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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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Alan Brinkman

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Hi! We just lost our little Winnie about 6 months ago. We miss her dearly. We had her 1 month short of her 16th birthday. She was a beautiful little cuddler, and a great lap dog, too!! She was by far the best dog we have ever had!! Anyone who has one already, knows what I’m talking about!! Anyone who’s never had one, needs to really experience the total love AND companionship these little dogs have to offer!! Believe me, it’s true when you read, these dogs leave paw prints on your heart!! It’s the gospel truth!! Alan Brinkman.

Cathy

Saturday 5th of September 2020

So true Alan and I'm so sorry yall lost your little Winnie!

Cindy

Friday 4th of September 2020

I've had my chihuahuas called mice. I now call them the mouse brigade. People freak out when you tell them you have to go home to walk the mice.

Cathy

Friday 4th of September 2020

LOL, I'd love to see their faces when you tell them that Cindy!

Linda

Friday 4th of September 2020

I have a chihuahua who's name is Shadow Yes I have heard some of them but the one I mostly Love is shadow and I were in a park a guy who had a big dog and wasn't bad looking for a big Big dog then another guy came to me and said That shadow was better looking then the bigger dog But here's what Shadow does for me Make me laugh every day,hardly barks but if some came to the House he would let me know,gives me hugs And we have fun together In dec he will be two and he hisn't changing his love So that what shadow does for me

Cathy

Friday 4th of September 2020

Shadow sounds like a wonderful little chi Linda.

Brenda

Friday 4th of September 2020

I have a chi-mix and she only barks when there's a reason to which is seldom. She's such a good watch dog. She's as sweet as can be I've had people make comments about her ears but it doesn't bother me cause my fur baby is beautiful to me inside & out!

Cathy

Friday 4th of September 2020

What do they say about her ears Brenda?

Jeff

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

I can attest to number one. I was a mail carrier for over 20 years and was bitten 14 times. Once by a goose (yes a goose) 13 times by a dog and 2 of those were by a chihuahua. Both times they went for the crotch. LOL. Still love dogs and have a chi as my fur baby now.