Although chihuahua puppies are tiny, their personalities are anything but! These quirky, loyal, always-by-your-side pups are straight-up hams who will capture your heart immediately.
Before going to a breeder (or better yet, a rescue!) to find the chihuahua pup of your dreams, here are a few things you should know about the itty bitty furball that is about to enter your life.
1. Your home, the furniture in your home, and your body will all become parkour obstacles
Chihuahuas are notoriously playful little things. Because of their spritely size, your chihuahua pup is going to treat every part of your home – including YOU – as part of their playground. If you are not comfortable with this, be sure to set limits with your pup early on to prevent bad habits from forming. Or you can use your chihuahua puppy as motivation to start working out; tight abs make a great chihuahua springboard.
2. They are highly vigilant
Chihuahuas are excellent watch dogs because they will most certainly alert you of any new person entering your home. Chihuahuas often get a bad rap for being yappers, when in reality, they can simply be mistrusting and want to make sure that you are safe! This behavior can be somewhat avoided, however, if you socialize your new chihuahua pup at an early age.
3. And they can be a little territorial
Your chihuahua pup will praise you like the food-bringing god you are. Because of this, they may get a little green with envy if you show attention to other animals or even people. Again, socialization is key to ward off negative territorial behaviors. Take your chihuahua pup to socialize with other small dogs and show him that yes, it is possible for you to pet another dog and still love him the most.
4. Their personalities (and hearts) are HUGE
Chihuahua puppies, while highly intelligent and trainable, don’t realize that they are only four pounds and that golden retriever across the street is literally 15 times its size. Your chihuahua puppy will act like she is queen of the castle and given her adorable face, chances are she will get away with it. Fortunately for you, her loyal subject, she is a kind and just queen who loves to snuggle under the blankets and shower you with kisses.
5. Your chihuahua puppy will convince you to get another chihuahua puppy
Chihuahuas, for the most part, LOVE being with other dogs, especially fellow chihuahuas. You know what would be more adorable than the one chihuahua puppy you have? Another chihuahua puppy. Rescue chihuahuas are often part of “bonded pairs” – you just can’t have one without the other! Sure, you say one is enough for you now, but give it some time.
Learn more about the chihuahua on Dogtime’s breed page.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a Chihuahua Rescue in your area.