Chihuahuas are extremely good pets. They have many positive temperament traits and a few character minuses.
The Positive Temperament Traits
Like their smooth-coat counterparts, long haired Chihuahuas are a vivacious type and are often described as loving, bubbly, playful, graceful, sassy, among other qualities that Chihuahua fancies to describe their pleasant company.
Chihuahuas also love to cuddle. They will sit on your lap tacked in your furry winter coat to keep warm especially in winter.
Chis are easy to teach commands and tricks, which explains why they are regularly involved in competitions and often win prestigious awards. For example, this year (2020) a Chihuahua finally won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The Character Minuses
Chihuahuas are often ‘blamed’ for their tendency to be emotionally attached to a single person. Other traits that give them a minus vote include their tendency to be unfriendly with other dog breeds and pets as well as children. Nonetheless, early socialization can bring positive outcomes.
Chihuahuas are also excessive barkers, which makes them good watchdogs. Their barking can be controlled by paying attention to the things that ignite their barking (the doorbell or people going close to their cage). Teaching your puppy to take it easy when these things happen will eventually bear fruit.
If allowed to, Chihuahuas can ‘wear the pants’ in the home and have their way with their owner. Owners with a ‘poor little thing’ attitude will encourage the ‘small dog syndrome’ in their furry friend, which should instead be corrected with proper training.