Chihuahua

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3-6 lbs
6-9"
Mexico

The very smallest breed of dog in the whole world, the tiny Chihuahua is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Folklore and archaeology both indicate that Chihuahuas originated in Mexico; dog toys representing the Chihuahua have been found from Mexico to El Salvador, dating back to 100 AD. They can have long or short hair, with either “apple heads” (rounder heads, close-set eyes, and shorter legs) or “deer heads” (flatter heads, wider-set eyes, larger ears and longer legs). Apple headed Chihuahuas are currently more popular. They come in all colors and patterns; in the case of the Chihuahua, the color definitely does not make the dog. Their purpose is simply to be a companion, though if not carefully trained, they can decide for themselves to take on the role of guard dog and protector. Chihuahuas are sassy, loyal, and protective, and can have a hair-trigger tendency to snap, which makes them poor pets for small children. They are adamantly owner-oriented, preferring their own individual person over the rest of the family, and prefer to live with other Chihuahuas rather than dogs of other breeds.

Purpose
ceremonial, companion
Date of Origin
100 AD
Ancestry
techichi

Chihuahua Health

Sketch of Chihuahua
Average Size
Male Chihuahua size stats
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 3-6 lbs
Female Chihuahua size stats
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 3-6 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Heart Murmur
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Molera
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypoglycemia
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Knee
  • Eyes
  • Skeletal
  • Physical Examination

Chihuahua Breed History

The Chihuahua comes from the Chihuahua state in Mexico, thus its name. Both folklore and archaeological evidence, such as wooden toy Chihuahuas, dog effigy pots, and writings show that the Chihuahua and its ancestors had a firm, if sometimes frightening, place in Mexican culture. The Chihuahua descended from a native Mesoamerican dog called the Techichi, which probably dates back to around 300 BC; wheeled Chihuahua-representational toys date back to 100 AD. The Techichi was a small, mute dog sometimes used in sacrificial ceremonies in the Toltec religion. It was surmised by people that the small canine could guide the soul to the underworld, so every Aztec family was known to keep one. Sacrificed and buried with each deceased family member, it seems that the Techichis were cared for and adored by their families while in the home. The modern Chihuahua was quite rare until the early 20th century. They were registered with the AKC in 1904, and their popularity has grown tremendously since then. When Xavier Cugat made his Chihuahua a constant companion in public appearances, the breed captured the attention of the American public. Its popularity in the United States continues today. A Chihuahua starred in a Taco Bell commercial and ad, exclaiming “Yo Quiero Taco Bell!” By AKC ranking, it is the 30th most popular dog in the United States overall today, and it is one of the most popular dogs in Los Angeles, making endless appearances at brunches and in celebrity photos, toted around in fancy doggie tote purses. Tinker Bell, Paris Hilton’s dog, is a trendsetting celebrity Chihuahua who has spent enough time in the limelight to get a sunburn on her little nose. 

Chihuahua Breed Appearance

Small and graceful, the Chihuahua has an attractive, swift gait that shows the breed’s self-confidence and sense of self-importance. This spunky breed is cute and knows it; erect, perky ears sit atop a round head with eyes that are expressive. The muzzle comes to a slight point and the teeth meet in a level or scissors bite. The neck meets the shoulders in an elegant fluid slope.  Its front legs feature small, dainty feet with cushioned pads, yet this tiny canine has hindquarters that are muscular. The tail is moderately long. The chihuahua comes in two types, either the smooth coat or the long coat. The smooth coat variety of the breed is soft in texture while the long coat, also soft, is either flat or slightly curly, usually with an undercoat. The long coat also has feathering on the feet and legs, and a large ruff is sometimes found on the neck. The coat of either variety can be found in any color and may be solid, pied (mostly white), marked, or splashed (an example is fawn and white).

Appearance of Chihuahua
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chihuahua eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chihuahua nose
Black
brown Chihuahua nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chihuahua coat
Black
brown Chihuahua coat
Brown
red Chihuahua coat
Red
cream Chihuahua coat
Cream
blue Chihuahua coat
Blue
white Chihuahua coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chihuahua straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chihuahua Breed Maintenance

The coat of the smooth Chihuahua is easy to maintain. Brushing or wiping the coat with a damp cloth once a week will suffice. Caring for the long coat Chihuahua is also quite simple; a soft bristle brush works best and should be used several times a week. Neither short nor long coated Chihuahuas are hypoallergenic. Your Chihuahua can be bathed about once every month or two, but be sure to prevent water from getting in the ears. The eyes, ears, and teeth of this breed are quite vulnerable to infection, so should carefully be kept clean. The nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. This breed is considered to be a below-average shedder. This spritely dog enjoys walking and exploring, and should be kept on a leash when out and about. Sensitive to the cold, a sweater is a good idea on cool days. This breed is very good for apartment living as long as you can provide adequate exercise. The Chihuahua should be walked 20 to 30 minutes daily to keep in shape; many calories can also be burned through its stereotypical shivering. A body harness is suggested for this dainty breed rather than a collar, especially since tracheal collapse can be a concern. A normal Chihuahua needs to eat 1/8 to 1/4 cup of high quality food twice daily.

