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Old 10-19-2011, 06:43 PM
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Are you looking for a breeder pup or rescue one? I know there are quire a few larger Chis (8-10 lbs) in rescues that may be a good fit if you're scared of hurting them.

I'm not sure if breeders have larger pups as much, I'm sure sure they do occasionally but most of the breeder pups I've met are between 3-6 lbs.

To be honest, they're not as fragile as they look and they have no problems with fast walkers or hiking. The only thing I can caution is be careful of bears and eagles that sometimes take small dogs. Actually at one of our dog parks, a small Chi was taken away by some kind of eagle type bird and it was in the newspaper...

Other than that I don't see any problems with the activities you want to do.
I will be caution of eagles/larger dogs/ other animals that would consider a Chi a "meal" but I am not to worried about it because I would NEVER EVER let a Chi (or any other breed) out of my sight. Its just easier that way.

I am definitely looking at a breeder pup. I want to be able to raise/socialize/train/etc the way I want to.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:52 PM
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I am not really a chihuahua person to be honest, but my Aunt's two chi girls are the sweetest. The male she had was temperamental with men but loved women.

I have seen them as more as one person dogs, why they can love everyone they usually depend on the person who takes care of them. The temperamental chis I have met, well.. they were just that way.

They are picky who they want to like really but it over all depends on the individual dog. Some can love everyone, or just like their owner and that's it so you would have to be prepared for that.

They can be nice little dogs, it just depends on the dog. I have met more little temperamental chis than nice ones but have fet a few I like and my favorite ones are my aunts chihuahuas. She doesn't breed anymore, though and she treats them like dogs. It just peeves me who people don't treat them like dogs, then they become nasty if you don't hold them.

There were these two chis at the dog daycare I used to work at. Shy as all get out but if you held them and put them in your lap they just melted. I am not a big fan of the breed, but it depends on their temperament for me. I don't count all of them out even if I have met the nastiest little dogs that were chis.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:56 PM
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I love chis A LOT, but I'm not sure if they sound like a good match for you. I know quite a few who just don't *love* people. They take their sweet time to warm up to strangers, and aren't afraid to growl/snap if someone gets grabby or tries to push them into being friends too fast.

They're also probably far more energetic than most people think, but unless you're willing to carry one part of the way, they aren't the best hiking/rock climbing/swimming/etc companions.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:49 PM
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Only health thing I find is teeth.. tiny jaws. ugh.
Ugh. This pup I'm fostering now has ALL his baby teeth and ALL his adult teeth. It's nuts. He'll obviously need the baby teeth pulled at some point, we just didn't want to keep him under anesthesia any longer after his amputation. So that'll happen when he's neutered.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:27 PM
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I love chis A LOT, but I'm not sure if they sound like a good match for you. I know quite a few who just don't *love* people. They take their sweet time to warm up to strangers, and aren't afraid to growl/snap if someone gets grabby or tries to push them into being friends too fast.

They're also probably far more energetic than most people think, but unless you're willing to carry one part of the way, they aren't the best hiking/rock climbing/swimming/etc companions.
I understand what you are saying.
I don't mind carrying a Chi, I really don't, but when I go hiking, I HIKE. I am a little worried that a Chi would get tired before I am half way even done.
When I go visit my dad, I go to a hiking trail that is really long, has mountain type rocks, steep hills, and through the whole thing is a long creek/stream/river type deal. The water is by no means fast, but it is deep (I went swimming in it).

Since I am living with my mom, I hike a lot through the woods, go out to horse farms and walk horse trails, go to the local park and walk trails there, etc etc.

I am strongly considered about their energy level and keeping up, I know they can keep up, but when I go, I don't stop and I would to have an animal that wants to go with me and swim, hike, etc for hours. Of course, no matter what kind of dog I get, I will have a first aid kit for him/her, water, treats, leads, harness/collar, etc etc.

I hope that all made sense, I am totally exhausted and waiting for my sinus medicine to kick in lol.
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Well, they certainly aren't really an athletic breed but I am sure they can go hiking. Just don't carry the dog all the time, lol. Walk it on a leash, they aren't meant to be carried even if they are small. Make sure you teach it good leash manners, I cannot tell you how many chis and small dogs I have met at the shelter that do NOT know how to walk on a leash thanks to their owners packing them around all the time.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:57 PM
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Well, they certainly aren't really an athletic breed but I am sure they can go hiking. Just don't carry the dog all the time, lol. Walk it on a leash, they aren't meant to be carried even if they are small. Make sure you teach it good leash manners, I cannot tell you how many chis and small dogs I have met at the shelter that do NOT know how to walk on a leash thanks to their owners packing them around all the time.
Leash training will definitely be enforced.
I don't mind a cuddly, "let me get in your lap puhleasseeeee" kind of dog, and if need be (on a long hike/etc) I will carry a Chi but not the rest of the way, I will rotate walking and carrying (especially a long hike/trail walk).
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Well, yeah I was just saying because I have seen chis FLIP out if you even put a leash or try they would bite you so leash manners is really important. Is this really a breed you want as a hiking partner? If you are looking into the regular sized chis, it could definately keep up. Not one of the TINY ones so make sure you get one that can actually keep up with you and not too big so you can carry it if need be.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:34 PM
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Well, yeah I was just saying because I have seen chis FLIP out if you even put a leash or try they would bite you so leash manners is really important. Is this really a breed you want as a hiking partner? If you are looking into the regular sized chis, it could definately keep up. Not one of the TINY ones so make sure you get one that can actually keep up with you and not too big so you can carry it if need be.
I definitely would get a normal size Chi, from a breeder, a d@mn good one at that.

Aside from chis, I have looked into Aussies. No matter what breed I THINK I want (lol) Aussies always come back to me. Having been raised with them and fostered them, I love everything about them.
But I guess I wanted a change from MY norm.
Like I said, I absolutely love everything about a Chi. I am sure there would not be any problem with me having a Chi as my hiking/camping/ go to buddy, if it came from a reputable breeder. I know those breeders are out there, but there are few and far between since all these BYB are all over them dang place.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:44 PM
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Here is a video of romeo that pretty much sums him up in a nutshell lol
Just a day in the life.. - YouTube

He is a happy cute little guy. with zero prey drive. He loves to play with his friend Charlie (big bichon), and does enjoy a nice long walk!

and he does run..



and play..


and bark..


it's just that he is just happy to be in a lap and snooze around all day

ROMEO IS INCREDIBLY SOCIAL with people. I dunno. Blame the breeding or living on a college campus but either way.. there isn't a shy bone in his body when it comes to ANYBODY



They are regular dogs. Just smaller. lol and funner to dress up!
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