Getting a Companion for Your Companion Chihuahua

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Does your companion dog need a companion?

If you own a Chihuahua, the chances are very good that you need a companion for him. Chihuahuas require a lot of time and attention. They have an incredible amount of energy, and they become bored easily if they don’t have all of your attention.

If you are considering a friend for your Chihuahua, there is just one thing to keep in mind…Chihuahuas don’t like other breeds or types of animals. They are a bit snobby in this aspect, as they only get along well with their own kind…other Chihuahuas.

Introducing another Chihuahua to your home is actually quite easy because of this. Your current Chihuahua won’t even ‘question’ it, and will be most happy to have a new friend to play and share with. There may be a few squabbles, but in most cases, it will never be anything very serious.

If you are planning to get companion for your Chihuahua, you could contact the breeder that you previously used. However, if you plan to mate the Chihuahuas, you might want to use a different breeder, as you don’t want to breed dogs that are closely related, as this can result in genetic problems. The less related the dogs are, the better off the puppies are.

In most cases, the Chihuahuas will not be jealous of each other, as long as you give them equal love and attention. There won’t be any dominance battles, and this will not increase the instances of marking territory. Again, just make sure that you are equally devoted to both dogs and everything should be just fine.

Unlike many other breeds of dogs, owning two Chihuahuas does not create twice the work. If anything, it just creates twice the fun. The Chihuahuas will play together, sleep together, eat together – and of course go everywhere together. They will become inseparable.

The only problem that you may experience is the loss of one of the dogs. When one dies, the other could very well grieve to death over the loss. If this happens, the best thing you can do for the remaining Chihuahua is to get yet another Chihuahua to replace the lost friend fairly quickly. Also, if one Chihuahua becomes ill, it is imperative that you separate the dogs, at least until you know what is wrong with the ill dog, so that they aren’t sharing an illness.

28 Comments on "Getting a Companion for Your Companion Chihuahua"

  1. I own a chihuahua(female) about a year old. I introduced her to my Rat terrier and my Italian Greyhound. The greyhound and the chihuahua are best of friends..they do everything together, even sleep together(faces touching) it is an adorable sight to watch.
    In the other hand My Chihuahua and the Rat terrier..seem not to care so much for each other(they actually ignored each other)..which is better than fighting…..I am really happy with my chihuahua “Maya Marie”

  2. doug gallant | August 24, 2009 at 9:20 am |

    i got a cat for my 4.5 pound shortcoat chihuahua. they are best buds. they wrestle around and it’s hilarious. the cat takes care not to hurt him when they wrestle with his sharp claws. they are like brothers but they don’t hang around together in the house all day thay just meet up once in a while for a drink or a quick razzle dazzle.

  3. hi! my name is erick.I am getting a chihuahua for my birthday,so i was cheking some websites for information about them.I picked a chihuahua because I think that it does not take much work to take care of it.I am so exited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! her name is gonna be sunshine.I think chihuahuas are so cute! I think that this will make me more responsible.I am gonna take god care of her.bye!!!

  4. Hi i have a 4 year old chihuahua but feel it lonely and needs a friend, I am going to get another chihuahua hoping he will be ok with it, he is extremly nasty and selfish he is spoilt rotten but loved to bits , i think introducing him to another chihuaua will help tame him down a little does anyone have and ideas I would love to hear your Opinion thanks k

  5. i have an 8year old male chiuawa, and regretably i had 2give my 2yo female rat terrier mix to my mother in law because of behavioral issues. shes doing better in a single dog home. unfortunately my male isnt. im debating getting a kitten for to keep him company. he hasnt adjusted well to sunshine being gone. he even turned down cheese.he loves cheese. ive always been told chiuawas and other tiny dogs live longer in pairs,or with a companion.

  6. Hi I have a female chihuahua she is almost 4, she is very spoilt and has run of the house. She is really timid and does not get along with other dogs, I work all day an I feel that she is very lonely I have tried introducing her to toys but she’s not Interested I would like to get her a companion and am thinking another chihuahua, is it better to have 2 of the same sex or male and female? Is there any other breeds that you would reccomend?

  7. I have a 3 month old Chi and her and my 4 year old Rottie get along like pees in a pod. She is great with my 2 year old and tolerable of all the other animals and children. She loves all of he attention and love that everyone gives her even the sloppy kisses of our American Bulldog.

  8. Hi Leah,

    I am experiencing exactly the same issue with my Chi. She’s 5yo now but I feel terribly that she doesn’t like to play with toys, etc…

  9. I adopted an 8 month old long haired chihuahua x shitzu male he loves my 18 month grand daugther but hates all dogs including my neighbours chihuahua tried everything to socialize him its been 8months now very hyper on walks and in yard I think hes too attached to me since Im home most of the time but planning on going back to work was suggested to get an older and well behaved social dog that he can learn from is it a good idea any suggestions

  10. Fluffy!!! | May 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm |

    I have a Blue Long Hair Chihuahua and she is super sweet barely barks and only play bites but when she is left in a room alone for a minute she cries is she lonely…should I get another dog for her? What type of dog would be best?

