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Should You Get A Chihuahua? Pros and Cons of Having a Chi

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NOTE FROM CATHY: We have a guest post for you today from Linda over at Pawsome Talk.

The Chihuahua is the cutest breed of dog you can have at home. There are many theories that discuss their origin. Some theories state that they came from Asia or America. They have stolen the hearts of many people, but owning them is a big responsibility.

As the chi is a small dog, there are many things you must take into consideration. Before picking this cute furry little dog, you need to analyze all the pros and cons. Here we provide you with all the relevant information so that you can make a decision.

Pros of Owning a Chihuahua

1. Chihuahuas are adorable and cute.

They are the cutest dogs I have ever seen. They are so sweet and small that they can easily get fit into your arm or lap. They are very loyal and caring. It is fun to be with them and watch them playing for long periods of time as they are very affectionate. They will love you unconditionally. You can make homemade dog food as a treat to your loved pet.

2. They are excellent pets if you are living in an apartment.

A Chihuahua is small in size. They do not require large spaces or fields to play. Your home can provide a lot of space for him to run, roam about and exercise.

3. Good watch dogs.

Chihuahuas have excellent eyesight and hearing capabilities and having them around provides security at home. It will alert you if a stranger enters or trespasses into the house.

They are considered  great watch dogs. You will feel less stress that burglars and thieves are sneaking in with these little guys around.

4. They are good learners and can be taught to use the litter box.

I trained my Chihuahua to use the litter box inside my home. You tell them once that you have to litter here, they will obey you. Use newspaper or organic material inside the litter box.

5. This pet dog is easy to groom.

Do you fancy having a well-groomed puppy? It takes only a few minutes to groom your Chihuahua. You just need to give them a refreshing bath and trim their nails regularly. As this dog has short hair, minimal time is required for brushing. Long haired Chihuahuas take a little more time but are much easier to groom than some other breeds.

6. They have a longer lifespan.

This breed of dogs lives between 11 and 20 years; ideally, they live more than 15 years. The longer these dogs live, the longer you will be able to spend and nurture them.

7. They are a perfect travel buddy for you.

Chihuahuas are small in size. Traveling with these cute, furry canines is very easy. They are so small that they can fit in a lady’s handbag. They love to travel with their masters and can become comfortable within small spaces. Therefore, carrying them along is convenient.

8. They are super intelligent dogs.

The Chihuahua breed is quick and intelligent. They are perfect for learning things; therefore, training them for various habits is easy.

Cons of Owning a Chihuahua

1. Chihuahuas are fragile; you must take extra care of them.

The Chihuahua is a comparatively weak dog and can easily get injured. They can hurt themselves even when falling from a couch, so special care must be required. For instance, I ensure that my ‘Chi’ doesn’t linger around electric cords, fences, heights, and large beasts. I watch him constantly to prevent injury.

2. You have to keep them warm.

It is hard for the Chihuahua to survive in cold weather. They love a warm climate. You must put some clothes on them if you are going out with them in the cold.

3. The Chihuahua has the tendency to bond with a single person in the family

Yes, my ‘Chi’ is closer to my mother more than anyone else in my family. You must have noticed the same in your house as well. They usually aren’t family dogs as they are not able to create a bond with the entire family.

If they feel uncomfortable or threatened, they can nip or bite. However, if this dog is raised and socialized from an early stage, they are excellent pets.

Children may not be able to take care of the fragile dog. A simple and rough handling can easily harm him. Most Chihuahuas do not get well with the young children as they fear they will get hurt. Chihuahuas must be handled with care.

4. This pet dog barks a lot

Chihuahuas are not the best choice of a pet if you are living in a location where silence is required. If the walls of your house are not thick enough, the barking sound will go outside the house.

Chihuahuas are very particular about their territory and the place where they live. They don’t  adapt well to changes in locations easily. You can train them to overcome this.

5. They are very sensitive and can have health issues.

There are two sensitive spots in the body of Chihuahua.

  • Melora: It is a soft spot on the skull where the skull does not close fully.
  • Patellar Luxation: It is located where knee cap slides in and out of the tendon. This condition causes a lot of discomfort.

Their skeletal  system is weak and thin. Avoid letting your Chihuahua to do high impact exercises.  These conditions (Melora and Patellar luxation) are easy to control with regular health checkups. They require a lot of attention and care towards their health.

6. Chihuahuas often do not do well with other animals

Other dogs can hurt them while playing. If another dogs snaps, it can be life- threatening for him. Chis tend to prefer other chis. Of course there are exceptions and some chihuahuas get along great with other animals in the household.

