Why You Should Not Get A Chihuahua

Here are 10 reasons why you shouldn’t get a Chihuahua. This will help you decide if it’s the right dog breed for you.

1. Training is not something you want to do.

portrait of a cute purebred chihuahua in a training of agility

Chihuahuas tend to act like little Hitler who takes over the house if given the chance. They need training and stability from a calm, confident pack leader.


Chihuahuas are especially likely to protect their people. If they are sitting in your lap, they might not want other people or animals to come near.

This could be bad for you because some chihuahuas who guard a resource will bite people or other animals who come near their prized possession. This habit can be stopped or changed if you are committed to training.

2. You’re not prepared to commit for the long term.

oung gril playing with her dog outside on a field. Dog is very happy. Friendship between human and dog. Dog giving a paw, high five.

Chihuahuas are the longest-living dog breed; they can live up to 15 or 20 years! Some of them have even lived longer.

As a result, you must be ready to provide your Chihuahua with care and love for the next 15 to 20 years before taking one home.

Consider adopting an elderly chihuahua to make their golden years even more enjoyable if you are unsure about your ability to provide such long-term care, or look into other small animals with shorter lifespans like rabbits.

3. You won’t Resist Their Cute Faces

Cute brown mexican chihuahua dog isolated on light pink background. Outraged, unhappy dog looks left. Copy Space

Although they are a sturdy breed in general, these dogs frequently suffer from obesity, dental disorders, and cardiac problems.

Your Chihuahua will soon gain weight if you can’t say any “No” to those infamous begging puppy dog eyes, which are strangely passed down through generations and provide an expert level of begging from birth. This can shorten your chihuahua’s lifespan by aggravating heart issues.

If you are not willing to put in the time and effort to train your Chihuahua to let you brush their teeth, they may have dental problems earlier in life. It’s possible for heart problems to get worsened by dental issues.

4. You’re seeking a running companion.

oung woman jogging in the park with her two small dogs

Even tiny Chihuahuas require frequent exercise, but they cannot tolerate high-impact activity the way other larger breeds can.

Nevertheless, everything is possible if you have the desire! Use a dog backpack to transport your Chihuahua on a long walk or excursion. These bags aren’t the best for jogging, though. Think about a stroller if you want to jog.

This is not the breed for you if you enjoy taking long walks and hikes and do not want to transport your dog in a backpack or stroller.

5. They Are Not “Family Dogs”

Portrait of beautiful young Asian woman lying on sofa with brown pretty chihuahua pet dog looking at camera in living room of her cozy house. People and dogs, pets adoption, Friendly Concept.

If you’re searching for a family dog who will want to spend time with everyone, the chihuahua breed is probably not the greatest choice for your household because they have a tendency to form tight relationships with only one person.

For solitary persons who want to make their dog the focus of their universe or for couples who wish to adopt a dog as a child, chihuahuas are the finest choice.

6. You travel a lot and work long hours.

Cute small chihuahua dog with toy on window sill

Chihuahuas are very attached to the people who care for them. People often call them “Velcro dogs” because they stick to you like glue.

Long hours are less of a problem if your job lets you bring your chihuahua to work or if you work from home. But it would be hard for this breed to be left alone for a long time.
If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with your pet, a chihuahua might not be the best choice. Think about a small pet like a guinea pig or bunny, which doesn’t need as much attention from people but is still friendly and has fur like a dog.

7. You live somewhere cold, but you don’t want to put clothes on your chihuahua.

Puppy Chihuahua on a winter walk in the park. How to protect your pet from hypothermia.

Chihuahuas were made so that they could live in hot places. If you live in a cooler climate or an area that gets cold in the winter, you need to know how to keep your chihuahua warm.

In very cold weather, you will need sweaters or coats, or maybe a jumper on top of a coat.

Also, if it’s very cold, you may need to walk your Chihuahua in a store to get them to move around and help them fight the cold. Or, you and your Chihuahua can play games inside.

8. You don’t like getting close to dogs

dog lovers. asian woman kissing her beloved dog and holding the dog

Chihuahuas love to cuddle with their people and spend time with them. If you want a dog that doesn’t always want your attention, this might not be the right breed for you.

Ancient people may have even used the breed as a warm compress because of how cozy they are, so it is almost unheard of for a Chihuahua to not like being close to people.

9. You prefer a dog that can go outside, or you like to let your dog go outside on their own.

Chihuahuas are easy prey for wildlife and thieves because they are so small.

They can’t be left outside alone, because other big animals can easily kill them. They can get hurt badly or even die very quickly.
Hawks and other birds of prey will drop their food to kill it. Due to their size difference, other big predators could kill a chihuahua quickly.

Chihuahuas can also squeeze through small gaps in fences, which could cause them to get lost, stolen, hurt, or killed.

The size also makes it easy for a thief to steal them from a yard, porch, or deck if they are left alone.

Because of this, it’s best for your Chihuahua to be watched when it’s outside.

Consider teaching your Chihuahua to use a potty pad if you want it to be able to go to the bathroom without you having to take it outside.

10. You can’t stand it when chihuahuas bark.

Barking Chihuahua guarding his owner's vehicle.

Chihuahuas are sometimes called “newsboys” in jest because they are the first to bark when something important is going on.

If you don’t want a dog that barks a lot, the Basenji is a good choice.

Last Word

You can make the best choice for your family and your potential new chihuahua by carefully thinking about the breed’s care needs and how you live.

Chihuahuas are a great dog breed to add to your family if they fit well with the way you live. There is no love like the love of a Chihuahua.


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