What are Chihuahuas? They’re the smallest breed of dog in the world. Do they make good pets? Yes, they do! We’ve put together a list of 13 things you should know before adopting one as your new best friend.
Table of Contents
- What Do I Need to Know About My Chihuahua Puppy?
- What Do Chihuahua Puppies Need?
- What Should I Do With My New Chihuahua Puppy?
- How Do You Take Care of a Baby Chihuahua?
- Are 2 Chihuahua Puppies Better Than 1?
- Are Male or Female Chihuahua Puppies More Affectionate?
- Should Chihuahua Puppies Sleep With You?
- What Food Is Bad for Chihuahua Puppies?
- How Do You Potty Train a Chihuahua Puppy?
- How Long Do Chihuahua Puppies Sleep?
- Are Chihuahua Puppies Hard to Train?
- How Often Do Chihuahua Puppies Need Baths?
- Why Do Chihuahua Puppies Shake?
What Do I Need to Know About My Chihuahua Puppy?
There are a few things you should know about Chihuahua puppies right off the back.
- Chihuahuas are very nervous dogs and will bark at anything
- They’re always cold and prefer body heat to warm them
- They can be very protective
- They tend to develop hypoglycemia without proper care and nutrition
- They sometimes scream when you pick them up
What Do Chihuahua Puppies Need?
You’ll need a few things to keep your Chihuahua puppy happy, safe, and healthy.
- Chihuahua-specific or small breed dog food
- Shampoo and conditioner for long-haired Chihuahuas
- Warm sweater or blanket
- Natural-bristle brush for grooming
What Should I Do With My New Chihuahua Puppy?
One of the first things you should do is make the puppy comfortable with you. Your first instinct may be to grab them and cuddle them. However, that can scare the puppy off. You’re much larger than the puppy and reaching down to it and scooping it up can be terrifying.
You should get close to its height first and just let it explore its new home. Some Chihuahuas will instinctively seek your company to stay warm. Praise them whenever they do.
You’ll also want to start working on potty training. Chihuahuas tend to be stubborn and do whatever they want, so the earlier you start, the better.
How Do You Take Care of a Baby Chihuahua?
Follow these steps to successfully take care of your baby Chihuahua.
1. Understand Their Nutritional Needs
Puppies require a specific amount of vitamins, protein, and minerals to stay healthy. This is crucial for them to receive the right amount of nutrition to grow into a healthy adult.
Take the time to learn about the specific dietary needs of your Chihuahua. Your vet can help.
Then find the appropriate food that supports their nutrition.
Another thing to consider is their fast metabolism. Chihuahuas have small stomachs and don’t eat that much. However, they also have high metabolisms and a lot of energy. They need to eat frequently throughout the day, but only in small amounts. Work with your vet to figure out the amount of food you should be feeding your puppy every day.
2. Let Them Explore
Puppies are naturally curious. They want to explore the world around them. You should let your puppy explore its new home. However, make sure that you supervise them. Because of their size, they’re very delicate.
Getting into the wrong thing could seriously injure them.
One of the most important things to do is bond with your new puppy. Chihuahuas love to be around people, especially against them to keep warm. Be physically and verbally affectionate with them.
Give them treats when they’re warranted, play with them, and start training them. By giving them positive attention, they’ll want to spend more time with you.
It’s never too early to start training your puppy once it’s home. Use reward-based training to get the best results and keep your puppy happy while they’re learning. Potty training should be the first hurdle to jump. From there, you should work on obedience commands like sit and stay.
Are 2 Chihuahua Puppies Better Than 1?
Chihuahuas are social dogs. However, they tend to get along better with their fellow Chihuahuas than other dogs. One reason for this is due to their size. Other dogs tend to be larger and can hurt the dog during playtime, even if they don’t mean to.
When there’s more than one Chihuahua, they can also cuddle together for warmth when you’re not there.
They’re able to play together and bond with one another which makes both of them happy.
Are Male or Female Chihuahua Puppies More Affectionate?
As a whole, male Chihuahuas tend to be more affectionate than females. However, it always comes down to the personality of the dog. Part of the reason why males may be more affectionate is that they’re more protective over their owners.
They want to be close to keep them safe.
Should Chihuahua Puppies Sleep With You?
Due to their cuddly nature, you may think that Chihuahuas are perfect as bedmates. That isn’t the case. Chihuahuas are too tiny and delicate to safely sleep in the same bed as you.
All it takes is one bad turn to roll over on the puppy and seriously injure it.
Buying a large and comfortable bed for them to snuggle in without you is a better option.
What Food Is Bad for Chihuahua Puppies?
The following foods should be avoided for Chihuahua puppies:
- Macadamia nuts
They’re toxic to dogs and can seriously harm your Chihuahua puppy.
How Do You Potty Train a Chihuahua Puppy?
Follow these steps to potty train your Chihuahua puppy.
Step 1: Place Puppy Pads in the Designed Potty Area
Choose a location where you don’t mind your puppy using the bathroom. Then place the puppy pads down in that area. It helps if the area is enclosed with a gate or walls to keep the puppy from wandering around.
Step 2: Understand Your Puppy’s Potty Cycle
Chihuahuas have to potty several times throughout the day. Puppies usually can hold their bladder for each hour based on how old they are. If they’re three months old, for example, then they can hold their bladder for three hours. That’s if they didn’t eat or drink anything at that time.
Otherwise, you can expect your Chihuahua to need to potty after they wake up, after naps, and at least an hour after they eat or drink.
Plan your training with this knowledge in mind.
Step 3: Bring Your Puppy to the Pads and Reward Them
Using this potty schedule, bring your puppy to the pads and let them use them. Whenever they go potty on the pad, praise them and reward them with a treat.
Repeat this until the puppy goes to the pad on its own to use the bathroom.
How Long Do Chihuahua Puppies Sleep?
When they’re young puppies, Chihuahuas will sometimes sleep up to 18 hours. When they wake up, you can expect a lot of energetic behavior.
When they start to reach their first birthday, the amount of sleep may decrease by an hour or two.
Once they’re adults, they’ll sleep for 12-15 hours.
Are Chihuahua Puppies Hard to Train?
Yes, Chihuahua puppies are difficult to train. They’re considered one of the toughest breeds to train.
They tend to have a certain stubborn and independent attitude that makes training difficult. They’d prefer to do what they want to do instead of sit and listen to your commands.
You’ll need a lot of patience and treats to train them successfully.
How Often Do Chihuahua Puppies Need Baths?
Chihuahua puppies need to be bathed at least once every other week. Long-haired puppies need to be cleaned every week.
You shouldn’t go longer than six weeks without bathing your puppy.
Why Do Chihuahua Puppies Shake?
One of the reasons your Chihuahua puppy shakes is because it’s cold. Due to their high metabolism, they burn off a lot of heat. They don’t have any to keep them warm. They’re trembling because they’re actually shivering. Warm them up to stop the shakes.
Another reason they shake is that they’re excited or nervous. Due to their high metabolisms, they have a lot of energy. That energy is worked off by physical shaking.