I will be picking up our new baby in a few weeks. Exactly when depends on her since it depends on when she is ready to leave her mommy. The breeder said it would be 9-10 weeks or it could be 12 weeks but since she isn't overly tiny for her bread 10 weeks she may be ready. Her mom is a yorkie 3lb. Her dad is a long hair chihuahua and 3.2 lbs. She is 4 weeks old and 15 ounces so from the charts looking like to be 4-4.5 lbs full grown. Breeder said the chart may be off though and expect anything from 3-6 lbs to be possible. She said she may be smaller since her parents are and just not grow as big as the chart says or throw back and be bigger. I'm okay either way just hope she at least gets 3lb, from what I've read since she is about a lb at 4 weeks that shouldn't be a problem. We're naming her Khizma and are very excited. I have 3 school aged children but they are very gentle and won't ever be around her unsupervised since my master bathroom has a key lock on the door where i can place her in 'protective custody' while cooking diner and those few tasks where i cant watch her. I'm open for any advice though since I haven't personally had a small dog in a long time. I had a 3 1/2 lb Chihuahua when i was a child. I loved her dearly but when my parents divorced my dad got us in the court case but refused the pets so i only saw her on weekends the rest of her life. We adopted a shepherd mix in 2001 when her family ( air force as my hubby was at the time) had to find her a new home because they got a duty station in a country that would not allow pets entry. She passed away in 2005 a very old lady.. (she was 7 when we got her) After seeing that family torn up over the move making them loose their baby and having no control we chose not to get a new dog while my husband was in the air force. He finished his degree and separated last year. I have spent 9 months looking and debating breeds and other factors and visited a number of breeders but it took a while before i saw her. I know a lot of people don't prefer the mix pets but i like chihuahuas and yorkis but always preferred chis.... hubby prefers thee yorkie but after looking at many litters i never just "LOVED" any of the pups... this one, her eyes had me instantly. I hope to be able to learn a lot about giving her the best care and have been reading up. My only real concern is having her spade... i WANT her spade, but i think i will be getting many opinions to make sure its done at the appropriate age, i don't want her to suffer any problems from it but i also don't want her able to get pregnant either. She will have plenty of attention LOL. I work from home and though i have some appointment away from home i am never out of the house longer than 3 hours at a given time.
You need to get her spayed before her first season which is usually around 6 months, the only way there will be problems is if she's sick like my dog was it was horrible but I don't regret getting her spayed one bit, it's one of the best things I've ever done for her, once the dog starts their first season it is horrible! I strongly recommend finding a good vet for the first exam of overall health and discuss spaying before her first season.
Thank you! I've set up times this week to meet and interview three vets that had good reviews online and were well spoke of when asking Around. I had 4 on the list but one refused to be interviews before I made an apt and that was a deal breaker. I'm only asking 15 minutes so I don't think it's that much to ask that they meet me and allow some questions before I commit to trysting them with my puppy's health and well being.
I agree if a vet can not be there for you about an interview, I would go to him.
As far as the spay, make sure the vet has experiance with tiny dogs. sometimes it can mean life or death on the table. She should also be well socialized. Take her everywhere you go that she can go. Let her walk, don't always carry her. I know she will be the cutest think in your life, but she has to know she is a dog. It is the biggest problem people have with those darling toy breeds, and then they wonder why they end up a little snippy. Enjoy her, and send us lots of pics
Pictures will be no problem! LOL I am a portrait photographer and she can't be too much harder to photograph than the 7 month old triplets I did last week. I doubt any puppy will manage to be as hard to corral. But I plan to give here 1-2 weeks to adjust before taking a picture of her so she won't be scared. I sent the breeder a tiny blanket I made her so that she will gave cuddly with the mom and little mates smell since I read that's good for them. I've been reading through the training forum to get prepaired for potty training. My mother was a breeder and trainer. So when I was young until my parents split I got a lot of practice training them but it's been so long! Her pet project as a trainer was rescuing smart, but difficult to train breeds and fully training them then finding them homes. She spent a lot of time once a family picked a dog training the new owner too. I'm hoping some of her animal skills rubbed off since I haven't had one so young to start with on my own. I tell you after losing my mom 11 years ago nothing brought the memory back like looking for a puppy. But I'm ready!!!!