Chihuahuas are known to shiver when they are excited, terrified or cold. On the other hand, these small pooches can have large personalities if you allow them. For instance, they can bully you into giving them a spot on the couch if they know you will budge. Some also become fussy eaters when they know they can get what they want. It is not always warm to strangers, both humans and dogs. They can be unfriendly if not socialised early. They can attack and won’t back down even from large dogs, which can be dangerous considering their tiny stature.
The Chihuahua generally loves children especially if they grow up together. However, supervision is needed especially with very young kids to avoid this tiny breed from getting injured. Conversely, the pooch can fight back when it feels mistreated. This breed is advisable for families with older children who know how to approach and handle dogs.
Chihuahuas are smart and fast learners. They are great in agility and obedience classes. However, they can be stubborn and don’t respond to harsh treatment. Positive reinforcement in the form of praise and rewards can help.
Often small breed toy dogs are stereotyped as “snappy” and bark a lot. However, this is not entirely true. Although dog breeds have certain predispositions, behaviour can be opposite. For instance, the behaviour of a Chihuahua can also be calm and friendly depending on the type of training and socialisation it experienced when young. One huge and significant deciding factor of a Chihuahua’s personality is how it is raised.