About Petie the Big Chihuahua
- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: $200
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Brown/Chocolate with Tan
- Color: Brown and Tan
- Current Size: 17.2 Pounds
- Current Age: 2 Years 5 Months (best estimate)
- Microchipped: Yes
- Housetrained: Yes
Petie came to us from a high kill shelter. This sweet chubby chihuahua mix is quiet as a church mouse and a real lover. If your looking for a small dog whom would be a couch buddy this is your guy!
Foster Update: Petie is a great, mellow, companion dog. He very seldom barks and does not lick your face unless you are very close to him and talking to him for a while. He is great on a leash. He does not pull at all. He seems to be more of a follower than a leader when on a leash. He follows the pace you set for him and will even jog up and down the sidewalk. He does not bark at anyone passing by and will let others pet him. He gets along well with my kids ages 9-15 and with our cat and foster cat. This is the first new pet that we've brought home that our cat hasn't hissed at. He is a low activity dog, though he will follow you around the house and is happy to go on walks 3-4 times a day. Petie loves sitting next to us while having family time in front of the tv. He does well in his crate when we are not home and at night. We are not convinced that he is housebroken since he has gone a couple of times in the house. We are working on that though! Petie makes a wonderful pet to have around!
Foster Update: Petie, is a sweetie! Even my husband, who is not a dog person, loves him. We have learned a few more things about Petie since we've had him in our home. He easily adjusted to being here with our two cats and kids. He loves to follow us around the house and will sit next to us on the couch. He will fall asleep while being petted. We thought he didn't have a lot energy, but we found out that he loves to run around at the dog park. He also jogs around the block with us and can do a fast run with my son. This little boy (dog) can run! Even with his little legs! Petie will run around as much as you let him and he is great on a leash. I believe that he is 95% housebroken. He has not had an accident in our house since the first couple of days that he was here, maybe he was just nervous. We do supervise him closely though (and not give him any privacy to do anything) when he is not in his crate, but that is not difficult since he likes to follow us around and be right next to us. Sometimes he goes into his crate on his own to nap and we leave the door open in case he wants to come back out. Petie should be crated when no one is home. My daughter found out that he knows the commands "sit" and "paw/shake". He would probably learn a few more since he seems to be pretty smart. Petie does not bark much. The last time I heard him bark was at the dog park a few days ago. Petie is such a joy to have around!
According to www.dogbreedinfo.com, the Chihuahua is the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world. Native to Mexico, nonetheless it seems to have been introduced by the Chinese. It was only brought to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua where he was brought to the rest of the world by travelers. This breed is believed to have been sacred to the Pre-Columbian Indian nations. The Chihuahua is a popular, economical companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and enterprising, it gives and demands affection. Bold and saucy, it moves swiftly to avoid being stepped on. Chihuahua's are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy. They like to lick their owner's faces. It is undeniably suspicious of people except for its owner. When strangers are present, it follows its owner's every move, keeping as close as possible. This breed may snap at teasing children, after all it is too tiny to get away. The Chihuahua must resort to his sharp teeth in self defense. It is not recommended for children. He can be noisy and may require patience to housebreak. Many owners simply paper train this breed. The Chihuahua hates the cold and may shiver, although this may be due to high metabolism as much as temperature or anxiety. It will tolerate and even appreciate a warm sweater on cooler days. They are good little dogs for apartment life. Although it is tempting to carry these dainty creatures about, they will keep fitter if taken for walks. A body harness is safer than a collar. Don't think that just because he is small he should be confined to a small space. Chihuahuas have a life expectancy of 15 or more years.