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Living with a Cantankerous Chihuahua

Updated on September 29, 2014

Small Breeds Need Special Attention

Small breed dogs are wonderful pets. They can also be a huge challenge to live with. Small dogs have special dietary needs. Their tiny bodies need extra protein. Chihuahuas can be picky eaters and you need to work with them to find out their preference. They need a diet that is at least 30 percent protein, at least four percent fiber, and 20 percent fat. Take my chihuahua, for instance. I had to keep experimenting with different dog foods until I found Super5Mix AdultSmall Breed Dog Food. She laps it up. And why not? It has all the ingredients she loves. Chicken, turkey, salmon and fish flavor. It comes in small bite size which is perfect for her small mouth and tiny teeth. She also likes to munch on the Greenies. They're the teenie pack of 96. I like that she has to work at chewing these which satisfies her need for chewing. It also helps her maintain healthy teeth and freshens her breath, so I keep a stack handy.

Chihuahuas are lap dogs, a.k.a. toy dogs, but don't let this fool you into thinking they are serene and quiet little creatures. They are very agile and have tons of energy. My little chihuahua runs laps around the bedroom, the living room or any other room she happens to be in at the time. She sprints from one room to the other at an amazing speed and keeps it up until she finally tires out.

Sometimes, after such a brilliant display of strength and stamina I will offer her a small treat. Chihuahuas love to be rewarded, but make sure you don't overfeed them. Most small dogs have sensitive stomachs. Chihuahuas are no exception. I noticed if Zoe is fed meat that has too much fat, she gets an upset stomach and ends up throwing up. She will eat grass when let out in the back yard and refuses to eat until she feels better. Overfeeding also makes it hard for their little bodies to carry around too much weight. The added weight can limit their ability to run, climb and do other activities. A good guideline to follow is to feed them 3 small meals a day. They can have a treat between lunch and dinner, also. Try not to give them a treat every time they move. I know they look adorable (when begging)....But remember, a small treat goes a long way for these little dogs.

Chihuahuas have boundless energy

Use treats to train your dog

Zoe loves to play. She is very active and has abundant energy. She especially likes to play tug-a-war with her squiggly toys. She tends be 'yappy', at times, and by that I mean, she will bark at anything that moves (or doesn't), so I keep her favorite doggy treats as a reward to train her not to bark excessively. I take these with me when we're outdoors to teach her to heed on command, sit, stay etc. They come in other flavors, but she loves the chicken flavor packs.

Chihuahua here! Chihuahua there! - A foxy dog.....Everywhere!

Chihuahuas are show-offs. They love attention. Here are a few facts about chihuahuas that you probably didn't know.

My chihuahua is a very picky eater, but she loves these treats and doggie food. - Help keep your Small Dog Healthy

Before trying Wellness Super5Mix I had problems with Zoe. Seems she would go through phases. One day she'd love her dog food, the next day she wouldn't even look at it. I'm so happy she's loving this dog food for a while now.

Wellness Complete Health Natural Dry Small Breed Dog Food, Turkey & Oatmeal, 12-Pound Bag
Wellness Complete Health Natural Dry Small Breed Dog Food, Turkey & Oatmeal, 12-Pound Bag

Zoe loves this food because of the variety of flavors. It has chicken, turkey, salmon and (fish) flavors. I like the idea that you can buy a smaller size (4-lb) bag. Little dogs like meat and this has the required protein balance that she needs.

KONG Squiggles Small Dog Toy (Colors vary)
KONG Squiggles Small Dog Toy (Colors vary)

This is a good interactive toy. We play tug-of-war with the Squiggles and she always win.


3 lb agility chihuahua

Chihuahuas have inexhaustible energy. They can run rings around other dogs. It takes a lot to wear them out. Look at this 3 lb. little gal go. Amazing!

Containment / Exercise Pen for Dogs

A Healthy Dog Makes A Happy Dog! - Zoe relaxes in her favorite chair

After a hard day of playing, snoozing, running.....snoozing, eating....snoozing, Zoe relaxes in her favorite chair wearing one of her favorite sweaters.

Photo Gallery - My favorite pics of Zoe

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"What did you say again?"Happy HalloweenJust laying around after a hard day.Still laying around."A Dr.'s Appointment again?""I'm ready to go shopping".Relaxing....looking at TV.I shouldn't be up here?
"What did you say again?"
"What did you say again?"
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Just laying around after a hard day.
Just laying around after a hard day.
Still laying around.
Still laying around.
"A Dr.'s Appointment again?"
"A Dr.'s Appointment again?"
"I'm ready to go shopping".
"I'm ready to go shopping".
Relaxing....looking at TV.
Relaxing....looking at TV.
I shouldn't be up here?
I shouldn't be up here?

Please share any helpful tips in caring for your dog or humorous anecdotes.

Please leave a comment! - What kind of dog do you have or would like to own?

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      LynetteBell 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I have a miniature long haired dachshund and he's a fussy eater too!

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      surfer1969 lm 6 years ago

      Even tweeted It for you

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      surfer1969 lm 6 years ago

      So cute love the lens,chihuahua are cute little dogs.But they have bad tempers I'll pin this for you so you get more traffic to your lens.

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ZOE IS SOOO CUTE!!! :3

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      SayGuddaycom 6 years ago

      Cute. Both my cats are bigger than that little fella!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      We have a Siberian Husky and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, both of which have loads of energy and run circles round us. Zoe sounds so cute it's amazing the amount of happiness dogs give to us. Nice lens.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Zoe is a adorable, she makes living with a chihuahua look tempting.. only I'm not sure about the cantakerous bit!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Such a cutie!

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      leeleon 6 years ago

      so cute

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      We have what i believe to be the sweetest chihuahua that ever walked the face of the earth. Seriously, not a cantankerous bone in her body. Now if only we could get her to stop ripping open pillows to climb inside and sleep, she would be perfect!

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      What a sweet little dog! You clearly take good care of Zoe :) We have always had bigger dogs like Golden Retrievers/Labradors. but we have looked after little dogs and each dog has their own character and needs. In my experience when choosing a breed of dog its a case of making sure you can meet those needs, be it grooming, exercise, mental stimulation etc and matching your lifestyle with the dog.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Do chihuahuas have to wear sweaters? Can you tell us something about that?

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      JackieSonia 6 years ago

      @Joan Haines: Chihuahuas don't have to wear sweaters all the time. It's a matter of preference on the owner's part. But they do get cold, especially in the winter months. Their tiny little bodies do not hold the heat. I notice that Zoe tends to shiver when the temp. dips a little, so I put sweaters and/or dresses on her. She seems very comfortable in them and it helps to warm her up. Besides, she looks so cute dressed up.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OH wow ... seriously ... love that containment pen ... oh, we had a cantankerous chihuahua once upon a time, oh so many years ago, when I was a kid in Cleveland, Ohio!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a chihuahua also - definitely more work, but definitely worth it. =)

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      bharat01 6 years ago

      Informative lens....., nice job by you......., keep it up your great work........:)

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Very cute little dog that is obviously well taken care of. :)

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      grnidlady 6 years ago

      what a cutie!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cute dog. Id be afraid of stepping on her though. Great watchdog, they think they are dobermans.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very cute. Good info for chihuaha owners

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      JackieSonia 6 years ago

      @TaniaStar LM: Thanks! She's such a litle diva.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Zoe is adorable. i love chihuahas, too. My mom owned 2 when I was growing up. Don't have a dog now, but probably would get a chihuahua when I do.

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      TaniaStar LM 6 years ago

      I love the photo of Zoe with sweater :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My aunt had a chihuahua many years ago, so I still have memories of him. =D


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