I have been seriousely contemplating getting a applehead Chihuahua, my fiancee' said "we can look, and if we find the right one. . . " lol, which means yes, if I find the right one but what I want to find is one that comes from a good breeder (duh) and I need some advice on how to socialize them so they don't shake when they see someone. My moms Chihuahua, Mac, is like that. He will just tremble whenever he wants something and he is the type where he will come barking and freaking out if you walk into a room. That is something I don't really want. My dogs are super friendly and love everyone, and that is the type of chi that I am looking for. Anyone know of a good breeder??? Also, I have seen Chis as low as $100 and as high as $1500 for pets! So what is a good average price for a pet Chihuahua?
I paid $600 for Bosco from a great Breeder here in Illinois. Prices seem to vary from about $250 - $800 around here. I started him in training as soon as he hit 12 weeks of age. I think this really helped him to be an outgoing little dog as he is around lots of other animals and people. The only time he shakes is if he is cold, never because he is nervous. If you already have dogs, that will definitely help in socialization of the Chi. Take the Chi for walks, introduce him to new people and praise him for being friendly. Good luck finding the perfect Chihuahua. They really are a lot of fun to own!
I have a chihuahua who is not shakey or nervous at all. I was lucky though, I got him from a pet store...so it couldve been a lot worse. I would advise to go to a really really good breeder and let the puppy come to you. Pick the puppy that seems more outgoing and friendly. You probably already know this as a breeder yourself. I socialized Ace A TON (and I still do) every since the day I got him. He has been around my parents' german shepherd since the day I brought him home, so he is not scared of big dogs at all...he likes them actually. Also, I do not carry him anywhere-he probably wouldn't let me now anyways! He's got his leash and his harness and he walks everywhere we go. He went to puppy school when he was....I think 13 weeks old about. He is just used to being around people all of the time. I dont know if you know this, but I've read that the long haired chis tend to be less shakey. I have a short haired though. Id also try and get a 'bigger' chi....not one advertised to weigh 2lbs or anything, although they do come standard at 2lbs. I just think the bigger, the less scared. But thats just my opinion =0) Good Luck!! I hope you get one soon, theyre so cute!! Kris Here is Ace: http://www.dogster.com/?41494
I got my chihuahua from a breeder and only paid 400 for her and she was what people consider 'teacup'. At 11 months was still under 2 pounds. When I had to sell her, I got 1000 for her. I guess it depends on the size chihuahua you want. Typically in my state, chis go for 400-600 and the teacups from 600-1000. I wouldn't pay more than a 1000 for a chi, but that's just me. Especially a small one because they are prone to numerous health risks. Mine never barked, and loved kids. I even had people ask me what kind of dog she was because they couldn't believe she was a chihuahua because she was so good natured. One thing I noticed when I picked her up, the breeder had children and they were playing with the dogs (the right way, they weren't rough housing with them, they were being really gentle) and the parents were super friendly. They came right up to me wagging their tails. I think the combination of the parent's temperment and also how gently the kids were with the puppies made my chihuahua so friendly. I think chis tend to get skiddish when they are not properly socialized or the parents are nippy. They learn from their parents after all. And I think breeders that have kids and let the kids be hyper with them makes them skiddish too. They learn right off that kids are fast moving and loud and that leaves a lasting impression. If the kids are mature and gentle in how they handle them, then the puppies seem to do better. But I'm just saying all this based on my experience when I got one.
I don't have a chihuahua, but was thinking of getting one at one point, and researched them a lot. Now it's probably going to be a pug though. Chihuahuas are adorable little bundles of fur! I like both long and smoothe coated.
Yay for you, Katz! By the way, there is really no such thing or breed as an "applehead Chi." Some have apple heads, some don't. I am glad we may have another Chi owner :D ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I didn't read all the posts, so sorry if I'm repeating. I'm in South Texas and I paid $275.00 for her. She's never been nervous or shaky. I don't know if that's just her personality, or because I let her run with the "big dogs" from the beginning. She thinks she's one of them. The only time she gets shaky is after she has a bath. She hates to be wet! You can see her here: http://photobucket.com/albums/v497/Ginas67tx/
I'm a SERIOUSLY NOT trying to start a fight, but I truly do not understand why if you are going to buy a pure bred puppy, it is fine, but if you want to buy a mix, there are people here that jump all over you. I watch petfinder.com all of the time and there are PLENTY of purebred dogs there.... I see chis all the time. Nothing against Katpomz who started this posting. I am just trying to find out how some of you explain this.
Certainly no arguement from me. She may even be able to find a purebred chi at the shelter. I am just wondering why you think people would jump at someone for having a mix or adopting? A lot of people here, myself included, have adopted both purebreds as well as mixes. I don't think I've ever seen anyone get upset about that. I could be wrong. God knows my memory isn't what it used to be. I think my brain is overloaded sometimes. LOL Anyway, I'm just curious why you think that, I'm not saying you're wrong, I just haven't seen it myself. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
I haven't really noticed anyone getting mad at anyone that wants to buy mixed breed dogs. Seems like a lot of people advocate adopting mixes. The threads that I see the most arguements in are the ones where people already own mixed breeds and want to breed them. And it's not just breeding mixes. Breeding dogs that are too young is a cause for a debate too. I personally don't have an opinion on any of that because, well, I don't care what kinds of dogs people own or what they want to do with them as long as it's not abusive or neglectful.
When I first found this forum, there was talk about schnoodles..that is how I found this forum. I love that mix of breed. I was blasted because they are "designer mutts"...even though, I had no idea that I was doing anything wrong. I just wanted a dog for my son and wanted a poodle mix because I had had a cockapoo when I was young. After weeks of searching at the local shelters and losing out to other people, I found a poodle/schnauzer mix in the paper and it was a more reasonably priced that the full bred dogs, so we went to look at him, fell in love and bought him. The person who had the puppy had no idea he had a "schnoodle". He just had some a poodle/schnauzer mix that he was trying to sell.
I got my chi almost 5 years ago for $300. He is AKC registered and comes from champion bloodlines. I found him in the paper and went to see him and fell in love. He has the best personality. I had always heard chi's are little yippe dogs who are constantly nervous. My Chi was 6 months old when we got him and he has had a mild tempremant from the beginning. The breeder I got him from still breeds here in missouri if you are looking for a puppy around here. Let me know. here are pics of my chi http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=80151