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Old 10-06-2006, 08:13 PM
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Toy breeds are not fragile for their size.
Exactly what I was about to say...very well put.

I wouldn't consider my Chihuahua fragile, he's fallen down stairs, tumbled off chairs and lounges, run into doors head first and yes he has jumped off beds (in his younger days and much to my horror) and he's never had an injury.
But of course, he's tiny and so it's much easier for him to get hurt than...say...a labrador.

But, again...for their size, they're not fragile. You certainly don't have to tippy toe around the house hoping not to 'break' him. lol

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Old 10-06-2006, 08:58 PM
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i think it depends what you're compairing them to. i know my grandpa had a little yorkie and it fell off the couch and broke it's neck. i don't know if that's a freak accident or what... but i know that i'm a lot more paranoid of rolling over in bed with a little dog then i do with yoshi who's half my size and if she wanted could push me over.
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Old 10-06-2006, 09:16 PM
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Gempress is correct. My toy poodle recently broke her leg jumping off the couch.
However, I have another toy poodle who jumps from everything and is fine. A lot of times it depends on the specific dog and not just the breed. Yet in general toy breeds do tend to be more fragile!

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:20 PM
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I have a 38-40 lb. dog and a 9 lb. dog. The 9 lb. dog Lucy is not fragile. She is part terrier so she is spunky and pretty hardy. She can roll around with the bigger dgs and make big jumps, and most definitely not delicate.
I think it depends on the individual size of the dog and sometimes the breed. I have seen solid strong chis and have seen chis that I wouldn't want to sit next to for fear of cracking them.
The only thing in my experience is that I have never met a very strong or solid yorkie. Just my personal experience though. I'm sure they exist. When I got Lucy I was afraid to touch her because I had never had such a small dog before, but once you adapt to being careful it gets much easier to live with small dogs.
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Old 10-06-2006, 10:57 PM
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I have 2 Yorkies. One just hit 4lbs, and the other one who is half Silky Terrier is 5 1/2lbs. They are little rockets, and they climb up on the top of the couch, and dive bomb off after each other. Just today Lucy was trying to jump up to me in this wooden chair we have, and she bonked her head on it (HARD) and I was worried, but she just looked around, shook her head, and proceded to licking me all over. lol! They're fairly hardy, but IMO, I think their Diet has alot to do with it, as well as how well they are bred (a well bred dog will have more of a chance of being less fragile than a puppymill or irresponsibly bred puppy IMO). My cousin had a Toy Fox Terrier (I'm gonna say she was around 4lbs) who jumped from my cousin's arms and broke her leg. My dogs, when being held, will climb up the other side of my arm, and jump to the ground from my shoulder, and think nothing of it. I don't know what could've been different, in Sweetie (the TFT) and my girls, but it must've been something. My girls are fed Nutro Natural Choice, and I think it has to do alot with how hardy they are. Maybe I'm wrong. In general, I'd say toy breeds are fragile, but it would really depend on what you're comparing them too. You have to be considerate of their size, definately. My 12yr old brother has stepped on our girls several times. They're always by your feet, and you can be walking, or running, and they'll get tangled between your feet, and trip you. Imagine if you fell on one! There are precautions that should be taken with smaller dogs, but I think it's worth it. I love my Yorkies too much!
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:25 PM
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whoa!! thanks everyone for the info!! really appreciate it
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:30 PM
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No problem! Are you thinking about getting a Toy breed? They're great, and prepared to be hooked. lol! I used to have labs, goldens, border collies, huskies, and then I got my Silky Terrier, and I haven't been without a small breed since then. lol! They're like Pringles, once you pop, you just can't stop.
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:35 AM
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i wish i'm getting one,but i know my mum wont let.. not that she dun like dogs,but she always say that dogs are cute until they start whining all night,digging up the flower pot,destroying her precious plants and smashing lizards and cockroaches with their body..she means my sis' dog btw oh well,i guess i can always have my own dog 3 or 4 years later,so i got alot of time to think what breed i want,but i'm really interested in the papillon and min pin...
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:34 PM
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I have a very small Chihuahua and I have to say he's a big dog in a small body! He doesn't know he's small and jumps everywhere and anywhere and he goes jogging with me in the woods almost every day. He's much more energetic than my Labrador was and moch more healthy as well....... I would't say he's fragile, but then again I'm always careful when he's around big dogs. You never know!
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:19 PM
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My chi's are not really fragile either never had them get hurt (and I have kids), but my mother in-laws Pomeranian jumped off the bed wrong and now has a messed up leg. The surgery was $2000.00 and he still limps on it
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