The Chihuahua is well known as a great companion dog. They are seen as courageous, extremely lively, and proud. Chihuahuas not only gives, it also demands affection. Chihuahua's are strong-willed, intensely loyal and become very attached to their owners, even to the point of jealousy. It can be suspicious of people except for its owner at times. They are intelligent, learn quickly, and respond well to proper, gentle (positive reinforcement) training.
Because of its size, the Chihuahua must resort to his sharp teeth in self defense. Altho we do not recommended the Chihuahua breed for children under 10 years of age, if you start with a young puppy and spent time socializing and obedience training they do well with small children. Be sure to socialize your Chihuahua as a pup to avoid excessive aggressiveness with other dogs as well as reserve with strangers. Chihuahuas generally recognize and are very friendly with their own breed, but sometimes disapprove of other breeds. If well socialized, the Chihuahua can be very loving and accepting of other dog breeds, other animals and small children. A Chihuahua puppy that has been well socialized will be a wonderful family addition to any household and will be great with children. Calm, even tempered Chihuahuas are what most people look for when looking for the perfect puppy to add to their family. Here at Happy Trail Chihuahuas our main focus is breeding for good temperament and socializing to produce the perfect companion dog.
The Chihuahua is known to be a very confident dog and will make a wonderful companion dog for a family or an individual. You must remember that because of its small size, the Chihuahua is best for adults or older children that will respect the needs of a smaller dog. They are protectors, making excellent watch dogs sounding the alarm (the mighty Chihuahua bark) and have terrier-like qualities. They don't think of themselves as small and show no fear to perceived threats five times their size. They simply think they are much bigger than they really are, therefor Chi owners must help them not bight off more than they can chew. If they feel you are threatened they will intervene with loud barking and an aggressive posture, no matter the size of the threat.
Little Chihuahua puppies are lively and courageous. They are also very loyal and are known to become very attached to their owners. These tiny itsy bitsy babies are very smart. They may seem very small in size but in their mind they are big dogs with a big personality to match!