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The Miniature Chihuahua: Is it Right for You?

The miniature Chihuahua is a very popular alternative to the full-sized variety. Many people are under the impression that miniature, toy, or “tea cup” dogs are standalone breeds of canine; however that is not the case. In actuality, a “miniature” dog is still the same breed of dog, only it is on the smaller end of the scale. That being the case, the miniature Chihuahua does have a few differences from its traditional sized counterpart. If you’re toying around with the idea of getting a miniature-sized Chihuahua, then read on to learn what you could expect from this breed and may help you figure out if it is the right dog for you.

Physical Characteristics

The miniature Chihuahua is one of the most popular breeds of dog for celebrities and individuals who enjoy the convenience that a small dog can offer. You might recognize this breed for its ability to be easily stowed away in a tote or handbag because it is so small in size. There are no strict guidelines that define what, exactly, makes a dog qualify as a “miniature” variety, but in general they tend to be around two to four pounds and less than six inches tall. They come in both short and long haired varieties, but all are made of stocky bodies with short, dainty legs. The ideal Chihuahua has an apple shaped head with wide, alert eyes and pointed ears.

Their fur comes in a variety of colors, such as tan, brown, red, white, fawn, black, blue, orange, brindle, and spotted. Some may even be tricolored. The long coated miniature Chihuahua can have quite a thick coat of fur, with the thickest parts being around the neck and chest as well as the tail. Some people find that the coat becomes easily matted if it is not brushed regularly. Short haired Chihuahuas are prone to easily becoming cold if they are exposed to chilly temperatures.


Chihuahuas are generally known as having a pleasant personality, although as with many breeds of dog, the Chihuahua personality can vary between individuals and circumstances. You could expect your miniature Chihuahua to be quite entertaining and comical. This breed absolutely loves to have the attention of its master and the people around them. In fact, what the Chihuahua lacks in need for physical care, it makes up for by its desire for excessive personal contact, companionship, and attention. This breed tends to be bold and protective of its home. If it hears someone approaching outside it will be likely to sound the alarm!

Chihuahuas can easily become neurotic if they are not given a good upbringing. Due to its size and the fact that even in adulthood the miniature Chihuahua looks like a puppy, owners might fall into the practice of lavishing a little too much affection on this dog, spoiling them, and failing to adequately train the animal. Much like human children, dogs will soon learn what they can get away with by testing the people around them and pushing the limits.


The Chihuahua breed is actually quite easy to train as long as you start training them early on in life. An older or previously-spoiled Chihuahua may be stubborn and firmly resist training efforts. Although most Chihuahuas are bold and extremely loyal, others are the complete opposite with a temperament that leans towards timidity, suspiciousness or distrust, and anxiousness. This dog will likely get along with any other pets that you have in your household; however they are often reported to be very suspicious of other dogs and may overreact in the presence of a foreign dog if this behavior is not corrected at a very early age.

Whether your miniature Chihuahua is timid, feisty, or mellow will likely have a huge link to the temperament of the dog’s grandparents and parents. You see, with Chihuahuas, their genetics have a massive impact on their personality. “Bad Chihuahuas” tend to be from bloodlines where the ancestors were generally ill-tempered. Although genetics do play a strong role in the dog’s temperament, the environment in which the dog is raised and the quality of care that is given to it will also have a significant impact.

Is this Breed Right for You?

The miniature Chihuahua could very well be a great pet for you. They do not require a lot of exercise—in fact, most Chihuahuas get sufficient exercise by trotting around the house. They are very suitable for apartments, the elderly, or for anyone who wants a fun-loving, comedic companion. This breed is notorious for being difficult to housetrain, so if you’re worried that you won’t have a lot of time or patience to dedicate to the housetraining process, then this may not be the ideal breed for you. The large amount of attention that the Chihuahua requires can be a burden to some, but if you don’t mind having a furry friend that likes to follow you in and out of rooms, becomes excited and “jumpy” when you return home, and happily curls up in bed with you at night time, then this is definitely a good breed to consider!

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