More Than One Chihuahua? Do you Have Multiple Chihuahua Syndrome?

More Than One Chihuahua? Do you have Multiple chihuahua syndrome?

There is a saying that once you get a chihuahua you can’t have just one. I think it must be true as most people I know with chis have more than one chihuahua.

What is it about this little saucy little dog that makes them so addictive?  You start out with one and before you know it you have three or four. More chihuahuas must mean more fun, more chihuahua snuggles & kisses and more chihuahua love. It does, but their are other considerations to.

The Good

Chis are quite small so having more than one chihuahua doesn’t pose the logistical problems that having several large dogs might. You can easily transport them if you are off to the park. Walking them on the lead, unless they are well trained, can be fun to watch. Performing the lead dance that resembles the French Knitting we did as children.


They will play together so you are not totally responsible for their entertainment, having just one dog can mean they want your attention all day, it is also better for them if you are going to be out at work. If they are friends they will snuggle up together, lick ears and play. It is a pleasure to watch your chihuahuas make up silly games and chase each other around.


Having more than one chihuahua means they will play with each other

Better for them

Having more than one chihuahua is generally better for the dogs. But beware, chihuahuas don’t always get on with other breeds. They are known for their preference for a chihuahua based pack. That doesn’t mean they never get on with other dogs, there are plenty of examples of it working. But if you introduce a chihuahua into a mixed breed dog pack it could prove difficult. Especially if the other dogs are large. This could stress your chihuahua who may respond with fear biting behaviour.

The Bad

Chihuahuas like a pack hierarchy, they like to know who is in charge and if they perceive they can do the job better they will step up. This can cause conflict with an older more mature dog who might want a quieter life or disturb the natural order of your established pack. Once your chihuahua has decided he is in charge he could get bossy or aggressive over food and resources.

More Training

Training more than one chihuahua can be harder than training one, as your focus is divided and you can’t always get multiple dogs to do what you want at the same time. This can be especially true of chihuahuas who can be stubborn. Getting your chihuahua pack to not bark at visitors or the postman would be essential!

More chi-wee

Toilet training chihuahuas can be a challenge, some chis can take up to 2 years to get reliable so if you have a multiple chihuahua household you are going to need a more relaxed view to accidents in the house and a good chi-wee cleaning system.

Littermates no no

If you think you want more than one chihuahua, and who wouldn’t, don’t be tempted to get littermates. It might seem like a good idea when they are puppies, but as they mature it can cause conflict and fighting or they become so bonded to each other they take little notice of you. Littermate syndrome is a thing and most dog behaviour experts agrees that littermates are not a good idea.

Dont be tempted to get littermates. However cute!

The Expense

Multiple dogs will also mean multiple vet bills, flea treatments, nail clipping and vaccinations. Having more than one dog can be very expensive. Chemical flea control can be as much as £9.00 per month per dog. Plus the cost of insurance which has gone through the roof, boarding if you want to go on holiday, passports if you are taking them with you. This is when using natural flea control, cooking your own dog food and learning to clip nails comes into its own.

Do you have a multiple chihuahua household? We would love to know how they all get on.


6 thoughts on “More Than One Chihuahua? Do you Have Multiple Chihuahua Syndrome?

  1. Angiemiklavicm Reply

    I have 2 daisy and duke ..daisy 10 duke 5 she us the bug chi of the house duke loves daisy she loves him when she wants but will get in his face barking to correct him when he us bad and yes..she tattles on him if he has an accident. I love them with all my heart .

  2. Lysa Reply

    I brought a chi pup into a home with 6 hunting feists and a pitbull. She was quickly adopted by the feists and considered a part of our pack. She still doesn’t care for my pitbull tho. It has taken almost 2 years for her to stop harassing the pitbull who thankfully seems to regard the chi as a wayward child to be tolerated. All my dogs have extensive training and share food/water with a few kitties as well. The chi is not a nervous shaky little ankle nipped and does well with the other animals as well as people both known and new. I believe my training was important as well as extensive socialization.

  3. Kate Reply

    I have 3 chihuahuas thinking about a 4th
    There ya definitely a pecking order but all 3 sleep in same bed happily ! They definitely prefer their own kind . The oldest and smallest 3 lb. chi. is the boss and keeps the other two in check ! 😁

  4. Donna Johnson Reply

    Looking for a young longhair Apple Head Female Chihuahua to adopt. Elderly retired Female with no animals. Need a lap baby

    • Louise Kirby Post authorReply

      Hi You need to apply to your local shelters, we are not a rescue. Good luck , let me know how you get on.

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