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13 Things Only a Chihuahua Owner Understands

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Chihuahua dogs sometimes have a bad reputation but if they are as bad as they are portrayed, why are so many of us crazy for them?

2 chihuahuas in basket in background

I know once I got my first chihuahua, I knew I would always have one. It doesn’t mean I don’t love and have other dog breeds, but there is something special and different about chihuahuas.

Sometimes it seems that chihuahuas are their own breed of animal, completely different from other dogs. But They are dogs. Just funny, quirky, adorable little dogs.

I asked my readers on Facebook what is something only a chihuahua owner would understand and was surprised at the amount of responses. Well over 700 responses, closer to 800! Apparently we as chihuahua pet parents have a lot to say about this subject.

I went through them and made a list and will share with you the most common answers. Most I expected and have experienced with my own chihuahuas. There were a few though that I was surprised was so common with other pet parents.

sleepy chihuahua under orange blanket

1-Chihuahuas Love Burrowing in Blankets

This was the top answer. Chihuahuas, more than any other breed love their blankies and love to burrow in them until you often can’t even tell they are there. That’s why (as so many people pointed out) you have to be very careful before sitting down so you don’t sit on them.

2-Chihuahuas Have Rituals With Their Food

I was surprised at the amount of pet parents that responded with this answer. I know one of my chihuahuas does this (as does my yorkie too) but I didn’t realize it’s such a common thing. The most common ritual is that they pick up one piece of food at a time and carry it to a different room to eat it. 

Another ritual is that they will walk around the bowl one way and then turn around and walk around the bowl the other way before eating. 

I’m sure there are more quirky “food rituals” and if your dog does one, let us know in the comments. I’m sure we would all love to hear about it.

3-Personality Plus

For such tiny little dogs, chihuahuas have strong personalities. Your home will never be dull with a chihuahua around. I love seeing how different each of my dog’s personality is and how much fun they are to have around.

funny chihuahua with tongue out

4-Chihuahuas Have an Attitude

Well that’s probably an understatement. Chis have no idea that they are the smallest dog breed and think they can take on anyone or anything. I think they should change the phrase “Napoleon Complex” to “Chihuahua Complex”.

5-You Will Never Need a Doorbell

Chihuahuas actually make pretty good watch dogs. They may not scare of an intruder but they will definitely let you know about it. They will also let you know if someone is walking by on the sidewalk, or a leaf is blowing across the yard. 

6-Chihuahuas Love to Bark

This kind of goes along with not needing a doorbell. Chihuahuas do love to bark. A lot. It can be annoying and doesn’t help their bad reputation. 

chihuahua barking

7-Chihuahuas are the Ultimate Lap Dog

Chihuahuas love nothing better than to snuggle in the lap of their favorite human. They are great companions. 

8-Chihuahuas are Loyal and Devoted

Chis decide who their human will be and though they may love everyone in a household, there is usually one special person who belongs solely to that chihuahua. At least in their mind that is. 

All dogs are loyal but I had never seen the same degree of loyalty a chihuahua has in any other breed, have you?

Once they decide they love you, you will never have a moment alone again. You will have a constant tiny shadow.

fawn chihuahua under the covers

9-Shivering and Shaking

This seems to be universal among chihuahuas. I haven’t met one yet that doesn’t do it to some degree. And there are different reason for it. Click the link to learn more about why chihuahuas shake and shiver.

10-Chis Tend to Paw at Their Pet Parents

Lucy does this to me a lot but I didn’t realize this was so prevalent among chihuahuas. A lot of chi parents wrote that their chihuahua will slap at them with their paw when they want attention, to be picked up, to be petted or fed, or whatever. 

Lucy does it when she wants me rub her belly with my toes. If I stop, she scratches my ankles until I give in. It definitely lets me know when her nails need trimming.

11-House Training Issues

This was a big one among chihuahua owners and it’s one I hear about every day from readers. House training a chihuahua seems to be harder than with any other breed.

smiling chihuahua with urine stain

12-Chihuahuas can be Demanding

Let’s face it. The dark side of their big personalities is that chis can be demanding. I heard more than once “My chihuahua owns me“.

Chihuahuas can be overly sensitive and get their feelings hurt easily. They love attention. They can be clingy. They can be bossy. They can be aggressive. 

Please notice I said “can“. It’s a generalization. Not all chis are like this but many do have some sort of issue to some degree.

13-Chihuahuas are Love

These little balls of fur are the purest form of love. When they love you, they love you with all their heart, soul and being. I try to be worthy of their love as much as I can.

paw print graphic in purple and turquoise


So what do you think of this list? Can you relate to it? Were any of them a surprise to you?


Tuesday 31st of January 2023

I have two little girls Chihuahua . Reading this article is my two girls to the tee. Thank you for the information.

Madeline E Banyas

Monday 30th of January 2023

i love my chihuahua. he is quirky and fun. he sleeps with and perfect companion. he loves me no matter what and i love him.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

Cathy: I think how we perceive loyalty is directly related to the dogs environment. The whole world is open to most other preeds, as just a small world is open to our little Chi's. We see our little guy's loyalty from the perspective of his or her tiny world. So they are going to seem more loyal to us from that perspective. My border collies were I think, more loyal from their huge world, and because of their superior intelligence. My border collies could be a quarter mile away, exploring the woods of my horse farm. All I had to do was whistle, and he would come running full speed, and stop dead at my feet! Both breeds were just as loyal, ready and happy, ready to receive my command, wanting to do whatever I ask of them.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Interesting perspective Michael. Thanks for sharing!

Sarwar Abdullah

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

My grandmother is 74 and her Chihuahua is going to be the last dog of her. Her Chihuahua is almost everything in your article. She is 15 (actual birthday is unknown as we got her as an owner give up) but she is the best dog I have ever had as my own. She is just not a pet but a true family member


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

My vet told me about the burrowing under blankets on my 2chi mixes first check up/visit. I had never known that trait. She mentioned that light fleece blankets are good to buy for them. It is fun to send my friends pics of my Chanel and Nike all warm and contorted in one to 6 of their wee blankies. So lucky that I chose these small loyal dogs.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

@Cathy, Absolutely! My daughter bought a soft baby blanket for my little Addie, when she was only a few months old, and it has been one of her favorite things, if not her favorite..! She had her bed on a small lounge chair next to my Lazy Boy. I started throwing the hot towels out of the dryer, on top of her, and she didn't even move. It was like heaven to her. She would peak her face out from the middle of the towels, and just lay there quietly in!


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

They do love their blankies!