Children just want to hold this adorable puppy and do not realise how delicate they are until they have grown a little. Most puppies weigh less than a pound or two and can easily fit into a shirt pocket. This size of dog should never be left alone unattended with any child. Even when the Chihuahua has matured, because children can be overly playful and sometimes rough, the dog may feel threatened and growl or bite.
If you have small children in your home who are curious or hyperactive and will boldly approach your dog, then the Chihuahua is not a good match. Now this does not mean this breed is not friendly around children, because they are. A Chihuahua would be better suited with a calmer, gentler child. However, they do not like small children tugging or teasing them, or getting in their face. This type of situation could provoke your dog to snap or bite at your child. Since all children can be unpredictable at times, the owner’s knowledge of the child and the dog is the best judgment.
You may want to choose a different breed of dog when dealing with small children. However, if you have your heart set on buying a Chihuahua, by working closely with your children and teaching them not to tease, squeeze too hard, yell at the dog, drop the dog (or anything else that could cause harm), you can have a beautiful pet and happy children.
Once your children see how much fun their new Chihuahua can be and the love it will give to them, they will work hard to do everything right. You know your children best and whether or not they can handle a very small dog. Who knows, your child and Chihuahua could be meant for each other! Each circumstance is unique and only you can decide which option to pick. Some Chihuahuas get along great with young kids, while others should be avoided like the plague.