The Chihuahua gives all it’s loyalty to one owner making is a very good companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and enterprising, it gives and demands affection. Bold with a saucy expression is in equal part due to the eye size and the ever-playful nature of the breed. It moves swiftly to avoid being stepped on. Chihuahua’s are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy.
They give great kisses, liking to lick the faces of only an honored few. It is undeniably suspicious of people except for its owner. When strangers are present, it follows its owner’s every move, keeping as close as possible. Even when unable to follow their eyes never leave their owner.
It is not shyness that causes a Chihuahua to become a “pancake” when their owner/handler bends over to scoop him off the floor. It is part of the survival instinct that has allowed this tiny creature to survive!.
For some, they may be slightly difficult to train, but they are intelligent, learn quickly, and respond well to proper, gentle (positive reinforcement) training. This means that as an owner you must participate in the training of your dog always being constant in your expectations and lavish praise.
This breed is not for small children. After all it is too tiny to get away and the Chihuahua must resort to his sharp teeth in self defense. I do not recommend these tiny dogs for toddlers even gentle ones.
They are listed as number 3 best watch dogs. They can be noisy when they are making a point to another animal or letting you know someone is their house. In the same token a Chihuahua will meow for attention making you wonder if a small bird or tiny cat was present.
They require patience and consistency to housebreak. Many owners simply paper train or litter train this breed. Due to their tiny size they shouldn’t be left out-of-doors alone and especially left alone in bad weather. The typical Chihuahua does not like the cold weather, making out-door training difficult.
Be sure to socialize your Chihuahua as a pup to avoid excessive aggressiveness with other dogs as well as with strangers. Chihuahua’s never loose their distrust of strangers but with good socialization they will accept them.
They tend to be fairly dog-aggressive unless raised with a variety of other dogs. Chihuahua’s don’t recognize their size when they disapprove of another animal. For instance Kalyn (2.4 lbs) has taken exception to a moose in this area and growls very aggressively at them. Of course they ignore her but it goes to show you that she is willing to protect her owner and home from other beasts no matter the size.
Chihuahuas generally recognize their own breed, but sometimes disapprove of other breeds and usually the larger ones. However, a “very” well-socialized Chihuahua can be friendly with strangers and other well mannered dogs. OF course, what well mannered is is decided on by your chihuahua. Being tiny does not make a chihuahua timid to speak their mind.
This is not a breed for just anyone; for those that have the time to devote to this demanding child they are very rewarding. After all who doesn’t love a fur baby.