Is a Chihuahua the right choice for you?

Here are some of the things a Chihuahua can and cannot bring to a relationship.

  • A Chihuahua is a perfect breed for someone who spends a lot of time at home doing activities which involve a fair amount of time sitting. They love sitting next to you, or better still, sitting or lying on your lap. If some of your preferred activities are watching TV, browsing the internet, or reading, your Chihuahua will love it. They also make fantastic family pets, if the kids are gentle and aged over 7. The reason the age of 7 is important is that younger children may not have fine motor skills necessary and could mishandle and unintentionally hurt your dog. This means if you’re working all the time and can’t fit an such an accomplished lap warmer into your busy schedule, Chihuahuas are probably not the breed for you.
  • Chihuahuas enjoy exercise and good walk as much as any other breed, but they get tired very quickly. Don’t forget he’s a tiny dog who has to take many steps just to keep up with each one of yours. If you want to go jogging or cycling with your dog, you probably need to research one of the larger dog breeds.
  • Because of their protective nature, Chihuahuas make exceptional watchdogs. They are very alert and will let you know about the presence of intruders, real or imaginary. They will never be guard or attack dogs even though they might think otherwise.
  • Chihuahuas are renowned for their loyalty towards their owners and family. They are initially wary of visitors but might befriend them once they get to know them.
  • While not restricted only to this breed, Chihuahuas are especially fine-tuned to their owners’ moods. If they see that you are sad, they will try to reassure you and prance around joyously when they see you are happy.
  • Whether they have a smooth or long coat, Chihuahuas are easy to groom, although dogs with long coats will need a little more work. Gently brushing your dog each day is an excellent way to reduce shedding, condition their skin and form a firm bond.
  • A Chihuahua will need protecting from the attention of larger dogs, even though Chihuahuas would probably disagree. They think they are mini-rottweilers.
  • Most Chihuahuas enjoy travelling in cars. They really enjoy sitting on their owner’s laps and watching the world pass by.
  • Like any other dog breed, and children for that matter, Chihuahuas must be taught their manners. They might be adorable and charming, but their charm wears off rapidly when they habitually misbehave.
Chihuahua dancing on wheel
Chihuahua dancing on a wheel – Photo by Kevin Jarrett on Unsplash
  • Chihuahuas are smart and like being the centre of attention. You can teach them tricks which they’ll be happy to show off every chance they get. See an example of this in the image to the right.
  • As already mentioned, Chihuahuas are smart, and that makes them extremely trainable. They can also be stubborn and feisty, but with the right approach, they can become very obedient dogs. Of course, each dog is different, some will take longer than others to become the ideal well-mannered individual you desire.
  • Chihuahuas are tiny and only have short legs. This means that you, your family and any visitors to your house will need to be careful about where you are putting your feet. You shouldn’t worry too much as within a day, or so, it will become second nature. But if you or your kids have friends over to visit, you should warn and remind them to be careful.
  • Chihuahuas need to live indoors, i.e. in your house or apartment. You cannot put them outside in a kennel or your garage. They cannot stand cold or wet weather. If you leave them outside for an extended amount of time is that kind of weather it will not end well.