Pros & Cons of the Chihuahua Breed

Learn the pros and cons of owning a chihuahua from dog expert Julia Szabo in this Howcast video.

I’m Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the ""Living with Dogs"" columnist for dogster.com. I’ve actually written 6 books and I’m hard at work on my next one. It will be about about dogs — that’s as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think nobody’s life is complete without one. So I’m here to tell you about a variety of different dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you’ll adopt one soon.

The Chihuahua’s distinction is that he is really the smallest known dog breed and when you, get into the really tiny teacup Chihuahua’s, you’re talking a little, little, thing; that is even a little smaller than a squirrel. Chihuahua’s can be a little bit, bossy, let’s say, and I think that’s because, when you feel that small in a huge big world, you know, you feel really vulnerable and sometimes you have to beat your chest and make a loud noise to make up for it. So, that’s something to remember with Chihuahua’s. That, they can sometimes feel threatened, just, by the sheer size of a person.

Now, this can become a problem with children, with small toddlers, because a small toddler to a Chihuahua looks like an ogre. And, and, it’s unpredictable, and it might hurt you somehow. So, this is really not a great mix, to have children and Chihuahuas. It’s, it’s not ideal. Ah, it can be done with lots of supervision.

But, um, really the Chihuahua has become quite as kind of a status symbol for a lot of celebrities and kind of tote their little dog in their little purse. Um, that’s fine, because the Chihuahua loves to be close to you; they loved to be carried around. Problem is, is when people get tired of the Chihuahua and they just toss them away, this happens a lot. We see, the animal shelters flooded with Chihuahuas and it’s, really, really, sad.

So, I guess um, my hope for Chihuahuas is that people don’t equate something small with something insignificant and disposable. Because, it’s not, it’s still a little dog, a little soul and, ah, it’s a actually a big soul in a tiny body and they deserved the same respect the biggest Great Dane would get.