There are several things people consider wrong with chihuahuas. First, they are highly territorial, barking at anything that so much as steps foot in your yard. Second, they tend to pick one person (maybe 2!) that they like and can be quite rude to everyone else. Some people love this, many don’t!
Chihuahuas have some very strong personality traits that can make them seem a bit annoying to some people. Today we’re going to share the most popular questions trending on the web this week about Chihuahuas, their behaviors, and more. Has a Chihuahua ever killed a human before? Why are they so aggressive? Read on to get the answers to these and other popular questions being asked on the web today!
Table of Contents
- Why you should not get a Chihuahua?
- Why do Chihuahuas become aggressive?
- Are Chihuahuas more aggressive than pitbulls?
- Are Chihuahuas the dumbest dogs?
- Why do Chihuahuas hate strangers?
- Why do Chihuahuas bite their owners?
- Are Chihuahuas aggressive?
- Are Chihuahuas sneaky?
- Has a Chihuahua ever killed a human?
- Are Chihuahuas good with kids?
- Can a Chihuahua bite your finger off?
Why you should not get a Chihuahua?
Chihuahuas are adorable and make wonderful companions, but you should be prepared for the possibility of a lot of vet visits. These little dogs are prone to a number of health issues, such as patella luxation, epilepsy, and more.
This is especially true with the smaller ‘Teacup’ Chihuahuas, as the smaller size of the dog definitely has an impact on their overall health.
Why do Chihuahuas become aggressive?
Chihuahuas are naturally quite aggressive for a number of reasons. They are very territorial, for one thing, and for another these dogs will puff themselves up and bark loudly just to compensate for their tiny sizes!
They can also be rather jealous of their owners. The best thing that you can do is to socialize your Chihuahua early on so that they are used to other animals and to people besides yourself. This will tone down their aggression appreciably with a little patience and time.
Are Chihuahuas more aggressive than pitbulls?
Believe it or not, yes, Chihuahuas actually ARE more aggressive than Pitbulls. A study performed by ‘The Atlantic’ which polled owners of various breeds reported that Chihuahua overall behavior ranked much higher than Pit Bulls when it came to aggression, except possibly when it comes to meeting new dogs.
They’re tiny, but try telling them that – Chihuahuas are definitely big on bravery and personality.
Are Chihuahuas the dumbest dogs?
No. In a study ranking intelligence among 138 breeds, Chihuahuas actually came in around 125th when it comes to working and obedience intelligence. This study ranked these dogs as being ‘fair to below average’ as far as intelligence goes, but it really depends on the dog.
Some of these little guys and gals are actually quite clever while others aren’t – much the same as with any dog breed.
Why do Chihuahuas hate strangers?
Chihuahuas tend to pick one person that they trust and love, but unfortunately after that they tend to snub or even be openly hostile to everyone else. These little dogs don’t seem to have much use for anyone else than their owner, though you can change this with a little socialization training.
Your dog just needs to spend a little more time around other people and other animals and this can make a huge difference on their attitude when it comes to strangers.
Why do Chihuahuas bite their owners?
When your Chihuahua bites you, it is most likely out of fear or territoriality. When surprised, biting is not an uncommon reaction from a Chihuahua, and some of them are particular about when you touch their food or their toys.
If the biting is a new thing, your dog may also be ill or injured, so a quick trip to the vet is a good idea to rule this out. Otherwise, be patient, and always have treats on hand. It takes awhile to earn a Chihuahua’s trust but once you have it, then it will last a lifetime.
Are Chihuahuas aggressive?
Chihuahuas are quite aggressive, defending their owner and their home from any perceived threat, no matter the fact that almost all of these perceived threats are much larger than them!
If your dog is a bit overboard with this behavior, try teaching them the ‘sit’ command and whenever they start barking too much or being otherwise aggressive, firmly and clearly say ‘sit’ and give your dog a treat when they calm down. Repeat this as-needed for the next 2 to 3 weeks and you’ll see a huge difference!
Are Chihuahuas sneaky?
Yes. These tiny dogs are like little ninjas and this can make potty training very frustrating, as your little one can find a quiet place and potty quickly before you’ve even noticed that they’re gone. Your best defense against this is a regular potty schedule.
For pups, your dog can wait one hour for every month of age, up to 4 hours. Ensure that they get out often and in time, your dog will take to their potty training. Just be sure to clean any ‘accidents’ with enzymatic cleaner, as otherwise the scent will tempt your dog to potty there again.
Has a Chihuahua ever killed a human?
Actually, YES. While we don’t know the particulars, between 2005 and 2018 there were indeed 2 human deaths which were attributed to Chihuahuas.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how many of them were involved or if one dog got in a very lucky bite, but we can say with certainty that Chihuahua/human fatalities are pretty darned rare.
Are Chihuahuas good with kids?
It takes a bit of socializing and you’ll need to educate your children on how to handle the dog safely, but a Chihuahua can indeed become the best friend to one of more children quite easily.
These little dogs love to play and children have the same energy levels in this regard, so with a little work this can be a great match for everyone involved!
Can a Chihuahua bite your finger off?
Nope. Your Chihuahua simply doesn’t have enough force behind their bite to actually sever a finger, but if they get in a good bite it certainly doesn’t feel good, either.
While a larger dog could easily do this, a Chihuahua bites with a PSI that’s a little bit over 100, which is enough to get your attention but your finger will be fine.