Brushes for Chihuahua
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chihuahua requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chihuahua Temperament

The Chihuahua is one of the most popular toy breeds because of its saucy personality and its devotion to its owner. This breed is usually reserved with strangers and can at times become jealous, but it is generally good with other dogs and pets in the home. It should be socialized at an early age to prevent aggressiveness with other dogs and timidity with strangers. The Chihuahua has been known to be temperamental. It may snap at children if it is being teased, and it is best for households with older, gentle children. This is a loyal dog of above-average intelligence that is quick to learn if a gentle, positive training approach is used. Some may be difficult to housebreak, and many owners decide to just paper train this breed. Chihuahuas have a medium energy level and low exercise needs; many are happy to be carried wherever their owner goes.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Chihuahua Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.8 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Chihuahua Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Chihuahua at six months
Male Chihuahua size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 2 lbs
Female Chihuahua size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 2 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Chihuahua at 12 months
Male Chihuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 3 lbs
Female Chihuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 3 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Chihuahua at 18 months
Male Chihuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Female Chihuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 4 lbs

Top Chihuahua Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Chihuahua breeders of 2018.
Top Chihuahua breeder Natelsong Chihuahuas
Natelsong Chihuahuas
Crescent City, California
Top Chihuahua breeder Kesabrey Chihuahuas
Kesabrey Chihuahuas
Clearwater, Florida
Top Chihuahua breeder Ka-Lynn's Chihuahaus
Ka-Lynn's Chihuahaus
Peculiar, Missouri
Top Chihuahua breeder Terlingua Chihuahuas
Terlingua Chihuahuas
Columbia, Tennessee
Top Chihuahua breeder Hollywood Chis
Hollywood Chis
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Top Chihuahua breeder Alfheim-Andromeda Chihuahuas
Alfheim-Andromeda Chihuahuas
Lee Center, New York
Top Chihuahua breeder Dralion Chihuahuas
Dralion Chihuahuas
Marcy, New York
Top Chihuahua breeder Mataje Chihuahuas
Mataje Chihuahuas
Kingwood, Texas
Top Chihuahua breeder Jenina & Joshua Fortner
Jenina & Joshua Fortner
Abilene, Kansas
Top Chihuahua breeder Yingchuu Chihuahuas
Yingchuu Chihuahuas
Auburn, Washington

