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I just got my pup today. He's a little over 7 weeks old, and the size of a large rat. http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden2 http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden3 http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden4

Oh, my, that picture of him in the tiny sweater is just too cute.

Mustang Sally
I just got my pup today. He's a little over 7 weeks old, and the size of a large rat.

Yikes.
He's adorable, but WAY too little to be placed in a home. Responsible toy dog breeders keep puppies until 12 weeks or so, because really tiny puppies are very fragile and few people are prepared/able to care for them. This puppy should not be left on his own for any length of time until he is much older - toys are especially susceptible to hypoglycemia and can die very quickly. Make sure you give this puppy very frequent small meals and very gentle handling. Hopefully your breeder had a shred of concern for her puppy's well being and gave you care instructions...

Christy
I just got my pup today. He's a little over 7 weeks old, and the size of a large rat. http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden2 http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden3 http://members.aol.com/utseay/durden4

Soo cute! He really is tiny. The youngest I brought home a chi was 8 weeks. Keep him very warm, feed him frequent small meals, handle him very gently; he will be a lot more fragile than, say, a 7-week Labrador.

I love that little tip of tongue that sticks out in the second and fourth pictures. One of my chis does that.
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<He's so CUTE!!!! That last picture is so funny - the way his little tongue is sticking out. My Zelda sleeps like that all the time. In fact, she does it sometimes when she's wide awake. Her tongue just doesn't always get all the way into her mouth.
He's adorable. Thanks for posting pics. And post more when he's a little older, wouldya?
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Is it a chi thing?
<I don't know. On Gordo, it was the first time I'd seen it in a chi. Gordo does it both sleeping and awake, although only when he's relaxed, I think. We call it "dumb tongue" because it makes him look, well, dumb. (Gordo isn't very bright anyhow; he's sweet and adorable and cute and velcro, but intelligence is not his strong suit.)
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Yeah, he is really tiny. I thought he was a bit small to be taken away from his home as well, but the breeder didn't say anything about it. The breeder was a man that lived in a large cabin with his wife, mother in law, and about 9 kids (with another on the way). The whole upstairs was dedicated to pups. They had Chis and Mastif pups running everywhere, but seemed keep them under control and was very clean.

My girlfriend first talked to the breeder, an intellegent man from what she said, when the pup was 5 weeks old. He said it would be ready in 2 weeks. From there, I went the next day to see if the pup was as cute as my GF described, and he was. The next day I brought a down payment so they would hold the pup. Both times the breeder wasn't present, only his wife - which didn't seem like she new much at all.
What precautions and extra measures should I take to ensure this dogs health? What type of food do you suggest? I'm feeding him hard puppy chow right now, but it takes him about 4 or 5 seconds to chew up a slightly damp piece. Should I go with a wet food possibly?

Also, this morning he was sneezing quiet often - is this normal. I'm going to be taking him to the Vet first thing Monday morning to get him checked. The breeder said he hasn't had any shots, because he was too small.
Any tips and advice would be appreciated!
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Also, this morning he was sneezing quiet often - is this normal. I'm going to be taking him to the Vet first thing Monday morning to get him checked. The breeder said he hasn't had any shots, because he was too small.
Any tips and advice would be appreciated!
As for food, when I brought Zelda home she was eating Eukenuba puppy food - dry. She was 10 weeks old, however. The kibble is tiny and she could manage it. She now eats light small bites Science Diet. It has the smallest kibble I can find and keeps her from getting too porky. And she loves it. Chis have notoriously bad teeth, so a hard food is better for them. But while he still has his puppy teeth, I'm not sure it matters.
As for sneezing, that could be kennel cough. Write down everything you want to ask the vet, even if it seems small or silly. You'll be visiting fairly often until all his shots are finished anyway.
Oh, and resist the temptation to take him out with you or to allow others in to see him. There are many awful illnesses he can get from people, other animals, and dog poop in the park before he gets his vaccinations. Don't even think about it. Wait and make sure he's completely safe before you expose him to such dangers. It may sound silly, but I've seen people go through heartbreaking puppy deaths because they just couldn't wait to share him. If people come over, make sure they wash up very, very well before you allow them to handle the pup.
I don't want to offend you, but your breeder is suspect. I don't know of any respectable one that would send a puppy home with NO shots at all, and I didn't realize you said this baby was 7 weeks old at first. That's too young to be sent home, so I'd be really cautious. Don't handle him much, give him lots of time to sleep, and do whatever the vet tells you to. He will probably eat like a fiend - let him.
Did you meet his parents, by any chance?
Also, hit the web and do some searches for some of the questions you have about him. There are a number of chihuahua sites and sites dedicated to bringing home a puppy and what to do. Google is wonderful, you know!

Good luck! I hope he gives you many years of joy. I'd never give Zelda back in a million years. You're really going to love having a chihuahua!
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