I need your opinion is a matter I have fallen head over heels in love with a beautiful chihuahua. She is from a very good breeder. She is on the small side. My question do chihuahua's tend to have health problems? All so are they good with children? Some sites say yes, others no. Would a ch. shar pei be a better breed for a family with a young child? Thanks for your help,.....
I haven't met many chihuahuas but the ones I have were very nice. I say check out the individual dog then make your decision. My friend has a chi and she has small kids under 5 and they get along very well. Her chi loves kids. Why not bring your child to see the dog and let her play with him and she how it goes?
I HAVE AN 8 YR OLD CHI THAT I ADOPTED 8 MONTHS AGO AND HE HATES EVERYONE. ONCE HE GETS TO KNOW A PERSON HE'LL STILL BITE THEM... HE LOVES TO BE ON YOUR LAP BUT ONLY ON HIS TERMS. THEY ARE COUCH POTATOES AND I DON'T KNOW ANY THAT LIKED KIDS. ALL THE DOG BOOKS ON CHI SAYTY NOT SUITED FOR SMALL KIDS BUT THEN WHAT DO THEY KNOW SINCE ALL DOGS ARE DIFFERENT.
Hello :) I have a 4 pound Chihuahua and also have young children (3 and 5) and they get along great. Course, I think the biggest mistake that people make when they get this breed is that they investigate the breed only. Your children should also be 'tested' (for a lack of better words) to see how THEY would do with such a small breed as well. If your kids are the type that will scoop up a pup with his/her hind legs hanging down and tote them around the house, you may want to wait awhile or maybe get a Chi that is bigger than the breed standard. Chihuahuas are VERY fragile as babies. They can literally break a leg just by jumping off the couch. If you have kids that are more into gently patting the dog and you can successfully teach them not to pick up the puppy and only pet them, then a Chihuahua may work for your family. I wouldn't let my kids hold the Chihuahua by themselves until she was older. If they held her at all, they had to be sitting on the floor, and I would place her in their lap. A child should never be left alone with a Chihuahua either. That was one of my biggest fears was my kids tripping on my Chihuahua.
As far as the Chihuahua, look for a breeder that doesn't have a lot of dogs. Also, see how the adult Chihuahuas react when you come in the house. If they are skiddish or excessively bark, then chances are that their puppies may do that as well. With a lot of socialization from the breeder and yourself, you can totally have a Chihuahua that is super friendly and loves everyone. My Chihuahua is weary of strangers at first, but warms up fast and has never nipped or growled at anyone. She also LOVES kids because she has been around them from a very early age.
As far as them being lazy, maybe I'm around the wrong ones, but I have NEVER seen a lazy Chihuahua! Lol They are very high energy. They are lap dogs and like to be in your lap, but once on the ground they will run around like none other :) And as far as health, they tend to have eye and hip/knee/joint problems, so be sure to check into a breeder that tests for that.
I have two two year old female chihuahaus. My mom has a 7 year old chihuahua. I also organize a chi social club. The issues I have seen are Luxating Petella which is your major concern. Ask your breeder if they garantee against it. Up to $5k in vet bills if you aren't careful.
They also have an issue with collapsing trechia, Agression, and early tooth loss so dental care is essential.
Other minor issues are tongues that are too long for their mouths and they will stick their tongues out. Weight gain .
Chihuahuas can be good with children in moderation. The dogs are so fragile when they are young it is not uncommon for adults and children to fracture or kill a pup just by stepping on or dropping one.
Chihuahuas do not like to be harrassed and will defend themselves. If your kids are in their face they will cause the dog to bite.
If you want a dog for you great.. For your kids it may not be a good idea. If your dead set on one then go for a more larger chihuahua over 9 lbs.