Chihuahua Owner Experiences

11 Years
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Chihuahuas are another breed that tend to migrate towards 1 maybe 2 people if not properly socialize and it can lead to aggression issues
2 months, 1 week ago
5 Years
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Sleeping
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barking
Chihuahuas can be pretty finicky little pups. They are selective with the people they allow into their lives. They are small but they can be fierce & mighty! If a Chihuahua has an issue, they will surely let you know. If a Chihuahua likes you, you should feel honored. They will snuggle up with you and look to you for protection. They may be snippy sometimes, but they have very big hearts.
2 months, 1 week ago
5 Years
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Marking
Sniffing
The chihuahua I walk frequently is very tiny and timid. He hides under the bed and shakes, but does not make any noise. It takes a little bit for him to feel comfortable. Once the harness is on, he loves taking his time sniffing and marking throughout the walk, usually resulting in short distances.
2 months, 1 week ago
7 Years
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Little baby chihuahuas are so friendly to most humans and not so much towards other dogs. She always has the little dog barking syndrome. Thanks god they are easy to control! Love to skiff and walk super fast with their little legs!
2 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
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barking
Walking
Some of the chihuahua's that I have walked have been aggressive when I have entered the apartment. They growl and often bark, but have never actually been aggressive (although I have been a bit timid sometimes that they would be). Once they calm down and I have been able to get the collar on, they are very energetic and love being on walks. They do get a little skittish with loud street noises or bigger dogs while on the walks.
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
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The chihuahua I walked was much friendlier than I expected. He loved walking near other dogs and people. He also lived with 2 cats and seemed to get along really well with the cats. He was very well-behaved on our walk and was really sweet and calm.
2 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
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Brushing
Walk
Eating Snacks
Look out the window
He was a rescue. He was very aggressive to new people and may try to bite you. I had to sit down and inch my way to him to be able to pet him in order to have a chance to put his leash on. Once he did let you put it on though he was skiddish the first few minutes but then all ready to go for his walk. He did not appreciate other dogs or people though. Next time I came over we had to start the process again. Sometimes using the brush worked and looking him in the eye while you reached for him is not a smart idea.
2 months, 1 week ago
9 Years
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I have 2 chihuahuas of my own. One I have had since he was a puppy. The other chihuahua I have had for a year now. I am very familiar with the temperaments of chihuahuas and I get a lot of requests to walk other owners’ chihuahuas.
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
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Wlking
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barking
Walking
The chihuahua I walked was very excitable when I first got there. He was a great walker because all he wanted to do was walk. He was yappy at almost any car and motorcycle.
2 months, 1 week ago
6 Years
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Running
Chihuahuas can get very nervous and might be scared when they meet a new person. Once they warm up to you, they are very sweet and friendly though.
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
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The chihuahua I often walk used to be abused, so he gets nervous when he first meets people. Luckily I got him to warm up quickly to me and we have so much fun together. He loves to sniff other people and pretty much any wall or pole outside; he is very curious. His absolute favorite activity is playing fetch with his stuffed hamburger bun. He is super energetic, as most chihuahuas seem to be, and could play fetch for hours. However, he doesn't exactly fetch toys and bring them back...he hides them in his bed and starts a game when I try to get it back! He goes crazy over treats and peanut butter. He is such a good boy that he gets a bunch from his mom and walkers!!
2 months, 1 week ago
5 Years
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Dog watching
Sniffing
Walking
Chihuahuas are typically timid at first but most warm up once then feel you out and you gain their trust. Seem to enjoy the outside but not to be out too long lol they aren’t too interested in running around or anything on the level of playful but not aggressive unless warranted. They seem to like being held the most of everything!
2 months, 1 week ago
10 Years
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The chihuahuas I’ve walked are very territorial. They bark and get aggressive at first but when they warm up they’re the cutest. They’re small so they’re easily corrected if they’re misbehaving. Some aren’t friendly to strangers while some don’t mind. They love cuddles and being pet.
2 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
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Run
Nap
Eating Snacks
Fetch
While I think Chihuahuas are adorable, I don’t usually take them on as clients. Each experience with a chihuahua has been the same. They don’t like strangers. They’re very territorial and if they haven’t been trained they will always try to bite and snarl at you. Getting a leash on them is always a struggle. They always run or hide and they’re so easily frightened. Once the drama of getting a leash on is finished and we’re outside they’re ok. They like to walk. They like to sniff. They do not like meeting other dogs or people. They just want to be in their own world.
2 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
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Run
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Chase
The Chihuahua that I walked was very nervous around people and cars. She did not like that a stranger was in her home. It took a little bit of time for her to warm up to me. Once we were outside she was eager to get back home.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Play
socialize
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treats
I have walked Chihuahuas from ages 1-12 and have found they all have such unique personalities. I have walked super friendly ones, and super anxious ones. They all enjoy a medium amount of exercise and are friendly but not overly friendly with strangers.
2 months ago
5 Years
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He was snippy and did not allow me to get to close to him. He did try and bite me when I tried to fix his collar. He was easy to walk and did not really pull. The family told me his trigger was other dogs, however, I did not see it with me he remained calm at all times unless you tried to pet him. He liked praise and really enjoyed the walk as long as he was kinda left alone.
2 months ago
4 Years
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Tracking
Learn a new trick
