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Why Senior Chihuahuas Rock

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why senior chihuahuas rockOlder dogs are often overlooked in shelters and that’s a darn shame. They have so much love to give us. Even if they may be a little grey around the edges and aren’t as cute as a wriggling puppy, senior chihuahuas have so much to offer us.

They Know the Rules of Dog Life

Senior Chihuahuas have been around for a while. You’ve trained them to perfection, socialized them (hopefully) beautifully, and confirmed your lifestyle to suit your aging buddy to a ‘T’.

With years of experience behind them, these adorable fellows have seen quite a bit in their day. No longer having the curiosity and wild energy of a puppy, your senior chihuahua doesn’t need the obedience courses or visits to the trainer that he or she once did. Your little ‘fur-oldie’ no longer leaps around with reckless abandon when company visits.

Yup, your little senior Chihuahua is a true pro at the dog life, having seen it all!

  • Already socialized
  • Familiar with children and other animals
  • Calm; lower energy requirements

Senior Chihuahuas Need Little Training

Because your senior has seen it all, that awkward ‘puppy phase’ is long behind. No need to deal with extensive house training (it can take around 4 months (or longer) to fully house train a puppy!); that was done long ago. No more stains on the carpet or smelly messes in the house.

Speaking of which, your senior has a fully developed, mature adult brain. Unlike a puppy, your dog’s personality has been shaped and molded perfectly by life’s experiences.

  • Already Potty Trained
  • Doesn’t run with abandon
  • Knows the rules of the house

They Love to Snuggle

Your little fella isn’t a puppy anymore. They are more than content to snuggle up on the couch while you catch a movie marathon. Lower maintenance than years ago, your little chihuahua is a breeze to care for!

Your relatives all know your chihuahua. They’ve bonded long ago; life apart is unimaginable. You love that warm ball of fur cuddled up next to you to pieces! Yup, your senior chi has firmly established him/herself as part of the family long ago!

  • Chihuahuas have one of the longest lifespans of any dog breed; spanning an avg. of 10-18 years! Some even make it to their 20’s. This means your ‘senior’ Chihuahua might not be very senior at all.
  • Chihuahuas are considered light to moderate shedders; cleaning up constant dog hair isn’t a problem!

Are you a calm, mellow, relaxed type of person? If that is the case, an older ‘Chi’ is definitely for you!

 

older chihuahuaWhy Adopt a Chihuahua?

If the incredible, loving bond they offer or the constant source of company and self-esteem boosting attention doesn’t get you, consider the fact that you are literally saving a life.

The pet industry is a very money driven industry that large scale dog breeders are more than willing to take advantage of. Unfortunately, there is no where near the space or funds available within our country to support the immense number of animals produced; a great many of them wind up in shelters or ‘euthanized’.

Because the many shelters across the United States can’t afford to care for all of the stray animals that are taken in, over a million dogs are destroyed annually.

  • As of 2014, a Chihuahua was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the smallest dog in the world!

Right now, all 3 of my dogs are seniors, all over 10. And I love this stage of their lives.

Do you have a senior chihuahua? Will you consider adopting a senior chi the next time you are looking to add a dog to your family?

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Diane Murray

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

My Little Man is 16. He will be 17 mid April. He's my world.

Cathy

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Aww, that's wonderful Diane!

Kyla J.

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

My Bentley is a "senior" or so they tell me - he's 11, will be 12 in March, but doesn't look a day over 5. He still prances around, plays chase with his kitty friend, loves to go for walks and the occasional dash across the yard.

Cathy

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Good for Bentley! I hope you have many more years with him!

Laurie

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

I have two senior chihuahuas. Both are 14 years old. One has gone blind due to cataracts, and the other has a heart condition. I love them so much that I will do anything to make sure they stay happy and healthy as long as possible.

Cathy

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

You sound like an awesome dog mom Laurie!

Holly

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Loved the story about senior Chi's. I adopted an old guy at possibly 6 or 8 years old from a shelter 6 years ago and I still have him today! I don't know what I would do without him.

Cathy

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

I'm so glad you gave him a good home Holly! So many older dogs are overlooked in shelters.

Judy Hanstead

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I am very interested in adopting a chìhuahua and would know where you are located. I live in Ontario Canada and would like to get more information and how I proceed from here. I have had a rescue chihuahùa in the past and she was the best pet I have ever owned. I currently don't have any pets and I really miss that.

Thanks JUDY

Cathy

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Hi Judy, I'm in Virginia but I don't adopt out or sell chis. I just write about them. We do have an article that might help you find a rescue: https://ilovemychi.com/how-to-find-a-chihuahua-rescue/