Teacup Chihuahua – Facts and information

Look at a chihuahua and it is impossible to fall in love, look at a teacup chihuahua and you might as well be in heaven. Chihuahua’s are naturally small breeds of dogs, but just recently the designer “teacup” craze has made its way to chihuahuas. These extra small, extra loveable dogs are highly desirable in the teacup dog world, but many don’t understand what they are or how they came to be.

What is a teacup chihuahua?

The name is simply just a fancy way to say that a dog is very small. The term being coined in reference to the dog being able to fit into a teacup. Breeders searching for runt chihuahuas are breeding them together to create these teacup chihuahua puppies and selling them for a premium price. The weight of full grown chihuahuas can be anywhere from 3-7 lbs with the teacup chihuahua on the lower part of the scale. They are regular chihuahuas, just small ones.

Teacup chihuahua

Important teacup chihuahua information

If you own one of these tiny teacup pups there’s a few important things to keep in mind regarding their health.

  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Smaller, more frequent meals may need to be served to prevent any health issues that may arise from this condition. Rubbing honey on their gums in case of emergencies. Low blood sugar can be very dangerous for small toy dogs like chihuahuas and should monitored carefully.

  • Fragile bones

The tiny size of these dogs also means small fragile bones. It should be common sense, but extra caution should be practiced so as to prevent any injuries to the Chihuahua.

hydrocephalus in dogs is an excess of spinal fluid in the dogs skull. The symptoms to look out for include seizures, blindness, hyper excitability, excessive vocalization. And sleepiness. If you notice these symptoms in your teacup chihuahua, bring it to a vet immediately.

heart problems, and respiratory problems are also common health risks for teacup chihuahuas. Regular checkups for your teacup chiwawa to a local vet to make sure it’s in good health is never a bad thing.

Buying a teacup chihuahua puppy

Understand that all chihuahua puppies are small in size. Be weary of a breeder claiming that a puppy is a teacup chihuahua. Many breeders will claim to know the size the puppy will be when it grows to full size, which is just their efforts to fetch a higher price for the sale. Actual teacup chihuahuas can bring in a price tag of a couple thousand dollars.

Teacup chihuahua puppy

Owning a teacup chihuahua

Don’t put that wallet away just yet. Owning a teacup pup can be expensive after the price tag gets popped off. Don’t forget about medical expenses, vaccinations, toys, food, and any clothes you want to dress your toy puppy in to look cute. Owning a chihuahua, especially a teacup chihuahua can be one of the most expensive dogs to own. It will all be worth it for the happiness your chiwawa will bring you.

Caring for your teacup chihuahua

Just like every other pet, your little chihuahua has a few basic needs. Understanding how to care for such a small dog is important to keep it happy and healthy.

  • Keep your chi warm

Being very small dogs, they get cold much faster than larger ones. Some clothing for warmth is a popular way to solve this while also dressing them up adorably. Also get your chi used to being under blankets. You can put little blankets on their beds or wherever you allow them to sleep.

  • Groom your teacup chi

They may be small, but that doesn’t mean they don’t shed. Daily brushing can help minimize the amount of hair that will be shed all over your household. With long haired chihuahuas and being outside you may need to do a quick brushing after returning back indoors.

  • Other dogs may be dangerous

Owning other larger dogs may be dangerous for your little teacup chihuahua. Some large dogs can be clumsy or hyper to the point your chihuahua may be injured. Chihuahuas can also be very aggressive to other dogs, but are more docile to their own breed.

  • Regular exercise

Just like every other dogs, chihuahuas need regular exercise. Take them out on short walks once or twice daily. Regular playing is good, but don’t overdo it. Excessive heart rates can be dangerous for such small dogs.

Quick info

  • Teacup isn’t an official breed type, just a way to describe their small size.
  • Can be long haired or short haired
  • Can be many colors including Merle and brindle
  • Chihuahuas can become very jealous
  • Needs extra caution to prevent injury due to their small size
  • Average life span of 15-20 years

Teacup chihuahuas are amazing pets and will capture your heart forever. If you’re considering adopting one, you will instantly fall in love with the breed.

Blue chihuahuas

What is a blue chihuahua?

A blue chihuahua is a chihuahua that has what’s called the Dilution gene. This gene is also known as MLPH or “Melanophilin” and has a strange effect on the pigmentation molecules of hair on dogs resulting in a blue appearance. Black or other coats with the Dilution genes will get a sort of greying effect to it, and in the right lighting, it will look blue. Other effects of this gene may give the Chihuahua’s nose a blue appearance as well.