Chihuahuas do best when they are not alone. Either with an owner who is around a lot of with another Chihuahua. They are very social and need lots of love and attention. They love to learn new tricks and learn them very quickly. They can be interested in toys, but mostly they want social interaction. They can get very anxious if they don't have clear guidelines or if their schedule gets messed up. My personal experience has been very sweet. They are very loving dogs.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Sniffing
other dogs
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kissing
The chihuahua I walked was very friendly. She walked slowly and enjoyed sniffing all the plants we walked by. I didn't get much distance with the dog on an hour walk, but she did go to the bathroom on our walk. She was friendly to other dogs as well. She wanted to say hi to everybody we walked by. After the walk I played a little with her and she gave me lots of hugs and kisses. She was a very sweet dog for a Chihuahua.
2 months ago
2 Years
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sleep
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bark
Chihuahas tend to be very loyal to their owners which is why it is tough to be an unknown walker. However, as an owner of a chihuahua, it is hard not to feel loved as they are super affectionate and protective of you. They like to bark at other dogs and have quite a complex in that they feel like they are larger than they actually are. It is best to curb them to the side when other dogs are approaching to avoid any doggy fights. If you do that, you and your dog should be fine! Besides barking, they are great speedy walkers usually and get tired out pretty quickly. They love to nap and sometimes hid under blankets and other cozy places. They also make great cuddle buddies as they love to be next to humans.
2 months ago
13 Years
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She was a black short hair Chihuhua. She got cold really fast and would shake. She loved being being carried tight in my arms to stay warm. And would atill look around curiously as if she was walking and every 5 min or so she would walk again for a few min and then want me to carry. She enjoyed seeing things from 6 weeks off the ground.
2 months ago
9 Years
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smelling
I've walked multiple Chihuahuas and most have a similar personality depending on age! Usually sweet in demeanor, sometimes takes a moment to warm up to me when i'm new but once i'm a familiar face it's tail wags all around! They are usually very easy walkers, more interested in smelling the surroundings than making long distances! Sometimes stubborn! Most of my Chihuahuas want to go where they want to go on their walks haha! Good listeners once you've earned their trust though! I've notcied most Chihauhau owners have pairs, I take it these little guys like having a companion to help protect each other out in the big world!
2 months ago
5 Years
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Sniffing
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Chihuahuas are usually very hyper, and they bark a lot, but the one that I walked wasn't aggressive at all! She was such a loving dog and so playful. She would roll over on the ground when I would kneel to pet her, and enjoyed belly rubs. It's an easy and relaxed walk because they're so small and don't pull. Great energy!
2 months ago
8 Weeks
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I have walked many chihuahua's and my most recent one was an 8 week old puppy. He had tons of energy and loved to play but also enjoyed being held. Once held he calmed down and just enjoyed the attention.
2 months ago
5 Years
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When I first met Cheko, he was very sweet, although he was barking, i get close to greet him and was very gentle when i was petting him. He wasn't aggressive. When i walk him, he sometimes barks at people but not to the point where he's attacking.Once the leash is on, he was very excited to go out and was begging to go outside already. He loves to sniff and see new things around the neighborhood. Sometimes he’s shy when I haven’t walked him in a long time, but knows I am there to take care of him.
2 months ago
4 Years
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I will be frank – I am not a fan of little dogs. That being said, most of my experiences through Wag with Chihuahuas have been positive. They are incredibly low maintenance dogs with few needs. I think the most recent one I walked was for a woman that just needed to get her pup outside to pee. Chihuahuas are not high energy and are mostly tolerant of other dogs and animals. I know for a fact that some of them can be aggressive towards other dogs, even those that are five times their size. If you end up walking a Chihuahua for Wag, just know it will likely be an easy experience but I would generally avoid other animals to be on the safe side.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Sniffing
I actually walked three chihuahuas at once! Two of them were very outgoing and energetic while the other preferred to lay back and stay out of the spot light. It took a little bit to get into the grove of 3 different paces of walkers, but once we all got used to each other, the walk took off and was very easy from there. These particular dogs were not skiddish, like some dogs in this breed can be, and they were extremely friendly. Even as dogs would bark at them through the gate, they were not scared or even phased and just wanted to keep on walking and sniffing! It didn’t take long for them to get tired, so the last bit of our walk slowed down quite a bit. They did not pull on their leashes and they all were very easy and fun to walk!
2 months ago
7 Years
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Cuddling
smelling
Napping
Chihuahuas tend to be very friendly with humans but not as much with other dogs. They can try to intimidate larger dogs by barking and growling but once they get closer and meet can be much friendlier.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Sleeping
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Eating Snacks
I adopted my Chihuahua three years ago from a former client. The client paid me to pet sit her twice and then asked me if I wanted to adopt her. I said no, but later changed my mind once I spent time with her. My experience with Chihuahuas at that time were all pretty much negative compared to other dog breeds, so I never saw myself owning one. Since every Chihuahua I had walked or cared for before and since has been aggressive and/or timid, I assumed it was a trait of the breed. Now I think it's more to do with the types of people that get them. They are treated differently and generally aren't well-trained, which is why they get a bad reputation. My dog Monkey was also like this when I first met her, but after three years, her demeanor has changed for the better. She hardly ever barks at people now and can even be friendly to strangers occasionally. She tolerates other dogs, but doesn't care for them really. She's very loving and loyal to me and her favorite thing in the world is sitting on my lap or snuggling up next to me in bed. The best part about the breed is that they are so small. This means they are perpetually cute, don't eat or poop very much, and can be taken anywhere. I've taken my Chihuahua on several international trips, and she's now been to thirteen countries. I never had any issues taking her anywhere as she can be put in her bag and won't bark or make noise ever. She loves food and is very food-motivated. When I first adopted her, she had food allergies. She was constantly itching herself. I figured out some ingredients that she was allergic to and ended up changing her diet to human food. Ever since that, she's had no allergies, has more energy, and seemingly hasn't aged in three years. I don't feed her junk food (that I occasionally eat), but a mix of real meat, fruits, and vegetables. She will pretty much eat anything including cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, bananas, apples, and carrots. I've never seen any other dog eat lettuce or cucumbers before but she loves it. As I've been around dogs my entire life and have owned six different ones now, I was able to train Monkey to walk without a leash. She listens to my voice 100% and I love being able to take her for a short walk without going through the steps of putting on a harness and leash. A lot of people have said she is the friendliest Chihuahua that they have ever met, which makes me happy to know that I influenced her personality positively.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Laying in the sun
