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Alright, I have been online researching for 2 weeks now and everything I read says that if I properly socialize my Chi then she will be just fine with my 3 girls. But today my crotchity sister in law says they are naturally not kid dogs and that she has had 2 in the past and gotten rid of them.

I have a 3 week old puppy at a local shelter(in a foster home) that I have spoken for. The mother is a Chi and as far as the foster mom was told the sire is a chi as well. The foster mom has a 5 year old boy and a 10 year old boy as well as a ton of other animals she is fostering(cats, big dogs and the mother of the pup). I really think that since the puppy is being socialized this small all the way up until I take her she should make a good pet for our family.

I need some feedback here, so I thought this would be the place to go to get some light on this subject.

Thanks in advance for the opinions and help.:confused:
 

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Chis can be very good with kids. You just have to make sure that your children aren't rough with them- it's easy to severely injure a Chi puppy or adults. My sister has 4 kids under five and 2 chis- there aren't any problems. BUT, both the Chis and the kids need to be taught how to behave themselves.
 

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That is what I have read. I appreciate the confidence booster! I have NEVER trained a dog, but my husband has and I have read online as well as watched any video I could find. If he doesn't fall in love with a friends blue heeler mix tomorrow we will be picking up the puppy Oct 16th and I will need more advice!
 

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How old are your children?
 

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My kids are 3, 6, and 7 all girls and pet trained. The youngest is the biggest culprit with dogs but I'm confident I can train her along with the puppy.
 

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Mine are fine with kids I have a 10 year old and a 2 year old niece.. Tbh it's down to u as the owner if they haven't been socialised by the breeder they can e growly but u tell them no and take precautions children aren't allowed to carry them they only have them on laps when on floor and u teach your kids strokes under the chin only and be vvvvv strict no poking, pulling etc etc the one thig I will say is little puppies can nip as they learn bite inhibition that could be a problem with younger children

Rache on here has an 18 month old and has 4 chis all are fine with her
 

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I think a chi would be fine for your family as long as it is properly supervised. We've had several chi's on here with broken legs due to children. Being dropped, etc. I wouldn't let the kids hold the puppy unless they were SITTING ON THE FLOOR. It just takes a second for an accident to happen.

As for socialization, your puppy will need to be socialized in order to grow up to be a well rounded dog. Having said that, many Chi's are territorial and snappy with strangers. You CAN work through that, but it takes time and patience. They just don't have the happy go lucky personality that say, a Golden Retriever puppy would have around people they didn't know.

As long as you are willing to take the time and energy to invest in your new puppy - you should be fine.
 

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Well I am a SAHM so besides housework and my 3 year old I have plenty of time to do this. I hate that everyone stereo types this breed...when what I'm understanding, it is the owners fault they are not socialized!
 

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Well I am a SAHM so besides housework and my 3 year old I have plenty of time to do this. I hate that everyone stereo types this breed...when what I'm understanding, it is the owners fault they are not socialized!
Yes, it is the owners fault for not socializing!!! However..... I do feel like I should warn you that a TYPICAL Chihuahua is not real keen on strangers. It is rare to find one that will run right up to a new person and be their best friend. They are reserved around people they don't know. Having said that, they WILL warm up!

Stereotypes, unfortunately, do usually exist for a reason. And there are a TON of snappy, mean, and unsocialized Chi's out there.

We socialized the heck out of Brody as a puppy. He went everywhere. Met tons of new people. Walked all over the neighborhood and met people and dogs. Went to 8 weeks of puppy kindergarten. He was STILL shy around strangers. Now he's 2 years old. He is OK with people once they've been in the house for awhile, and especially if they will play ball with him. :) But he is cautious around new people. He's not going to run up and bite them or anything - but he is definitely unsure of them. This is pretty typical Chi behavior.

If you are expecting a social butterfly who loves everyone who walks in the door and gives kisses to old and young alike - um........ this may not be the breed for you. There ARE some very social little Chi's! But as a breed, I'd have to say they are more reserved than that around strangers.