Blue chihuahua

Are blue chihuahuas rare?

The Dilution gene is not a dominant gene, it is recessive. Meaning that it is quite difficult to produce a blue chihuahua. Even by breeding two blue chihuahuas together, (not a good idea) it may not result in a blue chihuahua puppy. Blue chihuahua puppies are one of the most sought after coatings on a chihuahua, and will dent your pocket book for a large chunk of money.

Blue chihuahua puppy

How much do blue chihuahuas cost?

There are a number of factors to consider when figuring the prices of the Chihuahua. The health, the appearance, the breeder, all have a relation to the cost for the dog. Some coatings may only be partially blue mixed with other colors, while some may be a full blue. There are also blue Merle chihuahuas and blue brindle chihuahuas. The prices can vary for each by an enormous margin of around $1,000 – $10,000.

Cute Blue chihuahua

Breeding a blue chihuahua

The Dilution gene is a recessive gene, meaning that even if you breed two blue chihuahuas together, chances are low you will produce a blue chihuahua. Both of the parents must have this recessive gene for the chance to birth a blue chihuahua puppy. It’s also important to remember that breeding two blue chihuahuas together is a bad idea, doing so increases the risk of health problems. Some argue that there are no additional health risks involved with breeding two blues together.

Merle chihuahuas

What is a Merle chihuahua?

When bringing up types of chihuahuas, a Merle chihuahua isn’t an official “type” recognized by the AKC for chihuahuas, but rather a special coating type for dogs. The Merle is a gene modifier that affects the pigmentations in dogs that changes the color of their coating. The gene also affects the color of their eyes which normally results in blue eyes or more unusual colors.

Chihuahuas and other dogs with the Merle gene have an appearance of fascinating colors with blotches or spots all over their coating. Popularity of this coating in chihuahuas has recently had a huge spike in the last 20 years. research suggests that this type of coating in chihuahuas has been around for about half a century and has been fabricated as a purebred chihuahua, although untrue.

The Merle gene is not a natural occurrence in chihuahuas which is evidence of cross breeding somewhere down the lineage. Around a decade ago the Kennel Club has taken a stance against the Merle chihuahua by ending registration of chihuahuas with the Merle gene. The stand against this is applaudable considering the health issues involved.

Merle chihuahua puppy

Merle chihuahua health risks

The controversy involving this coating is the major health risks involved with the type. Merle dogs of all breeds have a very high risk of being born blind or deaf. Some may not be born this way, but later may develop the health conditions. The chihuahua may suffer from full deafness or partial deafness, skeletal problems, heart problems, and reproductive issues.

Breeding two Merle parents together should never be done, as the risks for the pups being born with these conditions are extremely high. So high that the kennel club has banned the registration of Merle chihuahuas. We highly dissuade the breeding of these types of chi’s together so as not to punish any dogs life in such a way.

Some suggest that breeding a solid colored Chihuahua’s with a merle have safe outcomes. Contrary to these suggestions, studies have shown that even when doing this, there are still a significant amount of pups born with these health problems. Some Merle chihuahuas however are lucky and live their entire life without suffering from any of these symptoms.

However some dog owners do love to own and care for disabled dogs. My faith in humanity is always restored when I see people posting pictures or videos of themselves loving their blind dogs.

Phantom Merle Chihuahua

Or also known as a cryptic merle, is a chihuahua that contains the merle gene but doesn’t show any signs of being a merle. The identifiable coating colorations and blue eyes may not occur in the chihuahua. Scientifically named an “atypical merle” the phantom merle is still able to produce merle pups.

We recommend if you’re a breeder to have your chihuahua tested to make sure that your chihuahua doesn’t have the hidden phantom Merle gene.

Merle chihuahua dog

Buying a merle chihuahua

Regardless of the controversy and pitfalls involved with this style of chihuahua coating, buying one will set you back quite a pretty penny. Anywhere from $2,000-$10,000 everywhere you look. Not to mention the hidden health cost fees involved with owning one. If you do happen to find one for a few hundred dollars, you are either lucky or there may be something very wrong with the dog.

The coating on these chihuahuas are remarkably beautiful and the price tag is a direct relation to that. You may wish to inquire on the parents of the puppy to make sure both parents aren’t Merle, as the puppy runs a higher risk of health conditions.

