Temperament & Characteristics of a Chihuahua

The Chihuahua has such a unique temperament, which is a definite benefit of owning this breed of dog. This breed prefers to attach to one or two people and is incredibly loyal to its owner.

Almost all Chihuahuas need lots of human contact. If your dog feels as though it is not getting the required amount of petting, touching, and loving, it will let you know by doing something to get your attention (such as lightly pawing your leg or hand, whining, or rolling on its back at your feet).

If you plan to have more than one Chihuahua, you may find your dog becomes less stressed when left alone. For example, if you work and will be out of your home for long periods, two Chihuahuas might be better than one. They will most likely try to keep each other company.

With their kind temperament, watchdog-like qualities, low exercise requirements, and devotion, this breed of dog is excellent for disabled, elderly, or single people. The Chihuahua will literally lie in your lap for hours, being perfectly content.

Chihuahuas also love to curl up and sleep under covers. For this reason, you should expect that the foot of your bed, under the covers, would be occupied by your dog (which is great for keeping your feet warm on a cold winter night).

From the time your Chihuahua is a puppy, it is best to provide it with its own blanket or fluffy towel. By instinct, it will burrow under anything it can find as a way of keeping warm and feeling safe. This behavior is why the Chihuahua is sometimes nicknamed the “mole.”

 

Characteristics

You can probably already tell that Chihuahuas offer their owners with many fine characteristics. Here are the main types of characteristics you will find in this breed:

  •  Devoted

  •  Affectionate

  •  Dainty

  •  Delicate

  •  Requires little grooming

  •  Needs minimal exercise

  •  High-pitched, loud bark

  •  Must be kept warm

  • Has a long lifespan                                                                                            

Although Chihuahuas are small, they make excellent watchdogs (partly due to their acute hearing) and are very devoted to guarding their home. But keep in mind; this breed is completely unaware of their size, often going up against much larger breeds if they feel the need to protect their owner. For instance, if they feel their owner or territory is in danger, they will stand up to a Pit Bull without thinking twice. A Chihuahua can become aggressive, but they are not ill tempered. Since Chihuahuas have no or little comprehension as to their stature, when walking your dog, make sure it is always on a leash or harness to ensure its safety from other people and larger dogs.

Temperament

A Chihuahua’s temperament is based on traits inherited from its lineage, socialisation, and environment, just like with any dog breed. Owing a dog means being responsible and ensuring your pet is accustomed to being around people, noise, and the outside world. With smaller breeds, this is even more important.

For example, if a Chihuahua is allowed only to socialise with you and your immediate family (having little to no interaction with other people), its normal pleasant and friendly disposition can change. When a stranger comes to the door and your Chihuahua has not been prepared to handle new people, the possibility of biting and undue aggressiveness increases.

When talking with breeders about buying a Chihuahua puppy, you should have the opportunity to view both parents. You need to find a breeder that has given the puppy a lot of love, attention, and socialisation from birth. If a puppy reaches eight weeks of age and has not yet been socialised, that puppy will not be as friendly and accepting of people.

 

It is crucial to buy only from a top quality breeder or private individual that understands the importance of socialising puppies from an early age. The puppy that has been introduced to the world and worked with will be happy, friendly, well adjusted, and make an excellent pet for the entire family and outside friends.