Before considering adopting a Chihuahua, do some research and read through the internet and other reading materials like dog magazines to learn as much as you can about Chihuahuas and children. Chihuahua.net is a great place to start You can also interview people who have a chihuahuas and children. Ask the animal shelter, where you plan to adopt, or better yet a veterinarian about a Chihuahua’s traits and how to take care of it properly. Next step is to assess yourself if you are fit to own one.
Chihuahua’s are not for display and taking care of a dog has its responsibilities. Any shelter will evaluate anyone that plans to adopt a Chihuahua and judge you if you are fit. If you have a family with young kids under 12 years old, the shelter may decline you because of this. Why, you might ask, because Chihuahuas and children especially young children are somewhat alike and don’t get along.
Chihuahuas and children: The Problem
Chihuahuas are small and also fragile animals, young children may not be able to understand this. The uncoordinated and clumsy movements of a toddler, for example, can lead to accidentally stepping on, dropping or even squeezing a Chihuahua too much. Bumping its head, that also has a soft-spot similar to a human infant, can lead the Chihuahua becoming seriously injured. A Chihuahua also has undesirable qualities designed to protect them when they are most fearful that can be addressed when they are trained properly at a young age. Chihuahua’s are not toys they are also animals that strive to survive. Chihuahuas and children can be a problematic combination because a chihuahua’s traits come as an instinct so when they see a child as a competitor because of its jealousy trait they may bite or even bark at them. As a reminder we can train a dog but we can’t explain things like jealousy to them since we don’t speak the dog’s language. Most likely the approach that is often taken is talking it through with a child who may better understand.
Chihuahuas and children may not get along but also consider other such similar animal with the same temperament such as Terriers and a cats, definitely a testing mix in the presence of a chihuahua. The Chihuahua however can get along with other dogs when they adapt to each other’s company, especially when introduced young. Keep a close eye on your little friend when they play with other dogs, as they both may act out their own instincts and may not know their own limitations this can lead to a Chihuahua provoking the larger dog and a larger dog mistaking it for a toy. Chihuahuas and children are not incompatible but require vigilence and attention.
I intend to have this article be clear in that any dog not just chihuahuas and children should only mix under close supervision and good training on the owner and Chihuahuas behalf.