Are chihuahuas good with kids but the combination of a tiny dog and a young child can be a recipe for disaster? A Chihuahua may leap from a child’s hands and injure himself if he’s not being held correctly, and he won’t hesitate to defend himself if he’s being mistreated.
Many breeders won’t sell puppies to families with toddlers for fear that the dog will be injured. Chihuahuas do best in families with quiet, older children who understand how to interact with them.
Make it a rule that young children can only hold or pet the Chihuahua if they’re sitting on the floor.
Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog’s food away.
No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Even if your family doesn’t have children, your Chihuahua should always be exposed to them when he’s young so he won’t be fearful of them if he encounters them later in life.
Just be sure you supervise carefully.
Chihuahuas get along well with other pets in the family, including cats, if introduced at a young age. The fearless Chihuahua will often boss around dogs much bigger than he is, and this may or may not cause problems. It’s not unusual for the smallest dog to be the one in charge.