Chihuahua (dog)

Raminder - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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Hello to all the mother out there,

I need your help cuz i am little confused. My six years old have been asking for a dog and we finally decided to get one (plus, i am 4 months pregnant now). We are looking into getting a Chihuahua (since she wants a small dog) and my question to all of you: How would feel about Chihuahua? Are they good with kids? Is it ok to have a with new born in the house? I heard good things and bad...so not i am little confused. Please let me know what you think about a Chihuahua??? Thank you, Rami

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I have a chihuahua shih tzu that is amazing with my son BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT I had her for nearly 2 years before I had him. She was trained and her place in the ranks had already been established. She bonded with my son while I was pregnant (she would lay her head/paw on my belly where he was kicking and she bonded to him immediately when we brought him home). WE NEVER EVER EVER LEAVE HER ALONE WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They play together (under our watch) and he loves her to pieces.



I would suggest getting a different small dog if this dog is not going to be YOUR DOG. Chihuahua's are too.. tempermental to trust for a child of 6 years (especially if you are pregnant and in 6 months time you're not only going to have the pup to continue to train but also have a newborn to take care of - the dog will be neglected [not intentionally] and you will find that it will act out).



Small dogs are much easier to become sick, emotional, jealous, they can be erratic, yappy and annoying -- IF THEY ARE NOT 100% #1 DOG all the time.



My chihuahua is very spoiled (bad move on my part) and so she will get into moods sometimes where she will be mopey or won't eat (as much) or will sit and watch us as we play with Gabriel and so far we have caught it everytime but I do worry that one time we won't catch it and she will start to act out towards Gabriel.



There are MANY other small dogs that would be easier, better and more appropriate in the behavior and temperment aspect than a chihuahua in your situation.



Whatever you decide, I wish you luck and please please please take into consideration VERY SERIOUSLY that LITTLE DOGS may be SMALLER but are JUST AS MUCH work as a big dog - and in some aspects even more.

Kate CP - posted on 10/17/2009

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DO NOT GET A CHIHUAHUA. These dogs are seriously over-bred and as a result tend to have some pretty heavy duty temperament issues. I can count the number of times I've been bit by dogs during my professional career:
1. Dachshund (puppy teeth nicked me)
2. Shiba Inu mix
3. Chihuahua
4. Chihuahua
5. Chihuahua (notice a theme?)
6. Rotti puppy (he really didn't want to let me have the toy back. We fixed that problem in one day.)
The best dogs I have found that are pretty good with kids are...drum roll please...
Beagles
American Pit Bull Terriers (nope, I'm not kidding. I've met one aggressive pit bull and it was the owner's fault for making it aggressive)
Mutts

If you're serious about getting a dog go to your local no-kill shelter like SPCA or Humane Society and ask the adoption coordinator for some help. This way you'll get a dog who's been temperament tested, fully vetted and sterilized, AND you've just saved a life. A pretty good deal all around. If you get a dog from a breeder SPAY or NEUTER! PLEASE for the love of GOD don't look in the newspaper or buy one in the Wal-Mart parking lot. These are typically back-yard breeders and/or puppy mills. Don't give them your money.

And Miss Julie Fetzner...I may have to corner you and pick your brain for an hour. ;)

Sharon - posted on 10/17/2009

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Wh-ha-at??? ME???



Ok ok ok I was kidding about the pitbull - they can be great family dogs but you have got to be REALLY good with dogs and buy one from a really reputable breeder who breeds for the love of a good devoted dog and not for fighting or size.



Anyway I digress.



Unless you are prepared to pay $$$$ for a chihuahua, your chances of getting a good healthy chihuahua are pretty slim.



Chihuahuas are over bred, inbred, mixed and you don't know it. You can't know it. Unless you're prepared to pay for DNA.



1. Are you prepared to potty train a puppy,

2. Handle a pregnancy, toddler & a puppy?

3. Handle a pregnancy, toddler, a puppy & recouperate from giving birth?

4. Train a puppy

5. Take a puppy, a newborn, toddler and your recently postpartum self for multiple walks a day? Or do you plan to just tether it outside until you feel like paying attention to it?