Please be aware that these dogs suffer from many health conditions and if you do decide to purchase one, please take care of the health of the Chihuahua as responsibly as you can.

Cute Merle chihuahua

Merle chihuahua quick information

  • Merle chihuahuas are not purebred and therefore may have a slightly different temperament.
  • May suffer from ocular and auditory health problems.
  • Price tag ranging from $2,000-$10,000.
  • May be smaller or larger than a purebred due to cross breeding.
  • The pigment modifier may chang the color of the coat (normally white or lighter colorations) and eyes (normally blue).
  • The Merle gene is a dominant gene and not recessive.
  • A chihuahua can have the Merle gene with no signs of being a merle also known as a “Phantom Merle”
  • Many other breeds have the Merle gene including Dachshunds, Collies, Great Danes, American Pit Bull Terriers, and quite a number more.
  • Unable to register a chihuahua with the Merle gene.
  • Other specialty coatings that may be mixed with Merle are blue merle chihuahuas and brindle chihuahuas.

Brindle chihuahuas

What is a brindle chihuahua?

When referring to a brindle chihuahua, we aren’t speaking on a type of the breed, but rather on the color and patterns of the chihuahua’s coat. The coating of a brindle chihuahua can be described as “striped” or “blotchy” or “streaked”. The dark stripes on brindle coats may have the appearance of “heavy” or “light”. A heavy brindle will give the chihuahua more of a dark appearance, while the light brindle will be much less of a dark dominant overall color.

Brindle chihuahua

Breeding a brindle chihuahua

Chihuahuas with the brindle gene are quite rare to find. This is in part because the best way to produce a brindle puppy, is to mate two brindle chihuahuas together. Mating a solid coated chihuahua with a brindle coated one could produce a brindle chihuahua, but the chances are much lower. Although you may produce some more specific, wonderful colors by mating a more rare solid colored chihuahua with a brindle chihuahua.

Brindle chihuahua laying in grass

Adopting a brindle chihuahua

Brindle chihuahuas are rare to an extent, but not quite rare enough that they deserve some premium of $3000.

There’s no reason anyone should be trying to sell one for any more than the normal price of chihuahuas. A quick search will find you a number of them up for adoption or for sale for around $500 give or take.

Brindle chihuahua picture

More info

  • Both the long hair and short hair Chihuahua’s can be brindle, although the brindle is a bit more difficult to notice on longer hair.
  • Many other animals may also be brindle such as cows, horses, and pigs.
  • There are no personality differences between a regular coated chihuahua and a brindle chihuahua.
  • Brindle isn’t specific to only two colors, there may also be a third color respectfully named “trindle” normally in Chihuahua’s this color is white.
  • Brindle may also be merged with merle chihuahuas
Brindle and semi brindle chihuahuas

Shy or timid chihuahua

Being one of the smallest breeds of dogs, a shy or timid chihuahua is a regular problem. There are many reasons why this may happen which actually has little to do with their size, and more to do with their environment. Let’s take a look at reasons why your chihuahua is shy or timid, and then we can figure out about how to make your little chi more confident.

Reasons your chihuahua is shy or timid

Rescue chihuahuas are often times very timid dogs. It’s sad to say that many dog owners may be abusive of their pets and it results in traumatic experiences that may be impossible to ever fully recover from.

Loud and wild environments may also bring your shy or timid chihuahua to be. Remember that this dog breed isn’t a very large breed, and even though they may act tough, they know their size. Loud yelling or noises from kids banging on things may keep scaring the chihuahua until it’s always scared of everything.

Your little chi may also just be shy around other people or around other dogs, this may be mostly a fear of other dogs or people but also could mean your chihuahua is just simply antisocial. Being isolated during the first few months of its life could be a reason for this.

Timid chihuahua

What not to do with a shy chihuahua

It’s easy for humans to come to terms with being shy and know how to deal with it or how to help others with the affliction. Yet for chihuahuas being shy or timid, it should be handled a bit differently.

  • Don’t force visitors to come interact with your chihuahua.

Your chihuahua is timid and scares easily, forcing it to socialize with people won’t do any good in helping the situation.

  • Don’t force your chi out of his or her hiding spot.

Your dog doesn’t want to come out of the spot it hides in, and forcing it to will just result in making it more scared. Just be sure to bring it food if it stays there too long.

  • Try to bring the overall noise levels down to a more mellow level.

