Why do Chihuahuas shiver so much?

The Shivering Chihuahua

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.