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Chihuahua stereotypes

Updated on December 8, 2012


Whenever I use to think of a chihuahua I always thought of a prissy show dog that acts more like a cat then it does a dog. Or really mean dogs that growling at their owner if they try to take something that they believe is theirs, such as their toys or food. And their treated as fashion accessories for girls, carried around in purses wearing tiny clothes. Just because or things that I've watched on t.v. or seen on youtube videos.

And about a year ago my mom decided that she needed a new "accessory" and I wasn't that excited about it. But, after spending a few months with the dog he started growing own me and as I spent more time around him, I learned more about their breed. And I want to share which stereotypes are true and which ones are false about the chihuahua.

Chihuahuas love to wear tiny clothes

On t.v. chihuahuas are always shown walking around wearing clothes or costumes. And of course my mom went online and purchased lots of clothes for the dog however, he hates wearing them. Most of the time when we put a shirt on him he sits there and refuses to move. You can call him or put food on the floor a foot in front of him. He just looks up at you as if asking "would please take this thing off of me?". In fact, when we take him over to other peoples houses, and he acts to wild, running around and jumping we put a shirt on him so he stops.

Chihuahuas bark all the time

This one is not entirely true they don't bark all the time but, they do bark quite a bit more then another dog. He has really keen senses, whenever hearing something that is not a regular sound you can notice him perk up and look around for it's source. Whenever seeing anyone outside, and he is not playing with one of my family members or I, he will most likely bark at them. But, whenever someone comes into our house and someone is home, he almost never barks at them. And he almost always barks at dogs the first time he meets them, then after spending some time with the other dog he stops barking.

Chihuahuas are bad around children

I have an aunt that comes over regularly brings over both her children, one is three years old and the other is less then one year old. And I can say that the chihuahua doesn't act any worse then other dogs when seeing a child. He walks up to the child, looks at them for awhile then simply walks away or he licks them. The worse thing he has ever done to a child is he jumped on the three year and licked her face. And I've heard stories of other dogs acting much worse then our chihuahua has ever acted around children.

Chihuahuas are very protective of their things

If you go on Youtube you have most likely seen a video of a little chihuauha snarling like a carzy animal as someone grabs it's food dish or it's squeaky toy. I tried this with my chihuahua one day to see what he would do if I took his food dish while he was eating. When I took the bowl he just looked up at my face then to the food bowl which I was holding in my hand then back to my face and finally he just walked away. And when playing with a ball he willing drops it for me to throw it again.


From what i've seen from my dog is that pretty much everything I thought I knew about chihuahuas was wrong. Also I think that these things could be true if the dog is treated a certain way. For example we treat are dog like a family dog, playing fetch, going on walks and running around in the backyard. But, if someone treats their dog like a prince/princess they may get use to it and they will expect it and the dog will behave worse. As the saying goes there is no bad dog only bad owners.


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      Kelly Lipp 5 years ago from North Dakota

      Great article. I have 2 Chihuahuas. They both have their own unique personalities. One barks more than the other and one is more outgoing while the other one subdued. They both hate their clothes! One will fall over and refuse to walk when they are put on her, the other will whine and chew at them until they are taken off! We went to obedience class, and the instructor pretty much said what your closing line was- about not being bad dogs, just bad owners. She said owners are harder to train than dogs!

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      me 5 years ago

      I have a chipoo (chihuahua x poodle) and he is not yappy at all! He only barks when someone enters my building or knocks on the door but I like him doing that anyway lol

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      greekwarrior 5 years ago from Sylvania, Ohio, USA

      Seeker7 very excellent point and I 100% agree with your viewpoint and thanks for the rating up!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Very interesting hub. I've had dogs for over 30 years now - mostly the working breeds such as the collies, labs, GSD's etc. In all that time I've learned a little about dogs but we can always learn more.

      But what I do genuinely believe is that there is no such thing as a bad dog, no matter what breed they are. The owners are always to blame for any unwanted behaviour in the dog. Basically they allow the dog to become the pack leader - usually the dog doesn't want to be - and that's where the trouble starts, when the human wants to exert authority over the dog that has always been treated like it's in charge. You are obviously very good owners and the dog is very happy not to be the 'top dog' and so he accepts what you do and it's your right as pack leader to take his bowl, toys etc. I'm also glad that you are not owners who put those stupid clothes on dogs - its very cruel and can be damaging to their coats and skin, leading to painful and distressing rashes, hair loss and skin conditions.

      But overall, if folks would just learn basic dog training and a little about dog behaviour their relationship with their animals would be so much more rewarding and not stressful. But more importantly the animal would be stress free, healthier and happier.

      Very interesting hub and very enjoyable + voted up!