As irresistible as a puppy is, there are certain households where a Chihuahua would be more of a problem than a delight.
·Puppies are not suitable companions for pregnant women, as dog hair and dog dander (skin flakes) in the air may also overstimulate the mother’s immune system and create allergic responses or respiratory problems both for the human mom and her unborn child.
·Chihuahua puppies are not recommended as pets in households with infants. Chihuahuas are also very jealous creatures and they may harm the baby. A Chihuahua puppy will often seek out a cradle because it is a place of warmth and there are blankets to burrow under. This could accidentally smother a child.
·Chihuahuas are not recommended for households with toddlers. Toddlers may be tempted to accidentally abuse a puppy by pulling, hitting or tugging on the animal. This could cause the dog to attack the toddler, leaving scratches and bites. Most Chihuahuas feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can’t help making — and stress and fearfulness (even defensive biting) may be the result.
·Don’t even think of owning a dog if you can’t afford to take yourself. You have to make a lifetime commitment to taking care of this tiny dog the same way you would a child.
·You should also not own a dog if you or a member of your family suffers from schizophrenia, manic depression, alcoholism, and addiction. attention deficit disorder or a personality disorder. Unfortunately, one of the main traits of these diseases is irresponsibility. Like children, puppies need routine, responsible care and consistency in order to be happy and healthy.
·You should also not consider adopting a chi if your plan of action is to let it roam around outside. Chihuahuas are indoor pets. Letting them wander around outside makes the vulnerable to poisons, verbal and physical abuse, attacks from other animals, falls, accidents, theft and extremely contagious diseases such as worms and tuberculosis.
Chihuahua pups and aggressive alpha dogs also don’t mix. A larger dog can grab a Chihuahua and break his neck with one quick shake. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what’s going on around your tiny dog. Dogs are pack animals and if you are the owner of an alpha dog, (one that considers itself to be the leader of a pack) then he may see the puppy as an intruder. A puppy just does not know how to act in a submissive manner when confronted by an aggressive animal such as a pit bull or German shepherd
Also you should not consider owning a puppy if you cannot grasp the concept that these cute little animals eventually transform into dog. The number of dogs abandoned in our humane societies and pet shelters are a testimony to people who have broken a promise that they have made in their heart to a puppy who had the gall to turn into a dog.