Ashley - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting Julie:



Quoting Ashley:

I grew up with one...she was very protective of me when I was a baby...pretty much if she didn't know you, you were going to get bit if you touched me. She also nipped my brother (he was pulling her ears, and tail). So, based on my experience, I would say that you need to do your research on the breed. If trained properly, any dog would do well. But, it would need a lot of training...
If I were to pick a small breed for your family, I would choose an American Eskimo. I researched small dogs that are good with kids, and that one kept coming up!
Keep in mind though, all dogs are different. A lot of small dogs aren't good with kids (breed wise). It might be best to just research the breeds with your daughter, and not get one just because it is cute.
Be prepared in training to take that dog out every day to burn energy, which may be difficult with a newborn to take care of. And just because your daughter wants a dog, at six, she won't be able to take care of it like an adult would, especially going to school. So that adds to you and/or taking care of it as well. Are you ready for the extra responsibility?
Good luck on your decision!





"I would choose an American Eskimo."  --> I have NEVER met a nice AE, they may be family protective, but this is one breed I trust the least to behave at my clinic.  If you find a breeder who selects for temperament, you may be ok.  






 






Do your homework on whatever you decide.  Dogs can be a great addition to a family (a ton of work) or they can wreck a household!





Perhaps I should have posted this differently...upon looking up good breeds for children under four (since she was asking about a newborn in the house), American Eskimo as a breed came up as one of the top.  So did the Border Terrier, toy Poodle, and Shih Tzu. 



The point I was trying to make was that any breed of dog will take some training to be around small children.  I have met some very nice Chihuahuas who were trained properly.  It depends on how they are treated and trained.  I would say that the rest of my original post was very informative.



I mean, I know a few labs who are the meanest damn dogs ever, one being my in-law's dog.  (Who is not allowed near my baby because he has bitten a few people...badly...)

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My Son is a year and a half and goes after our blue heeler all the time. She is 30 pounds but he fearlessly jumps on her, pulls her lips, tries to ride her. She has been to the point she's yelped and run away. If she were a chihuhua she would have been crushed long long ago. We do our best to keep them seperate and teach him to pet the puppy nicely but he still gets in a good one now and then even when we're sitting with him.



A family friend of ours used to breed chiuahas and her breeding male was killed instantly when one of her teenager daughters accidently slammed it in the door when she was leaving the house. Anything that cannot survive that won't survive a 2 year old onslaught.

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User - posted on 12/12/2011

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I just saw this post, maybe a little late for an answer, but still.
when I was pregnant with my now 5 year old twins, I found a Chihuahua/Shepard Mix on the street and since I am a dog lover and already had a Dalmatian I just took the little girl without thinking.
I have to say this was the best thing ever!!! She, Pepper, is so great with the kids, she was from the beginning. Even when I had her kick out of my bed after the twins arrived in our house, she was fine. Sometimes the twins are a little rough with her, but she just sits and let them hug and kiss her.
I don't think it is the breed, it is the dog him/herself. I was very lucky to have her trained the way she is now. Even the Dalmatian, who was already 5 years when the twins came, was fine with the kids - after a while. she had to get used to all the people and dogs new in her life after living with me for 4 years all alone. First the man, than the other dog and after the twins.... was kind of a lot to swallow.
Now we added a miniature pincher whom we rescued to our family and he is BAD. Only 4 lbs more than pepper, but as bad as hell. he is going after the twins, growling at them, nipping at them and over protective. It is so bad I will have a professional dog trainer in my house next weekend to help me out, because even with my experience I am kind of lost right now.
In my opinion it really isn't the breed or the size, you have to be lucky to find the right one, but if you do..... he/she will be the best addition to your family.
Last advice, if or when you get a dog, even a Chihuahua, NEVER EVER leave the dog alone with the children!!! Hope it helped ;-)

Amy - posted on 10/19/2009

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Chihuahua's are probably not your best choice for younger kids....they become very protective and will nip at anyone. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE chihuahua's - I have three myself. Another con is that children don't understand how fragile they can be and because they're little, kids want to carry them around - but not necessarily the right way. I know you may not want a big dog, but a lab or a retriever would be ideal!! They are usually SO good with kids.,

Pamela - posted on 10/19/2009

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They are protective of their owner and nip. I would get a mini schnauzer. Very playful

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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i just looked it up and it said that the are big barkers and not recommended for childrend so i would keep looking what about a Bichon Frise they are vary cute not a braker and a small dog and best of all good with yon young childrend i look this god up on Iams.com/Pet-Information under breed info. that is how i found our dog but we have a bull mastiff with is good but is a vary big dog! good luck!