This may be difficult with children around the house, but try to get the children in on keeping the noise levels down to help your scared little chi feel more safe.

  • Don’t bring your chihuahua around large aggressive dogs.

Subjecting your tiny timid chihuahua around large scary dogs could be even more traumatizing should something go wrong.

Shy chihuahua

What to do to make your timid chihuahua less scared and more confident

Things like being shy or fearful and timid are not quick or easy to help fix. This is going to take a lot of effort on your part and a lot of time as well. There’s a few tricks that may help to build your chihuahuas trust and confidence.

  • Standing could be interpreted as a threatening pose to your chihuahua.

If you’re towering above your chihuahua it may feel overwhelmed by your size or stance. I’ve on many occasions with timid dogs got down onto my belly and spoke calmly with my hand out calling it’s name and succeeded in getting it to come up to me. Small victories like this is a great beginning to helping to build your dogs trust levels.

  • Nice and slow movements with a soft voice

Quick hand movements may be perceived as threatening to your chiwawa dog, especially if it has a past history of abuse. And loud strong voices may only scare it more. Remember to move nice and slow and speak calmly when trying to communicate with your dog.

  • Yummy treats

Chihuahuas can be bribed with yummy dog snacks or food. If it seems to not trust you very much at all, it is very possible to win its heart and trust with food. Make sure to move slowly and calmly and try to sneak in some petting while it eats.

  • Eye contact may scare your chihuahua

This one goes alongside with towering over your chihuahua, eye contact could be thought of as a form of standing off and aggressive. While laying on your belly, try to keep your head and eyes lower than your chihuahuas. This will show a submissive pose and make your dog feel less threatened.

  • Allowing free roam

Some trainers use a crate for training or such things as potty training or even a place for them to sleep. Personally I’m against caging any animal and I believe allowing free roam at all times will help grow a dog’s confidence.

  • Slowly introduce a new face that is very good with animals.

By slowly introducing someone new that is amazing with animals and understands them, they can help to expand your chihuahuas socialization. The introductions should be kept to a minimum with dog treats and very slowly in a nice quiet environment. Let them win them over with food while in submissive only poses, and in no time at all your chihuahua will trust another person.

  • Training and positive rewarding.

If you’re able to get your chihuahua out and willing to be trained, great! Each time there’s a successful attempt remember to reward it with treats and petting and happy voices. The more positive interacting your chihuahua gets, the more confident it will feel.

  • Introducing other dogs

Introducing animals to each other is always nerve racking. The best method would be a safe, quite, controlled environment. I would recommend just allowing them a separated visual of each other to start. Try to put each of the animals in areas the other has been so they are able to get a scent of one another. If neither are showing too much signs of fear or aggression, the next meeting allow them to go a little bit closer. Try to use your best judgement to keep your chihuahua safe, such as asking the other dog owner or handler to use a harness so as to pull the other dog away quickly if they turn aggressive.

  • Clothing that embraces your chihuahua

Some chihuahuas respond well to clothing that is embracing them. It may make them feel more safe while also keeping them warm. As chihuahuas are prone to become cold this is also just an extra accessory that can help in more ways than one.

Intimidated chihuahua

Loving your chihuahua

All these tips are just good practices to help make your chihuahua less shy or timid, but the most important thing is to love your little furry friend with all your heart. If you have any more tips or tricks, please feel free to comment down below and let us know.

How to cut Chihuahua nails the right way

Does your chihuahua instinctively start to whimper or run away the moment it senses you want to cut its nails?

Are you scared stiff of causing bleeding when trimming your pet’s nails?

Are your chihuahua’s nails getting so long they’ve become gnarled and unsightly?

If you answered YES to any of the above, you are definitely reading the right guide on how to cut Chihuahua nails. This guide gives you the inside scoop on how to clip your four-legged companion’s nails the quick, easy, and comfortable way. Just follow the step by step guide below.

Make no mistake, unless you clip your dog’s nails, its claws will continue to grow and your dog might suffer from arthritis later. Your pet’s long nails puts pressures on its paws’ joints which can lead to arthritis. Long unkempt nails can also splinter and cause infection deeper in your pet’s paws.

Step 1: Check if your dog’s nails actually need filing

How to cut chihuahua nails

By simply walking on hard surfaces like concrete, asphalt, floor tiles, or wood floor paneling, chihuahua nails wear down fairly quickly. If your dog regularly walks on hard surfaces, gently hold your pet’s paws and check your pet’s nails. If its nails are sharp and extended, go to Step 2. If not, your pet doesn’t need its nails clipped. You might want to just file its nails if needed.

