Hi, I'm a new poster to your forum. I am a retired chihuahua breeder and also a Rottie breeder. I didn't breed my dogs often and before I bred them I had just about every pup spoken for(we didn't know the exact number each time but we were close )All my potential pup owners were checked out, their homes checked out. I ended up giving up breeding eventually because it is a real responsibility to place the pups. I took it very seriously and still check up on our pups. Anyways back to why I posted. I have to echo the same thing about teacups, There is NO SUCH THING. I still have 4 chi`s and 1 rotti left. My chi`s range in size from 3lbs, 4.5lbs, and my only female chi that is spayed is 6pnds. Her litter mate is our chocolate and gold 7.5pnd overgrown chi. (yes I over fed him when he was small resulting in the size according to our vet) I hate to admit that but the truth is the truth. He was bigger but he had slimmed down , he is just larger now. When I read the post back at the lady that started this post I was horrified! She sure does not have a clue about Chihuahuas but at least she is making an honest effort to learn. I agree she should have researched the breed but unfortunately a lot of people impulsively buy a pet. They are at a flea market or somewhere and see a cute puppy(especially a tiny chi) and they buy one. At least she did come here and reach out for guidance but unfortunately what she did get was a lot of ridicule. Her little puppy is not what it was called, its a little pup that was not asked to be brought into this world or to be sold to someone that needs someone to guide them on how to take care of them. The comments the lady got I would have thought she had kicked her dog. I'm sure I may have gotten of on the wrong foot with some but that was not my intention. So I hope I am still welcome here. I don't mean to sound judgemental I was just surprised by the harsh words that were thrown at her.
krafteame, I think you should take another look at the posts in this thread. The only person who posted really harsh comments to the OP was pinkygirl, who was then taken to task by several other posters who questioned her assumptions about the puppy being the runt, having numerous health problems, etc. and then went on to make the outlandish statement that chi's are descended from foxes. I might add that this is not the only time pinkygirl has come up with some farfetched comments stated as "fact" and been taken to task by other members.
I don't post often but do enjoy this forum. Welcome.
Umm Do some research. If what was said is true that wolves can't be crossed with foxes due to dna differences then explain how in the 80's the chihuahua was successfully bread with the fennec fox, several times. * Now if you want to say that the fennec fox is not a fox that I can't argue. But the fact remains that it is very possible if not probable based on the research of the early chihuahua that the fennec fox does have some influence in its development.
As to the breed standard not being "deer style", Please read your history. The first chihuahuas were "deer styled", but not were not as attractive to the early breed lovers and changed the breed to the apple head we have now in the standard. You decide which is the correct type of the breed. Personally I vote "deer style", which is it's original design.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/18/2009 3:24:02 PM*** Reason: No site promotion, especially those selling pups
As to the breed standard not being "deer style", Please read your history.
The 'standard' refers to the current breed standard recognized by the Chihuahua Club of America, and in turn the standard for all reputable registries. History of a breed is a different topic in this situation seeing you are discussing what was used to make todays Chihuahua.
The proper head for a Chihuahua according to its breed standard is the apple head.
First of all,I am SOOOO glad to see so many knowlegable people here..there are NO TEACUP anything!!! I cannot stress that enough! As for a dog with worms,although not all dogs are born with worms (that is a myth!)any reputable breeder would have checked for worms and taken care of them BEFORE selling you the dog.I don't care WHAT breed it is! As a breeder of Chihuahuas myself,it makes me want to knock on some doors of these BYB and ask what their problem is?These tiny pupos can't tske a whole lot of stress when very young.And for someone to be breeding and selling dogs with worms needs to be reported to the animal abuse place in your area!
Oh,and the FIRST thing a new owner should do is to drop a stool sample off at the vets to be tested....doesn't matter WHAT the breeder has told you..if they say they wormed the dog,or the dog had tested negative....get the dates and the dosage and what was given to the dog,if was the case.If a dog has worms,they are usually given a worm medication 2-3 times,over the course of a few weeks.Even if you can't get the dog in to the vets for a week or more,you must get the stool sample in the day you get your new pet.
agreed that you need to take the pup to a vet to get tested for worms and get treatment. it may or may not have more then one kind of worms so just cause you can see only one kind doesnt always mean it only has one kind. and they are all right when they said not to use the over the counter meds...get it from vet!! just because your pup has worms doesnt always mean you got it from a puppymill or byb. i mean its is defenitly true byb and puppymills dont vaccinated and worm properly, if at all, but all dog owners run the possibilities of worms. they can be transfered from fleas or being in contact with another dog that has them. as far as you owning a "teacup" this phrase came from greedy people who decided to charge outrageous prices for the runt of the litter and alot of people now try to "breed" to make smaller puppies but its extremely true about health issues later down the line. chihuahuas are small dogs in general but its such a byb quote to call them teacups so just stick to "my chihuahua"