I had posted that I had what I assumed was a "chug", so I found this really offensive. My dog is my life and I don't consider her in any way to be "rat"-like. She has brought no hell into my home, just love.
I adore, adore, adore pugs but my love for them extends beyond the purebreed.
Should PV be limited to those with purebreeds? If so, I will go elsewhere.
PatriciaPV ModeratorMom to Phineas and the Fabulous Felines
And always remembering and missing Phoebe, my heart girl
"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet..." ~ Edith Wharton
My experience is that while every dog, purebred or mixed breed, is an individual, personality/behavior traits are less likely to hold true across the board in mixes than in purebreds. I've personally encountered many, many "chugs" with engaging, outgoing, super-friendly pug-like personalities. Others tended toward what I think of as a typical Chihuahua personality (very devoted to one person, a bit nervous, etc.).
To dismiss a breed altogether as "rats" upsets me, too.
Dee Dee and Marlee
Just had to add that my sister had 2 chiuauas, and they are extremely loving, and have never nipped at anyone, ever.... they are huge cuddlers... not "rats" at all.
Janis & the Honorary Pugs: Zoie, Lucas & Lane
At the age of approximately 7 (the vet and I both think she's older), Tassie (formerly known as Kia) was dumped by her ungrateful family in the shelter in the Bronx. Having received NO medical care, she was a walking skeleton. Mostly because she was unable to eat because her teeth were so rotten that she developed a fistula between her oral and nasal cavity.
After having all but one of her teeth pulled (my vet asked me if I wanted to see them!) she's gained a whole pound (and now weighs seven pounds) and is a smart, loving, perfectly trained little lady. I couldn't believe that a chihuahua could worm its way into our lives like this, but she has. She's learned to walk on a leash (unlike Cyril she LOVES going for walks), uses the ramp to get up and down from the bed, sleeps INSIDE pillowcases and is all around cute. And that little dog that I couldn't get to eat for THREE DAYS when I got her home (and I mean NOTHING - not even roast beef!) now barks at me if her kibble isn't given to her quickly enough.
So just a cautionary word: this is by no means a rat. She's a dear, sweet dog who's probably not in pain for the first time in years.
Viralmd, Cyril (aka Aljac Captain Hook CGC) and Tassie, the rescue chihuahua
Chi's can be a bit difficult at times. If they've been "damaged" in any way, they can be downright horrible. My nail on my index finger is about to partially come off due to a chi bite. But, Jack - the chi who bit me - is a damaged dog and I don't blame him. But, man does he hate it when I talk with my hands.
Chi's usually have very distinctive and large personalities in those tiny little bodies.
"If I were a pediatrician and a mother told me, "it's just too hard making healthy food everyday for my kid, I'm just going to feed Total cereal everyday, it's 100% nutritionally complete," we'd all feel sorry for her kid. I am a vet, and when people tell me "I've found a really good dry food, I think I'...ll feed it everyday for the rest of my pets life," why don't we feel equally sad?" Dr. Karen Becker
Let's just stop all this right now before it gets any worse. PugVillage.com is not limited to purebred pug owners or any breed-specific owners and I apologize to those who feel insulted. My family has owned more chihuahuas than I can even list and we've always found them to be adorable little companions. They're not perfect but what animal is?
Those we have held in our arms for a little while,we hold in our hearts forever.