If you had asked me 20 years ago I would have informed you in no uncertain terms that I was in not, repeat not, a small dog person. I love standard collies with which I can wrestle, play tackle football with and give up most of my bed to. I now own two small dogs. I don’t know what happened and I’m not sure when. But somewhere along the line they dragged me in; those small dog people.  They’re just like their dogs, ruthless!

And the most vicious, ruthless one of all? The fiercest, most deviant ruler of their domain… the dreaded… Chihuahua. These dogs will take on the biggest and baddest junkyard dog and think nothing of it.

And yet, watch one with their owner. They will cradle it like a baby, put it in cute little dresses and snuggle with it endlessly. Because that’s what the Chihuahua loves. They love to be cared for, babied, spoiled rotten and waited on hand and foot. They are loving and loyal to their owners. Different temperaments accompany different dogs, but all in all they absolutely adore their owner and have time for others (including other animals) only when they see fit. If well adjusted, they will allow anyone to cradle them like a child and coo sweetly to them.

However; they are nervous and tend to tremble most of the time. Owners I have spoken to can’t decide if the trembling is from being nervous or the fact that they probably have to pee all of the time. Their bladders are approximately the size of a sweet pea. This presents problems, as you can well imagine.  The good news is, they adapt easily to piddle pads and will do their business there; making things easier on everyone. These dogs are highly intelligent and simply will not be ignored. So do yourself a favor and give him his own little ‘area’.  Another reason for their constant trembling may be the fact that they are frequently cold. This would also give credence to the attraction they have for constantly wanting to cuddle and snuggle.

Chihuahuas are more or less coach potatoes, or snuggle bugs; they will play occasionally and do enjoy a nice walk. Keep in mind when you’re walking one however, how tiny their legs are and how hard they have to work just to keep up. If you’re planning on walking your Great Dane and your Chihuahua at the same time, be prepared to end up carrying the little one home. In addition to tiring on a long walk due to their tiny stature, they are easily ‘missed’ if not watching where one is walking. You need to know where they are at all times. Not that the dog will get into anything (intentionally), you just need to know where they are so you don’t squash them!

The danger does exist for them too to squeeze into any area where you would not ordinarily attribute to be a space that a dog could squeeze into.  They need a lot of attention, love and care. Just like a baby. If that’s what you’re looking for in a dog or companion; a Chihuahua is the perfect dog for you. They have quite the lengthy life expectancy, so you and your little pal should enjoy many cuddly, loving years together.