For the Love of Dogs

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Is a Chihuahua right for you?

After featuring alongside many Hollywood celebrities, starring in Taco Bell commercials, and even having their own films made about them (a la Beverly Hills Chihuahua) chihuahuas have become a very popular breed in North America. They are the smallest of the toy breeds, with purebred chihuahuas generally weighing between 3 to 6 pounds. Small enough to be taken on a plane as carry-on luggage, with ears like radar dishes and enormous, endearing eyes, it’s no wonder they’ve charmed their way into the hearts and lives of folks all around the world.

But before you find the nearest chihuahua breeder and run out to get yourself a new puppy it’s important to understand what a commitment it is to adopt a chihuahua. Despite their minuscule size, these…

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Chihuahuas and Children

This is a good question, and the answer is that it depends. Chihuahuas are not suitable pets for children, especially young children, and should not be given to children as such. This isn’t necessarily because chihuahuas will be aggressive toward the children, but because children can often be reckless and careless. Chihuahuas are very small dogs, and despite their feisty temperaments and apparent toughness, they are still fragile, delicate, and easily hurt.

Children may accidentally hurt a chihuahua in many ways, including stepping on them, kicking them, sitting on them, dropping them, or simply squeezing them too tightly in a hug. When the dog may weigh as little as 3 pounds, you can see how easily a child could hurt it.

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Chihuahuas and Other Pets

Chihuahuas should be combined with other pets cautiously, and depending on breed and circumstances. As a general rule of thumb, chihuahuas will learn to get along with most other house pets but they can get overwhelmed if your house is a veritable petting zoo. As with people though, not all dogs are the same, and some react very poorly to the introduction of additional pets, so it’s important to gauge your dog’s temperament and disposition.

With that said, there are some ways you can successfully integrate a chihuahua with other pets. The first, and best way, would be to raise your chihuahua and your other pet(s) together from an early age. If you already have mature animals in the household, try to adopt a puppy or young chihuahua, as most…