The Shivering Chihuahua

Black and white Chihuahua sitting

Why do Chihuahuas Shiver

They tremble and shiver constantly. What is amiss with Chihuahuas that do this? In most cases, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Chihuahuas that tremble and shake. There is, however, a reason for it.

Chihuahuas may shake due to the abundance of energy that they have. Have you ever had too much caffeine? Did it make you shaky or nervous? If so, you can imagine what your Chihuahua is feeling when he is shaking for this reason. He simply needs to burn off that excess energy.

Chihuahuas also may shake and shiver when they are excited. This also goes back to the amount of energy they have, but many dogs shake when they get excited…just as many people do. This is nothing to be alarmed about, and the shaking will often either simmer down or stop altogether once the excitement has passed.

Chihuahuas shake when they are nervous or upset. Often shaking that occurs because the dog is nervous or upset will be accompanied by barking, whining, and other signs. In this instance, it is important to take careful note of the dog’s environment to see what it is that is upsetting him.

Are there strangers or strange animals in the area? Is there a storm brewing outside? Just look around to find the cause of the dog’s distress, and then either make that distress go away, if it is in your power to do so, remove the dog from the situation, or pet the dog and talk calmly to him to let him know that everything is okay. In many cases, if you are calm and you talk calmly to him, his nervousness will quickly pass.

Your Chihuahua may be shivering because he is cold. These are tiny dogs and they have that high metabolism. They lose body heat quickly, and just as you shake when you are cold, so will your Chihuahua. If he is shaking, he may simply need to be warmed up.

It doesn’t take an owner long to realize what is making his Chihuahua shake and shiver, and to learn the appropriate course of action to take. It’s just a matter of paying attention to the dog, to what is going on around the dog, and trying various things to see if the shaking stops or not. The shaking doesn’t necessarily have to stop, and you should note that shaking and shivering has nothing to do with the health of your Chihuahua.

33 Comments on "The Shivering Chihuahua"

  1. Hi, My little 6lb 10 oz Lucy was shaking yesterday for no apparent reason. My son asked me what the heck was wrong with Lucy and I noticed she was shaking too and it did seem rather odd since it was oh let’s say about 100 degrees outside. She was not cold I am sure and she was happy, not stressed or scared. She was acting adorable and sitting pretty like she does when she wants attention or a snack. So I just ignored her shaking but still felt weird about it. Then later on that day a few hours later (I had been at work for a little while) I cam home and let her out of the bathroom (that is where I keep her when I leave the house) she was shaking still and I suddenly noticed a huge lump under her chin and neck area and then around her jaw back towards her ear she had a big lump that was very hard and swollen and red! I took her to the vet and she had a temp of over 103!! Wow my poor baby was sick and had an infection and was given antibiotics and antiinflamatory drugs. We still are waiting for the abcess to go away. Not sure what caused it, a foxtail or a bite, not sure. But she was sahking because she had a fever and was sick. So pay attention to unusual shaking.

  2. Javier shakes when he’s excited or slightly stressed. He’s fairly sheltered so it doesn’t happen often. Yesterday when Daddy came home after being out of town for a few days and was greeting all of us, Javier was momentarily ignored and he began shaking like nobody’s business, then started emitting these little strangled yips, until Daddy greeted him by name and gave him a little pat!

    What cracks us up is when his hackles go up — the ones at the back of him, near his tail — whenever he sees a squirrel on the fence outside, or senses the nearness of another dog! He’s so comical.

  3. MY baby has only shaked when he is nervous or upset do to ppl screaming he hates that…but last night i got home and he was shaking non stop and i knew there was somthing wrong so i called the vet she asked questions and do to the answers giving she said that it seemed he was shaking out of pain do to a upset tummy and to give him a tums…this worked great… however it was very scary and i was worried somthing was terribly worried that it was serious

  4. chihuahuas shake because they are mighty.

  5. Thanks for the great info! We just adopted a tiny teacup chihuahua and I was very concerned about the shivering. It is good to know that most of the time she is okay but I will know what to look for if there is a problem.

  6. best. answer. ever.

  7. my dog is shivering a lot and my dad thinks he just thinks that he wants attention

  8. I too have a Female Chihuahua, she seems to suffer from the “shivers” only when she’s in “protection” mode.
    Oh and this is for “God” (how dare you even call yourself that) …. NOT EVERYONE CAN HAVE CHILDREN!!! LIKE ME FOR INSTANCE.
    What an ignorant & cruel comment!!! Geeeze, you’d think being “God” and all you’d know that!! LOSER!!!

  9. You are a cruel, ignorant, uneducated LOSER!!! How dare you make such a comment!!
    Not EVERYONE can have children. I’d think that would be something that “God” would know.
    I’m sure the Devil has a seat waiting for you in HELL!

  10. Thank you for this information. My puppy, Zeus, shakes quite a lot, and after reading the above, I now have an understanding why.

  11. Karrie, there’s no need to get angry at that person’s comment. It’s best to just ignore them and not waste your energy and time on them. Have a nice day and god bless 🙂

  12. wow how dare you call youself that thats horrible people need help on this page and you need to get a life c’mon you are not “god” if your going to tell people that “you need to have a kid” you are the dumbist person i have ever heard wow thats is messed up chihuahuas are happy cheerfull dogs and they do not replicate a kid ok so go fetch a life JERK you are not GOD

  13. How dare you!!!!!!!! People on here are sick!!! Dogs are no replacement for children and a seat in hell is waiting for you like they said! It’s a cruel world as it is and we’re talking about chihuahua’s here not people who can’t have children!!!!!!! This is just wrong!!!

  14. How dare you!!!!!! You are not right and that is so insensitive of you to post like that! You should be ashamed of yourself chihuahua’s are the focus here, not dictating whether someone should have a child or not. You are not nice!!!!