Lora - posted on 10/18/2009

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I am so glad you are interested in getting a dog. They are a member of the family. I have 2 four legged kids that are mine and one that we foster. I also have a 7 yr old son and a 8month old son. The dogs are great with the kids. I also work at a doggie daycare. I see a lot of different dogs. I think you should read up on what ever type of dog you are interested in to make sure the personality and upkeep fit well with your family. Then check out a rescue in that breed. It is cheaper and usually a better dog. They will also be able to answer any questions about the breed, better then anyone else can.

Justine - posted on 10/18/2009

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I have an 8 yr old son and a 6 year old daughter and two english mastiffx great danes and i have found them to be perfect companions for my kids as they are both gentle and protective with not a vicious bone in their being..if you are serious about getting a pup I would go to a breed listing site and look for a dog that will fit in with your needs and your familes needs rather than focusing on a particular breed. good luck and have fun and remember a pup is a member of the family.

Susan - posted on 10/18/2009

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Please, DO NOT BUY FROM PUPPY MILLS!!!!,If buying from a breeder please make sure they take very good care of the pups. Really if all posible visit your local shelter. Mutts are good and need homes and love.

Betty - posted on 10/17/2009

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My mom has a long haired chihuahua that is an angle and loves everyone. They are very delicate animals and you might not find a responsible breeder willing to sell one to someone with small kids.

Betty - posted on 10/17/2009

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You should only buy one directly from a breeder and you should find one that will allow you to go and visit before buying(so you can see what the mom and dad are like first). It will cost a lot more this way because breeders view the puppies as their babies but it's worth it. Look online for private breeders and go fancy. The longer haired ones seem to behave better.

Susan - posted on 10/17/2009

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I dont think they are good for babies. I have a Jackchi-jack russel chihuahuas,way to hyper. The best puppy is the Lab. Their temper is fine ,they do get big but they are great family dogs.

Firebird - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

Get a pitbull.


Actually one of my exes had a pitbull and she was great with children..... she would attack swings and scooters (5 months old at the time and still learning right from wrong) but a 2 year old could pull her tail and ears and Pitty would just lay there and take it. Very sweet in nature but a lot of work!

Raminder - posted on 10/17/2009

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Thank you so much everyone. You all are the best.
I never though i would have that many people responding to my question. This is good way to learn and share thoughts.
have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Kathy - posted on 10/17/2009

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Chihuahua's are best with kids when they are raised with kids. They do not accept change very well, although there are always exceptions. Smaller dogs live longer on average than large dogs by 5 years or more. Someone suggested a bischon frise. Um, they are a bit peculiar with the "buzzing," the high pitched bark, the need for attention. They're more like the type of "shishi-poopoo" dog for dressing up and spoiling by people who don't have kids.

Arlene - posted on 10/17/2009

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I have a chihuahua and a pug...we had the pug first so he was older and had the chihuahua for about a year when our son arrived. He was awesome! He was up everytime we were with the baby, he would sit next to his crib when he napped and if he woke, Tito (the chihuahua) would cry until we came and got him. My son is almost three and Tito has NEVER bit him, and Lukas has given them quite a go, pulling hair and tails, climbing on them; he growls, but never bites....I find him to be a vocal dog about everything, so the growling isn't aggressive, more stating his disapproval or annoyance. On the other side, we had our dogs first. I had a firend stay with us with a puppy when out son was just turning two.....it was awful....he wouldn't leave the puppy alone and the puppy snapped all the time (it was a Westie) and I came to the conclusion that toddlers and puppies don't mix....I think probably because both are still learning. Not all chihuahuas are bad, ours is really sweet and loves our son. Tito gives him kisses in the morning and they play fetch together, we've never had a bad experience. Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 10/17/2009

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We had a teacu Chihuahua in our family for like 12 years, she recently died about 6 months ago..But she was around all my 5 of my nieces and my daughter.. She was my grandmother's dog and when my grandmother would go on trips my two youngest nieces would help my mom look after the dog. When my grandmother died about 2 years ago, the dog became my two youngest nieces dog. Concho, the dog, would sleep with them..and when they didn't feel good she would stay by their side. Yes, she was grouchy sometimes, but what dog or human for that matter isn't? My self, we have a rat terrier and a jack russell/rat terrier mix in our home. The jack/rat mix loves my 4 month old son.. he watches over him and tried to take care of him. Where my rat terrier did the same to my daughter.The jack/rat is only 8 months old, and the rat terrier is 8 years old, we have had him since he was 6 months old too. my daughter is 2 years old... so I hope this helps you... in the long run, you need to decide which is best for you and your family and what kind of dog you all like too?

