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4. Chihuahuas: Temperament




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This article is from the Chihuahua Breed FAQ, by melinda@badger.idiscover.co.uk (Melinda 'Bob' Casino) with numerous contributions by others.

4. Chihuahuas: Temperament

"Chis aren't dogs, I'm conviced -- they are four-legged babies."
-- from CHIHUA-L

I hear from experienced Chihuahua owners that each dog of this breed
has their own unique personality; this is a very individualistic
breed. However, a few generalizations can be made. Chihuahuas are
graceful, energetic, and swift-moving canines. They have often been
described as having "terrier-like" qualities; that is, the qualities
of being alert, observant, and keen on interacting with their
masters. They are extremely loyal and get attached to one or two
persons.

These tiny dogs are certainly unaware of their diminutive stature:
they can be bold with other dogs much larger than themselves, and
protective of their masters. They are fiercely loyal to their masters
and wary of any strangers or new guests introduced into the
household, which the Chihuahua considers to be its personal domain.
For these reasons, Chihuahuas make good watch dogs (not guard dogs,
though!).

The Chihuahua needs a great deal of human contact: touching, petting,
and general attention. If the Chihuahua does not get this, she or he
will use various attention-getting tricks until you give her/him
attention. (My own uses her paws to lightly scratch my hand, a signal
that says, "Pet me now!") Some owners who have had other, more
independent breeds may find the Chihuahua too needy. However, Chis
give alot of love and affection in return for your care.

Because they are by nature gentle, loyal, and sweet-tempered,
Chihuahuas are ideal for single people, the elderly, the handicapped,
and shut-ins. They will keep you company for hours by lying on your
lap or beside your torso if in bed, and treat you like royalty. No
one with a Chi in their household will ever be truly alone!

 

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