How Smart are Teacup Chihuahuas?
Let’s answer that question right away. Teacup Chi’s aren’t dumb! If you have a Chihuahua that acts dumb, there might be an underlying genetic condition, or it has been injured as a puppy. In my experience, the miniature Chihuahua is one of the most intelligent breeds.
They can be potty trained quickly learn to do tricks, plus many will know when a car pulls up, or there’s about to be a knock on your front door. So if you are looking for a loyal, lively and intelligent dog that you can carry around in your purse, a Chihuahua may be for you!
Originally from Mexico, this little dog was introduced to the world by the Chinese. Weighing less than 2.5 pounds, it is one of the most miniature dog breeds. Considered a pre-Columbian Indian sacred dog, this breed is extremely loyal and has an attachment to its owner.
These little dogs can come in almost any color combination and are often found in tan and black, fawn and tan combinations. One of the more desirable colors is chocolate. This is the color of dark milk chocolate, which can be maroon, silver, blue, or even multicolored. Rare colors include blue and chocolate merle, brindle, and spotted.
Chihuahuas are energetic and affectionate. Chihuahuas are often seen licking their owners’ faces and love to give affection, but they also love to receive it. Most Chihuahuas will bond with their owners and be wary of strangers and other animals.
If your Chihuahua wants to get along with people and animals, you should socialize them from an early age and get many people to deal with them. However, Chihuahuas seem to like other Chihuahuas, or they will tolerate them unless your Chihuahua has a mean personality.
Consider keeping two Chihuahuas if you want to keep multiple pets. As you can imagine, Chihuahuas are so tiny and prone to injury that they can be injured falling off the couch or if you accidentally drop them. For this reason, Chihuahuas and small children aren’t a great combination.
Chihuahuas are very smart but can be challenging to train, especially when it comes to potty training. Many owners train them on paper or are small enough to use a litter box. But again, they are smart, so if you take the time to train them with positive enhancements, they can learn many tricks and obedience.
Chihuahuas and other dogs do not respond well to yelling, so this should not be used as a training method. In addition, the Chihuahua can be a bit yappy, and, despite its small size, it can also be aggressive. As you can imagine, a big dog may look very intimidating to your little Chihuahua, but he faces it with great courage. Therefore you need to defend your Chihuahua from threats even though the opposite canine might be friendly.
Although Chihuahuas are tiny and make good condominium pets, they need to be exercised daily. Playing together with your Chihuahua and taking him for a stroll will help them stay active and in proper health. When walking your Chihuahua, applying a harness instead of a collar is nice since a tight collar could damage their tiny windpipes.
Chihuahuas can have a lifespan of up to fifteen years with the proper care. But unfortunately, the Chihuahua can also be wheezy due to a short nose. So you additionally want to be cautious with these tiny puppies, and you don’t want to overfeed them. On the other hand, you have to watch for instances of low blood sugar too.
In conclusion, the Teacup Chihuahua is considered an intelligent dog breed and is an excellent choice for a single person or family with older children. My sister and I grew up with a Chihuahua, and she was a great dog, very protective of my sister, and even helped with her asthma!