In what seems like a very tiny dog, a personality the size of a Great Dane emerges. For some Chihuahua lovers, it’s just another Chi, and others are just learning about this little entertainer. Whether you have had your Chihuahua for several years or you have just taken your very first Chi home, they will be full of surprises that will keep you amused as long as they live. Since Chihuahuas are known to be the longest living dog, he/she will be amusing you for many years to come. Their life expectancy is 15 years and they sometimes live in their early twenties.
However, Chihuahuas are not a good breed of choice for everyone. While there are always exceptions, Chihuahua dogs are typically possessive and protective. They tend to be a one-person dog. Chihuahuas are not usually patient around children who don’t understand just how fragile they are. Yes, even though they are confident, courageous, fearless, and tough, they are also prone to injuries due to their size. The Chihuahua can be seriously injured or even killed if accidentally stepped on or sat on.
Chihuahuas are dogs that clan. They recognize and accept their own breed but don’t like other breeds of dogs. Chis have been known to attack other much larger dogs It is your responsibility, as an owner, to keep this from happening. A friend of mine lost her dog when another much larger dog attacked him for no apparent reason. Her dog was on a leash walking from her apartment to her car when this took place. She was unaware of the other dog is nearby. We all know our Chihuahuas are much like our children so keep a protective eye on him/her and be aware of what is around you if your Chi is not in your arms or a carrier.