Pros and Cons of Owning a Chi
#1 Chihuahuas are adorable.
Who can argue with this one? They’re cute as a button and just the right size to fit in your arms or your lap!
#2 Chihuahuas make great pets for apartment living.
One of the biggest pros of Chihuahua ownership is that, due to their small size, they don’t need as much outdoor exercise as larger dogs do. They usually get sufficient exercise inside the home or running around in a small yard. They make excellent apartment dogs or for people living in smaller quarters.
#3 Chihuahuas are good watch dogs.
While their size is not necessarily going to deter anyone, they are great at sounding the alarm and letting their owners know that someone is coming, or is at the door. Chihuahuas tend to be very territorial.
#4 Chihuahuas can be trained to use a litter box indoors.
This is one of the bigger advantages of owning a Chihuahua, although it should not be used as an excuse not to take your Chihuahua out for walks. Just like other dogs, Chihuahuas need their exercise too. Also, don't use kitty litter in the litter box because Chihuahuas have been known to eat it. Ingesting kitty litter can prove fatal for these little dogs. Instead, use newspaper or some other organic material inside a Chihuahua's litter box.
#5 Chihuahuas are easy to groom.
The fact is, grooming is almost nil. Chihuahuas just need to be bathed and have their nails clipped periodically, and they are good to go. This is only if you have the short-haired Chihuahua, of course. The long haired Chihuahua will require more brushing since its coat is longer and fluffier.
#6 Chihuahuas tend to have a long lifespan.
They can live anywhere from 11 to 20 years, with 15+ years being the norm.
#7 Chihuahuas make excellent travel companions.
These little guys make traveling with a pet about as easy as it gets. They can make a comfy home in your purse or fit easily just about anywhere. They don’t mind being in a small spot, but actually prefer it, since by nature they like to be in small, comfortable spaces. They enjoy being anywhere their owners are and love going on trips. They are just the right size that they are small enough you can just about take them anywhere!
#1 Chihuahuas can be fragile.
The smaller, teacup Chihuahuas can be easily injured by something as innocuous as falling off the couch. This is a breed that shouldn’t be rough-handled. (then again, no dog should really be rough-handled!)
#2 Some Chihuahuas are not recommended for young children.
The reason for this is because a young child may not realize how fragile a Chihuahua is, as it's easy to accidentally injure a Chihuahua. Something as simple as normal rough housing can seriously harm a Chihuahua. HOWEVER, if a child is properly raised and monitored around a Chihuahua and knows how to be gentle and respect the dog, they can do well in a family environment.
#3 Chihuahuas do not do well in cold temperatures.
They are warm weather dogs. If you live in a colder climate, it will be necessary for you to put dog clothes on your Chihuahua whenever you take him outside. Most Chihuahuas hate cold weather and will do just about anything to avoid it, if they can.
#4 Some Chihuahuas are not family dogs.
They have a tendency to bond to just one person, and they remain loyal to that person. Without proper socialization, they are wary of other people and dogs. Chihuahuas have been known to nip or bite whenever they feel uncomfortable or threatened. HOWEVER, if properly raised and socialized from an early age, and if treated with respect, Chihuahuas CAN make great family pets.
#5 Some Chihuahuas may tend to bark a lot.
Some Chihuahuas can be very territorial. Chihuahuas and most other small dogs are known for being protective of their owners, sometimes to the point of being mean to anyone that approaches. This is usually as a result of “Small Dog Syndrome”, however, it can be avoided with proper training. It is best to socialize your Chihuahua at a very young age so that they are adapted to other people and dogs and not threatened by others approaching you. Take them out where ever you go and when people swoon over how cute they are (which will happen often), pass them over and let the stranger hold them. This teaches your pup that it’s ok and will dramatically lower the likelihood of this bad behavior forming before it starts.
#6 Chihuahuas have some health issues that you should be aware of.
Two of the main concerns are molera (similar to a soft spot on the Chihuahua's skull where the skull doesn't fully close) and patellar luxation (where the kneecap slides in and out of a Chihuahua's tendon, causing discomfort). All dogs have physical problems specific to that breed, and for Chihuahuas it tends to be joints, specifically the knees. Over hundreds of years of breeding for small size, their skeletons became tinier and weaker. Joint problems usually only occur in older dogs and for the most part Chihuahuas tend to be very healthy little dogs, but they cannot endure long hikes or high-impact exercise.
All in all, there are definite pros and cons to owning a Chihuahua. If you take the time to properly train and socialize them they make wonderful pets. Dress them up in cute outfits, take them anywhere, and you have a best friend for life. So if you’re ready for lots of snuggling, then you and a Chihuahua will be a perfect match!