Step 2: Calm your pet before trimming

Take a few moments to stroke your Chihuahua prior to holding its paws for trimming. Establish calm and gently assure your pet everything will be okay. You’d be surprised at how effective this preliminary step can be in ensuring a smooth nail clipping experience for both you and your four-legged companion.

Step 3: Pick a surface that will help you reach your pet’s nails easily and comfortably

You may want to place your Chihuahua on a waist-level table that enables you to easily grab a hold of all your pet’s paws. If your dog appears too nervous or starts to shake, you might want to relocate to a sofa or chair. As long as your dog is calm and you have easy access to its nails, a chair or reclining sofa will work.

Best practices: Make sure your non-dominant hand is free to comfort your dog with strokes. You’ll need to do this as you clip its nails with your other hand.

Step 4: Slip your Chihuahua’s nails into a guillotine-style clipper

With the clipper’s blade positioned toward you, slip a nail into the guillotine clipper. This ensures maximum grip control over the blade should you need to change its position.

Best practices: Stroke your pet and calm it down with assurances or praises as you position the clipper. You don’t want your pet to struggle with you at this point. It would be very hard to position the clipper correctly if your dog is resisting before it even gets a chance to get used to the clipper holding its nail.

Step 5: Eyeball your pet’s “quick” section

The ‘quick’ is the fleshy part of the Chihuahua’s paw right under its nails. It’s like the part of your finger right under your nails. Push too hard clipping your pet’s nails and you’ll cut into the quick and cause bleeding. You can cut into the quick but you can’t push too hard or it will bleed.

Depending on your pet’s nail color and opacity, you may be able to see where it’s quick begins. For instance, if your dog has white or light nails, you can stop clipping right before the pink middle portion of the underside of the nail begins. Lighter nails also reveal the pink inner tissue of the nail. Don’t cut into these.

Best practices: As much as possible clip only the nails of your pet and leave the quick area alone. But if you are going to cut close to it, make sure you go no further than 2mm or less. Give some ‘cushion’ space for the quick or your cutting might make it bleed.

If your pet has lots of fur around its nails, use straight tipped scissors to trim away excess fur so you can fully see the nails you’re going to clip.

Step 6: If you can’t estimate your Chihuahua’s ‘quick’ area, clip small bits of each nail until you can detect the quick

If your dog has dark nails and you can’t see where its quick begins, just clip its nails repeatedly using small increments. By clipping and stopping and looking under the nail, you’ll be able to eyeball the quick and avoid it. You can use a guillotine clipper for this but you have to make sure you have a firm grip on your pet’s paw because if they jerk or push, you might end up clipping a larger bit of their nail than you planned. This can be stressful for your dog and, if the quick is pushed through the section, painful.

Best practices: If you are going to be trimming your Chihuahua’s nails in small bits at a time, you might want to use miller’s forge/crescent-style scissors because you can see the full nail and adjust accordingly.

Step 7: Distract your pet with a treat or caresses

As you clip one nail after another, pay attention to your pet’s disposition. If it’s stressed out, give it treats and verbal encouragement as you caress it. Calm it down to distract it.

Best practices: Verbally reward your pet as you finish one nail after another.

Step 8: If you cut into the quick, don’t freak out

If you panic, your pet will also freak out and things can easily get out of hand. Be prepared for this possibility by having some styptic powder ready. This compound reduces bleeding by contracting your dog’s quick area blood vessels. Place a few drops on a cotton swab or ball and place on the bleeding quick section. Apply pressure until the bleeding comes to a complete stop.  Please note that styptic powder is usually enough to stop shallow bleeding.

The Final Word

If you want your Chihuahua’s next nail clipping to be a strictly drama-free event, make sure you learn how to cut Chihuahua nails the right way. Keep the tips above in mind.

Quickly potty train your chihuahua

I’m sorry about your carpet, that poor carpet. Everything will be ok, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you the best way to quickly potty train your chihuahua. The process will work for puppies and full grown chihuahuas.

Although it’s important to note that chihuahua puppies may take a lot more time and effort to successfully potty train, but don’t give up.

What you will need to quickly potty train your chihuahua

  1. A leash and collar, or harness.
  2. A chihuahua to put them on.
  3. A small crate that is a good fit for your chi.
  4. Dog treats for chihuahuas.
  5. Dedication.

