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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: 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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David Blakeman

Sunday 20th of February 2022

I found my chihuahua in a house that I had rented to a young couple, abandoned, no food, no water, a very handsome long hair. He has become the love of my life. He is always with me, my shadow.


Sunday 20th of February 2022

Oh wow! I'm so glad you found him in time and gave him the home he deserves!

Harper, Marsha J

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

I tell everyone they are my security system. They are my life and love.Those adorable eyes melt my heart.


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Yes they definitely have the most expressive eyes of any dog breed, in my opinion. And no one will ever break in your house without them letting you know.

David Scott

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

I got my Chi several years ago from my daughter. She had him (Buddy) with an Irish Wolf Hound (Ripley) and the wolf hound was scared to death of him. My Buddy is lovely, friendly (unless you're a dog walking passed my window...or a pigeon/gull/cat) funny, loyal and a great companion for a 73 year old widower. I'm converted.


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

They do make great companions for us older folks and they will defend you to the death from that squirrel running by or that leaf blowing in the wind. LOL

Carla J Dahn

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

I was told I would need to crate my Rat Terrier/Chihuahua when I was adopting another dog from the Humane Society once. I was told the dog I was adopting would be back within the week because Rat/Chi I had, told them I would never bring back the dog I was adopting, I would find it a good home first. There is an adjustment period for all dogs after they first meet. My Rat/Chi was the alpha and they learned to get along beautifully. The dog I was adopting was a Shiba Inu/Rat Terrier mix and a bigger, older dog. I had a Yorkie/Chihuahua mix (2yrs.older) than my Rat/Chi (alpha, gotten at 4 wks. old). The one I was adopting was 8yrs. going on 9 and she was 2 yrs. older than my Yorkie/Chihuahua. The Shiba Inu/Rat never went back she stayed till she passed away short of 13 yrs. from pneumonia. But to tell me my dog needed to be crated doesn't go over well with me especially when you work at the Humane Society and all dogs need to get used to one another. It takes some time.


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Personally, I wouldn't crate mine either though I do use playpens with puppies. I have nothing against crates though and they work well for some. I just prefer not to crate my dogs.

Elissa Hughes

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Thank you for posting. People think if the dog doesn’t understand English it is ok to be rude. Imagine saying this to a child with Mom there?!!! Not the same? Yes, my dogs are my family. Next time I will use the retort that lady said,” I know how you feel…