The mistake that some people make when getting a puppy is not doing enough research about the dog they are interested in.
It is essential to make sure you know everything you can about a puppy before bringing it home, and in this guide, information on the Chestie will be provided so you can get to know this pup beforehand.
The Chestie is a very energetic and fun dog to be around. They don’t need a lot of maintenance and can deal with being left alone for only short periods of time.
They love their owner’s attention and is the kind of dog to greet you every day when you come home from work.
The information that will be discussed that needs to be known before you decide that you want this dog is their diet, exercise, personality traits, behavior, puppy information, and anything else you can think of that is useful to know when deciding what dog breed to get.
Chestie Puppies – Before You Buy…
Going out and buying a puppy is very exciting and the best moment of having a dog since the day you get them marks the beginning of your friendship.
Training pads, safe toys for them to play with, and puppy food are some of the things that you should get before getting the puppy to make sure that when they get home, they will be happy.
What Price are Chestie Puppies?
Chesties are not as popular as other hybrid or designer dogs, so their price is significantly lower.
You can buy this pup from $250 to $600. The type of breeder that you purchase from will determine how much they will cost.
Other factors such as age, location, and gender also influence the price in some way.
Some breeders may raise the price for female puppies since they are usually in more demand and can produce dogs in the future. Also, the younger the puppy, the more it will cost.
Be sure not to purchase a puppy that is too young, however, because it may be a sign that the breeder is not well educated about dogs and does not know that a puppy needs its mother in the early stages of life.
How to Find Reputable Chestie Breeders?
To find a breeder, you can check online, ask around your neighborhood, or check your newspaper to see if anyone is selling any Chesties near you.
Then, call the breeder and set up a time that you can look at the puppies in person.
When you visit the puppy’s home, pay attention to its cleanliness since this is a good way to determine how much the breeder cares for the puppy’s environment.
See how the puppy’s parents interact with the breeder also. If any of the dogs shy away or act strangely towards the breeder, it is a good indication that the breeder may not be treating the dogs correctly.
If they seem like they are responsible for caring for the dogs, check and see if the breeder has information about the parent dog’s health, immunization records of the puppy, and information about whether or not they have been spayed or neutered.
If they have all of this and are very knowledgeable about Chesties, they are a good breeder to buy from.
3 Little-Known Facts about Chestie Puppies
- The origin of the Chestie is unknown, and for anyone that wants to learn about the Chestie, it is important to look at the background of the parent breeds to get a better understanding of this dog breed.
- One of the Chestie’s parent breeds, the Westie, was bred to hunt small animals such as foxes, badgers, and rats, which was perfect for their size. The person that initially bred them, Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch, had an accident with one of the dogs by mistaking it for a fox and it was killed. From that day onward, the Westie was bred to be all white.
- The Chihuahua ancestry dates back to the Mayan times and was bred for companionship as they are used for today. One of the traditions of the Mayans was to cremate the dog when their owner died to be by their side in the afterlife.
Physical Traits of the Chestie
Chesties are a small dog breed and like most, are quite fragile, especially if they are more like the Chihuahua parent breed.
Their legs can be on the skinnier side or more stocky like the Westie. They have dark eyes that may bulge a little and a dark nose that can be either black or brown.
Their coat varies a little since the Westie has long hair and the Chihuahua has either short or medium length hair.
The length all depends on the dog that they take after most. They have short to medium-length muzzles and pointed ears that may flop downward.
Their coat colors can be cream, brown, black, fawn, or white. Their fur requires very low maintenance, with weekly or bi-weekly brushing.
They don’t need frequent baths and might not need one ever as long as they are brushed and don’t roll around in the mud.
How Big is a Full-Grown Chestie?
As mentioned throughout the article, the Chestie is a small animal with a height of 8 to 10 inches and a weight of 5 to 10 pounds whether male or female.
They reach their full size between 12 to 18 months like the majority of the dog breeds out there.
With their small size, they are perfect for apartment living and can fit in in any home, no matter how big or small.
They don’t need a big backyard either since they are small enough to get the majority of their exercise in your home.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Chestie?
The Chestie has an average lifespan of 13 years, which is very common among dogs that are similar in size.
Their size, coupled with their health and how they are not prone to many health risks, ensures that they live their whole life happy and without any problems.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Chestie
The Chestie is a very loyal dog that will do anything within reason for their owner.
They are also very clingy, so they will want to be by your side every moment of every day, so if you are a busy person that cannot devote the majority of your time with your dog, the Chestie might not be the right choice for you due to their separation anxiety.
If there is no way around this, you could always invest in a dog daycare for them to attend every day while you are at work or traveling, so it won’t feel sad or get into trouble while you are away.
For this option, however, you need to ensure that your Chestie is socialized correctly early in its life for it to get along with other dogs.
They are known for excessive barking if they are bored and are friendly as mentioned before with dogs as well as children.
Just like with dogs, you will have to teach both the dog and any children that want to play with him the right way to interact, or else the dog may become agitated and snap at or bite the children.
The Chestie’s Diet
The Chestie does not need much to eat with how small they are. They will be healthy and stay energetic with just one cup of food a day.
If your Chestie is having trouble completing this amount of food in one sitting, it is suggested to split up the amount to different parts of the day.
Make sure to feed your dog high-quality dog food so it can get all the nutrients it needs to thrive from day to day without feeling lethargic or fatigue.
It is also important not to overfeed this dog breed or offer too much table food, as they will gain unnecessary weight easily.
How Much Exercise Does the Chestie Need?
The Chestie does not need a lot of exercise, but like any dog enjoys playtime and walks to see the neighborhood.
They will be happy with three walks a day not because they need it but because they will enjoy it. They will also enjoy dog parks as explained before and playing with toys indoors.
If you opt for dog parks or daycares, it is important to socialize the Chestie correctly but it is also important to monitor their play with other dogs, whether by you or the staff in charge of the daycare.
They could get hurt if they are playing with larger dogs because of how fragile they are.
They will also enjoy playing games with you, whether it be tug-a-war or fetch. Obedience classes and training will mentally exercise them, which is also a crucial part of keeping them happy.
Chestie Health and Conditions
Like many dog breeds, the Chestie is predisposed to a few health issues which will be listed below.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Collapsed Trachea
- Cherry Eye
My Final Thoughts on the Chestie
Chesties are the perfect companion dog for those that are looking for a close bond with a furry friend.
They are fun, loyal, and loving, and will be a great addition to any person or family out there.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Chestie Puppies – Before You Buy…
- What Price are Chestie Puppies?
- How to Find Reputable Chestie Breeders?
- 3 Little-Known Facts about Chestie Puppies
- Physical Traits of the Chestie
- How Big is a Full-Grown Chestie?
- What is the Life Expectancy of the Chestie?
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Chestie
- The Chestie’s Diet
- How Much Exercise Does the Chestie Need?
- Chestie Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Chestie