Yes, Chihuahuas bark a lot. They have a strong instinct to protect their territory and their family. Chihuahuas also have sharp hearing, so they often alert their owner to any potential danger.
They tend to bark at strangers or other dogs due to excitement or fear. They may also bark to tell you they’re hungry, need your attention, or are happy! In short, Chihuahuas are one of the most talkative breeds.
However, excessive barking can become annoying. Training your Chihuahua to stay quiet or stop barking when appropriate will help you both.
- Use rewards-based training. Only give your Chihuahua treats or attention when it stops barking.
- Teach two key commands. ‘Speak’ when you want them to bark and ‘Quiet’ when you want them to stop.
- Although Chihuahuas are tiny dogs, they are surprisingly energetic. Ensure you walk your dog for at least 30 minutes daily, perhaps divided into two shorter trips, and give them a way to burn off energy without barking.