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I drove my boys to school today and was dropping the 10 year old off. I picked up Peach and had her jump by the window and wave by. Tommy's friends saw and came over to the car and before I knew it, about 8 kids, one parent and a teacher were all fawning over her. Peace was practically jumping out of my arms and her tail was going at warp speed. She wanted to lick and get pets from everybody. Very fun. Then this mom standing there says, looking at all the crazed kids, "Oh this is good socialization for her, especially since she is a chihuahua, you know." Actually, NO, I don't know what you mean. I said, "Actually, I have 3 chihuahuas and all of them are very friendly so no, I don't know what you mean." Anyway, it wasn't a big deal but just a little snide anti-chi comment. I hate that. I wouldn't say that about anyone else's dog. grr.
 

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Did she ever explain what she meant by it? I can't figure it out either. Good for you for standing up though.
 

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Its like anything I guess. Everything, everyone and I guess every pet now has a sterotype.

I think people who can only see though this tunneled view are just to afraid to think alone or experience these things themselves.

On the other hand, she might have been trying to impress you by knowing what dog socialisation is, not realising she insulted you. Just trying to look like she knows what she was talking about.
 

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I've never met a really outgoing Chihuahua. They always size you up and check you out.
It's the whole superior species thing ;)
hahahah 110% my Chihuahua IS outgoing! She is happy to go and get pats from every one and every dog!

At puppy school she would go up to all the big dogs and have no fear, then get bored with theyre childishness and go be cute to people for food haha
 

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Oh I get told all the time oh she's not snappy or aggressive she's everso friendly how strange she is a chihuahua right?? I'm like don't tell her that she thinks she's a great Dane

Daisy is super friendly would probably kiss a burglar.. Lotus would wag her tail get excited bark and bolt in a different direction unless it's a kid then she wants to be their friend
 

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Im always being complimented how Maisie is a lovely dog because "All chihuahuas are snappy/yappy dogs" - I used to have a Rottie too who was terrified of everything and everyone, and would hide behind me if there was anyone about, but people used to cross the road and keep away from her because "All rottweilers are dangerous" - She even got called a Baby Killer once!

Its awful, but I guess we have to put up with the steriotypes and prove them wrong!
 

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I've never met a really outgoing Chihuahua. They always size you up and check you out.
It's the whole superior species thing ;)
You need to come and meet 2 of mine (of the three). They go absolutely nuts for people and attention similar to the lab I used to have. They truly think the world is there to pet them, entertain them and show them affection. The third is more shy but absolutely loves people.
 

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had someone yesterday tell me "why don't you get a REAL dog" when I mentioned I had a chihuahua...... I wanted to put the "smackdown' on her.... but I just considered the source and politely said "I have had Chihuahuas since I was 7 yrs old... and NEVER had a nippy, yappy one".... then she said her friend had one and it barks all the time and bites people.... I said well, I guess it has alot to do with how it has been raised and sounds like the owner needs education on raising dogs..... GRRRRRR
 

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In some kinda defence I can relate to those that assume all Chihuahua's bite and yap.

When I was school age there was a house up the road that had two Chi's, I wanted to stroke them but they would race down the garden path and bark like crazy, if you went near them they would snarl.

Then when I was about 30 yrs old I walked into my aunts to see her holding a Chi. (Gino) I immediatley went up and tried to stroke him and boy..! he near on took my hand off, so aggressive...

However he was only protecting my aunt and he was the most effectionate dog ever. Then she got Tootsie a little girl Chi who was so timid and only ever wanted cuddles.

So apart from Tootsie and only ever encountering these other 3 dogs chi's to me were vicious.

Now that I have two chi's of my own and met others I know they are not a vicious breed.

In fact its the owners that make them aggressive as with most dogs.


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Most people have met a Chihuahua somewhere that was snappy. One of the meanest dogs I ever met was a Chi. So you can't blame people for being cautious. I don't think you should sit still for someone being nasty and I wouldn't tolerate remarks, but it would be great to introduce them to your Chi, who is sweet and friendly. Strike a blow for Chihuahuas that are kind and gentle and nice. I love Chihuahuas, but know that not all of them are sweet and friendly, so am cautious, although I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

My Bichon boy, Cosmo, is a certified therapy dog and we visit the Children's Library twice a week. He is the sweetest, most gentle dog you could ever meet. He loves the kids and they love him, but occasionally, I will be walking in with him or leaving and someone will come along who goes way out around him and obviously doesn't want to meet him and is uncomfortable with him being there. I always keep him close to me and I don't make any comments and don't expect them to make any fuss over Cosmo. I would react if they made remarks or said something nasty to me, but that has never happened.

It's a big world and there's room for all of us with all of our likes and dislikes. Not everyone loves dogs like we do. You don't have to put up with nasty remarks and I wouldn't either. But I would try to take an opportunity to change their mind about Chihuahuas and introduce them to a sweet, gentle Chi. Some people will go for it and some won't. If they go for it, do your best and hope they come away with a kinder feeling about Chihuahuas. If they don't, wave goodbye (and tell them to kiss your a** if it makes you feel better) and go happily on your way. What they think has absolutely nothing to do with you or your dogs!

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I don't think her comment was anti-chi. I think she simply fell into a stereotype that a lot of people don't understand is more owner-based than the fault of the breed. Truth is that a lot of chihuahuas are not social dogs. I don't think it's their fault (though every dog is an individual and some may genuinely be shy no matter what environment they're living in). In most cases, it's the owner's who create this behavior by isolating the dog. Some do it out of fear b/c they think a chi is so fragile. Others do it b/c they tend to baby the animal to the point of never letting its feet on the ground and secretly relish the idea that their dog loves no one but them. Had a friend like that who turned down a dog sitting offer by me and instead kept her beagle in a kennel all during her vacation because she said she didn't want it to bond with anyone else and love them more than her. She's a crap dog owner in a lot of other ways too, but I don't want to get off topic.

Anyhoo...I can't really fault her opinion when I've seen for myself so many badly socialized chis. She probably should have been more observant (dogs licking, playing, and letting children pet them hardly need lessons in socialization), but I don't think she meant any offense by the comment.

Could be worse. We could all be APBT owners. Talk about negative stereotypes. At least they aren't banning chis.
 
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