Are chihuahuas good with children?

In the proper conditions, chihuahuas can be good with children. Although without any kind of training for both your chihuahua and your child, both may have some kind of accidents or injuries. Chihuahua’s are very loyal and protective of their owner and more importantly in this case, can be very jealous as well. There are quite a few things to consider when attempting to bring a chihuahua around a child and should be approached carefully.

Proper handling

Most children under the age of 8 may not understand the proper way to pet or handle a chihuahua which could result in injuries, and as a result your chihuahua might retaliate back by biting. Carefully monitor your children and make sure they understand to be gentle when handling or petting the chihuahua. Discourage any yelling or physically striking as a form of punishment, instead use a strong stern voice when your chihuahua has done something wrong.

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Can chihuahuas be good with children?

Proper discipline

In cases where babies or toddlers are involved can be a bit more tricky. It’s important to train your chihuahua correctly when first introducing it to your child. Using a strong stern “No” if it’s being too rough and placing it in its crate. Making sure your chihuahua knows it’s wrong to bite people in general is also very important. Encourage your chihuahua to only bite dog toys and sternly discourage it whenever it tries to bite your hand while playing.

Young vs old training

Training as a puppy to have chihuahuas good around children is the ideal situation. As puppies are easier to train while their brains are trying to take in all the information it can. Adopting an older chihuahua or bringing home a newborn to an older chihuahua may be a bit more tough. Make sure your chihuahua is responsive to your commands beforehand and monitor the situation carefully. As time goes on the two should start to be more safe with each other, but it’s probably not the best idea to leave them alone with each other.

To sum it up, you need to put in time and effort to make chihuahuas good with children. Some situations may just work out where a chihuahua has a naturally good behavior and is perfect for your family, but in most cases it’s important to implement good practices just to be sure nothing bad happens.

Types of chihuahua

Understanding the types of chihuahuas

When it comes to the different types of chihuahuas, there are only two official different types of chihuahuas. The two types being categorized by their coat length, the long haired and short haired chihuahuas. Although that being said, there are a few other unofficial different types of chihuahuas that aren’t recognized by the AKC as any official type. So for the sake of making things simple and easy to understand, we still call them a type of chihuahua. The differences are quite easy to tell just by looking at them so let’s take a look at the different types there are.


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Apple head chihuahua

The apple head chihuahua, being the most common type of chihuahua dog is categorized and identified by the similarities of an apple, just a little less tasty and more furry and cute. This type of chihuahua is the breeds standard, recognized by the AKC.

Some characteristics of the apple head chihuahua include: The rounded apple shaped skull that is much larger on the top portion of their head which resembles an apple. The much shorter snout is another characteristic of the apple head chihuahua. If you look at the area where their head and snout connects, you will see a prominent dip or a “stop” which is almost exactly a 90 degree angle.

One of the best features of the apple head chihuahua is of course their bulging eyes. The eyes that you can’t say no to when they’re looking at you and begging you for a treat. Just be careful not to let them think they can rule the house by their big bulging puppy dog eyes.

Another thing that is very common in apple head chihuahuas is the molera or a soft spot that appears on the skull of the chihuahua. Normally the soft spot will go away after around 4-6 months although it is not uncommon for the molera to stay for much longer than that. So just be careful that the chihuahua isn’t knocking it’s head on any objects that may hit that area.

The temperament of the apple head chihuahua has no difference from its counterpart. the only thing that matters is how well you train it with some exception to what type of temperament it’s parents had.


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Deer head chihuahua

The deer head chihuahuas may not be recognized by the AKC as the breed standard for the chihuahua, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t love them. The deer head chihuahuas are recognizable by their longer muzzles and skull structure shaped similar to a deer.

Deer head chihuahuas are typically a bit larger in a few aspects to their counterpart such as longer legs. A few other characteristics that are larger include a longer muzzle and jawline and typically have longer necks than the apple head chihuahuas That being said, it doesn’t mean that deer head chihuahuas are normally larger than the other, they may often be even smaller.

The coating of the deer headed chihuahua may be short hair or long hair and is typically fawn colored but can also be black tan or white. The area where the forehead connects to the snout has about a 45 degree angle unlike the apple headed chihuahua which has about a 90 degree angle.


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Short hair chihuahua

Like the name implies, the short hair chihuahua has a smooth short coat. The short hair chihuahua comes in many colors such as the typical brown, tan or fawn, white, black, blue, red, or silver that often aren’t just one solid color, many of the colors may be mixed or spotted on a single chihuahua.

The short hair chihuahua is recognized as one of the two official “types of chihuahuas” or “breeds of chihuahuas” by the AKC. The short coated type came first that originated from the techichi dog which can be dated back to as early as ninth century carvings by ancient Mayan civilizations that strongly resemble chihuahuas.

Shedding

Although this type of chihuahua has a short coat, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t shed. In fact it may shed more than many other longer coated dogs. Luckily there isn’t much size to the hair which could tangle up a vacuum cleaner. Regular grooming habits can keep most of the shedding inconveniences in check.

Behavior

The behavior of these types of chihuahuas has no difference in the typical behaviors or health of their counterpart and both make a very loving and loyal pet, it’s up to you to raise and train it correctly as both types of breeds of chihuahuas can come with massive personalities.


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Long hair chihuahua

The other official “type of chihuahua” recognized by the AKC is the long hair chihuahua. The type is identified by their more beautiful longer coat which may vary in size all over their body. Some have more excessive growth around their ears and neck while having slightly shorter hair length on other parts of their body. While other long hair chihuahuas just have long hair growing all over the place.

Colors

This type of chihuahua may come in many different colors such as beige, tan, fawn or brown, red, white, black, grey. Not all of them come in straight solid colors, some may be spotted or speckled or have beautiful designs of different shapes made visible by the separate colors. Brindle is a popular rare type also.