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Go on Vacation
Have you ever noticed how your typical (stereotypical?) Chihuahua owner absolutely loves their precious baby and their pup loves them back...and only them? There is something very natural about this response that Chihuahuas elicit from their owners. With their pick-up-ability, and their propensity to being cold (and therefore needing a jacket...and let’s make it a pretty one!), and their shyness around strangers, Chihuahuas bring out the most protective natures of their owners. And in gratitude they respond with love and adoration for their owners and a “I’ll kick their a**!” response for every other person or animal that they perceive as a threat to their person. When approaching a Chihuahua, never presume that they want to be your friend. Show yourself to be as little a threat as possible, and maybe, just maybe, if you’re lucky, that precious Chihuahua will decide she loves you, too.
2 months ago
4 Years
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Wednesday was the sweetest little pup. She was obviously very skiddish and afraid of everything because she was teeny tiny and very delicate. She was always happy to get back home for a treat, and was very loving.
2 months ago
5 Years
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walking fast
This stocky black chihuahua was a joy to walk. She was eager to walk and was well behaved. She was a happy girl, but not overly affectionate. We had a great walk! Her little legs moved quickly and she enjoyed the fast paced walk. We actually walked over 3 miles in 1 hour! That's amazing for such little legs. We walked all around a busy area of LA and she was not afraid of traffic, people or other noises. She was quite used to walking around her extended neighborhood and very comfortable with it. After the hour walk she didn't seem tired and could have probably gone another few miles and/or hours!
2 months ago
2 Years
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Sniffing
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Being at his own house
When walking, their little legs must move very quickly to keep at a speedy pace. When it is cold outside, their thin coats and tiny bodies leave them shivering. Need to wear some type of clothing for long walks. They like to stay around own home or familiar area and pull that way but can be distracted. Growl and bark at strange dogs and sometimes people but when they warm up, they are so sweet.
2 months ago
3 Years
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I took care of two little Chihuahua's that both live to gather. Both of them had a very different demeanor, which goes to show that a dogs personality can mean everything. Both of these dogs were pretty jumpy and had a lot of energy. They were definitely very excited to go out on the walks. When I got to the owner's house and the dogs in my car to park they both paid very well however if they whined and cried. I think they might have been a little scared of the drive. Because they are so small I can tell that they are very alert and aware of their surroundings. Because of this you have to be very careful where you walk then and what you walk them around. These two Chihuahuas did run after other people and bark at them as well as barked at squirrels and rabbits that were running around. Their burgers are very tiny and high pitch, more like a yelp so it is not very concerning or scary however it's just something to note if you want to get a Chihuahua, that they should be exposed to a lot of surroundings, a lot of other people, and a lot of other dogs so they don't get afraid of everything when they get older. The two dogs that I walk and take to the park now are very kind and very sweet to me. They let me put the harness on very easy and the leash, they are very excited to go for the walk every time I come over. These little guys don't eat very much food which is great however they do it more often throughout the day. Chihuahuas also need a lot of attention! They are known to be what's called a lapdog. Which means they literally like to be laying on your lap a lot of the time. Attention for them is essential! I don't have a lot of time for them they can become hostile. I think it is important when having a Chihuahua to at least have two so they can have company while you are away. Chihuahuas are very great dogs to have if you have a lot of time for them :)
2 months ago
5 Years
People
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Friendliness
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Walk
This has probably been my least favorite breed to walk. Most of these dogs have been very aggressive and not really wanting me in their house or to walk at all. I was mostly successful with the Chihuahua. The longer haired version I have found to be more pleasant and agreeable to working with someone and walking with a walker. The shorter hair version I have found to be very stubborn and I am assuming loyal to mostly their owner. It took 2 different times to get one pup to walk at all. Once the owner assured me their pup wouldn't bite me if I picked her up I was able to pick up the pup and carry it away from the house. That allowed her to walk back to the house. In general I have found them to be very stubborn.
2 months ago
4 Months
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Speak
Eating Snacks
I enjoyed walking the Chihuahua but she was very stubborn. It was difficult to get her to go anywhere and she tried to eat everything. She was friendly but also very territorial.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
The chihuahuas I have walked have varied in temperament and behavior. Most chihuahuas are finicky and many can be slightly aggressive to strangers. Usually they will pick a small handful of people they like (usually the owners) and they are wary of other people. They are very yippy dogs and are prone to barking at people, most likely as a means to protect themselves. When I walk chihuahuas, I usually try to steer clear of other dogs and any places where there might be busy streets or loud noises. They get stressed very easily so keeping them away from potential stressors makes walking them a lot easier. They are usually very small in size so they can be easily lifted or moved if another dog comes along or they get too frightened. Overall, they seem to be a good dog for people who want a constant companion and are okay with a sometimes grumpy or temperamental dog.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The chihuahuas I have walked have varied in temperament and behavior. Most chihuahuas are finicky and many can be slightly aggressive to strangers. Usually they will pick a small handful of people they like (usually the owners) and they are wary of other people. They are very yippy dogs and are prone to barking at people, most likely as a means to protect themselves. When I walk chihuahuas, I usually try to steer clear of other dogs and any places where there might be busy streets or loud noises. They get stressed very easily so keeping them away from potential stressors makes walking them a lot easier. They are usually very small in size so they can be easily lifted or moved if another dog comes along or they get too frightened. Overall, they seem to be a good dog for people who want a constant companion and are okay with a sometimes grumpy or temperamental dog.
