The Chihuahua may be small but she has a big heart! If you think you are not a ‘little dog person’ she may just change your mind. Nothing shows love from a four legged friend like curling up in your lap the second you sit down. Or following your kids around waiting to see what they are going to do next. At least this is what my Chihuahua does. They are so small and have such a big heart.
The Chihuahua: Small Breed Dog with a Big Heart
So cute! Yes they are, and loveable but bad breeders and bad owners have given these tiny little creatures a bad reputation. Owners have a tendency to carry and coddle this breed all the time, never training them, or teaching them any manners. Instead they actually think it’s funny when their tiny little dog has such a big attitude! Wrong. You must treat her like she is any other dog. You can still hold and carry, but let her walk on her own too! I only pick up our Lola when I want to give her some love. Otherwise she prances (yes, prances) around on her own.
Cuddling up: They are small and love to be warm. I often find Lola basking in a strip of sun she found on the floor or curled up high on the couch on a blanket. Unless you are sitting on the couch or chair, then she is in your lap. When my daughter goes to bed, Lola goes with her. My daughter makes her a little spot right next to her and Lola goes right to sleep, blanket and all. Chihuahuas do like their own breed, so having two would be good, they keep each other entertained and warm! Oh and when you see them out and about with clothes on, it may not be just to be cute, they really do need a shirt or sweater at times.
Great with kids: You might be thinking I am out of my mind, Chihuahuas are awful with kids, and do nothing but bark and bite. That may be true, reference above (bad breeders, bad owners). We got our Lola when my daughter was 3 years old. Since the day we brought her home, Lola has been my daughter’s little best friend. That little dog lets her do anything to her and can keep my daughter entertained for hours. No joke, my daughter takes her into her room, and plays school or reads to her, sets her up little beds, and the whole time Lola just does whatever she is told. When she has had enough, she will let her know by trying to escape the room. I have taught my daughter to listen to Lola, when she is done, you need to let her go.
Portable: They really can go anywhere and travel well! Lola came across the country with me, twice, and down the east coast. She doesn’t use a kennel in the car, she usually sits with my daughter or curls up on the floor. Unlike a big dog, you can carry her if need be, and she doesn’t take up much space at all if you are on a roadtrip. Also, even some hotels that do not accept dogs, will accept small ones, so that’s a bonus!
I never thought I would love having a small dog, but I do! She is like my daughter’s best friend. When she goes to bed, Lola goes with her, when she is in trouble and sent to her room, Lola goes with her. Having a small dog doesn’t mean having small personality, you will know they are there! If you don’t have much space or you travel a lot and are able to take a small dog with you, a Chihuahua is the perfect choice!
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