  11. I have two chihuahuas, a girl 4 months old and boy 7 months old. They are the best of friends, we only wanted one but am soo very glad that we got them both. They are inseperable, it’s gorgeous.

  12. ojb richardson | June 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm |

    If I were to buy another chihuahua to my 5 1/2yr old female chihuahua yorky, should it be another female or a male?
    Thx!
    ojb richardson

  13. I have a 6 yr old (2 pound) chi and I just adopted a 10 yr old (5 pound) chi. Both are females and it has been almost a month and they are still fighting, even when I take them for walks they will not walk on the same side. Any help would be appreciated!
    Thanks,

  14. Try to get the opposite sex of the dog you now have when you add a companion. But be sure they are both fixed. I have an 11 yr old female chi, and about a yr and a half ago got her a 3 yr old male minpin for a companion. They love each other so much. Although, I would say the minpin is the one who loves most. You will have less fighting if you have a male and a female. Two males or two females is usually not do as well as opposite sex will do.

  15. Sorry, please see comment below. It is in response to your question.

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  17. We have an 11 year old nearly blind and nearly deaf shitzu and got an 8 week old chihuahua. After being together for 1 1/2 years, they are like sweet siblings. My chihuahua has become the darling of our family. When we start making the dogs’ food, she nips and barks at the shitzu and herds him all the way into the kitchen. She has even come to get us when the shitzu needs to go outside as well as when something is wrong (like the shitzu knocked a hot iron on the floor). We are so in love with our chihuahua and adore her constant snuggles and kisses for all in our household even though she is completely shy around others.

  18. We recently decided to get another chihuahua because our current one loves playing and I feel she gets lonely. I took my 10 month old chihuahua back to the breeder so we could see the new puppies. Out of all of them there was only one little boy who wasn’t afraid of her. He came over to us and hung out with us. We had a second play date in which we exchanged blankets/toys. That way they will both know each other’s scent. They played for a while (my current chi would get down to the floor to his level to play). I’m hoping that by meeting each other a few times before hand, and knowing each other’s smells, they’ll be ok.

  19. Alot of ‘experts’ say a Chi only likes other Chis, however I have a six yr old ch that we got when she was only 17 wks. old. She was raised with Labradors and we also had a japanese chin as well as several cats. She got along with them all! Her Japanese Chin was her best friend, the labs part of her pack and the cats her children, as she always lets them know if they are doing it wrong. Though she curls up next to them to sleep. So I think it is in the handling and the personality of the dogs involved. Plus, I have always introduced babes into the pack and not a full grown animal.

  20. My 4 month old chi boy hates my 4 week old chi girl….please help….2 weeks together and nothing…I don’t know wat to do

  21. @Erick chihuahuas are a great deal of work (as any puppy is) especially for training! I hope you still have your companion and that he/she is trained well!

    Cheers!

  22. @Carrie Starting training as early as possible is very important. Socializing the dogs are also very important. Try going to behavioural training. Chi’s can be extremely territorial, but with some proper training you should see this behaviour change. You must be the alpha! Patience is key with chis! I wish all the best to you! Hope this helped!

  23. Dear Kirsty

    I came across your comment on this website few years back . I was wondering , did you get another chihuahua for your 4 year old chihuahua .Im currently having the exact same problem , I was just wondering if getting another chihuahua for my 4 year old chihuahua is best ?

    Nicke ‘

  24. I adopted my 2 year male old long blonde haired chichuaha burke. Then later on adopted a 3 week old male short coat chichuaha named oakley as a companion for burke. My dog burke instantly didn’t leave him from the first time I brought the little guy home. He constantly cleaned him watched him whenever they would be in there basket together burke would growl if I try to reach for oakley. Today they’re inseparable they love napping together and every time I leave the house they like to jump in the car with me. They love to clean eachother and sleep in the same bed kennel etc. When I adopted my 2 month old red heeler mix. Burke didn’t really care for him although oakley did play with him from time to time but mostly fought and Burke always tried to defend oakley like he his own son. I’m happy that burke and oakley get along so good it’s almost like having only two dogs instead of three.

  25. simi and I live in a remote area, I was hoping to get a dog that would serve as a protection for both of us as well as a companion. but want my rather timid and possessive girl to not reject it,,,,,,,,,, help! plz give me some suggestionss

  26. I have a five yr old long hair cheewa (chihuahua) email. is she going to get along with a cheewa puppy or ? and should it also be
    a femail ?

  27. Hi, I just wanted to make a comment on another comment I saw about a male and female getting along better. This is absolutely not true. I have seen many bonded pairs of 2 females as well as bonded pairs of males. Dogs just like people may prefer one personality to another regardless of sex.

  28. What do I feed my chihuahua he appears hard to toilet train & has a smell odour … Can anyone help with either both problems

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