Growth Chart and Dog Astrology

The show standard for Chihuahuas states they are six pounds or less, and that is a tiny dog! There are purebreds that are larger, of course, and they are probably more like what Chihuahuas were before the show ring.
 

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I got a rescue mama chi from a puppy mill (she was rescued from there) and the poor thing really smelled. It took several baths, and lots of work to end the dirt that accumulated around the tips of her ears! After a month or so of really good food and brushing and gently rubbing the tips of her ears before she started to smell OK again! Sometimes the smell has to leave the 'innerds' before it starts to leave the body. Give it a month.
 

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The other thing is to have a vet see him for his own safety. IF there IS a kidney problem, then you should know about it. I doubt this is the case. Probably had to pee too near himself?
 

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Welcome!

As mentioned, there is no such thing as a teacup Chihuahua. It's a name/term coined by some (less than stellar) "breeders" out there so they can charge more for a pup than a "regular" Chihuahua to those aiming for a very tiny dog. At $750, that's actually very cheap for a Chihuahua pup, at least in my area...a "regular" Chi runs about $800-$1200 and ones called "teacups" by their sellers are around the $1200 range.

What does he weigh? In the photo you provided, he actually looks quite large; but photos are often very misleading.

As for the smell, definitely not a normal thing. Chihuahuas, from my experience, smell LESS than a lot of other dogs, likely simply because they spend most of their time indoors ;) If the smell continues after another few weeks, perhaps consider a vet visit :)
 

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Like others said, there's no such thing as a 'teacup' chihuahua. That term is just a marketing gimmick some breeders use and judging by the picture he actually looks bigger than the average 4 months old chihuahua in my opinion (but it's hard to say without knowing his weight?).

He looks absolutely adorable though so it doesn't matter! He has such a cute little face. :)

As for the smell, I also agree with the others that it's not normal. If anything I find chihuahuas to be the least smelly dogs ever!
 

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This is not normal for a chi. They actually have less odor than many other breeds. He is adorable. Is he peeing in his crate and laying in it possibly? Definitely requires a vet trip to make sure no medical problem is the cause. What are you feeding? Many of the "Top" brands sold at the grocery store are crap and make a difference in the smell of their pee and pooh. (They often cost just as much, too.) PS Find a good vet- NOT Petsmart's Banfield.
 
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