Chihuahua Dog Training Profile
Weight: 3 to 6 pounds
Height: 6 to 9 inches
Lifespan: 14 to 16 years
Chihuahua Temperament and History
This is one of the most popular and well-loved dog breeds. Their small size makes them ideal for living in small apartments, and their longer-than-average lifespan ensures owners will get to spend many happy years with them.
These feisty little dogs are considered by many to be a national symbol of Mexico, but they’ve existed in some form in that part of the world for several centuries.
The Techichi is generally accepted as the ancestor of the modern-day Chihuahua breed. Techichis were loved and prized by the Aztecs, and were often killed alongside their owners as a sacrifice to help guide them to the afterlife.
The Techichis were wiped out when Hernán Cortés invaded Mexico and conquered the Aztecs in the 1500s. The Chihuahua, as it’s known today, was not discovered until the mid 19th century. They’re named after the Mexican state they were found in.
They’re often lively, sassy and charming; they love to find ways to get what they want.
They also bond well with their owners, but they’re wary of strangers and prefer to hang around dogs of the same breed.
But, if they’re socialized early, they can be accepting and friendly toward other humans and animals. Because children have a tendency to play rough, Chihuahuas are best suited for more experienced dog owners who understand who to properly play with smaller dogs.
Chihuahua Training Tips
These dogs can be a bit touchy, which is why it’s so important they’re properly trained. They’ll easily lose their patience and snap at children or others who tease them.
Without proper training, they can also get possessive. This stems from their natural tendency to take on the dominant role.
That’s why it’s important for the owner to establish rules that help assert the fact they’re the leader. Training sessions present a good opportunity to do this, but it has to happen at home as well. You could make certain areas, such as your bed or a specific couch, off-limits, for example.
Although Chihuahuas have some stubborn tendencies, they are very intelligent dogs, and they love to please their owners. They respond well to training delivered in a positive manner.
Treats for obeying commands are a good method, but be careful not to overdo it; these dogs are very small and can easily be overfed. Do not tolerate any bad behavior with these dogs; if you allow them to as puppies, this will continue into adulthood.
It can also be difficult to potty train these dogs. Worst case, you’ll have to ease them into going outside to potty by initially paper training them indoors.
Once they’ve been trained, it’s best to keep Chihuahuas on a leash or a harness during walks. They are very small, but they’re also very active dogs and could easily get lost or hurt.