Just want to give you the 'real deal' from my perspective. Don't want to sugar coat anything. ;)
 

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Well I understand all you say! My sister, who lives 30 yards from me, has a chi who is the way you discribe..she warms up and loves you and adults tons faster than kids(since my sis is kidless). I don't care for a social butterfly, just a good family dog that won't nip or bite strangers! I here treats make them love a stranger and they are litter box train-able! I live in texas but we do have cold spells so that would be nice for this breed.

Thanks for the honesty and I will keep you informed!
 

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Yes, it is the owners fault for not socializing!!! However..... I do feel like I should warn you that a TYPICAL Chihuahua is not real keen on strangers. It is rare to find one that will run right up to a new person and be their best friend. They are reserved around people they don't know. Having said that, they WILL warm up!

Stereotypes, unfortunately, do usually exist for a reason. And there are a TON of snappy, mean, and unsocialized Chi's out there.

We socialized the heck out of Brody as a puppy. He went everywhere. Met tons of new people. Walked all over the neighborhood and met people and dogs. Went to 8 weeks of puppy kindergarten. He was STILL shy around strangers. Now he's 2 years old. He is OK with people once they've been in the house for awhile, and especially if they will play ball with him. :) But he is cautious around new people. He's not going to run up and bite them or anything - but he is definitely unsure of them. This is pretty typical Chi behavior.

If you are expecting a social butterfly who loves everyone who walks in the door and gives kisses to old and young alike - um........ this may not be the breed for you. There ARE some very social little Chi's! But as a breed, I'd have to say they are more reserved than that around strangers.

Just want to give you the 'real deal' from my perspective. Don't want to sugar coat anything. ;)
This completely sums up my personal experience as well.
My dog is socialized to the hilt, he goes anywhere from grocery stores to house parties! to the pool in the summer. However he is very reserved around people until he checks them out. I find some people he warms up to right away! others he really takes his time.
I always joke that my dog is a better judge of character than I am!

That said our guy only likes the kids in this house, he is NOT fond of random screaming, running around crazy kids.
You can do a very good job socializing him, but as Brodysmum said Chi's are more naturally cautious little dogs.
 

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I have a 2 year old at home and my chi is just fine with her. I do watch her closely to make sure Sophia (my daughter) isn't squeezing or picking her up, but she knows to be gentle with animals. Sometimes it seems like animals have that extra instinct and know when its a small child that they don't mean to be too rough. I have had my daughter pull Lucy's ears and I corrected when I saw her, Lucy just walked away, but was back wanting to play in 5 minutes. She loves all my nieces and nephews too. She gets really excited when the kids are around.
 

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Having raised three children, my only reservation would be that while your children may be very good with such tiny dogs would their friends be?
I know when my children were growing up what seemed like hundreds of children passed through this house, but we didn't have chis then, we had a cavalier king charles.

I know even now when we meet children particularly little girls they are all asking if they can pick them up and hold them - they are fascinated with such small dogs.

It would likely mean that everytime your children have friends over to play, sleep over, parties etc crating the dogs away safely.
 

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Daisy is a social butterfly she would run up to people and say hello and give them kisses that is just the way she is.. she's not a typical chi personality.. if i didnt know better id think she was a lab ha ha..

Lotus is a typical chi i am socialising her til im blue in the face at the moment.. this dog goes EVERYWHERE (other than the supermarket) she freaks out if a stranger is too bouncey with her.. i tell everyone to stroke under her chin and to wait for her to come and sniff them. I yelled at some kids at the school yesterday for going

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW CHIHUAHUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *boom boom boom shoves hands at her* i went mad coz she freaked out and told them unless they shut up and calmed down and sat on the floor i would take her away... they walked off ha ha.. You do need to be aware that people will just think they can pick them up cuddle them etc.. and its DANGEROUS they get v scared and can panick.. they tend to be numb to it when thyey're older if you continue.. just praise when they do good..

