How Do Chihuahuas and Other Pets Get On?

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Chihuahuas and other Pets

Simply put, Chihuahuas do not get on well with other pets. However, while this is true in most cases there are several things you can do to try to alleviate the problem.

Chihuahuas of any age normally get on well with their own breed. Several Chihuahuas in the same household can get along really well and keep each other company while their humans are busy elsewhere. Usually a new Chihuahua can be introduced into the home without causing any problems whatever the age of any other Chihuahuas already residing there.

Unfortunately this is pretty much where a Chihuahua’s tolerance of other pets ends. Generally Chihuahuas will not put up with the presence of other animals in the home. There will be fights and the Chihuahua will almost never back down whatever the size of the other pet.

This doesn’t mean that Chihuahuas cannot live peacefully with other pets. To make this happen you need to bring the Chihuahua into a home where other pets already reside, not the other way round. Another way of accomplishing this is to introduce the pets when they are both very young so that they “grow up” together.

The only other option to owning a Chihuahua and another type of pet is to make sure that they never come into contact. Obviously this is not a simple matter and very often an owner must decide to keep one pet or the other. This is never an easy choice and normally pet owners will try hard to find a solution that permits them to keep both.

If you want more than one pet, the best solution is to get another Chihuahua. As already mentioned this rarely causes any problems, much to the surprise of many Chihuahua experts. It is amazing that the same Chihuahua that would never put up with the presence of a different breed of pet will become the best of friends with another Chihuahua introduced into the household. They will play, eat and sleep together with very few problems. They will also share their characteristic loyalty to their owner without becoming jealous of one another.

24 Comments on "How Do Chihuahuas and Other Pets Get On?"

  1. I have been always wanting a Chihuahua for several years now but i have an English Bulldog at home. Will the Bulldog hurt him?

    Thanks!

  2. ok i have a male chihuahua hes 7 1/2 months now and…i just bought another chihuahua she i a female and only 9 weeks old…i put her down to introduce them an it didnt go so well she got a cut on her nose but shes ok im trying to figure out how to make them get along please e-mail me back,thanks alot

  3. I have a male chihuahua and he is 4 years old we got a female chihuahua and she is 8 weeks old we only got her yesturday (25.11.09) at first they didnt want anything to do with each other well the male dog dosnt want to today it is there second day together there getting on well better but they dont go to close to each other and the male dog growls a bot at her what will happen how do i make them to get along ??????????

    please email me back thank you

  4. joanne jackson | December 9, 2009 at 8:26 pm |

    I have a male chihuahua 7 months old. He lives with my two huge germanshepherds, two cats and two parrots. He was introduced to the other animals in the house as soon as he came through the front door at 8weeks old. They all get on just fine. The german shepherds are incredibly gentle with him and play with him all the time, infact he is the rough one! Obviously you must be vigelent over them during the first few weeks and dont leave them together unatended during this time, but i personally have had no problems. As long as your dogs are well socialized and you are the pack leader there should be no trouble.

  5. I have had 2 chihuahua’s the mother and son, the mother passed away on the 01.4.2010 at the age of 12 years old. The son is 8 years old. He is very upset, and so am I. He crys now when left alone. I am thinking of buying another chihuahua (female) puppy so he can have company. is it a good idea to do so. I am afraid that he may go into depression. He ab solutely adored her and cryed when she passed away. What can I do.

  6. i have a male chi (5 years) and was wanting another pet. i recommend that you use the dog park to study your dog’s behavior; it helped me a lot. i learned he was much better with females, small dogs, and that he actually did gravitate towards other chi’s. my parents have a greyhound about 3x my chi’s size and the chi acts like a doberman around that dog.

  7. I have an english bulldog and a miniature schnauzer at home, would my bulldog hurt the chihuahua??

  8. I have 3 dogs, and my youngest one is a chihuahua. I got my other two dogs before her. My oldest is a Beagle and the other one is a russel,chihuahua mix. My chihuahua gets along Great with both dogs very well. My beagle is old so she like to just lay with him, although he’s not too thrilled with it. And the other dog she likes to play with. I can tell you that she does think she owns me though, cause when she is laying on me, which is ALL the time and the other dogs come over to see me, she snaps at them, telling them to go away. Other than that, she loves my other dogs and would be lost without them. I guess it depends on the chihuahua that you chose.

