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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Princess had a litter of puppies (TOTALLY unplanned, thanks to ds1 letting his buddies chihuahua come over while we were out of town)

She did great, all 5 puppies survived and she's nursing like a champ. (and such a great mommy!)

The puppies were 3 weeks old on Friday, they've been wormed, and our vet has said we need to do it every 2 weeks until we find them forever homes.

My question is this, 1 of the puppies has been trying to get into the food bowl, but he has no teeth yet. At what age should I let them start eating puppy food? (I know to make it a mush, just not sure what age)

Also, what size exercise pen should I get to keep them in? We have them in a kiddie pool right now with mom, and that's worked great soo far.. but I'm sure it wont keep them contained much longer.

Thanks so much for any advice, this is all new to me.

Here is their 3wk old picture.. their mommy is the one in my avatar (and the one in the front of my sig picture)


They are 4.5 weeks, and they will go looking for the kids if we put them down next to them, but their not holding them. It is too cute! They are definitely destined to be lap dogs.

They really favor their mama a lot. Most of them are getting the black spots, and a few have the belton/ticking.

May I introduce to you...

Carol, the snuggler of the bunch


Skunk (He really is sweet, the kids named him because of his stripe)


Rosebud, who loves playing with Auntie Jewels


Panda, another fan of Aunt Jewels


Lola, the softest of the bunch

Quick, lets get the treats out of the bag before Mom sees!

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I have fed mush to my pups as early as 3 weeks. If they start wandering into momma's food bowl they are looking for something more.
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I just wanted to say Hi! and great to see you Jodi! I don't know a thing about puppies.

Good luck with them, I'm sure you and momma will do great!

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Jodi!

Please post some pictures, I'd like to see what these little guys look like!
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Oooh . . . I want to see pictures! I'm sorry for the slip-up, but I'll bet it's kind of fun. Are you getting any help from the one whose manly chihuahua did the deed? My good friend's lab was impregnating every breedable dog in our city, and almost got taken to court over it. He had to cough up quite a bit to various people for vet bills.

Sounds like those puppies want a little mush!

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Oh, I can relate. We had planned a litter between our friends Hav but somehow my Pap got a hold of her before the Hav did. Not to mention that my Pap was due to be neutered the next month!!! Their coloring was acceptable for both a Hav or Pap, which made it hard to tell early on. It wasn't until they were about 11 weeks that one pups ears started doing weird things that we began to wonder what was going on. We had ruled him out as being a candidate for father as she had an emergency c-section & we only knew that he got a hold of her at the end. We had NO idea that he got to her beforehand. We were lucky to find them all good homes One to a older woman who does therapy @ nursing homes & one to a family with a son that has Aspergers, 2 families with kids, & a first time dog owner. I wish you the best of luck on your path to finding them homes =)

If at all possible try to hold off on weaning for at least another week or two. You want them to get all the good nutrients from mom. If not make sure to mix some formula into the mush. I found that grinding up dry kibble beforehand with my hand blender that has a chopper attachment definitely made meal time a breeze. I stored it in a plastic container. Then when meal time came along all I would have to do is add water & the formula. Start out with a small amount as they don't eat a lot per feeding.

Hand Blender with Chopper
http://www.target.com/Oster-Hand-Ble...blender&page=1

If you do wean them early you might look into this puppy formula:
Animal Naturals K9 Puppy Gold (Petco)
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I am looking forward to pictures too. Any and all puppies are adorable. Wondering what you would call them....Havachihuahua? Havahua? Chihuahav? I bet they are just as cute as can be.

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Can't wait to see photos of them! I guess that was quite a surprise huh?

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According to this site, they're Cheeneses.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/c/cheenese.htm
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According to this site, they're Cheeneses.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/c/cheenese.htm
That just seems a little unfair that the Havanese is second rate being placed at the end of the designer-breed name. Further down it names them as Havahuahua.

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