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i have a chihuahua thats amazing with my 10 month old. I think u just need to make sure you raise it right,.

Melinda - posted on 10/17/2009

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I would try a bischon frise they are smaller dogs they are good with children but like all dogs are alot of work, I would say adopt an adult yes puppies are adorable but with a baby on the way no matter what breed its going to be double the work with a puppy, there are tons on adorable adult dogs that could use a good home, and the temperament has already been established and you can better evaluate how you feel the dog will do around your children and in your family.

Abbie - posted on 10/17/2009

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You are nuts to get one!! Sorry but true. they would be on the end of the list of dogs I would get. Have your read the 10 reasons to NOT get your kid a dog?? READ IT. Do you really want the responsibility of a dog with a baby on the way? The 6 year old might really want one but lets be honest who will be walking the dog at 9 pm?? Not the 6 year old. I would really wait until the kid is older and baby is too.



But to your questions, NO I would NOT suggest a chi for you kid. Also as a note, they like to hide in blankets and are very snippy, and don't like kids in general running after them. A good dog for kids is a French bulldog BUT......... they are a Bi&ch to train!! They are SO stubborn, but once trained they are GREAT dogs.

Firebird - posted on 10/17/2009

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I would never get one of those dogs. All the ones I've met were fairly ill tempered. Maybe you could look into a peek-a-poo instead? I've been around a few of those, they're hyper but very sweet.

Kristine - posted on 10/17/2009

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I've had many different types of animals growing up and with my 6 children growing up all of my animals except for one dog were fine with my kids. I think as long as you get them as pups they grow up together. Now Chiuahuas can be demanding they do love attention but I think it will be fine. I had one over the summer but she was an escape artist lol I'm getting another one today. Female dogs are more protective so I'm sticking with males their more laid back. Maybe after your baby is a little older do some research and get the best dog for your family.

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Have you thought of another breed? We got a labrador puppy after many months of research these seem to be the best with children, my son is

7 months now and the puppy knows it place in the home and only sniffs the baby when he comes down in the morning and doesnt bother with him any more all day, its been like this since we got the dog and my baby was months. I think it really does depend on have you got the patience to train the puppy correctly? Its blimmin hard work!! If so i can honestly say we have had no problems with our labrador, he cried for two nights when we first got him and was house trained within 4 days. If you gonna go for it do it now before you new baby arrives, and invest in a large dog cage. You'l be fine. Good luck

Julie - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

I grew up with one...she was very protective of me when I was a baby...pretty much if she didn't know you, you were going to get bit if you touched me. She also nipped my brother (he was pulling her ears, and tail). So, based on my experience, I would say that you need to do your research on the breed. If trained properly, any dog would do well. But, it would need a lot of training...
If I were to pick a small breed for your family, I would choose an American Eskimo. I researched small dogs that are good with kids, and that one kept coming up!
Keep in mind though, all dogs are different. A lot of small dogs aren't good with kids (breed wise). It might be best to just research the breeds with your daughter, and not get one just because it is cute.
Be prepared in training to take that dog out every day to burn energy, which may be difficult with a newborn to take care of. And just because your daughter wants a dog, at six, she won't be able to take care of it like an adult would, especially going to school. So that adds to you and/or taking care of it as well. Are you ready for the extra responsibility?
Good luck on your decision!


"I would choose an American Eskimo."  --> I have NEVER met a nice AE, they may be family protective, but this is one breed I trust the least to behave at my clinic.  If you find a breeder who selects for temperament, you may be ok.  



 



Do your homework on whatever you decide.  Dogs can be a great addition to a family (a ton of work) or they can wreck a household!

Julie - posted on 10/17/2009

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NO! I am a vet and I rarely meet a nice Chihuahua. 6 years is too young if you want the child to assume any responsibility for it. Puppies are a lot of work, maybe look into rescuing a young small-breed dog whose temperament has been established (and may already be housebroken). If you want purebred, Boston terriers, pugs, papillons, Bedlingtons and even beagles are much higher on my list for "nicer" small dogs. I have met 1 or 2 good Chihuahuas, but that is not the norm--be careful in your selection process. Maybe ask your vet for recommendations.

It is not safe to leave ANY dog alone with small children and infants.