2 months ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
bark
sniff
I walked 3 brother and sister chihuahua's at the same time. They were all very fun and light hearted. They loved to race to the front of the pack and keep up a fast pace for their small little legs. They do love to bark at everything that is bigger and louder than them (which is just about everything). I suggest this breed for anyone who has a smaller living area as they are great companions and are also small sized animals.
2 months ago
7 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The chihauhaus have been friendly and excitable dogs. They’ve ranged on neevousness between very unconcerned about other dogs/people/loud noises to pretty nervous to the point of whining if they see another dog or human walking by. Some have been very Barky when they first saw me and reluctant to walk with me, and other have been very willing to walk with mild nervousness. I would say there’s some difference between males and females but these may be only my experience. Females have been more skiddish and wary while the males have been more willing to walk with me and warmed up more quickly. Again, this may be a coincidence and only dependent upon the dogs I’ve walked. But at the end of the day, all of the days walked with me and seemed to enjoy the fresh air Ann sights around the neighborhood. None of them pulled hard and all listened fairly while on their walks. Most respond well to soft, soothing voices and crouching low to greet them. Towering over some of them only scared them and made them more wary of me.
2 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
saying hello
peeing on everything
digging
Jogging
treats
barking
Chihuahuas are easy dogs to care for, as they require little maintenance. They enjoy being spoiled, and tend to get chunky because of this. The only downside is that they tend to bark constantly as most little dogs do.
2 months ago
8 Years
People
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Energy
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Pastimes
I walked an 8 year old Chihuahua just a couple days ago. He was not the friendliest of dogs. When I entered the home he began barking aggressively (probably because I was a stranger) and kept his distance from me. It took me 5-10 minutes to get his leash on because he wouldn’t come anywhere near me. He ran all around the house to avoid me. Finally, I was able to lure him over with a piece of dog food calling it a “treat”. Even then, he was very hesitant. I put the piece of dog food on the floor about a foot away from me and he slowly walked toward it and ate it, then I put his leash on while he was distracted by the dog food. He did okay on the walk. He was very hesitant at first to walk, but once we got going he was fine. He liked to stop frequently (literally every 30 seconds or so) to pee, probably to “mark his territory.” He was very skidish and didn’t seem to like other people coming anywhere near him on the walk. When someone would walk past us he would jump to the side to get far away from them. He also did not like to walk where he had already been, so when I tried to turn around to head back home he would not walk at all and I literally had to pull him and occasionally even pick him up and carry him because he would not move. The only reason I can imagine for this is that he wanted to continue going around the block to mark his territory on places he hadn’t been yet. When we got back home, he was fine, and seemed a bit calmer. I also have a friend who has 2 Chihuahuas. One of them is very old now (13 years) the other I believe is 8 years. I have been around them since they were puppies. The older dog has always been very calm and lazy. He likes to lay around and cuddle. The younger dog is more playful. He’ll jump on you when you walk through the door and is much more playful. He is also smaller than the other dog (teacup size). He is a little sweetheart, and much more affectionate than the older dog. They are both very easy dogs and my friend loves them very much.
2 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
being cute
Running
mini
cute stuff
Chihuahuas are the lion equivalent of the dog world. Yes, you read that correctly. Despite their diminutive size, they have huge courage and spunk. Most owners don't research this breed and decide that their small stature matches their demeanor. They are hugely mistaken! This is when problems with aggression start to arise, when they are not properly trained or exercised. Important thing to note is that even though they are teeny minis, they do need a good amount of exercise and not just a walk around the block. The little guys I have had the pleasure of walking had all thankfully been extremely well trained but I have seen other Chihuahuas on our walks that werent. My favorite one was named Paco. He was so mini and funsize, he had a cute smile and little stick legs that pitter pattered on the pavement. He knew all his basic commands very well which helped a ton on our walks. He also knew how to "beg" by putting his paws together and pleading, like Oliver Twist. I just about melted from the cuteness. He also knew how to do a little begging dance. It was almost too much to bear for me. During our walks, I frequently had the urge to put Paco in my pocket or cuddle him. I dont know how I resisted. Despite his adorable face, Paco was very self assured and dauntless. Chihuahuas would make great companions for the right owner that can admire their cuteness while at the same time being firm with them. They are barkers so again, train them the hush command so they will not wake the neighbors up. Because they are pocket sized, they will easily fit anywhere you wish when you are wanting to take them with you on vacation or trips or even to work. I definitely noted the whole aloofness towards other dogs thing. Although Paco was the best dog ever with me, he did bark aggressively towards ALL other dogs. Which is very funny from afar. I did try to avoid interaction with other dogs when I saw this. It's not that he will harm them but rather they could injure him if they get into a fight from his threats. One more thing that was bad with PAco was his food aggresion. He found a random small bone on our walk and growled and showed his teeth when I went to grab it from him. I would still reccommend this breed and totally want a PAco of my own!!!
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
cute
