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Hi

I just found this site today and I'm soooooo pleased. I've been considering getting a chihuahua for ages but have lots of questions first about chi's and their suitability for me!

I think I'd like to add a smaller smoothcoat female chihuahua to my family but don't really know where to start with looking for one or what sort of questions I should be asking of breeders.

Anyway, just thought I'd join in and introduce myself and look forward to chatting and getting some well-needed advice really.

Ali
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Hi and welcome :wave: just want too add all chis are small they are the smallest breed of dog in the world, and if you have younger children or larger dogs you are best to get a larger sized chi about 7 pounds plus :wave:
 

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Hi welcome to this wonderful forum,any questions you might have this site will have the answers,good luck :wave: :wave:
 

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Hi

Thank you all for the great welcome, I look forward to participating in discussions.

Just a litle bit more about me, I live with my hubby in Bristol and we have 5 cats and 2 small spaniels already, all of whom get on really well. Can anyone tell me how chi's cope with other animals? Are there any health problems they are prone to?

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Chis cope well with other animals as long as socialised from an early age , obviously you having 2 spaniels it would be better for you to get a good size chi rather than one that is only going to get to 3 or 4 pounds fully grown, the only problems chis are more prone to are :

Tracheal collapse / reverse sneezing - this is when the wind pipe closes and they cough to try and get it back this can happen when they are excited, scared or if walking with a collar it is advisable to always use a harness for walking. if this happens pick them up and talk calmly to them while stroking their throat.

Hypoglycaemia : small chihuhauas and puppies are proned to this due to their small size they find it hard to regualte their insulin so when puppys they need feeding 4 times a day under 12 weeks , 3 times a day up to 6 months and then twice a day after

Luxating patella : due to their small knees they can be prone to have knee problem when the knee cap slips out of line and the leg locks

Obviously not all dogs will have these problems only a small number but if you go to a reputable breeder she will be able to offer advise and tell you about her dogs and if none of them have these the chances of yours getting them are less

anyway hope this helps their are alot of good articles in the article section on these things and others that you may find helpful :wave:
 

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Hi Ozzy & Lilly's Mum,

Thanks ever so much for the info, I will read up on it straight away.

I should have said that my spaniels are small, only 12lbs each. I was really looking for a smaller chi, but to be honest when I see one I fall in love with I doubt size will matter to me in the least!

Can anyone recommend any good breeders of smoothcoats in the South West? I'm happy to travel aswell if there are no breeders near me! And when I find a breeder what sort of questions should I be asking?

Thanks

love

Ali

P.S. When I work out how to do it I'll post some piccies of my current fur-family (if I'm allowed!)
 
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