Chasidy - posted on 10/17/2009

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wow... my dad has a chihuahua and well... my family is not doing so well right now and my 2 year old and i are staying at my dads... the dog attacks my 2 year old on a id say every 2 day basis... and now... we are getting kicked out for the dog... haha... i say all dogs can be good if made good! i would just make sure to keep in my mind the baby is the baby but the dog is just a dog =) good luck!

Christi - posted on 10/17/2009

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i personally found homes for my pets when my son was born. i did not know if he would be allergic to my animals and i did not want them being rough with him or crawling in his crib. if it is an outside dog, i really don't see a problem with it, but be warned that chihuahuas can be very mean. i like yorkshire terriers and they are wonderful with children. just my thoughts, hope it helps!

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i have a 2 year old Chihuahua and a 4 month old baby and my chihuahua loves my son to death! he is very proctective of him but would never nip the visitors... i think it has alot to do with how the dog is trained.
i personally would hold off getting a dog until you have had your baby and are able to focus on the puppy. Puppies need just as much attention as children do. they need to be trained and supervised at all times

Ashley - posted on 10/17/2009

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I grew up with one...she was very protective of me when I was a baby...pretty much if she didn't know you, you were going to get bit if you touched me. She also nipped my brother (he was pulling her ears, and tail). So, based on my experience, I would say that you need to do your research on the breed. If trained properly, any dog would do well. But, it would need a lot of training...

If I were to pick a small breed for your family, I would choose an American Eskimo. I researched small dogs that are good with kids, and that one kept coming up!

Keep in mind though, all dogs are different. A lot of small dogs aren't good with kids (breed wise). It might be best to just research the breeds with your daughter, and not get one just because it is cute.

Be prepared in training to take that dog out every day to burn energy, which may be difficult with a newborn to take care of. And just because your daughter wants a dog, at six, she won't be able to take care of it like an adult would, especially going to school. So that adds to you and/or taking care of it as well. Are you ready for the extra responsibility?

Good luck on your decision!

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hi i have a 7yr old chihuahua and he is just like a baby ive got 3kids and he is always running from them and doesnt like 2be really handled by kids.. i wouldnt recomend a chihuahua maybe wait untill the kids are older..my chihuahua isnt aggressive but once my oldest daughter kept putting her face really close and he went2 nip her,they are gorgeous dogs...

Melanie - posted on 10/16/2009

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not sure how small you are looking for but I have a Puggle, Its a pug beagle mix and a 6 wk old and she is great with her and they are just overall an awesome dog...just a suggestion...she is about 18lbs full grown.

Brandy - posted on 10/16/2009

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I don't think I would have any inside dog with a newborn. That's just how I feel. Besides, small dogs have too much energy and are sooo yappy all the time, could you imagine trying to get a baby to sleep with that high pitched yapping? And all the ones that I have ever known of any breed tend to be very protective of their masters and can get very fierce when somebody is taking to much of their masters time. Then there are cats but the problem there is that they are too cuddly and try to cuddle up to baby's at night for warmth and smother them. Not to mention the dander they leave behind. Would she settle for a hamster or some fish? lol. I would hold off on the dog until the baby is older unless it is going to be an outside dog.

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I have a teacup chihuhua now and am expecting in 2 weeks! so i'll know then, but



I think if you got a puppy it would be fine because then you just raise it to be gentle around the kids

Erica - posted on 10/16/2009

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Chihuahuas need in many ways to be the babies of the family. They get jealous and depressed when the attention is turned away from them. They are also smaller than a newborn, which means that by the time a baby is mobile the dog will be cowering in fear. These are one of the worst breeds to have with young children in the house, and would be better off placed elsewhere if you are planning one or more babies.
Boston terriers- These are fantastically intelligent dogs, and have a lot of patience with strangers and children. Boston terriers are not known for being rough with kids and are not big enough to pose much danger to a toddler even if they should happen to play a little rough. Boston terriers are considered one of the best breeds to have with young kids.
Good Luck

Jodi - posted on 10/16/2009

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I had a chihuahua as a child, and while she was very easy for me to handle and train, she was very possessive of me. She wouldn't hesitate to nip at someone else. I also found she was not a very patient dog, and would get annoyed very easily. I wouldn't have one with very young children, I think they are a bit too temperamental.

Renae - posted on 10/16/2009

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i grew up with chihuahuas and i would certainly not have one with a baby. our dogs used to get very protective and would nip at anyone who would come near. your dog may get attatched to your older child and when the new baby comes along and wants to play too, the dog may nip or bite it. plus, their bark or should i say yap, annoys me soooooo bad!! lol

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