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Bobbie - 2013-08-28
I just got a long haired chi. She will be 4 yrs in NOVEMBER. The HUMANE SOCIETY took him from his previous owner for abuse. She is the sweetest thing. I've had her two weeks. She is so afraid of every noise and movement. She loves to sit by or on me now. I've heard her bark once and it was so quiet and little. I laughed but she was telling me someone was at my door. She is potty trained. She gets on my lap and scratches at me when she wants to go out. Sweetest dog EVER!!

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  • Jim - 2013-09-04
    Ours barks at every sound. There are some words/names we have to actually spell out otherwise he will go nuts. He always goes on the puppy pad we lay down then he will run out and look at one of us then 'RALPH' but not bark to let us know he did his business. He loves just sitting outside in the sun and he does not care how hot it is outside...he just wants to sit outside.
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Joyce Holt - 2013-08-30
My little Chihuahua was only 3-4 weeks old when my daughter bought her. They sold her as a teacup, then when she got her home and put her down she couldn't walk and had no teeth, so she decided to take her to the Vet. That's when she found out her true age. So she fed her with a syringe until she was big enough to eat soft food. That was 3 years ago, she gave her to me 2 1\2 years ago and we are as close as we can be, she's my baby.

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Jonathan Seer - 2009-09-18
Japanese Chins no matter what they eat have a digestive tract designed to process animal products ONLY. Try to avoid soy, corn, and gluten. Millions of humans suffer from the horrible condition known as ciliac disease from eating this, so what do you think it does to a Japanese Chin?  If Corn and the often included gluten are so bad for us humans, it's can be toxic, life-threatening to Japanese Chins - thus they're much shorter than usual lifespan.

Soy is a huge reason why dogs in general have so many skin conditions and infections and Japanese Chins are particularly susceptible. Soy isoflavins are 'estrogen precursors' and dog food companies KNOW this, but don't care, because it's a super cheap way to bulk up dog food. Isoflavens, being estrogen related compounds, play havoc with a Japanese Chin's reproductive system, and help make them far more suseptable to reproductive illnesses, because they're hormones will be way out of balance.

IDEALLY, being a carnivore, Japanese Chins should have a diet consisting of meat by products, bone by products, bones, meat, animal organs. They'll eat lots of other things, but unless it's animal based, they won't be able to digest it, and quite often be hypersensative to plant compounds that are perfectly fine for humans.

I'm an owner of many chins for several years, and NONE of mine EVER get sick. The only reason they've ever gone to the vet is for shots. They do NOT have skin problems, NO breathing problems, NO knee problems and so on and so on - and it's because I feed them the way carnivores should be fed.

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  • Kelly - 2010-02-26
    Your comments make a lot of sense. I have a japanese chin and dont want to feed him processed pet food. What do you recomend a good homemade "carnivores" diet should be?
  • Kiyo - 2010-11-26
    So what do carnivores eat or what do you exactly feed them, I have a 6 years old
    chin and I am trying to figure out what exactly to feed him.
  • raven - 2013-03-29
    I have a chin mix, who will not eat dog food.When she was younger it was real hard to keep her sugar and weight up. But her vet said to feed her fish. She is thriving now. :) but she still will not touch dog food or store bought dog treats.
  • Helen - 2013-04-22
    Can you tell me what you feed your chins we have a 5 month old pup and have been feeding him eukanuba small breed puppy food as recommended by the breeder but he has become bored of this so we have given him chicken ,salmon ,mackerel,sardines and turkey but feel he needs a high quality cibble to achieve a balanced diet and healthy coat please help
  • Priscilla Anderen - 2013-08-23
    I just got a 3 year old Chin, and he is very selective as to food. The breeder said he was eating Pedigree dry food, but he has refused to eat it for me. Then I was told to try can with the dry. He ate some, but still is not eating well. What kind of food do you suggest, and can they really eat carrots and green beans? Please advise me by email.
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jak - 2012-06-04
I have had two poms, Bambi and Lille. Bambi ate a sago palm seed and it destroyed her liver. She was one year old. Lille is almost four and is beautiful and very intelligent, loyal, loving, and funny. Poms need to be taught that they are not the master of the pack. They have a very strong pack instinct. They are the only small dog breed that are direct descendants of a working breed, the spitz, a sled dog. They love to get wet and easily tolerate cold. They get overheated easily and must be acclimated to long walks in the summer. Their presonality is second to none and are choosy in picking friends. They don't like loud noise or excitement. A poms perfect day is snoozing next to it's master. They follow you closely and watch you like a hawk. They are resiliant animals and don't know their size and will face off with another animal much larger than them. They are prone to be stolen as they are prized by many, but some cruel people will steal a pom and use them to train their pit bull to kill.

