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21 Things NEVER to Say to a Chihuahua Dog Parent

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21 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Chihuahua Dog Parent

First of all I want to thank the members of our Facebook group for contributing to this article by answering the question “What things have people said about Chihuahuas that really irritated you?”

By the way, if you haven’t joined our group, you should do so here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ilovemychihuahuaclub. I have to warn you though, it’s very active.

Here are the top things said to Chihuahua pet parents that really irritate them. See how many things you can relate to.

1-“Ankle Biter”

This was the number one thing heard by Chi owners. One lady replied “They actually go for the crotch first”. LOL

2-“That’s not a dog, it’s a rat”

This is the second most common comment heard. Not a nice thing to say, is it?

3. “That’s not a real dog”

Really? Well mine sure is a real dog.

4-“What IS that? Don’t you step on it?”

No, Chis are usually pretty good of getting out of the way but you do need to be careful.

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5-“That’s a teacup isn’t it?”

This is something even Chi owners say. Officially, according the National Chihuahua Club of America there is no such thing as a teacup Chihuahua. It’s just a marketing term breeders use to sell puppies. Personally, I do believe they need to change that since there are some Chis that are especially tiny.

6-“Why would you have a dog that can’t protect you?”

Frankly, most of us get dogs for companionship, not protection. But if someone broke into my house, my 80 pound Bulldog-German Shepherd mix would go hide under the bed. My Chihuahua would attack the intruder.

7-“I hate little dogs”

How rude of someone to say that! One person had a good comeback. She says “Yeah, I know how you feel. I can’t stand people who hate little dogs.”

8-“You know he’s not an ACTUAL child, right?”

Well, duh! But they are our fur kids.

9-“Old people raise Chihuahuas”

You better not tell Paris Hilton, Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Hillary Duff, Christina Rici, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kimberly Stewart and many other young stars that they are old for raising Chihuahuas.

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10-“Chihuahuas are mean, aggressive, snappy and bark too much.”

I have to admit, sometimes this is true. But don’t assume all Chis are this way. Mine isn’t and I know many others that are total sweeties.

11-“Why do you spend money on her? She’s just a dog”

I have heard this one myself from family members who don’t understand why I’m trying to save Kilo. Well, she may be just a dog to you, but she’s family to me!

12-“Gator bait”

A variation of this one is “fish bait”. Such a mean thing to say.

13 -Parents that tell their children to “go pet the Taco Bell dog”

The Taco Bell dog thing doesn’t bother me but having parents assume it’s okay for their children to pet a dog they don’t know is a disaster waiting to happen. Always ask the pet parent first if it’s okay to pet their dog, no matter what the breed is.

14-“Chihuahuas can’t be service dogs”

Why can’t they? Chihuahuas are extremely devoted and smart. They make excellent service dogs. I know of Chihuahuas that are Diabetic Alert Service Dogs, Medical Alert/Psychiatric Service Dogs and more.

15-“Where’s the other half of your dog?”

I guess this is supposed to be humorous because Chis are small?

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16-“He’s got big buggy Marty Feldman eyes!”

I love the big beautiful expressive eyes on a Chihuahua, don’t you?

17-“Chihuahuas are ugly”

I can’t believe the gall of someone who would say that to any pet parent. I haven’t yet seen a Chihuahua that I thought was ugly. They are gorgeous little dogs!

18-“Look at those ears, I bet we can get the NFL channel.”

This one doesn’t bother me too much as I LOVE big ears on a Chi. I think they are adorable!

19-“Chihuahuas are girly pets”

Oh yeah? Better not tell Mickey Rourke, Brian Littrell, The Rock, Noah Wyle, or George Lopez that. They have all owned Chihuahuas. There’s nothing sexier than a man holding a sweet little Chihuahua (in my opinion).

20-“Chihuahuas are accessory dogs”

This has been perpetuated by movies like  Legally Blond, and stars like Paris Hilton who walk around with a Chi in their arms when seen in public. There are plenty of people (like me and I bet you too) who just love the breed.

21-“My cat is bigger than that Chihuahua”

And your point is? So what? It’s not a contest of who’s the biggest.


 

So have you heard any of these things said about your Chihuahua? Leave a comment and let us know what is was or even if it’s something not on the list, let us know.

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Susan Shepherd

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Service Dog? Absolutely! Bugsy is my certified service dog and he is a Chi. He began alerting me due to health problems before we even thought about his being a service dog. He may be small but when he knows something is wrong with me he puts his paws on my shoulders, gently pushes me down and literally sits on my chest! I have had 4 strokes in the past that I was told would keep me from ever walking again. Bugsy, (Doc) was there to work with me and love me. Now I not only walk but no limping. I don't know how he ever started all this but I know that he has saved my life on at least 2 occasions and/or stopped more strokes. He's a true gift from God, my best friend and my sometimes doctor. I am a lucky Mom.

Cathy

Friday 3rd of September 2021

I'm glad you got Bugsy to help you. Chis make great service dogs. They are so obsessed with their human, they pick up every little change with them quickly.

Juliane Ziobron

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Just precious, the black one especially.

Paul Bennett

Saturday 7th of August 2021

My chi’s is a excellent guard dog

Cathy

Saturday 7th of August 2021

Most of them are good watch dogs.

Carol

Sunday 11th of July 2021

#12 - If you are from Wisconsin it's Musky bait!

As far as being mean or snappy - most are made that way by indulgent owners who never reprimand as puppies.

Cathy

Sunday 11th of July 2021

True, although sometimes it's poor breeding or fear.

Pales Gensler

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I have a Chihuahua mix. I adopted her from a rescue last February. Well I was looking into getting a dog my friend trying to convince me that all Chihuahuas are really mean. Here’s a girl she also tried to convince me that all pitbulls are dangerous which isn’t true either. As someone who used to intern at an animal hospital and then later at a doggy daycare I hate it when people judge a dog based off of its breed. If a dog is badly behaved it’s usually because of the owner.

Cathy

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Very true Pales.