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Old 11-23-2004, 08:30 PM
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I find it really odd how small my Chihuahua is in comparison to others that I see. When I took her to the vet yesterday, she weighed five pounds. There was a male Chihuahua in the waiting area also, and he weighed fourteen pounds! Do the weights vary that much, or perhaps the other dog was not purebred. I know that Chili is a purebred Chihuahua. I'm starting to think maybe I should be feeding her more!
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:02 PM
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are her ribs showing? If not than I don't think you need to feed her more. My Chihuahua is 10lbs and to be honest..he's a tad bit on the chunky side..if he lost some weight..ideally he'd be about 8 lbs or so?...that's not too far off from 5 lbs..and he's a male..females are generally smaller..I think she's perfectly fine lol
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:24 AM
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Although the standard is 6lbs, Chihuahuas size range varies quite a bit even for a purebred. My Chihuahua weighs around 11lbs. There's lot's of purebred Chihuahuas that exceed 6lbs without being overweight.

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Old 11-24-2004, 08:55 AM
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I felt that the 14 pound Chihuahua was definitely not purebred, although his owner claimed that he was. He wasn't overweight, but he had a large frame. She actually asked me if I was interested in breeding my dog. I didn't know what to say! It seemed that it was obvious that breeding wouldn't work for those two. I'm getting her spayed next month anyway.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:03 PM
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Technically, yeah they're suppose to be not larger than 6lbs but this isn't a perfect world and there are lot's of Chihuahuas that are over that size. Because a breeder has large Chihuahuas it doesn't mean he's not responsible, it just means when you breed Chihuahuas sometimes you will get large ones, like a lot of things in life, there's no guarantee you will get the size you want.

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Old 11-24-2004, 05:33 PM
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The explination I got is that Chihuahua's are hard to breed due to their size. Dilervery is said to be difficult for them and they tend to have one or two pups at a time. I know that puppy mill chihuahuas are huge because the moms are big so they have bigger litters...
At stores, like Pet Land and such, chihuahua puppies are sold very young so the buyers will be convinced that they will be small dogs, and often times they grow to be over ten pounds, and not overwieght.
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Old 11-24-2004, 06:09 PM
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my roxy weighs in at 5 pounds. shes not a chi though.
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:55 PM
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That's the first I heard of puppy mills breeding large Chihuahuas so that they'll have large litters, far as I know even large Chihuahuas still have small litters. A ten pound dog is still a very small dog and it's not going to have a whole lot of puppies.
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Old 11-25-2004, 02:17 PM
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That's the first I heard of puppy mills breeding large Chihuahuas so that they'll have large litters, far as I know even large Chihuahuas still have small litters. A ten pound dog is still a very small dog and it's not going to have a whole lot of puppies.
Idunno, just telling you what I was told. If the mom's are bigger they're suposed to give birth easier or something. A 5lb chi usually has, what, 1 or two pups? I know large chi's having 5
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:44 PM
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I don't think any breeder would intentionally breed large Chihuahuas, it's the other way around. There are lots of breeders out there that breed very tiny Chihuahuas and the end result is a very fragile and prone to poor health dog. There aren't really any health concerns of an oversized Chihuahua. The 10+ Chihuahua is not very common and quite possibly a mixed breed but 9-10 pounders are common and personally I don't think they shouldn't be bred just because they don't conform to the "standard", the original Chihuahuas weren't that small anyway. I think that all this selective breeding and getting a breed to be a certain way is what caused all the gentic problems you see accociated with various breeds, but that's just my opinion. I guess you can tell I'm not much for the "show dog". lol
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