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  • Carmen Alexander - 2013-08-12
    I HAVE BEEN MAULED BY A DOG AND LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. How horrible to use them as a way to train another dog. They are a living being as well.
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sophia - 2013-08-05
One august one we saw a long haired chihuahua on the street and we got it we named it princess and it is very happy.

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Micey - 2012-11-08
Hello.. I have a 4 month old Long Haired Chihuahua girl 2.5 lbs. She is such a sweetie!! I feed her healthy dry food with every meal and add IAMs wet food almost every meal. She loves the vegetables in the food. Do you think it would be okay to boil some chicken and add steamed vegetables maybe even some steamed white rice to her plate? I don't want to mess with her stomach, but lets be honest, that wet food looks and smells disgusting!! Would appreciate your input! Thanks :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-08
    Sure you can do that.  You can add broth, little rice, little steamed veggies, little table leftovers, yogurt to the dry food.  Sure makes it taste better.  I wouldn't get to carried away though as the basic dog food has a lot of nutrition in it that is good for the pup and at 2.5 pounds a little people food goes a long way.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    mmmm.... love to be that dog!
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Jill - 2012-11-25
I rescued a 13 month long hair Chi a year ago. We named him Chico. He was advertised as being 8 pounds (big boy). Since then he has grown to 15 pounds. Vet says for his size he can be 15-17 pounds. I love him just the same. He came house broken and very lovable except he picks and chooses his friends. Only likes a couple of dogs and humans in the neighborhood and wants to kill the rest. When I am at work my Mom walks him and I fear for her falling when he meets up with someone he does not like. She spoils him when I am away. Not sure what I can do to stop this behavior...any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Maybe only give him a few treats every once in a while, for example, give him a new toy every 7-8 months. But, if he seems bored, then immediately get him a new toy.
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wakeelah - 2013-01-24
Gerri, I think it is the nature of these dogs to dig. I have a 10 month old long hair chi, and she digs in her bedding, my hardwood floors, and outside. Have you noticed the fox charterisic of these dogs. Foxes have holes, and yes, they dig them. I bought a cat litter box and cat litter for my foxie Brown, she enjoys digging in it and making a mess.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    I have a really old Golden Retriver that does that too. I think it's just because of the dogs instinct. Weird.
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Anonymous - 2013-08-05
Hello, I am not allowed to say my name because I am a kid and I LOVE my best friend's long haired chi. I REALLY want one and hers is SO adorable! I really want one, and I wanted an opinion on how some of you like your chi's. We live in New York, and it gets hot in the summer, and cold in the winter. We have installed heating and cooling, so I think we will be ok. I just wanted your idea of a chi and if you think we will be ok. We have a big living area and a lot of open space outside, (with no fence so a little worried) but, I go to school EVERY weekday and no one is home intil around 4:00. Will it be ok? Do you like your Chi? Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    If you really want a Chihuahua, and your parents are okay with it, I would say it would probably be fine! They do great as indoor dogs, and as long as you plan to take him/her outside after school every day to play and get exercise, your dog should be fine staying indoors while you are gone. If there is no fenced in area you won't want to take your dog outside without a leash until they are trained and you trust them to listen to you.
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Katelynn - 2013-08-05
Okay so in the message it says beef is not recommended for a chihuahua and poultry is better but my chihuahua is really allergic to poultry, like chicken and turkey. Should I try switching him over to chicken or should I keep him on beef?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    If he is allergic to chicken I wouldn't switch him over to it! It might be a good idea to ask a vet what the optimal diet would be for him.
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