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Your Questions About Chiwawa Bichon Mix

Michael asks…

okay soooo my dogs were like “doing it”?

and thats bad bad bad bad bad bad bad becasue we can not let them have babys because that’d be a ugly dog. It like a weiner dog/chiwawa mix and a bichon/pug mix. it’d just be bad bad bad. so my question is just because they’ve done it oce does that mean my dog will be preggie?
and i know about the fixed thing but its going to be awkward telling my mom “oh yeah i saw the dogs having sex!”

Sarah Jones answers:

If they are young, healthy dogs, the chance of her being pregnant is about 85%-90%. That is IF they tied (were stuck together). If they didn’t tie, she is still able to be pregnant, but not as certain.

Your vet can spay her for the first three weeks following mating, and you will never have to worry about it again. .

Just tell your mom that she needs to be spayed quickly, or there will be puppies in about 63 days.

Contact your local humane organization and ask about their low-cost spay/neuter programs.

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Your Questions About Pekingese Lab Mix

Mary asks…

What’s some good info to know on Pekingese?

My friend has puppies, I have 2 more weeks before picking up the puppy. So is there anything I should know about Pekingese?

BTW I have a boxer/lab mix now she is 6 years old.
Plus I have 2 kids – 4 years old and 1 years old.
BTW where the dog is now (with momma and dadda) there is a 6 year old and a 1 year old living there.
The puppy will be 6 weeks old when I pick it up.

Sarah Jones answers:

Hi there,

Following are links to both the AKC’s and UKC’s websites which discusses the Pekingese breed in detail. It would be very good for you to read about the breed:

Also, I’ve attached a link to an article about the timing of picking up your puppy – this recommends picking up the new puppy between 7 and 12 weeks, and also discusses socialization and training.


I hope you find this information helpful. Best of luck to you and your new pup!


Followup in response to kch05’s comment:

While I have never owned a Pekingese and respect your comment, the AKC disagrees with you regarding their temperament. I think that early socialization with other dogs is absolutely KEY.

The AKC’s site states
“Pekingese possess a regal dignity, intelligence and self-importance, making them good natured, opinionated and affectionate family companions. Their small size makes them a good choice for apartment life, but they are sometimes difficult to housebreak. They are relatively inactive indoors and do not need a yard, but enjoy walks. Because of their long undercoats, Pekes need at least an hourly brushing session per week.”

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Your Questions About St Bernard Rescue

Laura asks…

Whats the most daring rescue you’ve witnessed?

St Bernards have become famous for leading daring Alpine rescues but one 16-month-old dog needed rescuers of its own after its tail was frozen to the ice on a golf course pond.

Sarah Jones answers:

That poor dog !

I once had to rescue my friends rather large puppy from my roof (long story )

that was scary


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Your Questions About Husky Pittsburgh

Donna asks…

does anyone in the pittsburgh area have a siberian husky puppies i could buy??/?

please tell me how much 1 would be 🙂

Sarah Jones answers:

I have seen ones in pet shops of dubious quality for $2000.00 down to free in some shelters.

Don’t get me wrong, the Siberian Husky is a great breed of dog, and I wouldn’t have anything else, BUT ask yourself, why do you want a Husky? Because of a couple of movies maybe? It doesn’t sound as if you have done enough homework on the breed. These are NOT “starter” dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They REQUIRE a very experienced owner!

Huskies are a special breed that most definitely is not for everyone. Yes, they are beautiful. Everybody loves them until they get one and find out how much work they really are. Then they wind up in a shelter or worse due to no fault of their own.
They have many good points as well as bad.

Some of the good points:

1. They love all people of all ages.

2. They love company.

3. They are extremely intelligent.

4. They are easygoing and forgiving.

5. They are clean with little or no “doggy” smell. Some people who are allergic to other breeds can live with Huskies.

6. They are generally quiet. They rarely bark except in playing, but will “talk”
or howl like their wolf ancestors for no reason.

7. They don’t require a lot of food. (get good fuel mileage)

8. They are honest. Their body language and voice can be taken at face value

9. They are not fussy eaters and will eat pretty much anything that doesn’t eat them first. But they do require a proper diet. (see # 6 below)

10. They usually get along with other well adjusted canines but they will take up a challenge if offered.

Some of the bad points:

1. They love people …. Any people. This is sometimes seen as a lack of loyalty.

2. I do not believe that there is a type of dog that could be friendlier than a Husky. A Husky may alert you by his actions (running to a door or window etc) but he is not a watchdog by any stretch if the imagination. On the contrary, he will invite the bad guy in and show him where the good stuff is. And then help carry it out! It’s in the breeding and I doubt that you can train them otherwise. Even if you abuse them (we have several that were very abused) they do not become mean … They will just shy away from you. It’s possible that they may (or may not) defend you against an attacker (more likely with an animal attacker). He very well may be a deterrent to someone looking to do bad stuff …. A “hungry wolf looking” dog looking back at them through the window ….

3. They have a STRONG desire to run. This was bred into them over many hundreds of generations. It cannot be trained out of them in a few months of obedience classes. They MUST be kept in a secure area. And taken out in open areas on a leash. They are escape artists like a hairy Houdini. They have been known to jump or climb over 6 foot fences. If they can’t go over it they will go under it.

4. They are extremely intelligent and mischievous. You have to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. Don’t laugh. It’s true, they are smarter than
most people.

5. They are too independent and strong willed to make it through obedience training. (see # 4 above). They will know and understand the command but if they don’t see the point in carrying it out they won’t.

6. They are very keen and efficient hunter / killers.

7. They must be kept occupied. A BORED HUSKY IS A DESTRUCTIVE HUSKY! (see # 10 on below)

8. They shed. A LOT! Year round. Then twice a year or more they will “blow” their coats. This takes shedding to a whole new level.

9. They dig …. A LOT! You could rent your yard to NASA to train astronauts on.

10. They play ROUGH! Very rough. And they sometimes can draw blood. But it is still play.

11. They need company, either human or canine and will be miserable without it. Though they can survive outdoors they really need to be inside with their “pack”……. YOU!

12. They can live 12 to 14 years. Maybe longer. This is not a bad thing. But can YOU live with a 2 year old that long? That’s what it’s like with a Husky in your life.

Again DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Know what you are getting yourself into. If you can’t handle the challenge unfortunately it will be the Husky that pays the price.

If you do decide that you can handle the challenge, go through a rescue group. DON’T go to a pet shop or a back yard breeder.

25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 (16 come this weekend) Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

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Your Questions About Pekingese Beagle Mix

James asks…

Adopted a Peagle from the pound how do I handle the aggression?

About two weeks ago I adopted a Pekingese and Beagle mix from the pound. She was very sick and we have nursed her back to health. I adopted to her to have a playmate for my male beagle and she will not stop attacking him whenever he is around. Can anyone please offer some advice on how I can get them to better interact. My beagle does not stand up to her he just runs away and yesterday when I tried to seperate them she then went after me.

Sarah Jones answers:

I dont know, but put this in the dog section, not the cat section, and you will get more answers

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