Chihuahuas are the lion equivalent of the dog world. Yes, you read that correctly. Despite their diminutive size, they have huge courage and spunk. Most owners don't research this breed and decide that their small stature matches their demeanor. They are hugely mistaken! This is when problems with aggression start to arise, when they are not properly trained or exercised. Important thing to note is that even though they are teeny minis, they do need a good amount of exercise and not just a walk around the block. The little guys I have had the pleasure of walking had all thankfully been extremely well trained but I have seen other Chihuahuas on our walks that werent. My favorite one was named Paco. He was so mini and funsize, he had a cute smile and little stick legs that pitter pattered on the pavement. He knew all his basic commands very well which helped a ton on our walks. He also knew how to "beg" by putting his paws together and pleading, like Oliver Twist. I just about melted from the cuteness. He also knew how to do a little begging dance. It was almost too much to bear for me. During our walks, I frequently had the urge to put Paco in my pocket or cuddle him. I dont know how I resisted. Despite his adorable face, Paco was very self assured and dauntless. Chihuahuas would make great companions for the right owner that can admire their cuteness while at the same time being firm with them. They are barkers so again, train them the hush command so they will not wake the neighbors up. Because they are pocket sized, they will easily fit anywhere you wish when you are wanting to take them with you on vacation or trips or even to work. I definitely noted the whole aloofness towards other dogs thing. Although Paco was the best dog ever with me, he did bark aggressively towards ALL other dogs. Which is very funny from afar. I did try to avoid interaction with other dogs when I saw this. It's not that he will harm them but rather they could injure him if they get into a fight from his threats. One more thing that was bad with PAco was his food aggresion. He found a random small bone on our walk and growled and showed his teeth when I went to grab it from him. I would still reccommend this breed and totally want a PAco of my own!!!
2 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Run
Play
Nap
Fetch
Chihuahuas are like snowflakes, no two are the same despite the belief that they are all vicious little creatures. They are great dogs. Some of them can be unfriendly towards humans and snappy. They can growl and try to bite. Others can shower you with love and affection, probably more than you can handle. I have dealt with many. Some of them love to play, especially with other dogs and can run around and be extremely happy. Others do not like other dogs at all. They are generally small, easy to walk dogs. Some are much smaller than others, but their tininess ranges. Their coats also vary. I have walked long hairs which shed like crazy and need constant upkeep. On the other hand, I have met short hairs that need little to not upkeep besides baths. Chihuahuas have a bad reputation due to their attitudes, but they are all very different. They are one of my favorite breeds.
2 months ago
4 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Play
barking
Walk
Chihuahuas sure have a lot of spunk to make up for what they lack in size. The Chihuahuas that I have walked all seem to think that they are much bigger dogs than they are, they will often approach other dogs that are bigger than they are and sniff, bark at, and greet them with lots of bravery. They all have such personality and they're often pretty funny and entertaining to have around. Since they're so small, they're pretty easy to walk and train and move around to where they need to be. They can get yappy and snippy with people that they don't like, but I've found that giving them a chance to bark at me and sniff me will often when them over. Even if they do get aggressive, they're not exactly intimidating with they're small stature. And they sure are fun to hang around when they've warmed up to you!
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Catch treats
Walk
Eating Snacks
Chase
Explore the city
The first time I met Adrian he was cowering underneath a dresser. He'd creep toward me when offered a treat, but even the slightest effort to put a leash on him would send him scurrying back to the depths of the dresser. I was perplexed about how I was going to manage to get him to come outside. I decided to take a passive approach: I ignored him and sat on the couch. In less than two minutes he joined me. I leashed him up and we happily strolled to downtown Brooklyn and back. The second time I came over I expected the same routine; I arrived early. As I opened the door Adrian started toward the dresser, but, much to my surprise, when he saw that it was me he ran up to me wagging his tail! I was able to scoop him up, give him some pets, leash him up and head right out. Not only was the lack of struggle convenient, but his shift in attitude made me feel welcome. Adrian was now my friend and only after two walks! Adrian is now a regular walking companion of mine and a heartwarming companion. His very friendly, curious, and silly, if not a bit mischievous. He has a very high energy level and keeps up the pace effortlessly, but he does have a nose for ground scores and an uncanny ability to seem to manifest snacks from nowhere. Because of this, it is essential to keep an eye on the little guy at all times or, better yet, find a good distraction for him. I try to keep his mind off of snacks with tricks, treats, and toys. When it seems that he is becoming obsessive in his search, we'll often stop walking and do a round of basic tricks (with rewards) or find a stick and play with it for a spell. This technique is highly effective with him particularly since he becomes so attached to his human companion. One of my favorite parts of our walk is taking Adrian back home. Once his leash is detached he zips around the room like a maniac! He jumps onto the couch, launches himself off of it, runs in circles around the room, and gets into the play pose in an effort to convince me to chase him. He's a lovable and comedic fella; a little dog with a huge personality.
2 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing with toys
Walking
The Chiguagua I walked was still a puppy. He was really sweet even if he was very scared at first. Chiguaguas in general are a little bit skittish at first and the may try to bite you! He did really good on the walk, and try to meet as many dogs as he could. This Chiguagua, as many others, loved to cuddle and to be pet. I had to pick him up a couple of times because he wanted to be pet.
2 months ago
Princess
5 Years
2 People
Apartment
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Friendliness
Energy
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Anythinh
Hiking
Watching tv
My dog is the runt of the litter. And she is so smart. She is a well behaved dog, but every now and then she will do something she knows she isn’t aloud to do. And the next time I see her she will walk her self right into timeout. I love my dog so much. She is so playful but if she gets too rough she will lick me.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Snif
Run
Play
Walk
Explore the city
The heart of a Lion combined with the size of a peanut is how I would describe a Chihuahua . Brave little guys for their small body size . Easy to walk dogs because their not strong enough to pull a adult human being . The one I walked was hairless and cute . I had a little trouble walking the Chihuahua because I did not know at the time how to keep dogs focused . I since started watching videos on how to keep dogs focused and well behaved . I would recommend watching Cesar Millan to all dog lovers and walkers and owners. Now that I know how to keep dogs focused and make them not pull it has made me confident . I am ready to take up the challenge of walking any Wag client .
2 months ago
6 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Laying in the sun
My experience with boarding a Chihuahua was good. The dog was older and all she wanted to do was lay beside me or find a pillow to sleep on. She didn't like to go walking at all. I do feel like the older they get the more lazy of course they get. That is with most breeds as well too though. She seemed very depressed as well while the owner was away. I feel like this breed attaches themselves to one person and that is who they stick with. Also, I have experience young Chihuahua's before and they are a little more rowdy. They really don't like other breeds of dogs or even other animals. They will tolerate if they have to be in the same household but will more than likely stay to their own.