Even though you may have an enclosed yard your chihuahua can run freely in, you want to keep him or her close to you during the process. Be prepared to spend majority of your days focusing on potty training your chihuahua. Chihuahuas are known for being very difficult to train in any aspect of obedience.

Being calm and never yelling at your chihuahua is very important. A nice strong voice is needed and constant monitoring during this process. If any sitter is going to be used, make sure that they know what to do and what not to do as well.

What not to do

Walking into a room and seeing an accident on the floor is never fun, but it’s important to keep your cool and don’t yell at your chihuahua. This also means that you should not bring your chihuahua over to it and tell it “no” as it’s likely already forgotten or won’t correlate the two correctly and misunderstand you.

Don’t ever physically punish your chiwawa, these are very loyal dogs that only want to please their owner. Any kind of physical punishment can confuse, scare, cause resentment, and many other issues that can just bring many more problems. A strong “no” is the best thing to say and also picking your chihuahua up to stop whatever bad thing they may be doing.

A pee or poo pad may work for some, but if you only want your chihuahua to do it’s business outside, it’s best not to use one. If you do plan to strictly use a pad, you may still use this guide, but just implement it being on the pad in place of when it would be outside while reading this guide.

Don’t be lazy or unattentive, you will never accomplish anything. You need to stay vigilant or else your chihuahua may never be potty trained. As I said, this is going to require a majority of your focus.

Starting off

Quickly potty train your chihuahua

Of course the way to start is by giving your chihuahua food and water. If you don’t have a leash and collar or harness on it, you may put them on once your chihuahua is done eating and you may bring him or her outside. Make sure to bring your dog treats with you as you’re going to want to reward your chihuahua positively after it does it’s business.

Keep your chihuahua close and let it roam and smell around which is a good sign it may be getting ready to go. If at any time it does it’s business, wait until it’s finished and then immediately praise it with positive words in a positive happy tone and give it a treat.

I don’t recommend bringing your chihuahua inside until it’s finished going potty as it may just go as soon as it returns inside and no progress will be made. This may be a long boring process but it’s crucial if you want to quickly potty train your chihuahua.

The positive reinforcement and handing it treats is the main focus after your chihuahua has done something it’s supposed to do. Remember that if you have a young puppy, this process may take a significant amount longer than if you have a grown one.

Chihuahua peeing or pooping inside

Accidents happen, especially when you have a chihuahua puppy. Sometimes you have an already potty trained chihuahua that is having accidents again. There are many factors that can contribute to the accidents, such as bringing somebody new to the household or bringing a new pet. Chihuahuas can be very loyal but also pack a enormous amount of jealousy and resentment.

Some other factors may be that your chihuahua is being neglected in some way and should be looked into if you aren’t letting it out often enough or maybe it has a medical condition. One other thing may be a confusion about whom the alpha is in the household. Chihuahuas, being pack animals are always looking for the alpha in the group, and if it doesn’t see a fit alpha, it may do some odd things to assert dominance.

The most important thing to remember is to stay aware of what your chi is doing at all times, and if it begins to go potty in the house, quickly tell it “no” and try to pick it up to stop what it’s doing. Bring your chihuahua outside and wait with it until it’s finished going potty.

Crate your chihuahua

The use of a dog crate is an important tool when you want to quickly potty train your chihuahua. Make sure there is a comfortable bedding and maybe a dog toy or whatever other items your chihuahua enjoys. This place is what your chihuahua will consider it’s bedding area for the time being, and it will hold its bladder for as long as it can while in it.

Remember not to keep it in there too long, consider the size of your chihuahuas little bladder and take it out and bring it outside once about every 30 minutes to an hour. If your chihuahua isn’t using the bathroom, you may bring it inside and back into the crate for another 30 minutes and try again.

What to remember

  • Use positive encouragement.
  • Don’t ever physically punish.
  • Treats and praise after using the potty outside.
  • If an accident isn’t caught in the act, don’t bring your chihuahua to it and tell it “no”.
  • Keep a watchful eye on your chihuahua at all times during the potty training process.
  • Be stern but don’t scare your chihuahua.

If you want to quickly potty train your chihuahua in the most effective way possible, it is going to take most of your effort in your day for quite a few weeks. Don’t give up and don’t be lazy, this takes a bit of time but it will come if you stay vigilant.

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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.