Chihuahuas are comical, entertaining, and loyal little dogs. They are absolutely brimming with personality – often a quirky and eccentric personality unmatched by any other breed.
Too many people acquire a toy breed puppy without understanding how incredibly fragile a toy breed is. You can seriously injure or kill a Chihuahua by stepping on him or by sitting on him when he's curled under a blanket or pillow, where he frequently likes to sleep. And Chihuahuas can seriously injure or kill THEMSELVES by leaping from your arms or off the back of your sofa. A larger dog can grab a Chihuahua and break his neck with one quick shake. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your tiny dog. Chihuahuas must always be kept on-leash -- they are just too easy to injure when not under your complete control.
Chihuahuas are more prone to injury resulting from their tiny size, rather than to illness or disease. So whether a Chihuahua lives a long life or not is more dependent on how careful you are to keep them safe. But Chihuahuas are very prone to loose knee joints (which can require expensive surgery) and to dental disease (their mouth is too small to provide firm footing for healthy teeth).
Chihuahuas are intelligent little dogs with huge personalities. They love to play mentally challenging games and training them can be very rewarding. However, these pups are as stubborn as they come so don’t expect obedience every time.
The smooth, short-haired coat of the Chihuahua is easy to groom and take care of. An occasional brushing and wipe-down with a soft cloth are sufficient methods of upkeep. The long-haired variety of Chihuahua should be brushed on a daily basis with a soft bristle brush. All varieties of the Chihuahua should receive a bath on a monthly basis. Owners of this breed should make sure to avoid getting water into the dog’s ear canal. Chihuahuas are average shedders.
My sister and I have two chihuahuas and they are NOT mean. They are very sweet dogs! I had a mix that had all kinds of stuff in him, but he had chihuahua and he was really nice, too! We only had one that was kind of mean when my Mama was alive . . . but he settled in with our family and became a nice dog, too!
My Chihuahuas are wary around strangers and will become reactive/defensive around people and dogs they don’t know, but they are in no way mean to me. They love to be right next to me gathering all the attention they can get. At night they sleep next to me. They love to give me kisses. I have 3 adult chis and am fostering a 2 month old puppy. None are mean, but all are nervous around strangers - and just about everyone is strange to them.
The behavior of your Chihuahua depends on how it was raised. I have one, a 4 year old. I raised her from 2 months old. She is sweet and loving, gentle and easy going. The only time she ‘show’s her teeth’ is when the cats try to take her food. She is so sweet that she is now guarding our kitten who is recovering from having her leg removed. I 100% believe the dog takes on the demeanor of it’s owner and surroundings
They are mean because they are so small. They're really just a four footed nervous breakdown. They suffer from high levels of fear and anxiety. Then again, if just about everything in the world was bigger than you, you’d be a nervous wreck too. All dogs when they are frightened can be loud, territorial and aggressive. Chihuahuas are preemptively agressive in the hopes that it will scare bigger things away.
They generally will bond with just one person and they are a hazard to small children. If the Chihuahua is on a parent’s lap and the child tries to get attention from that parent it isn't at all uncommon for that child to be bitten. They are downright possessive of the person that they bond with.
Training helps some, but they still tend to be really loud whenever there is even the tiniest threat. The nervousness, paranoia and anxiety seem to be genetic with these little guys.
The Chihuahua is a balanced, graceful dog of terrier-like demeanor, weighing no more than 6 pounds. The rounded “apple” head is a breed hallmark. The erect ears and full, luminous eyes are acutely expressive. Coats come in many colors and patterns, and can be long or short. The varieties are identical except for coat.
Chihuahuas possess loyalty, charm, and big-dog attitude. Even tiny dogs require training, and without it this clever scamp will rule your household like a little Napoleon. Compact and confident, Chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They are too small for roughhousing with kids, and special care must be taken in cold weather, but Chihuahuas are adaptable—as long as they get lots of quality time in their preferred lap.
Chihuahua is very good watch dog perfect for adoption Chihuahuas are easy to groom and friendly dog breed.
Chihuahuas are easy to groom because it is a very small dog breed in the world. Chihuahuas tend to have a long lifespan and best dog breed.
No one loves like a Chihuahua. Do they sometimes love too hard? Yes. But does their undying loyalty to you make them excellent watchdogs, friends, and cuddle babies? Yes.
I have a Chihuahua. Cooper is my baby boy. I love him so much he is so sweet. He loves my wife and I and is very protective.
Maya R. Odinezenko
My best friend has a Chihuahua, and she is the most precious pup in the world. She gets along beautifully any dog, cat or human. I dogsit her for a few weeks periodically and all she wants to do is cuddle, sleep, eat and play. She walks off leash and is extremely confident. Sure, she barks and makes for an excellent watchdog, but that's just a part of her Chi breed. Like with ANY dog, you have to give them an amazing amount of love and respect, and in turn, they give you the same ten fold.
My cousin’s neighbor also had one, and they were always like, “Be careful, he bites!” Really? That's why he used to come up to me and chill in my lap, because he's so vicious? That household was vicious, with all the yelling going on over there.
Again, dogs, like children and people, are a product of their environment. Perhaps those who say they are crazy little vicious rat creatures need to take a look in the mirror and learn how to love themselves first, prior to being around any loving creatures.
My Chihuahua is 12 years old , She is my heart.
I have a tan & white, 5 year old Chihuahua that is the love of my life and companion. I have not allowed her to be a yippy dog. I like that she is a good watch dog but is not allowed to bark very long at a time. I tell her when it is time to get quite, saying "that is enough". I praise her for being a good girl. At meal time, she will sit and wait until I tell her she can get her dinner, not allowed to beg at the table when others are eatting. She is such a pleasure to have, being so well behaved.