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Should you get a chihuahua?

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Chihuahuas are lively little dogs. Thanks to Taco Bell advertising, movies like the Beverly Hills Chihuahua and its compact Chihuahua size are more popular now than ever. You’ve probably seen Paris Hilton sporting her little Chihuahua “Tinkerbell” on television or on magazine covers. These little dogs are often tucked into purses and (sadly) carried as a fashion accessory.

If you are thinking of getting a Chihuahua, you need to do some research first. These cute little doggies are NOT suitable for every household and unfortunately people get Chihuahua without researching and as a result the pounds and animal shelters are seeing more and more Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas love attention

Chihuahuas are the type of dog that you put in your backyard to hang out all day while you go to work. A Chihuahua will want to be with you and will need a lot of attention. They are very sociable small dogs and form very strong bonds with their owners. Chihuahuas are known to become very territorial of their space and their owners.

Chihuahuas and space

Due to the small size of Chihuahuas, they do not require a lot of space.

Chihuahuas and toddlers

If you have young children in your home, you should know that most Chihuahuas will view their children as a competition for attention. Chihuahuas are also known to pinch people. Some Chihuahuas do a little more than pinch and bite. These dogs can bite both young children and adults. For the most part, well socialized Chihuahuas are friendly.

Another concern of having children around Chihuahuas is the size of the Chihuahua. Dogs are so small that active children can accidentally hurt them. Playing rough with the Chihuahua is a no-no.

Chihuahuas can be yippy

Chihuahuas are very nervous little dogs. Some Chihuahuas are yippy and run around barking their heads for no reason. Not all Chihuahuas are like this though, but you really can’t tell if your Chihuahua puppy will grow up to be a yippy puppy.

Chihuahuas health problems

Chihuahuas are known for many specific health problems. Common health problems in Chihuahua include: heart conditions, bladder stones, hypoglycemia, bone and joint diseases, tracheal collapse, and obesity.

Not all Chihuahuas have the negative traits mentioned above. Most Chihuahuas are great little dogs. Before deciding on a Chihuahua for your family, do more research, read stories, and visit your local animal shelter.

A great alternative to a Chihuahua for families with young children is the Rat Terrier. These dogs are about the same size as Chihuahuas and are wonderful with even the smallest children.

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