Lotus isn't allowed to growl at people even if she is unsure.. its not an aggressiive growl its a mummy help me but she still gets corrected for it

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Yeah, I'd be more worried about teaching your children how to handle small dogs than worry about the Chi being snappy with the kids. :) Since your pup will be growing up around kids you have the perfect opportunity to prove your sister wrong. ;) Basically you have to teach the kids & the Chi pup to respect each others space...though it is also important for the Chi to be tugged on (gently) by you & the older kids daily to make sure if accidentally the younger one gets ahold it won't be a big deal. We tugged on ears, tails, skin, etc every day...I think this is neccessary for anyone raising a dog as well as looking in eyes, ears mouth, etc. Its all apart of raising a well adjusted dog.

Anyway, my girl were 7 & 9 when we got our first Chi. Shortly after getting our second I started babysitting my newborn nephew & continued to do so for a year...in the time we went up to 4 Chi's. Hehe All my Chis were raised around all aged people except for Maya who we didn't bring into the home until this year when she was 1 1/2. We knew she'd need some work as she wasn't socialized around kids. She did try to attack my girls for about 2 weeks but with my girls being quite Chi savvy (and we're a big Cesar Millan fans!) After the 2 weeks she began to love my girls as much as they loved her. When my nephew comes to visit I still need to closely supervise both but Maya has come a LONG way from the spastic behavior when she first met him & his super high toddler energy. :) Now she can mingle fine but if he comes running toward Maya she will panic & run. Baby steps. ;)

Good luck with your new addition! I'm sure everyone will get along just fine!
 

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This is the baby Chi from the shelter/foster home...Thought I would share

Wow, thanks for all the good advice and personal experience's.

We are going to look at a mutt(1/2 Chiweenie, 1/2 blue heeler)this afternoon. Basically because a lady my husband knows knew we were looking for a dog and her dog had these pups. At first I was just going to say no regardless of how the puppy looked because I really wanted the Chi shelter dog, but after hearing your stories along with the advice about other children in my home and a chi I am gonna go see this other dog with an open mind.

I don't want a big dog and blue heelers get pretty big, but my thought is how in this world could a chiweenie have huge part blue heeler pups and survive? So I would imagine the pups are not gonna get too big; but be big enuf to sustain my kids, or at least a little better than a chi would.

I will keep you all posted since you have been so friendly and open with your replies. I really wanted a Chi and it was a rescue which made it better for me. Now it comes down to falling in love this afternoon! (if it looks too much like a blue heeler I will have to say no way, I'm not a fan...to each their own tho)
 

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Let us know what you decide! :)
 

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I have 4 chihuahua as all are great with kids and people. you got to have them socialized young and let them hear all nosies....handling them since birth is also a good way to help them with stress also..they dont seem to stress so much...good luck...but chihuahua become a one person dog but they arent mean to kids...you just have to raise them right and show them the right way...
 

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that is a really odd mix of breeds
i will add that these puppies will get a lot bigger than the puppy you were getting , i would also say do your research on blue heelers , they are bred for herding cattle and to nip at their feet which in turn you will find the puppy will do this to you and your children , i have rescued many blue heelers (Australian blue cattle dog ) pure and cross and all had this trait , another thing to take in mind is that they are very family friendly but you will have to be careful with any visitors the dog didnt grow up with as some heelers are very protective of their family.
im not saying these puppies will all turn out like this but the herding instinct is still very strong even in the cross breeds , our pounds here in Australia are full of them because people dont do their research , they are also very clever and need a lot of mental stimulation or they will destroy what ever they can get a hold of .
im sure they will be gorgeous puppies and im a huge fan of cattle dogs :) but just do a little research on the breed before you make up your mind :) , they arnt the breed for everyone , with having 1/2 cattle dog in them their traits will still be very strong .
cattle dogs are also prone to being deaf so if you do choose to take one , make sure he or she can hear before you take her home if you think you wouldnt be able to cope with a deaf dog :)
 
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