Am I wrong in believing that a 2 pound adult Chihuahua is not healthy. I do not believe that any breed should be bred, sold, or adopted/bought when they are that size. Isn't that just stating bad breeding practices? Am I wrong?
Our new chi is 3 1/2 months old and went to the vet yesterday for her last shots. She is already up to 3.3 lbs and only 3 months old. A full grown adult only 2 lbs doesn't sound healthy to me. Just my opinon, not based on any fact other than how it seems to me. If I am wrong please enlighten me.
http://www.geocities.com/shewawas/anikteacup.html Most reputable breeders would never take the risk of selling such a tiny dog anyways. In my experience,the tiniest of my dogs here have stayed with me, out of necessity,untill atleast 5-9 months. Not only because I have taken extra time to find a special person for them, willing to devote alot of care, extra expense and time to them. As well,this size of dog is prone to crashes and sugar spells and is often not genetically sound enough to endure the pace of an average lifestyle with a regular family. Families with small children will need a larger boned dog than the tiniest of Chihuahuas.
EXTREMLY DANGEROUS! That is wrong. Allie is 4.3 lbs & 13 months old. That is normal. Also, FYI to you silly people who think that there are such things as Teacup or Mini Chihuahuas: THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS! How can Chis get smaller than they are? There isn't a "Toy" or "Tiny Toy" kind, either. Grrrrr... It makes me mad! EDIT: OMG! Her Chis are not champs! Chis are not healthy at that weight. Phoney Ch. title, right there. ---Allie the Chihuahua is mine!!! http://www.dogster.com/?41063 Wanna be pup pals?
I (ADMIN) have a 1.75 lb Chihuahua, 2 1/2 yrs old and she is very health. We did not expect her to stay that small, but she was the runt of the litter. She is very active and playful! Now, I don't believe in breeders making the mothers have the puppies early to get these smaller sizes. That is very unhealthy. But in some cases some females just throw smaller puppies. No, I do not breed nor anyone else here on our staff. (Just incase you are wondering)
I currently have a chihuahua and she is almost 2 yrs old and weighs around 3 lbs. I have done research about, and had chihuahuas for years. A chihuahua is a funny little dog. They are pretty much a breed unto their own. Colors, sizes, etc. often transcend (sp?) generations. I absolutely WILL NOT condone the breeding of a female Chi unless she weighs at least 4lbs. Any girls smaller than that ARE at risk for uterine ruptures and numerous other problems. But, NO-a 2 lb full grown chihuahua is not unhealthy, but they are more rare than people think. I can't remember who posted this, but it was about holding small Chi pups until they are older. RIGHT ON! So many people do not realize that "teacups" (and I use that term loosely we have established that this is not a different chihuahua just one of considerably smaller size than average. :)) are much more prone to sugar shock and other health issues. In ending, I would like to make clear the #1 reason some chihuahuas do not reach 4-5lbs. Like human babies, dogs are born with 'open fontanelles' to help them more easily pass through the birth canal. Some Chi pups will grow/mature and their 'fonts' will close. These puppies will achieve their appropriate size and proportions. There are many times though, that pups' 'fonts' will not close and remain open. Puppies that have 'open fonts' will not grow as they should. Sometimes these Chi babies will have 'open fonts' the rest of their lives. (Our little Bella still has hers open). These dogs can still live happy healthy lives. I could go on and on, but I won't. Hey, if anyone has questions concerning Chihuahuas, feel free to direct them to me. I LOVE talking Chis! Thanks- --PuPz
I wouldn't want a 2lb dog!! Ace is already 4lbs at 11 weeks & I'd like him to gain at least 4 more! I'd be scared of hurting a dog that small. It doesn't sound healthy to me but I haven't had any experience with teeny tiny dogs. Why anyone would want a dog that small is beyond me.
Pupzrus- Ive got a question for you. I have an 11 week old male Chi & he has been biting lately. Im not sure whether or not it's normal "puppy" biting because he growls and snaps at me over & over. I am sure you've heard that chi's are "nippy" dogs. With your experience with them do you find this to be true? If so, how did you stop them from becoming adults who bite? thanks! =-)
Chihuahuas generally run 2 to 6 lbs on average size wise. Any dog that wieghs more than 6 lbs can't be shown in the AKC. Just because a dog is 2 lbs as an adult doesn't mean that it's not healthy, there are probably a lot of healthy 2 lb chihuahuas out there, including admins. However, breeding a dog that small can be very very dangerous, because she may throw puppies that are too big for her tiny body to pass.
Exactly. And our official Chi club (The Chihuahua club of OK) wants to put a letter out to the mother club telling them that they want a minimum weight limit on showing Chis. But decent judges WILL NOT make 2 lbs dog champs, I guarantee you. ---Allie the Chihuahua is mine!!! http://www.dogster.com/?41063 Wanna be pup pals?
Acey- Yes, Chi's tend to chew ALOT as pups. I would try chew toys as a diversion. Our Bella wanted to chew on us when she was a puppy. We let her do it a little but when we decided she was biting too hard we would stop her and give her a toy. Now, she doesn't bite/snap but grabs her toys and tears them up! :) Good luck with Ace! He sounds like a sweetie. --PuPz
It is definitely a two-sided debate. But a small dog can or can not be healthy. It depends on the dog. It is, however, dangerous for them (they can get hurt more easily) and unsafe to breed them for that purpose or if they are that size. *Vote for my Coconut and join my forum!* http://www.photowow.com/r/contest.asp?p=vote.asp&c=156&i=17456 http://126.96.36.199/users5/furkid/index.cgi
You're right Allie. I have never seen any judge make a 2 lb. a champ. And they probably never will. I hate to think that a beautiful true to confirmation-bred to standards-Chihuahua would be excluded from even competing because they only weigh 2 lbs. But everyone needs rules, and I'm not going to say anything against them. --PuPz
Okay, I'm not sure on the healthiest chihuahua weight, but once while I was looking for dogs tht were for sale on the internet and came across this full grown female dog (I wish I could remember the breed) that only weighed 11 ounces! That was it! Don't you think that for any dog that weight is not healthy?