Chihuahuas are known as a breed that is entertaining, extremely loyal and dedicated to their owner, often a bit aggressive and temperamental with a personality that stands out. Of course, each dog is a story of its own so take this article as a “general guide” and not an “absolute rule”.
About the Breed
The most important thing that you should know about the Chihuahua breed when deciding if they are the perfect dog for you, is that they tend to cling to one person, and that person only.
Sure they can be “friendly” towards the rest of the family, but when it comes to complete trust, loyalty and love – it will only belong to one person and that’s their owner. They are extremely loyal to their owners and sometimes can be a little possessive and jealous.
Chihuahuas also tend to be very cautious of strangers. This means that if you want your Chihuahua to get along fine with others, you need to socialize your dog while still young.
Chihuahuas are great for dog owners that are looking for a dog that is easy to take care of. They don’t shed that much and grooming is a breeze. And for those of us that hate running, these dogs don’t need almost any exercise! Letting them roam the house is plenty for them.
Only thing that they do need is socialization – but then again, what dog breed wouldn’t benefit from that. On top of that you will also need to train your Chihuahua to obey your rules to keep him out of trouble. Since these dogs are pretty smart, it shouldn’t be too hard if you know what you’re doing.
Chihuahuas and Kids
A lot of parents want to know if chihuahuas are good with kids and if they would make good pets for their children. Well this depends on the age of the kids.
Chihuahuas are not recommended for families with younger kids because these dogs are very fragile and kids can be a bit clumsy. Because these dogs are so cute and small, kids like to pick them up and hug them. An accidental drop or a hug that’s a little too tight is something you really want to avoid with dogs of this size.
If however you are purchasing a Chihuahua for older and more responsible children then Chihuahuas will make great pets. Just be warned that there is a high chance that you will be the one to end up cleaning up the mess!
Chihuahuas and Other Pets
Even though these dogs can get jealous and possessive of their owner, most chihuahuas actually do quit well with other household pets, especially other Chihuahuas. Since Chihuahuas are of no real threat to cats, these two can grow up together in the same household without problems.
Having said that, I must add that when I say that these dogs don’t take kindly to strangers – I mean all strangers and not just humans. Chihuahuas don’t do well with pets that they don’t consider to be “one of their own”.
Chihuahuas are good for you if you are looking for a dog that:
- Lives a long time
- Is small and very easy to carry
- Is cute and adorable
- Doesn’t require much exercise
- Loves warmth
- Loves and adores his owner unconditionally