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Behavior and Temperament of chihuahua

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Is This Breed Right For You?

For a chihuahua owner, it’s very important that he or she understands his chihuahua’s behavior, temperament, and other specific things. Make sure that you have all the information about this dog breed before getting one. And make sure that chihuahua is the dog breed you wanted and expected.

If a chihuahua is already a member of your family and you find that his other behavior is out of control or you don”t know what is normal and what is abnormal, you have to find out if the issue is due to your training or other problem.

If you have children and you are bringing a chihuahua to your home, you will want to know what to expect, and how this dog will interact with kids.

Behavior Review

Just like other dogs, chihuahua has its own personality, even if for the smallest breed in the world, a chihuahua can be so aggressive.

  • Loyal chihuahua

Normally a chihuahua is very loyal to just one certain person, even if the family has multiple members, the chihuahua will be loyal to that person who has time and energy to take care of him.

However, if all members of the family are involved with feeding, command training, playing, daily walks, and grooming, the little chihuahua will be attached to all of them.

  • Chihuahua and other pets

Some chihuahuas are known that they get along very well with other animals such as cats and dogs. If you have multiple pets in your house, don’t worry because these little creatures will love each other, they will be as a pack, traveling together, staying close, and shadowing each other. A chihuahua gets also along with a big dog breed. However, the owner must do his tests before committing to having both a toy and a big dog in the same house. If they are aggressive toward each other or toward other dogs, training can help resolve this issue.

  • Chihuahua’s protection mode

If you think that your little dog can’t protect you because of her size, then you are wrong. because small dogs like a chihuahua have the canine instinct to protect and guard their parents.

You must keep in mind that chihuahuas don’t show any fear toward anything if they are in “mode protection”, even if your dog is quiet, you have to expect this. A chihuahua is 100% loyal to his family.

Chihuahuas fit any place, they can adapt quite well to just any situation. The chihuahua can be happy in both a large house or a small one.

However, your friend should be an inside dog. noise and severe yelling can scare a chihuahua. The owner must keep silent in the house, and everyone in the family must be aware that such a small animal is walking around.

Chihuahuas enjoy walks and playing outside the house but we must never consider them “outdoor dogs“. as a chihuahua owner, you should be ready to keep your chihuahua a living in the house as part of the family because your chihuahua will not last very long if he or she or she is tied up in the cold or hot weather.

Some of The Chihuahua’s Behaviors

  • Aggression

aggressive doge

There are some chihuahuas that will show extreme aggression, like biting people, this behavior is not acceptable because it can put a kid at a big risk. To avoid this behavior you should follow strict training.

Some owners think that their dog is out of control, However, most of the issues can be fixed with training.

  • Clingy behavior

clingy dog

Some chihuahuas love to stay close to their human friend, but some of them take this a bit too far and become very clingy.

  • Shy chihuahua

shy dog

Most owners don’t know that there is a big difference between a shy chihuahua and a fearful one. As a first step, the owner must determine this.

  • Rolling around on the Grass

dog Rolling around on the Grass

Chihuahuas love warm rays of sunlight and grass. So it is totally normal for a chihuahua to roll around on the grass.

However, if your little dog does this quite often, you must first examine your chihuahua for any sign of health issues, such as food allergies, or issues with carpet cleaning, flea, skin infections. All these health issues can cause your dog to feel very itchy.

Also, you will want to check your chihuahua’s skin. Look for

  •     Redness
  •     Swelling
  •     Sores
  •     Bumps

If you find any signs, you must visit the veterinarian to perform tests to help find the culprit.

  • Begging

Begging dog

People call chihuahuas lapdogs for a reason. So try to find the best plan concerning this unwanted behavior to have good company with your little pooch.

  • Sleeping Behavior

sleeping dog

The average for a dog is 12 to 14 hours per day. however, we can”t consider sleeping for 18 hours including naps abnormal behavior. You have to know that there are two types of sleep. lighter sleep, called also slow-wave and deeper sleep known as Rapid eye movement.

Keep in mind that chihuahuas just like us need REM deep sleep to rest the body and begin fresh once again. The only difference is that dogs wake much more often than we do. This is why they need more hours to sleep than we do.

  • Mood Swings

changes in the home environment can affect the mood of your little dog. If you notice that your little chihuahua is showing drastic mood swings or is acting out of character. This means that your dog suffers from a health issue or some factors related to the environment in the household.

  • A lot of issues at the same time

Sometimes we will notice that our dog or puppy is suffering from what we call “little dog syndrome“. This means that a dog has multiple behavioral issues.

Tips for helping a Chihuahua behaves The right way

Some people have a lot of wrong ideas about chihuahua’s behaviors. They think that they are snappy and bark a lot. Based on our experience chihuahuas are extremely calm and friendly, it totally depends on how the puppy is raised.

A lot of factors will shape your chihuahua’s behavior. Such as the environment that you offer, how you handle negative behaviors, the way in which all family members interact with the dog..etc

There are some cases when it is normal for a chihuahua to bark. For example, when they eat their meals or when they don’t feel safe…

Scolding doesn’t fit this breed, so the owner must reinforce acceptable behavior via praise, treats, and pats.

Because of their size, some chihuahuas may face some trouble with their environment. The owner then must teach them how to handle the world around them. Other people, children, dogs, events and situations, need gradual socialization to these things to gain self-confidence.

Last word

With the following guidance and the right training. A chihuahua can learn how to behave as a loving canine family member.




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