  15. A lot of chihuahuas shake when there hungry so that’s an option as well

  16. Catherine " | March 24, 2013 at 2:42 am |

    My Chihuahua shakes whenever we are eating around her and we don’t give her any… her way of begging??

  17. DontFeedTheTrolls | May 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm |

    Take a chill pill people…. comments like yours are what makes people look at Christians like fanatical idiots. Do you really think he believes himself to be god? Probably not. Think maybe he threw a hateful comment out there to see how many people would take the bait and express their outrage? Probably so.
    Do you really think the Devil has a place for him in hell? Do you really believe God would send him to hell for hurting your feelings in a comment on the internet? If so, I would suggest going back and taking another look at the Bible. Even Dante didn’t have a circle of hell for people that “hurt other peoples feelings”. If that really where the case, most people would probably go to hell. More than likely, including yourselves.

  18. Hello, I am getting three new chi’s this weekend, I already have three, I love chi’s I lost two in the last two years and one is on meds, they seem to have collapsing trachea problems a lot, its genetic for them and common in this breed unfortunately, my babies have had it and I have had to decide and pray for God to give me guidance on when to let them go, I love them with all my heart and the one that has the problem now is the chi, that I have loved the most in my life, when I found out I broke down at the vets office. He is on meds everyday, I thank God that I have had this time with him 9 years of his unconditional love and friendship,I will miss him with all my heart, I am getting these three a mama dog that is only 10 months old and two of her puppies someone let her have puppies on her first cycle which, is not a good idea.I don’t have my chi’s for breeding so, I get them fixed I have them so they can be part of my family they are truly a blessing if you allow one to come into your life.Please don’t think I am criticizing anyone who does breed as long as you do it responsible.
    Remember: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and do not be quick to judge for as you judge “you will be judged” God bless you all

  19. Dear Salem,
    Your comments really touch me I work in health care, I have worked mostly in oncology and mental health for over twenty years. I have a two month male chi, that has lifted me off major depression. I haven’t own a dog in over thirty years, I will be just as devoted to him as he is to me. Looking forward finding him some a brother or sister.

    God Bless

  20. Wow…is this a venting site or for people that need help with their shivering Chihuahuas? lol….Unbelievable! lol

  21. Diablo shivers when he is fresh out of the bath. He also shakes n shivers when he us upset n since he is only 2 lbs i try to keep him warm n calm!! I love him..

  22. I have 3 dogs. A cocker who is 16 yrs old, and mix lab and chi who is 5 and Sparky, the chi who is 4 and exactly like “Papi” from the movie. Sparky all of a sudden does not want to leave the cocker Leah, overly protecting her, does not want to go in his cage, will constantly lick her. He will bark at me and my son (and he loves us) but he doesn’t want anyone near her. He has actually attacked Pacino the mix and trembles when he is near her. I am totally perplexed! He sleeps with me and with my son and now he will cry,whimp and is a nervous wreck…don’t know if this is a phase or what… 🙁

  23. Dajeanna Hogue | September 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm |

    I recently bought a chihuahua that is possible 2-3 months old! Problem is I think that it wasn’t socialized by it’s previous owners and I wanted to know what I could possibly do to get him comfortable and to stop the shivering

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  25. This is a really cute site. I have lost two chihuahuas and it does break your heart. They are so much company to me as I don’t get out a lot due to back issues. I recently got another chihuahua named Ginny and she a little fireball. She is 4 months now and potty trained so she is so much fun to watch during her play times between naps. My first chihuahuas didn’t shiver very much. This one shivers when we reach the Vet’s office. But I shiver too when I go to the doctor for a shot, lol. Have fun with all your furbabies.

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  27. I just adopted a 3 month old chi two days ago. I am trying to potty train him and train him with some commands, but he has started shivering every time I hold him now. I am not sure what to do since I am still learning his ways. Can someone please let me know what to do to make it easier for the both of us? I would really appreciate it, thanks

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  29. I have a rescued chihuahua whose owner passed away and no one is sure how this little 5lb girl was alone with only the corpse but I was volunteering at the kennel she was dropped. .my first day I worked I saw tembling and crying in the back of the crate. The others said she had been there over a week with severe diarrhea not eating and barely drinking water..I’ve had two chihuahuas one lived to 17 other 20 I now have a shi tzu..mostly she’s a little more shit than zu but she’s got my heart..needless to say I adopted the chihuahua and she was a new dog when I got home..but lately she is having problems breathing
    Opening her mouth like she’s struggling for air..coughing and trying to blow her nose I’ve helped her through several rough seizures..and lately she doesn’t seem to know me..onset cataracts and not responding to her name..standing in place shaking for long periods of time..have vet appt..but an heartbroken..can anybody relate to symptomso or help me out in anyway???:(

  30. Dayna Sharp | July 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm |

    Chiuhuas shake for attention; when they’re excited; for attention; when cold; for attention; when scared; and for attention.

    When a dig shivers usually the owner dotes on it trying to figure out the cause. Chihuahuas are smart and learn this behavior gets them attention.

    When my little guy shakes for attention, I say stop and he stops shaking. If he doesn’t stop, I know it’s for another reason.

    Best dogs ever!!!

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  32. TeAnne Martin | July 23, 2019 at 10:43 am |

    My chi Radar is classic he shakes all the time. He also loves a blanket. It could be 120 degrees outside and he wants to sleep under the covers

  33. For those who have Chi’s with “collapsing trachea”. All you have to do is pick them up and gently rub their neck till it stops. It can be awhile but I’ve owned Chi’s all my life even a 2 lb adult and NONE have ever died from a collapsing trachea. It scares them and it scares you but it doesn’t kill your dog.

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