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Huskies and Chihuahuas

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So as I mentioned in my intro thread, I will be getting a husky pup soon. Now I currently have two cats, but I'm not too concerned about them.

However, also in the next few months, my girlfriend and I are planning on buying a house. Now with that, my girlfriend has a chihuahua who will be a little over a year old by then and I would really like my dog to not eat her.

Now, I will have help with training from my sister-in-law who has 3 german shepherds, a chocolate lab and an Australian cattle dog who also teaches puppy classes. Plus all my friends have dogs and neighbor has a husky/malamute mix. So I should have plenty of socialization for him, but the chihuahua is the only tiny dog and the husky will be living with her.

Has anyone else ever dealt with this arrangement or similar? I'm aware of the high prey drive and they will not be left alone together. But i would like this to go as smoothly as I can control and any tips/information on the matter would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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Yes, I have a chihuahua cross who, at the most, weighs 5kg (so slightly bigger than a purebred Chi).

We bought Micha home at eight weeks and Cherry was four years old at the time. IMO if you raise them together from the time the husky is a pup, supervise them appropriately and ensure the husky knows what 'ok' play is with the Chi you will be fine. Cherry is actually higher in the pack than all our dogs and will boss Micha around - he is 22kg heavier and actually runs away from her if she rouses on him! He also knows he has to be very gentle with her and doesn't mess with her at all.

The best advice I can give you is to socialise the husky and the Chi together from the day you bring the husky home and ensure he knows the 'rules' when it comes to playing with the Chi. Make sure you supervise them together carefully and don't let the husky get too rough with the Chi - they can learn to play gently with small dogs.

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I agree with smeagle get them together asap.

When i got my pup she saw my mums small dog from day one so now they are fine together although when they meet up laska can get a little rough . but i guess that puppy stuff , but she soon calms down.

But my mother got a new puppy a yorky and laska would eat it at a blink of a eye like she did our rabbit.

i tried to get them to meet but laska just took a bite stright away. I scolded her and kept them apart and kept getting to meet every so often and she seem to stay away from the yorky while we are near by . but i would'nt trust her alone.

Even though laska is getting better with meating all dogs she still seems to want to start a fight as she wacks them with her paws and fairly hard aswell . she must get that from the wife :P

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I have a husky and a chihuahua! See sig pic. ;) We adopted our husky from a shelter when he was 2 years old and had him for about a year and a half before we adopted our Chihuahua. So our sibe was about 3 and a half years old when we adopted a 4 year old Chihuahua and the two do great together. Our sibe is naturally a bit rough but I make sure to always supervise when they are together just to be on the safe side.

The best advice I can give you is to socialise the husky and the Chi together from the day you bring the husky home and ensure he knows the 'rules' when it comes to playing with the Chi. Make sure you supervise them together carefully and don't let the husky get too rough with the Chi - they can learn to play gently with small dogs.

Perfect advise, couldn't have said it better myself.

I think you'll be fine with a sibe and chi together so long as they are both well socialized and under close supervision. :)

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What a lovely pic Val!!

I was looking for one of Micha and Cherry to post and then realised I don't have a good one of them together :o Cherry hates having her picture taken LOL.

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I bet you get lots of comments when you take them out!

We always get 'oh, look at the odd couple' comments with Mish and Cherry, but I also get asked a lot if Cherry will 'get much bigger' LOL. Mum bought Cherry with her to pick me up from our local shopping center a little while ago and was holding her out the front waiting for me, she had about half a dozen people come up to her and ask if she'd just 'bought that puppy from the pet store' and had a lot of people commenting on the 'little baby puppy!'. Cherry will be 11 years old this December!! hehe.

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This is Cherry:

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When she's been clipped for summer:

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Can you spot the little Cherry face in this pic? LOL

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We think she's a Tibetan Spaniel with some Chi in her, or possibly Pap.

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Aww, Cherry is a doll! Yep, we get the "odd pair" type comments ALL the time! :rolleyes: And then there's the other group that only notices Dakota b/c he's the attention getter and they completely don't even notice Faith until we pass by them b/c she's so tiny and hides behind our legs since she's the shy one. So we say our goodbyes and have to strike up a whole other conversation again when they notice Faith hiding behind us. lol It's all good, I love talking to people. :D

A few pics of the "fairly odd couple"...

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And the pic that spawned my sig...which someone else volunteered to make for me. Thank goodness as I have no talent in that dept!

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i have 2 sibs boy 16 month girl 2years and a 4 year old jack russle they get on just great pic's are in gallary, if any thing its the jack russle that rules the sibs let him do what he wants. good luck xx

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o'haire - I hope all goes well ;)

Val - lovely pictures of Dakota and Faith,they look really happy together :)

And now a message from my 7 year old daughter,Freya:

You have to beautiful dogs,they look like real friends ! :awink:

Best Always,

Kevin & The Girls :bullseye:

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Awww fab pics! I;m sure they will get on fine together, keep us posted!!

Kevin - I think Freya needs to sign up on here! lol

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Not a chihuahua, but a rat terrier. Bo spent the first 8 years of his life with our Emily. Em was the queen and ALL dogs were under her reign, including Bo. Emily was approximately 4 when we came home with Bo and it took them a while to decide who was the 'top dog'.

While we lost Emily several years ago, Bo lives side-by-side with our cat, Kat. They aren't best friends, but do nap together occassionally. Kat even watches out for Bo (he's nearly 15) and will take on our lab/rottie mix if he gets too wild around Bo. Last night Kat even woke me up as for some reason Bo went into our basement and couldn't get back up the stairs (arthritis).

So, while I would watch them closely, a small dog (or cat) can live with a husky. I know I can trust Bo with smaller animals. I have for years now. That said, you have to absolutely know your husky and the smaller pet before you even consider leaving them alone together.

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Sarah,

Welcome back,not been on too much lately as I'm doing the Family Tree...

Deffo - if Freya sees the blue and orange of the forum she always wants to say something,so she should sign up :)

Best Always,

Kevin

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as long as you prove to them ALL that you and your girlfriend are the pack leaders without question, then they will be fine.

its when the leadership roles are messed up that fights break out. If there isnt a clear leader (you), its their nature to try and fill in the role themselves and thats when bad stuff happens.

lots of exersize for that sibe, as well as the chihuaha. dont make the mistake of letting the chi get away with whatever it wants like most chi owners. thats what gets them into trouble because they get away with murder, but then they try it with a much larger dog like they do with humans and they get stomped.

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