Will Chihuahua get along ok with labrador?

magics_gurl93: Chihuahua and Labrador?
Im planning on geting a chihuahua but I have a labrador right now will they get along ok? Also any other details you can tell me about chihuahuas? I want one that is blck and tan is there a certain name for that?? Thanks to all! :)

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Answer by missingora
Whether the lab and the chihuahua will get along depends mostly on the lab's personality. If it can stand the yapping and snapping, it will be fine, particularly if they're not the same sex.
We got my daughter a chihuahua when she was five and it was a great companion/protector for her. And it was vicious toward Jehovah's Witnesses at the door.

Answer by Michaela
It all depends on you how much time you have to spend with your dogs to bring them up right and to correct unwanted behavior. Labradors and Chihuahuas are both gorgeous loving dogs and they can get on together great but its all up to you. You should make sure that your labrador knows how to behave around little one so chihuahua wont get hurt. I have two girls and they get on just great. Before I got my labrador puppy Ive red all these comments and I'm glad that they didn't put me off as we are very happy but I have spent a lot of time with my dogs.

Answer by tn_nascar_fan

I have a black and tan Chihuahua. I sadly had my lab put to sleep about a month before the chihuahua was even born. *tears* So, the Chihuahua has been with us for about 8 months now. But we found out we were getting him when he was about a week old. He gets along great with my grandparents dog and my boyfriends neighbor's dogs. I think you'll just have to watch them together at first and then hopefully they will start playing. Burrito (chihuahua) and my cat (Monroe) never have started playing. Good Luck!

Answer by Diana A
Bringing in a smaller dog CAN be good, because it won't appear as a "threat" to your own lab like a larger dog might. Has your lab been around other smaller dogs so you can predict his reaction? Perhaps you should walk him thru a store like PetSmart to see his reaction to other smaller dogs first? A smaller dog can easily have its leg broken by a rowdier large dog so if there appears to be any possible problem re his reaction to smaller dogs in a
PetSmart situation, I'd hesitate on getting a chihuahua or any other smaller dog…..

Answer by iluvtorofl
They are called black and tans. And they are the preferred color in Mexico. They are considered the healthiest there because they look for health not color/shape.
Chihs are usually the boss of the house over the other dogs of any size. If you have a lab, I would get a chi of opposite gender. So if you have a male, get a female chi or vice versa. They should do fine together. My golden gets along great with our chihuahuas. I do have one small 2lb black and tan female that bites and snips at the golden. But the golden ignores it or runs in fear. It's strange to see a little 2lb dog chase a 90+lb dog, but it happens. I am hopeful that as the little chihuahua matures she will develop better dog social skills.

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  1. Trell773 says

    I really dont know if they will get along right away,our neighbor has a lab & it attacked but mainly chased my chihuahua & pomeranian when I was walking them the pomeranian fought back tho. All I can say is that if you do get a chihuahua introduce them nice so they wont be enemies.

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  3. Brown Eyed Girl says

    The Chihuahua is a very individualistic breed. They each have their own unique personality, so only a few generalizations can be made. They are commonly referred to as a "Chi". They are energetic, graceful, and display a human-like expression. Their life span is the longest of any size dog. Average lifespan of a Chihuahua is 11-18 years. I would say that 18 years is abnormal though. Small dogs do have the longest lifespan.

    The Chihuahua coat comes in two varieties: The Smooth and Long coat. The Smooth coat has a glossy, soft, and close coat which is full textured over the entire body, but quite scanty on the head and ears. The Long coat has a soft, longer coat that can be slightly curly or flat. This variety does have an under-coat. Either coat type comes in a variety of colors such as fawn, brown, black, and white. The coat may be solid in color, marked with splashes of color, or tri-color. They are an average shedder.

    Unintimidated by other dogs whatever their size, the Chihuahua is nevertheless fussy about the company it keeps and tends to prefer it own kind.

    Black an tan is the right way to call it. I would probably get a Chihuahua of the other gender to your Labrador, my friend had two male dogs, one chi and a Sharpei and they didn't like each other at all, but then when her brothers girlfriend would bring over her female chi the sharpei and the female chi would get along great together.

    Chihuahua are a little nippy, so make sure to teach them that biting isn't good, what I did with my puppy was I would yelp when she bit me because that is what the mother and pups would have done.

    Despite the Chihuahuas ample covering, the Long Coated Chihuahua is as prong to 'the shivers' as its Smooth Coated cousin -- although it is no more likely to catch a chill than any other type of breed.

    The Chihuahua can be difficult to train, but with patience, love, and consistency do well. They respond best to positive reinforcement. Chihuahuas can be housetrained by either the crate method or the paper training method. Early, extensive, and intensive socialization is an absolute must for this breed.

    The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming. The Smooth coat variety requires only occasional brushing. The Long coat variety should be brushed several times a week with a soft bristle brush. Both varieties only need bathing once a month using a mild shampoo. Special care must be given to not get water into their ears as they are prone to ear infections. Dental hygiene is a must to prevent tooth loss. The health issues that affect this breed include slipped stifles, open font or soft spot, eye problems, and heart disease. The Chihuahua does not tolerate cold climates and must be protected when taken outside.

    The Chihuahua is an excellent apartment or condominium dweller. The majority of their exercise needs can be met indoors with toys or play sessions. However, they greatly enjoy going with their owners and benefit from daily walks. Using a harness is recommended instead of a leash is best given their delicate neck and bone structure.

    I hope that all this information helps you

    Good luck!
    PS. Consider trying to find a black and tan pup or adult in a shelter? You would be saving a life!

  4. heysoyoun10 says

    if you want a chihuahua you should get one that is calm and easy to get along with. to me chihuahuas are a bit noisy and annoying, but if you want it you should get it.

  5. J3SS aka Jess says

    Lab's are very friendly. I trust that your lab will treat him/her like a son/daugther! I suggest getting the same gender so they do not breed though.

    Chihuahua's are so so lovable and I have only one thing about them, which can be easly fixed. They are Friskey and will run away for a mate. Please get it nuierd/fixed if you arent planning on breeding it because they may run away! Also they are a little snippy. Make sure to scould him/her if they bite because you do not want them to make a habit of it!

    Here is a link to lots of Details on chihuahua- http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chihuahua.htm

    Chica [Girl]
    Chico [Small]

    Hope I Gave you enough info!

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