Poodles are a very loving and charming dog breed. They could be the sweetest dog you could ever imagine. True to their size, they are a small cup of joy with a lot of furs included. They could light up the house, and any poodle-owner could certify how much happiness they could bring. So, can poodles get along with chihuahuas?
Sadly, the answer is NO. But if you don’t know it yet, poodles are actually territorial, most dogs are. They like the space for their convenience. They do not like being around aggressive dogs; that is why giving them walks is necessary for socializing with other dogs. Although there are a few dog parents who managed to pull it off, they must have gone through hard times training the dogs for them to get along, or they grew up together and built a great bond.
From a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest compatibility score, their compatibility to live in the same house is roughly at three. That is a danger zone. It merely means that you could not put them together at the same home as they are both territorials and are not likely to share.
Poodles Vs Chihuahuas
Even though they are both one of the most adorable dogs and the companion type of dogs, they have a wide range of differences. Let me show you how poodles and chihuahuas differ in many things to prove that they should not be under the same roof.
|Coat Color||Apricot, Black, Brown, Silver, White, Fawn Blue, Cream, Gray, and Red Beige|| Chocolate, Fawn Tan, Cream Red, and Black|
|Grooming||Needs professional grooming to maintain the coat||Minimal grooming only|
|Temperament||Active, Faithful, Intelligent, Alert, Instinctual, and Trainable||Alert, Devoted, Intelligent, Courageous, Lively, and Quick|
|Intelligence||Outstanding: Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds.||Low to average: Chihuahua is not the brightest one.|
|Trainability||Poodles are very easy to train.||Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.|
|Sensitivity Level||They are more sensitive than other dog breeds.||Chihuahuas do not like irregular daily routine, noisy house, and frequent guests.|
|Social Needs||Poodles are a social breed.||Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.|
|Barking||Average to high: Poodle is a vocal breed.||High: Chihuahua is a very vocal breed.|
|Watchdog Ability||Poodles are very good watchdogs.||Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.|
|Territorial||Poodles are strong defenders of their territory.||Chihuahuas are average defenders of their territory.|
|Chewing Habit||Poodles have a lower tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.||Chihuahuas have a high tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.|
|Tolerates Being Left at Home||Poodles have the best time when a family member is at home or if they are taken to the workplace.||Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety if their owners leave them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.|
|Stranger Friendly||Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.||Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.|
|Child-Friendly||Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.||Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.|
|Cat-Friendly||Poodles are somehow cat-friendly dogs.||Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.|
|Dog-Friendly||Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.||Chihuahuas are somehow friendly towards other dogs.|
|Old People Friendly||Poodles are one of the best breeds recommended for elderly people.||Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.|
|Exercise||Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.||Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.|
|Sleeping Need||Poodles are quite energetic dogs, and they do not spend too much time sleeping.||Chihuahuas sleep for about 12-14 hours a day as an average dog, yet they’re not considered as a lazy breed.|
|Stinkiness||Poodles have a low chance of getting a stinky smell.||Chihuahua has a high chance of getting the stinky smell.|
The contrasts presented are just guides if you are thinking of getting a chihuahua as your second dog. Although they differ in many things and they are not highly recommended to live together, there are still dog owners who have an enormous amount of patience to get them along.
Determining Their Compatibility
Pushing that aside, if you are a poodle owner and thinking of getting a second dog, there are things that you must consider. It is vital to determine their compatibility. You need to know how to choose your second dog to ensure the harmonious living inside the household.
You must try to determine first how well your poodle accepts newcomers. Now their acceptance will usually depend on the size, breed, age, gender, health, personality, instincts, and so on. Other breeds, like poodles, highly are dog-friendly, but if you introduce them to a dog that is opposite of their traits, like chihuahuas, it could be total chaos.
However, no matter how friendly a poodle is, you still need to be careful in choosing your second dog. If you want to avoid difficulties in choosing, some breeds are naturally as friendly as the poodles.
Here are the kinds that we highly recommend: Basset hound, English Foxhound, Cocker Spaniel, Bolognese, Vizsla, Pug, Coton de Tulear (known as Cotons), Labrador Retrievers, Beagle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, and Maltese. These breeds could get along more with poodles than a chihuahua.
Introducing a New Dog
Furthermore, introducing the new dog is a crucial part. You cannot just simply bring home a new pup; the existing poodles in the house might not take it well. There are some relating rules to follow before mixing them into your house.
- Make them meet in a neutral location and make sure that they are in a separate leash. Let the dogs meet somewhere outside the house so that the poodle will not feel protective and territorial.
- Give both dogs time to get to know each other. Allow them to play chase until they feel comfortable. It is also good to acknowledge their good behavior towards each other, then try to give them simple commands like sit or stay. It might take quite some time for them to get used to it.
- Be watchful for negative body language. If your poodle shows negative body language like crouching, hair in the spine standing up, deep growls, teeth showing, and long stares, you should distance the new dog for some time. Once the poodle shows a relaxed position, try to re-introduce the new dog for positive socialization.
- After seeing that they both get along, it is time to bring them home. Now, the new pup would get nervous, entering a new place. You have to make them feel comfortable by showing gestures that give them the signal that it is okay to get in. Also, let the new pup get in first before the poodle; in this way, the poodle will not feel territorial.
- At home, make sure that the new pup is introduced to the poodle or other dogs as a new member of the family. Since the puppy is still learning, they will most likely stick with the adult dogs to adapt to the environment. One more thing, never let them share the same bowl or put them close while they eat.
Getting a new pup would be a handful, and they would most likely consume most of your time, and the poodle or other dogs may feel unhappy and starts acting strange. To avoid this into realization, you have to make sure that your poodle gets extra attention and extra love alone, without the new pup, just you and the poodle.
The most important thing to consider in getting a dog is to make sure that they are compatible, not just for your poodle but also for your family’s lifestyle. It does not hurt to do a little research on the right breed that would mix in well in the family. After all, getting a dog is like adding a new baby in the family.
After reading all of this and you still want to get a chihuahua as a second dog, you can give it a try. But the assurance that they would get along with your poodle is slimmer than a thread. You might fail to reside both dogs in one house, or you might succeed. Just make sure to have tons of patience!
Do poodles get jealous? Just like humans, poodles and all other dogs have emotions too. They can feel happy, sad, depressed, excited, scared, and jealous. Yes, they can get jealous, and this will sometimes stress them out.
Do poodles get along with cats? If you already have a poodle at home, or a cat at home and wanted to get another pet, it is best to introduce them first to make sure that they would get along. Poodles are not likely to chase cats, so getting a cat would be no problem. They will be happy to live with them.
Are poodles good with kids? Miniature and toy poodles tend to be high strung, and they are not recommended for a family with children. But a standard poodle is intelligent, gentle, and hypo-allergenic, making them an excellent choice as a pet in the household.
Do poodles like to cuddle? Yes. They love to cuddle with you at night.