They are prone to eye injuries so think twice before having a cat at home. So, can cats eat dog food? The food for cats and dogs are different. Cats must eat food rich in taurine, a protein. A dog can synthesize their Taurine. Cat food is too rich for dogs and can cause them to put on weight.

My “Chi” is adorable; no matter how noisy he is at home. I cannot live without him, nor can any of my family members live without him either.

You have all the benefits and drawbacks of having a Chihuahua clear now; so, decide for yourself, whether or not to get one. For me, they are simply irresistible.

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Jennifer

Sunday 31st of May 2020

For those that have lost a beloved Chi baby, I'll share what I did to help ease my grief. After both of my boys passed within months of each other, I couldn't stand the silence in my house. Tiny had a typical high pitched Chi bark but JJ sounded like he weighed 100 pounds and, as Chis will do, they used their barks frequently. In their memory, I got two wind chimes, one in a high tinkling register and one with a very deep resonant sound. I hung them in trees in my yard in their favorite corner and now I not only have a reminder of them, but I can tell myself they could be visiting me when the chimes ring! It has worked very well to ease my grief for them, as well as honor their memory!

Cathy

Monday 1st of June 2020

What a lovely idea Jennifer! Thanks for sharing.

Shirley

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Never in all my life had I considered getting a chihuahua. When our daughter was in high school she wanted one. We got Bradford, who quickly became our dog. He also loved my mom. When we brought her home for her final weeks, he stayed under the foot of her bed. We found Coco at a flea market. He was a little psycho because I think he was mishandled by a small child. He was very protective of me. We lost him due to seizures. When I got ready to retire I decided that I wanted another chi, so we got Boots. What a precious little boy! Ball playing is his favorite pastime. Sadly, he has congestive heart disease and is on meds. He is 13 and I am dreading the day we will lose him. We lost Bradford a few years after getting Boots. Soon we added Beamer to the mix. He is almost hairless and is one of the funniest dogs I’ve ever seen. A couple years after getting Beamer, I saw Buttons on the website where we got the other boys. He looked like he would be a character and he has not disappointed. He is the wild child and definitely the most vocal of the boys. Shortly after getting Buttons, the girl who we got him from offered us his sister. Her name was Bizzie. Another B to the mix! She was my baby girl and my shadow. She got sick one day and we had to have her out down the next. I am still grieving over losing her. The boys are our travel buddies. We have a camper and they go with us. We have a stroller and take them anywhere that is pet friendly. They have never met a stranger and put smiles on faces everywhere they go. People want to pet them and take their picture all the time. They had a ball in Maine and New Brunswick with us last summer. They were able to eat at many places with us and developed a love for chowder! They are getting older now (Beamer is 13 and Buttons is 10) and are slowing down some. We are discussing adding a new baby girl to the mix but haven’t made the decision yet. If we do, the will become the 4th B and will be named Bella. We have found that we definitely suffer from Multiple Chihuahua Syndrome!

Cathy

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

I loved hearing about your chis Shirley. Thanks so much! And they are so cute in their stroller.

Angela Edwards

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

My two Chi's genuinely love everyone, they will happily cuddle up together on both me and my husband and also with any visitors, they don't snap or bark much at all they are such quiet dogs for Chi's and extremely affectionate even with small children, they are 6 years old and I rehomed them 9 months ago so I can't take the credit for their lovely behaviour, I have never met sweeter dogs, I never even considered having a Chi before because of their reputation but they are my babies

Cathy

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

You are really lucky Angela, they sound like little gems! And adorable too.

Lisa

Saturday 11th of January 2020

Eli is so cute! So glad you have him.

Melissa

Monday 23rd of December 2019

I have a Chihuahua mix. I've always been a big dog person. When my pitbull passed away I was so heartbroken I couldn't bring myself to get another dog. My fiance begged me for a few years to get another dog and I just couldn't do it. 7 years went by and then my little Eli showed up on my doorstep. He was about four weeks old and needed a home. I sat down on my dining room floor and he climbed right up in my lap. He's been in my lap ever since LOL. I could not love this dog more. He is now two years old he goes everywhere with us. He has only been left home alone four times in the two years that we have had him. He normally goes to work every day with my fiance. If he cannot go to work with my fiance for some reason he comes to work with me. He is definitely more attached to me than my fiance. She growls a lot but he is not aggressive. Is growling is just him being vocal. He's got the biggest personality I've ever seen for a small dog. He is what makes me smile every day. That day when he showed up on our doorstep was the best day of Our Lives. Couldn't love my little Eli more!! <3 <3

Cathy

Monday 23rd of December 2019

What a wonderful story Melissa! I'm so glad you and little Eli found each other.