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17 Reasons Why A Chihuahua Might Not Be Your Ideal Pet

17 Reasons Why A Chihuahua Might Not Be Your Ideal Pet

As a self-proclaimed “crazy dog mom,” who also happens to be a caring dogtor, I thought adding a Chihuahua to my pack would be a piece of cake. But boy, was I wrong. While my Chi is undeniably cute and loving, she’s also brought some major challenges to my life. 

So, before you rush out to get one of your own, let me share with you some personal experiences that might make you think twice. 

Let’s face it, these small pooches are undeniably adorable and make fantastic pets for the right person. However, they might not be the best fit for everyone. 

We need to have an honest chit-chat about the reasons why you should never own this tiny breed to avoid making a reckless decision without knowing all the facts.

1. They Have A Lot To Say 

Chihuahuas are sometimes referred to as “yappy” dogs because of their tendency to bark a lot. 

Despite their small size, they can make some very weird noises that can make you think that they are ill or stressed out. While that can be the case, most of the time they only want to join in on the conversation!

2. Potty Training Can Be A Bit Of A Challenge

I hate to break it to you, but Chis are not among the dogs that are easy to potty train. It took me quite some time to get my girl to learn the basics of housebreaking. Through vet practice, I realized that this small breed is prone to potty training regression. 

But with plenty of patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, you can help your Chihuahua learn to go potty like a pro.

3. They Can’t Get Enough Snuggles

Chihuahuas were bred to be affectionate companion dogs and that’s exactly how they behave. They love their human pack but will often form a tight bond with only one person. 

This is why they may not make good family dogs. 

My affectionate Pixie follows me around the house and jumps into my lap as soon as I sit down. She’ll even put her head under my chin and give me sweet puppy kisses! 

4. They Will Do Anything To Protect Their Loved Ones

chihuahua dog with his owner sitting on the bench

Besides companionship, these tiny wonders were also bred to protect and guard their family. Believe it or not, but Chihuahuas are some of the best small guard dogs around! 

However, this can lead to overprotective and possessive behavior that may cause trouble to anyone trying to get close to their owner. 

From the moment I welcomed my Chi puppy into my home, I made it my mission to introduce her to as many new faces and furry friends as possible. I really didn’t want her to end up like a tiny lioness defending her territory every time someone came over!

5. They’re Not Suitable For Families With Small Children

Chihuahuas can be easily injured by small children that do not fully understand how to behave around such tiny dogs. 

Children may see them as toys and act a bit ruff, which is why Chis can be mean to them in return. 

6. They Are Sensitive To Noise 

While loud noises might not bother us, they can be quite overwhelming for our Chihuahuas. 

As a result, you may face the problem of getting your Chi to stop barking or hiding under the bed! 

7. They May Develop Anxiety

lonely chihuahua dog lying on the wooden chair

Chihuahuas fall within the dog breeds that tend to develop separation anxiety when their owner is not around. 

They are so attached to their humans, that they take alone time very badly! 

Trust me, you won’t have any troubles noticing signs of separation anxiety in your Chi. 

After my girl’s constant crying whenever I left the house, I decided to set up a pet camera to see how she coped when alone. 

Fortunately, I realized that her separation anxiety only occurred at the door, as she would start playing with her interactive toys as soon as I was out of sight. I guess I dodged a bullet on this one!

8. They May Need A Bit Of Extra Pampering To Look Their Best

Grooming can be a challenge depending on the color of your Chihuahua and the length of its coat. 

For example, a white Chihuahua will often have stubborn tear marks which can make her look unhealthy. 

9. They Need Extra Care In Extreme Temperatures

As single layered, short-coated tiny dogs, Chihuahuas tend to have troubles with thermoregulation. 

They seem to shake all the time, imagine what it’s like when temperatures drop below zero! 

10. They Can Be Stubborn

Don’t get me wrong, Chihuahuas are incredibly smart and can learn tricks easily – when they feel like it. 

Both males and females share this personality trait that makes them difficult to train. 

At first, my female Chihuahua had a stubborn habit of refusing to walk as soon as we stepped out the door, forcing me to carry her back home. But with some patience and positive reinforcement training, we were able to overcome this issue. Now, she is the one carrying me outside! 

11. They Can Be Easily Injured

injured chihuahua at vet

Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that can sneak up on you without you even noticing. Before you know it, you’ve accidentally stepped on them!

I have seen many pet parents come into my clinic feeling guilty and worried for unintentionally stepping on their small pooch. 

It is very important to be cautious around these little guys and handle them with care.

12. They May Not Be So Welcoming To Strangers Or Other Pups

Where do you think they’ve got their bad reputation for being aggressive

Chihuahuas can become very territorial and may start a beef with a dog that is ten times their size! They may be quick to bark and even nip at anyone they perceive as a threat. 

13. They May Be More Prone To Catching A Cold

Chihuahuas are more prone to respiratory issues than other breeds. This means they may be more susceptible to catching a cold or developing allergies that affect their breathing. 

You may also hear them making choking noises or coughing due to these problems.

14. They May Be More Prone To Hypoglycemia

sad sick little chihuahua lying on the floor

Chis are prone to experiencing low blood sugar levels, causing them to lose their appetite and become weak or lethargic. As a veterinarian, I have come across numerous cases where they have experienced hair loss due to this condition. 

Unfortunately, canine hypoglycemia can be hereditary, so it’s essential to choose a reputable breeder and keep a close eye on your dog’s diet.

15. They May Be More Prone To Dental Issues

Unfortunately, their tiny teeth can be prone to some big dental issues like tartar buildup, gum disease, and tooth decay. 

Bad dog breath can be a real mood-killer! Plus, if their dental problems get too bad, Chihuahuas may lose their appetite altogether. 

16. They May Be More Prone To Canine Obesity 

They may have a small frame, but they sure can pack on the pounds if overfed, earning them the nickname “fat Chihuahua”

The fact that they are genetically prone to canine obesity does not make it easier. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on their eating habits, and follow a feeding chart to keep them fit and fabulous!

17. They May Be Prone To Knee Problems

vet wrapping a bandage around a chihuahua's paw at clinic

As a dog breed, the Chihuahua is not immune to knee problems! 

Luxating patella is a common condition that can leave your lovely Chi feeling uncomfortable, in pain, and struggling to get around. 

Such a lifestyle can affect their longevity. Lack of movement and exercise can bring along other health problems like obesity. 

Final Thoughts 

Hold your horses before you start thinking these tiny pups are the epitome of trouble and stress! 

Sure, there are plenty of valid reasons why you should never own a Chihuahua. A few health hiccups, a bit of stubbornness, and the time you have to put into training may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but let’s not forget about the good stuff! 

Chis are very devoted to their humans and their silly faces will surely put happiness and giggles into each day. I mean, who can resist those cute, wide-eyed looks and stuck-out tongues? 

Too adorable to handle!