Grooming

Grooming your long hair chihuahua takes much more time and effort than the other, shorter coated type of chihuahua. As you would expect, the long hair attracts all types of dust and dirt or any kind of light weight objects such as grass or leaves from outside. It’s important to not be lazy while owning this type of chihuahua as putting off regular grooming habits can quickly become a nightmare to fix.

Regular brushing at minimum about once a week may maintain a healthy coat and upwards of a few times a day of brushing may be required depending on how messy your little companion can be. Checking for mats or tangles should be a regular occurrence and if caught early can be an easy fix. For more stubborn mats or tangles, a simple bath and a bit of focus on the tangle should fix it right up. If the knots are too stubborn to untangle you may need to cut them off.


Behavior

The behavior of the long hair chihuahua typically has no difference than the other type of chihuahua. If the chihuahuas behavior is troublesome, you may need to change some training habits to make sure any problems don’t persist. The chihuahuas behavior is in general summed up as a huge personality in a tiny package, so it’s important to know how to care for your chihuahua and train them correctly.

Breeding

Some may wonder how two short haired chihuahuas produced a long haired chihuahua. This is because in the past, breeders have crossed breeds with a few other breeds of small, longer haired dogs which eventually produced a long hair type of chihuahua. After achieving the long hair type, breeders then returned to breeding back with short haired chihuahuas. At times that two short haired chihuahuas produce a long haired chihuahua, it is simply because that somewhere down its lineage has the genes of a long hair type of chihuahua.

No matter which chihuahua you have, they should all be cared for and loved for the same as any other member of your family.

Why chihuahuas shake

Is my chihuahua ok?

This can be answered in a number of ways, there are a few factors when trying to figure out why chihuahuas shake or if it is cause for concern. The main reason why your chihuahua is shaking could be one of the main reasons humans shake, to warm up.

Cold chihuahua

Exactly the same as when we are cold, our body is shaking to try to warm itself up. Although the Chihuahua’s size and high metabolism is a major factor as to why it gets cold so easily. Letting off his or her body heat quickly due to the metabolism and mixed with its size (which there’s not much of) your chihuahua will become cold very quickly.

Another thing to consider is the breed originated from Mexico, which is normally a warm climate. There hasn’t been enough time in the breeds existence outside of warm climates for the acclimation of cold weather. Even with the long haired Chihuahua’s, they are still susceptible to cold environments.

So keep in mind that it may be warm for you, but your chihuahua is shaking because it’s cold.

Scared/frightened chihuahua

Another reason why chihuahuas shake is because they are scared of something. Despite their big protect/attack dog personality, they understand how small they are, and when confronted with something they perceive as threatening, they will become scared and begin to shake. A timid chihuahua isn’t always a normal behavior and may be many reasons why they behave like this.

Raising your voice in a punishing manner is easily enough to make your chihuahua shake. When training or disciplining your chihuahua, try to use a more stern voice, rather than yelling. Try to speak calmingly afterwards in a more soothing voice while showing affection to your chihuahua to help it feel safe again.

That also applies if your chihuahua happens to be exposed to other types of dangers. Something such as very large dogs near and showing aggression or other very large noises. The best thing you can do is try to distance your chihuahua from the noise or threat and try to calm it down.

Low Blood Sugar/Hypoglycemia

This is a very serious condition that you should take extra care to monitor. Low blood sugar is also a factor in why chihuahuas shake, and should be looked into if the shaking may not be from cold temperatures or fright. Some of the other symptoms may include anxiety, confusion, severe hunger, lethargy, vomiting, unresponsiveness, seizures, sweating, fatigue, fainting.

To help prevent your chihuahua from low blood sugar, you can increase the amount of meals you feed your chihuahua a day but with smaller meals. Due to the chihuahua having a high metabolism it may affect how your chihuahua maintains it’s blood sugar levels, and eating more often can help maintain it to normal levels.

In more serious cases, you should take your chihuahua to the veterinarian. It also helps to keep in your household either maple syrup or honey that you can rub on your Chihuahua’s gums if you notice any of the tell symptoms.

Excited chihuahua

Chihuahua’s are very excitable dogs and very expressive uncontrollably, and is a main reason why chihuahuas shake. When the doorbell rings your chihuahua shakes, when you get home you’re met by your shaking chihuahua. Time to eat? Time to shake. In these situations there’s no need for concern. All dogs can be excited for these reasons and start shaking or excessively expressing themselves in many other funny ways. So if you’re worried and asking yourself “why does my chihuahua shake or tremble when I get home” they’re just happy to see you.

Chihuahua Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a not so well known sleeping disorder that causes the person or animal or your chihuahua to stop breathing in the middle of it’s sleep. Either by obstructions of the airways, allergies, the position they sleep in, or just because they get so relaxed their brain is forgetting to breathe. It can be cause for concern, and in some rare cases it could cause death.

Does my chihuahua have sleep apnea?

Some tell signs that your chihuahua may have sleep apnea is loud and out of rhythm snoring, quickly waking up gasping for air, drowsiness or tiredness during the day that may cause them to take many more naps than seems normal. Make sure to keep an eye on your chihuahua while it sleeps and write down anything of concern so you may also consult with your veterinarian.

Treatments

Some remedies exist that may easily fix any problems that are the cause of sleep apnea, for allergies I suggest consulting with your veterinarian as there may be medications to take. Also something to consider is assisting in clearing its nasal by using a washcloth very gently. The air in your house may also be very dry, consider using a humidifier which are also beneficial for you and your family.

You may also try a more comfortable bed for your chihuahua just Incase where it’s sleeping is just simply

uncomfortable. In extreme cases surgery may be the only option, but of course try a few other options available as I think that would be the last thing to resort to.