The Chihuahua is a small dog with a big attitude. They are often called “Mexican terriers”, but they are not related to the larger American Staffordshire Terrier or the smaller, similarly named Mexican Terrier. There are four breeds of Chihuahua – Smooth Coat, Longhaired, Parti-color and Black & Tan.
Chihuahuas can be aggressive when they feel threatened or scared which may make them seem more aggressive than other dogs of comparable size. The aggression may also come from jealousy if another pet gets attention that he feels he deserves. Aggression in this breed is very common because many people buy one without understanding how difficult it can be to train this little dog with an attitude into something that can be handled by the average person.
Chihuahuas are very protective and loyal to their owners, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into good behavior around strangers or other pets. A Chihuahua who is not exposed to a lot of people when he’s young could turn out to be aggressive around new people because they’re afraid of them. When aggression problems start this early, it can be difficult to correct later on in life.
Sharing your home with a Chihuahua
does not automatically guarantee you will have an aggressive dog because there are so many different factors involved in whether your dog becomes aggressive or not – his age and sex for instance. Also important is how you treat your dog – if you’re firm, fair and consistent with your dog, he’ll respond in kind. If you’re harsh and inconsiderate when interacting with your dog, there is a good chance you will have problems later on as well.
Chihuahuas need a lot of socialization
exposure to different people and environments so they learn how to be confident dogs. A lack of early socialization can cause them to become fearful or aggressive later on – neither one being a desirable trait in a pet. When your Chihuahua is exposed to many different things as a puppy, it’s much less likely that he’ll grow up into an adult who is afraid or aggressive towards strangers or other animals.
If you have children living in the home
it’s important that you take extra steps to teach your kids how to properly interact with the dog. This is especially important if you have a Chihuahua that has not been properly socialized from an early age. Your kids need to learn how far they can go with the dog when playing and handling him. Forcing a small, yappy dog to do anything he doesn’t want to do will help create more problems when they get older – a snarling or snapping dog isn’t going to be viewed in a positive light by the neighbors or anyone else who comes in contact with him.
The most important thing you can do when you’re dealing with a Chihuahua that becomes aggressive is avoid confrontation at all costs. Because your dog will become aroused when he’s angry, he can easily mistake you reaching out to him as an act of aggression and respond in kind. When the dog becomes aggressive, back away carefully until he has calmed down and then try to distract his attention with a toy or treat so you can get closer without any problems.
If your Chihuahua Puppies is showing signs of aggression – growling, baring his teeth or puffing up his fur – do not reach out and attempt to pet him. This will only encourage the dog’s aggressive behavior because even though he’s reacting aggressively now, just touching him will be viewed as an act of aggression by his tiny little brain. Wait until the dog calms down before slowly getting closer and trying again to avoid any negative reactions from your pet.