I wondered if anyone had advice as to whether or not I should get a chihuahua when I already have a puggle and two small children. I love chihuahuas and have always wanted one but I wonder if the combination of everyone would be okay.
Maybe your puggle is hyper because she is part beagle. Maybe she is hyper because she is in her puppy stage. Getting another puppy might be a disaster waiting to happen. You will end up with two very hyper pups. Why not take her to obedience classes and work on her issues. Also exercise her. If she is hyper it may be that she has too much energy to burn.
she is a graduate form two obedience classes. She is taken for walks everyday and has free range of teh house. She likes to try and get out the front door and run and also is a pain when company comes over. This is why the vet suggested another dog to help with her need for attention.
chihuahuas, because they are so small, can be very very fragile. Something as simple as jumping off the couch can cripple, or even kill such a small dog if they land wrong. To me, this + small kids is just a bad combination. Work with your puggle by doing obedience and giving extra exercise.
I have always wanted another dog the vet telling me to do so was just all I needed to hear. My friend had a chihuahua and she brings her over often. My kids and my dog are used to the small puppy and they all get along very well. Ithink having a chihuahua and kids just depends how you raise them together.
If your puggle is used to small dogs, and your children are too, just make sure you have a talk with the family on how to behave toward the puppy. You should also train the dog to not jump on furniture, so you won't even have to worry about it falling. Also, if you can, try to get a chihuahua bigger than 4 pounds! 6 pounds, which is the maximum weight for a show chihuahua, really does make a difference from a 4 pound one. I myself have chihuahuas, and I reccomend a longcoat, they seem to be friendlier and less shakey. Trust me on that. I have two shortcoats and two longcoats, and what a difference! Heart CP
I have a chihuahua and a puggle. When I got my chi he weighed 2 lbs and he is now 8 almost 9 lbs. I prefer a "bigger" chihuhaua, even though Ace is above standard. You can always tell your breeder that you would like a chi who will be a bit bigger when he is full grown. And like everyone else said, train your chihuahua that he cannot go on the furniture...my vet warned me that he has seen many many many chihuahuas come in with broken paws from misjudged landings off the furniture. As for my puggle, Summer. She weighs about 26 lbs and she doesn't really roughhouse with Ace. They play but she never gets too rough with him (usually--I have broken up three viscious snarling dog fights between them).
Just make sure your entire family, including your current dog, is ready for a fragile chihuahua who will not be able to rough house.
aceyfacey2- I can't believe that you have a chihuahua and a puggle it is the same combination that I want!!! Has the vet ever said anything to you about the size of your puggle? My vet told me that mine was overweight and she only weighs 18 pounds! I was shocked she does not look overwight at all.
you wrote:thanks for the advice my puggle is a female and she is extremely hyper. The vet told me she is lonely for another dog. I thought if I were to get another it would be the chihuahua I always wanted"
I highly doubt the reason why your dog is hyper is because it needs a playmate. More then likely its parents were hyperactive or simply the combination of two animals to produce a mix breed resulted in a poor temperment. (Yes true hyper activity is a bad trait to have in any dog) Bringing in a second dog is probably a mistake. You should concentrate on committing the extra time that would be spent raising another puppy, on getting the first dog under control. You bring in a second dog now you may loose all hope of redirecting the first dog's energy...you may also be sentencing the second dog to a life of misery having to deal with a hyperactive play mate that might in fact "play" a small dog like a chi, to death.
I guess when I said hyper I was being a little bit too hard on her. She has calmed down a lot since we have had her. She just gets crazy when company comes over or when the kids start getting crazy. The vet felt that a playmate would be good for her. I don't think the vet would suggest that if she thought my dog just had a bad temperment. My dog is very sweet and good natured my kids could take a bone out of her mouth without her even barking at them. This is not a dog who is the result of bad breeding!!!
I think it would be fine,as long as get a big Chi. I would hate to see the poor thing get hurt.I agree with getting a long haired chi,I have seen way to many/nervous/aggressive smooth haired chis. Plus you dont see the long haired variety to often,I think they are prettier.The long haired Chis i think arent so nervous because there isnt such a great dmand for them as there is the smooth haired variety.
I dont see why the combination of a puggle and chihuahua would be a big deal, I see how people have said that chi's are fragile and you shouldnt get one seeming that you have a puggle, well I have two chihuahua's(Short Haired) one is 10months and is 5 pounds and the other is 4months and is around 3 1/2 pounds, I also have a pitbull which is 1yr, and 65 pounds. They are also ALL MALES, and they get along GREAT!! The two chi's sleep, play and are always together. I think that getting a chi would calm your puggle down some, Your puggle would now have someone to play with and with them playing would tire out your puggle daily, making the puggle rest more. With my chi's both being male, I think they have a better bond, you would think that they were brothers. As on the subject that you shouldnt get a chihuahua because you have small children, well I bring my chihuahuas to my sisters house weekly, she also owns a daycare and the children including her own play with my chi's and handle them, Im not saying that you should allow your young children to walk around with the chihuahua, I always have them sit down on a chair or on the floor when they hold them, which will prevent them from dropping the chi's, because they are fragile and squrm alot, but if you handle them correctly you shouldnt have a problem. I feel that is good for a chihuahua to be socialized with children often. I hope this advice helps you, I think that you should get a chihuahua if you really want it will help your puggle no matter if it is still a puppy or fullgrown, with the ages of my dogs you can see they are all still puppies and are not out of control!!!
Heres a picture of my 2 Chihuahua's, This will show you how much they love each other!!
I think she would do fine with a Chi,maybe a little bigger one.Her puggle is hyper and likes to play with dogs,so she needs a dog that can play back and not get hurt. Im sure your dogs do fine with your pit,but they arent playing with it either.thats what you said. they are very cute tho.I love the phantom colored one!!!!
I didnt say that my 2 chi's dont play with my pitbull, what i said was that my 2 chi's are always together meaning there inseperable!
My Pitbull & 2 Chihuahuas all run and play together, what is funny is that the youngest chi is the one that loves the pitbull the most, he sleeps and plays with him also! The pit is so gental with my chi's!!
If your talking about the darker chihuahua, his color is called "Blue", he also has black & tan brindle markings and white on his chest.
Take a Look at how well they get along *the chi n pitbull*
If you have a male chi get a male puggle or the other way around. I have known many familys with 2 dogs and they are the same gender and go along with each other VERY well. I think you should get a chihuahua!
Well im glad your doggies get along great.The thing is i dont think her doggie needs a very small Chi,because Molly is very hyper and may rough house a little rough. Your Chi looks like a chocolate with tan markings,I dont see any blue in him.But im not a Chi expert.he is very cute tho.