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Mariana - 2013-05-10
I just got a labradoodle last week and she has tried to escape, when she is in her leash. We have been gaining her trust, but we want to be sure that she will not get out of her harness, what should we do to help train her?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    Firm but positive training works best. Labradoodles are one of my favorite mixed breeds. They have all the great attitude characteristics of the labrador, and the darling (non-shedding!) coat of the poodle. These dogs are intelligent, playful, and sometimes mischievous, but always seeking human connection. There are lots of good resources; books, magazines, websites and others, that can give you indepth info on training. One good method is to find a dog trainer that can offer suggestions or coaching.
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Bryon Jones - 2013-04-13
I am just curious as to why people buy mixed breed mutts and pay huge money for them? At the end of the day, they are still just a mutt and the pounds are overflowing with them. Legitimate breeders try to better a breed, not mix them for profit with another breed to weaken characteristics

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Dee - 2013-03-26
My papillon female is pregnant, my male chocolate chihuahua is the daddy she is due a week today :D cant wait for the little bundles to arrive :D

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    Renee Dickinson - 2013-01-28
    My family and I inherited a chion last year from one of my husbands friend who could no longer keep her. What a blessing! She has been an absolute joy to have and is just the sweetest little thing ever. She loves everyone, including children. She adjusted really well to our home with three animals already living here....two cats and a lab/beagle mix. She wasn't fond of them at first, but it only took her a short while to get used to them and she adores her canine sister. I would reccommend softer food for this breed though, because they have such small teeth and they tend to have issues with their teeth and gums. She happens to love snuggling under blankets too, so you need to make sure before you sit doen on a crumpled up blanket, she isn't all hunkered down taking a nap.

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    Bob - 2013-01-28
    We have a 4 year old female that is the sweetest little dog that thinks everyone is here to be her friend. She ignores other animals on our walks but wants to meet everyone, especially children. She is a little barky even at noises she should know. All in all she is 4.5 pounds of happiness.

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    Robin - 2012-09-16
    I saw an ad for has a Labradoodle-Shih Tzu mix puppy that is available for adoption. The puppy is adorable! Still, I have concerns about the cross breeding of cross breeds and wonder if this puppy has a hardy life ahead of her. Thoughts?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-16
      Better a cross breed than an in bred.  Genetically each individual pup comes with whatever it has.  Some breeds are more prone to certain behaviors and or diseases.  When you cross breed species the likelihood of both breeds having genes for hip displasia or ear infections or skin infections are minimized - unless you cross breed two dogs that have similar genetic material - you should be just fine. 
    • Alaa - 2012-11-28
      Consistency is the most important thing. Decide which metohd you want to use, and do it over and over again. When I was house breaking my puppy, I took her outside at regular intervals. When I was not home, she was in her crate. I also kept her on a leash inside the house for the first few months, so she was always near me. As she got better, I gave her more freedom. Don't be to worried if your dog has an occasional accident, just be consistent.References :
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    carmen - 2012-11-11
    Could someone, anyone, pleeease tell me where i can get a chion?! The breed would be perfect for me. I am located in philadelphia. Willing to travel to new york, new jersey, delaware and upstate pennsylvania. Looking to purchase or adopt a puppy preferably female. Thank you!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-12
      When you are starting from scratch - quickest way is to Goggle        Chion Breeders.   You will come up with many - all over the US but possibly one close to you. 
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    Carolyn - 2012-04-08
    I have 2 beautiful girls. They are the light of my life. I may want to breed my older Chug but around here they are all related. Is there male out there close? Oklahoma.

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    • Cynthia - 2012-05-08
      Hello Carolyn, I have a male Chug and everyone stops me too. I would love to breed him, but unfortunately I am in Everett, WA. Did you get information breeding 2nd generation Chugs? I am trying to find information on line but can't seam to find any. Let me know!
    • Julia - 2012-05-29
      I am in Dallas and I have a male chug!!
    • Mary Schannen - 2012-07-02
      We just brought home a male chi mix, (from the Animal Shelter) and after doing research - I'm convinced he is pug/chi mix. I too am from Dallas (just NE - Allen). We brought home this sweet little playful, loving boy from the shelter and now I'm discovering that it's considered a designer breed! I'll post pics if I can figure it out (just got here) and hopefully you can give me your opinions. He was a stray - but obviously has lived in a house before and used to being picked up. We think he's 4, - taking him to the vet today.
    • Liz - 2012-11-09
      My chihuahua just had chug puppies 8 weeks ago, two beautiful boys and two girls. Birthing them wasn't easy for her (my moms pug got ahold of her). Mama was a rescue who was badly neglected and ran away when her pups where only 5 weeks old. We hope she comes home. Originally I thought these chubby pups sucked her dry bc she didn't want to feed them in the end. In the meantime I have done my best to play mama duck since I'm home pregnant. They make bedrest bearable and are super easy! They are super smart, independent yet loyal, they snuggle so good and are adventurous in the most adorable way! Every where I go these puppies attract so much attention (my sons says they're chick magnets-lol). These are the smartest puppies I (or anyone) have ever seen by far! They burrow and 'protect' just like a chihuahua without the anxiety or yippyness! They picked up on potty training within 2 days and now they even sit (and I'm no expert dog trainer at all!). They have only had one accident between all of them, I'm amazed by how smart they are! Luckily I found a great home where both boys went together (couldn't keep them all witb a baby coming!) and I've decided to keep the girls;'Thelma' and 'Louise' even though I have so many ppl begging for one! They follow me like ducklings and are so attached to each other, they are great with my teacup chihuahua, kids and cats. Funny thing is I never planned on keeping any but thier personality won me over for life! I'm hooked! I might be interested in breeding them each once in the future, I live in auburn Washington, near Cynthia in Seattle ( if u dont mind waiting for them).I am also curious what a second generation might be like. Plus I have sooo many ppl wanting my girls and since I can't let go of them maybe I can hook them up with a great lifelong companion in the future! Best breed ever!
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    rose85 - 2012-05-31
    3 week old bulldog babies;very active and in good health

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    amy - 2012-08-23
    Just adopted 4 year old Chion. He hates being alone. When we leave we put him in kennle is this ok? He barks alot and shakes! Do they need hair cuts?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-23
      Many don't like being alone.  Try leaving an unwashed t-shirt and socks in the kennel with him.  They don't need hair cuts but they do need grooming - which in some cases is a hair cut.  If you don't keep them brushed regularly, they mat and it gets hard to get the mats out.  Shaking is part of the nature of a chihauhua - which is 50% of the Chion mixure.
    • Cara - 2012-09-06
      I have a chion girl that just tuened 3 yesturday she is such the spoiled little runt in my family I am trying to get over I have a Scottie and she is 10 so I am going to miss her alot she is such a great dog if u don't know this is really hard for me beacuse she was I think the 5-10 thing I saw when I was born
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