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Thinking about buying a chihuahua puppy..

Anything I should know before getting one? Temperment?

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Shanti0804

Asked by Shanti0804 at 12:17 PM on Jul. 11, 2013 in Pets

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  • if you get it while it's a puppy and train it right, it will be fine. They do bark A LOT and stupid stuff though.
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 12:18 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • do you have kids? *not a fan of pets with younger kids...especially small pets
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 12:24 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • Some are very sensitive to wind hitting their ears. Ours would never go outside, so we had to litterbox train him like a cat (works the same as housebreaking them to go outside, but not nearly as easy as a cat). They are temperature sensative, so you will need sweaters and things if you take it outside at all in the winter. As puppies, they can't eat enough to maintain the calories they need. Our vet had us use a nutritional paste twice a day in addition to his normal food. You have to be very careful, especially as puppies, about letting them jump from too high a distance (too high for them, not you). They also generally tend to be pretty high strung - ours would climb us like a cat and curl up shivering on one of our shoulders if he so much as heard thunder.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:28 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • ignore that...I have 2 small kids and have a dog rescue, if you train your kids and your dogs how to respect each other, everything will be fine
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 12:28 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • Yes, I have a daughter. But she does not really bother my cat. So i didnt think a dog would be a problem
    Shanti0804

    Comment by Shanti0804 (original poster) at 12:29 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • We had a chihuahua that we got from someone my ex husband use to work with. He was older (almost 10) He was not good with my son picking him up, but other than that he was ok except for always barking. This one we had liked to nip alot.

    We now have a chihuahua mix. He is very lovable, rarely barks, playful, very close to my son, and loves to cuddle. We adopted him a month after he turned one.
    virginiamama71

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 12:30 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • they are a very mean breed
    and yes- I know there are going to be some who will defend them as the sweetest animal ever.
    but after reading about the dog try this site- you will learn why a territorial animal prone to nipping may be considered mean by some.

    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 12:32 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • no, they are not always sweet but they are not nippy little terrorists either. Just like pit bulls get called vicious monsters, Chihuahuas get called nippy and mean. It all depends on how you raise your dog.
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 12:43 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • *all I can say, is I have seen how kids treat animals...chase them around- pick them up ALL the time...toss them around like dolls...play rough for the size...

    not EVERY kid- but MANY that I have seen (different kids/ different households/ different pets)
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 12:48 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

  • Chihuahuas get called nippy and mean

    Ours wasn't mean, and the only time he got nippy was if the cockatiel dive bombed him. First time he actually caught a feather, he knew he was in trouble and hit his submissive pose. (cockatiel quit trying to pick him up after that, too) What he was, though, was easily spooked. I think that has a lot to do with the reputation.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:50 PM on Jul. 11, 2013

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