One may wonder why Chihuahuas are one of the world’s most favorite pet dog breeds. Granted, they are the smallest breed of dogs in the world, but this is not the reason why people love them so much. Many notable individuals, and even movie characters, own Chihuahuas so there must be something special about these dogs.
Chihuahuas have the most peculiar of characters and despite their small size, they exhibit a wide range of individual temperaments. Just like their distinct owners, Chihuahuas are quite unique and their behavior is quite different. Although there are generalizations about the temperament of certain dog breeds, you will not find one Chihuahua that behaves like another.
Genetics plays an important role
When asked to describe this peculiar dog breed, people express varying views. They have characterized the dogs as bold, timid, funny, feisty, stubborn, confident and a whole lot of differing adjectives. So one wonders how these dogs come to be so unique. Firstly, the personality of a Chihuahua will depend on the temperament of the parents. If both of them were feisty, then you will have a dog that hardly rests at all. On the other hand, if they were timid, then you will have a dog that hardly leaves the basket.
Training makes the rest
However, despite this inherited character, the way the dog is bred and trained also has an effect on its disposition. On one hand they are referred to as toy dogs since they are tiny, and on the other hand they are given this description because their owners tend to treat them as such. You will find these dogs being carried around in bags or even under the arms, and most times they will be dressed up or have some sort of fashion accessory on their body. The owners tend to give them too much attention and spoil them rotten. It is commonplace owner to make excuses for the dogs’ bad behaviors and avoid being harsh with them; this leads to the development of a spoiled attitude. They can also be a nuisance to people they are not used to; all dogs need to be properly trained and taught that they have to be amicable to all.
The small guardians
When it comes to protecting those it loves, a Chihuahua has very few competitors. This is a dog that is naturally suspicious of strangers and will bark whenever they see one; this is a trait that makes them excellent alarm dogs. As soon as they sniff a person or animal that they are not used to, they will go into a fit of barking which will alert you to this intrusion. A Chihuahua is also a very ferocious dog when it is in “Protective Mode” It will run up to any stranger and take a nifty bite when provoked or when it feels that the person poses a threat to its owner.
When it comes to interacting with other animals, the Chihuahua is quite friendly. If you have other dogs in the home, then you can expect it to get along well with them. Quite interestingly, the Chihuahua will also interact well with cats, something that does not happen easily with other dog breeds. Should a Chihuahua have issues with other dogs then proper training will help ease the tension. These are dogs that socialize exceptionally well with one another and they are perfect for a person looking for more than one pet dog.
In search for the right one
When choosing a Chihuahua, it is best to interact with several before you take one home; the Chihuahua is a very snobbish dog breed. They seem to have a connection with the prospective owner that cannot be rushed or pushed. They prefer to take a liking to you and not the other way round.
Generally, Chihuahua behavior issues are the ones that make the dogs so lovable. They are eccentric dogs, whose energetic behavior can bring sunshine and laughter into any home. They tend to learn tricks very fast, making them a favorite among children. When looking to buy a Chihuahua, you need to pay close attention to the intricacies of their behavior. You will never look back once you get one that takes a liking to your personality.