  9. I HAVE AN8 YEAR MALE CHIWAWA. I AUNT HAS HIS DAUGHTER FEMALE 5 YEARS OLD THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN EACH OTHER, BUT UNFORTUNATELY SHE HAS TO GIVE HER UP. IS IT A GOOD IDEA IF I INTRODUCE HER TO MY MALE CHIWAWA, WILL HE EXCEPT HER? I AM REALLY WORRIED ABOUT IT. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE FEMALE CHIWAWA AND I WANT TO KEEP HER BUT I AM WORRIED ABOUT MY MALE CHIWAWA AS WELL. IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO BRING HER HOME AND INTRODUCE HER TO MY CHIWAWA.

  10. We have a 10 month old male Chihuahua/corgi mix that we have had since he was 6 weeks old. We just adopted a 3 yr old male chihuahua/minature pinscher mix today. When we first introduced the dogs all was well they ran around and played but once the new dog was on my lap he growled at our other dog everytime he got close to me. But when they are on the floor together they play just fine. Is this normal behavior for a chihuahua. I heard they usually attach to one person. I just hope they start getting used to eachother in a few days.

  11. I have 10 year old and a 9 year old Chihuahua. When I first brought my youngest chihuahua home my oldest didn’t want anything to do with the new puppy. But now they love each other, they are best friends and they pretty much do anything and everything together. It defiantly took a little while for them to start interacting together. I also Have a 14 year old miniature schnauzer and my youngest Chihuahua did not get along well with my miniature schnauzer when my Schnauzer would come and visit, but they tolerated each other but sometimes they would fight.

  12. I just got a 13 week old chihuahua. He is doing awesome around my 13 year old cat. But when I get him around the neighbors 4 dogs he gets use to them but the black lab always want him in his mouth. I don’t know what to do because we are there all the time. Is it aggression that the black lab wants to eat my puppy?

  13. I have a 9 year old beagle and just got a 2 month old Chihuahua a week ago. They both sleep in my room and get along great

  14. My sister got a puppy and he is a Labordor and we have a chihuahua and they dont get along well and my Family doesnt want to give the labordor up or the chihuahua so how can i get both dogs to get along without both of them fighting???

  15. The bull dog probably will end up hurting the chihuahua because i have lab and my chihuahua does not get along well the Lab had been bitten twice on the nose and it started bleeding

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  17. denise casera | October 16, 2012 at 2:39 am |

    I introduced my female chihuahua to my male when hhe was 12 and she was 7 weeks old. The male accepted her and now I want another female but I don’t think my female will accept another dog. It hurts me, but I think she would be too depressed because she’s very pocessive My males were not but she is so I think I’m stuck with her because chihuhuahua females are much much more pocessive than males. I lost Tommie, but never the less he was 3 when i got Timmie and Timmie was 12 when I got Tia (female) everything is good but she takes over and if I get another one I think I will loose her. She’ll go into a shell and die

  18. This article is pretty stupid | November 29, 2012 at 1:04 am |

    Are you suggesting that human behavior is also predictable? Are we not all classified as “human”?

  19. I have had my chi for a couple of years, and have to move quite a bit. The temperament of every chi is different, if your dog is laid back he is going to get along with any smaller animal you want to introduce to your home. Maddix plays better with my roommates cat then any other animal I have come across.

  20. I just moved in with a roommate who has, I think he’s a Polish Boston Terrier and I have 2 female chihuahuas, 1 won’t play with him at all and the other growls at him. This is bothering the Terrier, but it is also, upsetting my roommate. My chihuahuas and I just moved here 2 weeks ago and we need help. I don’t want to have to move again or give up my dogs.

  21. We have 5 years old chi and bought 3 months alaskan malamute, we’ve been trying to get them along, unfurtunately, chi won’t accept our mal, he keeps on fighting mal and mal doesn’t fight back just want to play.

    Please help us how they can get along…

  22. Chris Trueman | November 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm |

    We have a 3 yr 2 month black female lab who has a lovely nature & well socialized with both other dogs & humans & never shows any signs of aggression. We may have the opportunity to adopt a 14 week old chihuahua for no other reason than the family who own him do not have the time to integrate him into their family. What do you recommend is the best way for us to introduce the puppy into our home please.

  23. I love your articles. My Rusty is now 10 yrs old and today I noticed he is moving slowly and not wanting to go outside. A friend told me it might be he has kidney stones as he had 2 that had them, and that giving them regular tap water is not good for him.

    Do you know of this and or anything else that it could be.. His sides in front of his hips are swollen out.

    Thank you for any help. I am getting him to a vet come Monday when they are open.

  24. I have a chihuahua dog mixed with pikense. My ma bought me another chihuahua and I play with him some and my other dog keeps jumping on him. How do i make her stop jumping on him??
    Thanks for any help!!

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