What Do You Need to Know about a Chihuahua’s Personality?

Chihuahua, the toy breed, may have a small body but it’s got a big heart and an even bigger personality. Their soulful eyes, small stature, and expressive ears will make you fall in love with them. I never knew about their magnetic personality until I met one. I was at a friend’s place watching a TV show on their Spectrum cable TV when her pet Chihuahua decided to sit in my lap. This experience changed everything.

Chihuahuas weigh as little as 2 pounds. They can stand only 5 inches high. There is a soft spot on the top of the head. They have large prick ears but short and pointed muzzles. Their large and round eyes will melt your heart. The best thing about this breed is that it’s long-lived. A Chihuahua’s life expectancy is up to 14 years.

Americans pronounce them Chuh-wow-wowa but their true pronunciation is Shee-wa-wa. If you are interested in keeping them as pets, read on to learn more about their personality.

Living with a Chihuahua

No doubt Chihuahuas are excellent companions. Like any dog, they are loyal to their owner. They, however, like attention which is why they might crawl up in your lap. They are highly active and like being occupied. They make for pretty good family pets too, if trained to treat others respectfully.  They do have a reputation for snapping at strangers and kids. They are also prone to barking and can be a bit temperamental.

Tiny Breed with a Giant Personality

Now let’s have a look at the personality of this four-legged friend:

1: Loyal and Loving

A Chihuahua wants nothing in the world more than being with its owner. They love following their parent from one to another. They also love curling up in the lap, all day! Since they are tiny and portable, most ladies even tuck them in their tote and take them wherever they go.

Although they are loyal to their owner, they can be mistrustful of strangers. You can also make them your tiny watchdogs!

2: Intelligent and Quick Learners 

Chihuahuas are highly intelligent beings. They are quick learners, especially if the training is fun. Give them the treats they love and watch them do whatever you want them to.

If you would let them, they would even rule the house. Since these tiny beings are so charming and often entertaining, being firm with them is difficult.

3: Not Good with Strangers

As mentioned earlier, Chihuahuas are naturally reserved when it comes to a stranger. When a stranger tries to approach them, they might get ferocious. This may sound funny but it isn’t. If you don’t control their behavior, this habit could get serious.

Some Chihuahuas approach people in their time. Hence, you should advise strangers not to be pushy. You would be surprised to see how friendly they can become.

4: Thrive In Warm Weather

Chihuahuas aren’t made for cold weather. They are summer animals. During winters, they are likely to seek warm spots. This could also mean crawling under that blanket in the bed with you. Owners enjoy buying coats, sweaters and create a whole winter wardrobe for their furry friend.
5: Graceful and Sassy

Chihuahuas are graceful and sassy. That’s why celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Lee Curtis pet them as pets. They appear in Hollywood movies for the same reason.

6: Separation Anxiety

Every dog breed has some level of separation anxiety and so do Chihuahuas. If they are not used to handling separation, your dog might indulge in destructive behavior. With rigorous training, you can make them accustomed to your absence. Keep in mind the separation anxiety won’t fade away, your dog will learn how to handle it.

 7: Not Good With Children and Other Dogs

Chihuahuas are tiny and fragile. They don’t blend well with kids, especially since kids don’t know how to handle dogs. As a result, Chihuahuas might growl or snap at them.

If you have a Chihuahua and you are thinking of bringing another bigger do, it’s not recommended. Dogs can inadvertently hurt these little fellows. They might as well not get along with a Chihuahua and vice versa.

Conclusion

Chihuahuas are confident dogs that love receiving and giving attention. They might have a temper issue but can be trained to behave well. Their energy and affection will keep you occupied.

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