20 Things only Chihuahua owners understand

Jul 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Chihuahuas are simultaneously the sweetest and most frustrating little dogs you can own. And the only people who really understand how that's possible are other Chihuahua owners.

1. They may be small, but you never want to mess with a Chihuahua

growling chihuahua

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2. Little dog syndrome is totally a real thing

chihuahua standing on big dog's back

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3. They will always play the "get my hand" game, even if they never once catch it

chihuahua pawing at woman's hand

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4. They need a lot of exercise, or they can get hyper

chihuahua doing yoga

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5. They are willing to pee in the house if it rains

chihuahua in a raincoat

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6. In fairness, if you looked like this when you were wet…

wet chihuahua

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7. They get themselves into, ahem, some interesting situations

dog stuck between cushions

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8. They really like to hang out with other Chihuahuas

2 chihuahua puppies playing

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9. They'll do whatever it takes to be the center of attention

dog in a cape and glasses riding a scooter

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10. Unlike a lot of dogs, they enjoy playing dress-up

chihuahua dressed like a bumblebee

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11. "Yo quiero Taco Bell" is only funny so many times

taco bell dog

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12. They love to play with their humans

chihuahua playing on pool table

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13. But they don't mind just chilling out sometimes

chihuahua on massage pillow

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14. Chihuahuas must be inside dogs — they want to be near you, and some can sunburn

chihuahua wearing sunglasses

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15. They totally pick favorites

woman cuddling chihuahua

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16. They can be a little clingy — some won't let their favorite owner out of sight

chihuahua riding skateboard with owner

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17. They really don't like strangers, though

chihuahua growling viciously

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18. They think they're way bigger than they are

chihuahua threatening larger cat

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19. They're notoriously tough to train

chihuahua pulling on leash

Image: Daniele Nicolucci photography/Flickr

20. But it's totally worth it

chihuahua dancing on hind legs

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Fun chihuahua facts

Sources: PetChiDog.com, YourPureBredPuppy

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