2 months ago
6 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Dig through leaves
investigate
I have two professional experiences walking with Chihuahuas, on which the following is a reflection. Just as bulldogs and pit breeds are stereotyped negatively (and falsely) as ‘dangerous,’ Chihuahuas in general also earn a bad reputation on behalf of their size and supposedly frantic behavior. Both the Chihuahuas I have met and spent extended with one on one time far surpass any stereotypes. They are very tiny, the smallest dogs I have ever encountered. Their size leads them to exhibit an unavoidable physiological phenomenon: shaking. It is typical to see a Chihuahua shivering, regardless of the temperature of the day. This lends their body language an eye-catching, wired and anxious flare, however such an appearance is not necessarily a guarantee of any potential personality traits. Their size and movements yield a third false stereotype, that they are unintelligent. From actually getting to know these Chihuahuas firsthand, I have learned just how they break the mold of these stereotypes. Dogs are incredibly social creatures and Chihuahuas are no exception. For example, they take their time greeting new humans just like all dogs while happily complying with commands once they have been reminded of the reality of their safety. Also, they intuitively understand their limits and seamlessly acknowledge their scale when considering all encounters, movements and olfaction-based investigations—like all dogs led by a bright intelligence. Both the Chihuahuas I have worked with professionally responded incredibly well to my verbal commands, and even issued some of their own (e.g. when certain street corners are too active for their size, and when approaching the stairs of their walk-ups/housing complexes). None of the Chihuahuas I have come to know can make it up stairs on their own, and my helping via carrying them has been a truly enlightening experience (given their huge trust relative to their minuscule size, which you feel immediately), and yet their eye sight is incredible, easily spotting all sizes and breeds from such a distance that I had not even yet noticed. Their sniffing searches are as comprehensive as any other breed, but they move along more easily and do not tend to obsess over common dog fixations like garbage or leaves caught in updrafts. A Chihuahua’s movements are articulate and they make great use of their scale by exhibiting agility and alacrity with ease—I suspect the majority of Chihuahuas are too sensitive to be dumb… All dogs, in this case Chihuahuas, represent specific mechanical and personality-based dynamics, which make it easy to see their character adequately develop over time into true, positive stereotypes: they are independent but trusting; loyal but cautious; and great companions if met with due patience.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
Sleeping
Cuddling
Walking
Chihuahua's can be the absolute sweetest dogs when you know them well, but tend to be a little shy around strangers - at least at first. I would say getting down to their level and just letting them approach you at their own pace is the best way to begin a relationship. Once they like you they are the greatest! Many chihuahuas I've met aren't that food motivated, particularly when it comes to strangers feeding them, which can make training and any required bribery a little more difficult, but again, just allowing them to approach and become confident around you as a walker or caretaker can be the best approach. Also, don't think that those little guys can't walk far! You'd be amazed at how far and long a little healthy one can go for! I've brought chihuahuas back from an hour-long walk before to find they still have energy at home. Never underestimate the little ones!
2 months ago
1 Year
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chihuahuas are crazy little things. They bark like crazy at any and all things. They are constantly shaking and looking for things to do. They are will jump all over you and love to be pet. They can nip at you for things like putting on their collar if they do not want to go. They can be shy and might need some motivation to get going. Once out they like to wonder around and can get distracted so be aware and hold on to their leash. They will bark at other dogs and will even pull towards them. But be cautious since other dogs may not be so friendly. Chihuahuas need a lot of attention and time. They love to play and socialize. Even with dogs bigger than them they like to be engage at all times.
2 months ago
4 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The Chihuahua I walked was very territorial when I first arrived to its home. He barked a good while when I first came to his home, but he lightened up when he realized that I was there to walk him. After I showed the pup his leash he was nothing but love and tail wags. While on his walk the Chihuahua was very popular and people thought he was very cute. The Chihuahua loved to sniff around and also marked his territory a lot. The Chihuahua had a lot of energy and liked walking and occasionally running. Once we were done with out walk, the owner informed me that he loved his Kong ball that was filled with peanut butter. The Chihuahua loved his toy and especially loved his peanut butter!
2 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Walk
The chihuahuas that I've walked have been older. All of them have seemed to to have a limp, oddly enough. Also all of them were pretty stubborn and when they wanted to go home... they wanted to go home. They were very smart when it came to finding their house! They knew exactly where to go. Since they're so small, even when they pull it doesn't feel like it haha. I've tried running or jogging with them, but they preferred just to take it easy. Also upon entering the home they were all a little intimidated so I had to make sure to get on their level and show them some live before proceeding with the walk haha.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The chihuahua I walked was very jumpy and nervous but he was friendly. There were no triggers or issues during the walk. He like to follow the bigger dog. He was not very good with commands and he like to pull to try to keep up with the bigger dog.
2 months ago
5 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Initially the Chihuahua was fearful of me. I've found this to be true for many Chihuahuas. They are usually very shy or growly. When they are the shy ones, it just takes time to warm up to them. Treats are my go to for that. If they are growly, I tend to just put a slip lead on them. Once I get that on they are usually ok and ready to go on a walk. The ones I run across are not fond of any precipitation...rain or snow. If there is snow on the ground you MUST be very careful and try to keep them out of it or make it a very short walk. If they suddenly stop walking their toes are probably packed with snow. I will pick them up and rub their feet a bit to get them warmed up and then place them on a non-snow area. Sometimes if it's raining you may have to carry them outside to do their business and then hurry back in.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Bogey
12 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Explore the city
Heel
Bath time
Nap
Go to Park
He is amazingly sweet and calm, and loves to crawl up my shirt and put his head through my arm hole
3 weeks, 5 days ago
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