Chihuahua – To Have, or Not to Have?

Chihuahua – To Have, or Not to Have?

Chihuahua – To Have or Not To Have?

I’m going there. I’m going to talk about the Chihuahua today. Is the Chihuahua the right dog for you? For your family? I have had a lot of misconceptions about this wee dog. Let’s work through some of them today, shall we? For starters, here’s what the AKC breed page has to say:

Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated even though small in size.

And THEN it tells me that its history is “shrouded in mystery”. Ooooo. The Chihuahua is a tiny framed dog with large eyes and ears. These tiny dogs don’t require much exercise, making them great indoor and city dogs, and they’re easily transported – see Reese Witherspoon and her purse Chihuahua in Legally Blonde. The little dog really is a cutie pie.

Gracie likes to cuddle
Gracie is a friend’s Chihuahua mix. We’ll be seeing more of her next week. She’s a little larger and sturdier than a full Chihuahua, so she’s been good with the kids and not so “one person”.

Characteristics of the Chihuahua

Things to know if you’re considering a Chihuahua for your home:

  • Chihuahuas are great for apartment dwelling
  • Don’t let the size fool ya – the Chihuahua is a fierce little dog, loyal and protective. It will yap its little head off as a watch dog
  • This was a surprise to me – according to one Chihuahua adoption page, the dog can be trained to use a litter box, but don’t use cat litter – use shredded newspaper
  • Virtually no grooming involved
  • They live practically FOREVER – I’ve heard and read that the smaller a dog is, the longer, typically, its life span – you might get 20 years from a Chihuahua
  • Chihuahua are damaged easily, not only by small children and clumsy teens, but by falling from the couch or coffee table
  • Chihuahuas can’t handle the cold, which is not really a con, since tiny dog sweaters can be ADORABLE
  • Chihuahuas make better pets for single people than for families, unless, like my friend Diane, you’re going to have multiple dogs
  • One of the healthiest breeds

It seems that Chihuahuas, like potato chips, are difficult to have as just one. Go ahead and click on Diane’s link up there. Her little Brute Squad is adorable. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have just one tiny dog. Head here, to the Animal Planet Chihuahua video, to learn more about this cute lap dog. Did you know, for instance, that the puppies have floppy ears? True.

Here. Here’s a video to convince you that the Chihuahua might just be the dog for you. It almost convinced me.

How adorable is that?!? OMG – Demon, the biker Chihuahua!


Would I have a Chihuahua? Probably not. But I’ve seen, firsthand, the happiness this little dog brings to the right family. They’re good pets, easy to pamper, transport, love. Should you get a Chihuahua? That’s for you to decide. If you do? The wee pup in the photo at the top LOVED the Lamb Lung Puffs from Jones Natural Chews. Just sayin’. I’m sure they’d also love Windee Rings and Woofermen. If you act now, you can still get in on the giveaway action by clicking this sentence, reading the post which will open, then following the simple directions. It’ll make your dog smile.

Treat your dog to happiness.

Spreading the good chews …


9 thoughts on “Chihuahua – To Have, or Not to Have?

  1. That is definitely NOT the dog for me. Although I know a few of them that are very well-behaved and not yippy or snippy at all – too many people fail to train them properly and so they become ankle-biting nuisances. I have several in my neighborhood so I know firsthand. I suppose it’s true of every breed – training equals a well-behaved dog but I notice the smaller dogs seem to get away with the most bad behavior people would seldom tolerate from bigger breeds.
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  2. No small dogs for us, cats take that spot for us. When my Schmorkie friend Buddy stays with us it is a reminder that mom is more for bigger dogs, she is always afraid of hurting him by accident or stepping on him…they are fun to see but mom likes a bigger dog. Thanks for the reply on wabbit and squirrel treats…I catch lots of wabbits in my yard…I could mail them to you 🙂 bummer with the squirrels!
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  3. More and more, reading other people’s stories and more about breeds, I’m beginning to think it’s mostly about the owner. The ankle biters who give little dogs bad names seem to be the ones who are indulged. Like raising kids. I think owners of small dogs are more prone to spoil and overlook behavior which would be unconscionable in a big dog. Because, for the most part, a small dog won’t kill you when it bites you.
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  4. We have a couple in our pet therapy program. The patients seem to love these little pocket dogs. Love the Brute Squad video. Little fluff ball Demon seems to be a mellow little pup.

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