Adding A Chihuahua Into A Family With A Cat Or Large Breed Dog
Is it alright to add a Chihuahua to a family who owns a cat or a larger dog? It is quite likely that the Chihuahua will get along well with either a cat or large dog if introduced properly and supervised until they are on good terms. It takes up to three weeks for them to accept each other depending on the existing dog or cat’s personality. It is important to introduce them slowly and only have them together when you are present. Wait until the pup is 3 to 4 pounds before letting them play. A large cat or dog can kill a small pup in seconds if the pup is thought of as a toy. Remember to spend quality time with both the older pet and newly introduced pup.
Your existing cat or dog’s temperament is the determining factor because a dominant dog or cat could feel that its territory is being violated and get aggressive with the pup. It is not recommended that a person who owns a dangerous dog breed (guard dog) should have a Chihuahua. It is safest to add a Chihuahua to a family when the larger dog is a minimum of two years old, well trained and settled down. Some cats will want to play with a Chihuahua pup and some will completely ignore it.
I have received positive stories from people who have bought pups from me and have introduced them into a family with both large dogs and cats. Either the animals become best friends or they simply don’t have anything to do with each other. In a few cases the smaller Chihuahua grows up to be the boss over the larger dog or cat.