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Why Chihuahuas Are Amazing Companions For Seniors

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Chihuahuas are in the top 25 of the most popular dog breeds, and they are a great dog choice for seniors because they don’t need a lot of space. They are of course the world’s smallest dog breed, and this makes them really easy to handle – you don’t need to be strong to control them on a lead.

They thrive on attention and company and are so loyal to their owners. Famous senior chi owners include Jamie Lee Curtis, Mickey Rourke, and Sharon Osbourne – they are huge fans of this little dog breed, you only have to look at their cute faces to know why!

older lady woman holding chihuahua

Chihuahuas are loyal

One of the reasons why chihuahuas make wonderful companions is that they are extremely loyal and loving. They can be very comical and entertaining and often have eccentric and quirky personalities. You certainly can’t say that a chihuahua is dull to have around!

It is still important to socialize your chi, and train him to behave nicely – just because he is little, doesn’t mean that you can let him run amok. But because chihuahuas are so intelligent and easy to train, this shouldn’t be a problem.

What is so lovely for seniors, is that chihuahuas do love a cuddle – they like to be warm, and one of the best ways is to snuggle in with their owner. If you live alone, having a little doggy friend can be a great companion.

Chihuahuas adapt to your space

Unlike a mountain husky, you don’t need a lot of space to keep a chihuahua. They are just as happy to live in a small apartment, or retirement community, as they would be to live in a house.

They are really content playing indoor games and don’t need a lot of exercise. You will still need to walk your dog – they need around 30 minutes of exercise every day. This can come from games too, such as “fetch,” not just walkies. If you have a yard, just make sure that it is secure – these are little dogs and they can easily get out.


man hugging chihuahua

Chihuahuas are low maintenance

Unlike other long-haired breeds of dog, chihuahuas are really low maintenance. They don’t need to go to the groomers, and certainly don’t need to be bathed too often, as it can strip their coat of its natural oils.

They come in a variety of different colors, and don’t tend to shed large amounts of hair. It certainly doesn’t take much effort to make a chi look fabulous.

Also chihuahuas are small enough for an older person to easily lift. No straining your back trying to lift a large dog. These little guys are small enough for anyone to easily pick up.

Chihuahuas are a loyal and happy little breed that is perfect for seniors. They are excellent company, and will delight you with their unique and happy personality.

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Eve Safran

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Hi Cathy! My name is Eve Safran I am a big fan. I have vertigo and my doctor sent me for physical therapy to get Epley Maneuvers for vertigo. It helped me but does not help everyone. But if you don’t want to go to a doctor google it because I think you can do the exercises at Home. I had this done a while ago And the vertigo did not came back thank God. It is a horrible feeling. So please try that. If you have any other questions please email me .


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Katrina Hernandez

Friday 5th of June 2020

Cathy, in response to your vertigo, my husband had an episode of this a while ago. His doctor gave him prescription for an antibiotic and Meclizine 25mg. He was feeling better in no time. I too have had vertigo several times and also used this medication. It works wonders, but you will have to see a doctor. Hope you feel better!!


Saturday 6th of June 2020

Actually you can get Meclizine over the counter. Another reader told me about it so I ordered some from Amazon. I'm going to try that and if it doesn't help, I guess I'll have to go see a doctor.

Garry hundley

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I am on my fourth Chihuahua the first lived to 24 he was black and white, my second baby was an older girl when I got her, my next one found running out city streets he was with me for about four years the vet estimated his age at 18., My fourth one 6 he was four months old when I got him


Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Wow, you had one live to 24! You must be doing something right. What's your secret Garry?


Monday 13th of January 2020

We have a 4 year old chi and she is a wonderful companion. Bree is so smart even goes and tries to get her jacket to go outside. Looking forward to getting the emails.


Monday 13th of January 2020

Oh my gosh Susan, she's so cute! She looks like a smart girl.


Friday 4th of October 2019

I got my chi almost a year ago. She is the light of my life!!! I live in an assisted living facility and she has made friends with almost everyone.


Friday 4th of October 2019

That's so wonderful you have her and they allow it in the assisted living facility. I know a lot of them don't allow pets and I just don't understand why.