Mechanical Angel -- let me ask YOU a couple of questions.
Are you still living at home?
For how long?
How many of your current dogs would stay "home" if you moved away and how many would you take and be responsible for?
None of these are "you irresponsible person you" kind of questions -- HOWEVER, I learned a *very* hard lesson with my own "first" dog. He was young (under a year) when I went to college -- but lo and behold -- by the time I got home HE was my **Parent's dog**!!!
MY plans completely fell apart. They were willing for me to take him -- but honestly? He missed my folks too much.
My point is this -- if you are still living at home ... evaluate VERY VERY carefully what will happen when you get old enough to go on to college, or even eventually get married or move out/in with someone else.
If you are young enough (and I honestly don't know you this well -- I'm not trying to be naggy here at all -- just food for thot, ok) -- but if you are young enough to still have several years AT home ... the consider this ****very**** carefully.
Because what happens if you need/want to leave home or go out on your own and you have SEVERAL animals that may need to depend on you -- and oops -- several of them may be of an age then to need significant vet care.
I can completely understand you wanting a chi -- in utter honesty I'm a small dog person myself.
BUT ***BEWARE*** -- chis can be *extremely* expensive little dogs.
If you're talking about adopting a chi -- the health problems are nearly endless. AND heartbreaking. I have a very close friend who has done chi and pug rescue for many years.
Chis are **very** prone to things like: demodectic mange (bad breeding problem), epilepsy, hydrocephalus, knee problems, skin problems, and on and on it goes. Add that to the fact that there can be some really extreme temperament problems -- particularly with dogs of another size.
A **quality** pup would be extremely expensive.
Some of these problems don't manifest right away -- but they can be incredibly expensive AND incredibly heart-wrenching. Add any of them to the normal costs that you could be faced wtih in the normal course of aging of any of your other dogs??? Wow.
Like I said -- I'm not trying to be a spoilsport here -- but I know you claim three -- but if I remember correctly you are still entirely under your folk's roof?
Don't forget -- small dogs live a long time -- sometimes up to 20 years. Trying to imagine your life THAT far in advance is difficult -- and trying to get enough education so that you can afford to care for the dogs you have and want can be a big task.
You already *know* the bad side of a chi -- but honestly, unless you go with an absolutely TOP quality breeder (and that is **expensive**) your experience is not far off the norm simply because the breed has been diluted with so many truly severe health issues that it's scarey.
I guess I'm just playing devil's advocate here -- keep your dreams just a bit practical.
In my case? Pip stayed with my folks. BUT ... the sad thing was my parents never believed in spending much of anything on vet bills. So because I *had* to leave him at home he was actually very VERY short lived because they wouldn't afford what I would have.
Just offering some personal experience to help you make your decision.