Sometimes we all wish our dogs could talk to us. Wouldn’t it be much more reassuring if a dog could explain love and how it’s feeling? We all want our pets to be as happy at home as possible, and it’s not always easy to understand a dog’s mood.
Luckily, communicating emotions doesn’t just happen through words. There are many ways a Chihuahua can express their love, and a Chihuahua will try showing how happy it’s through behavior, body language, sounds, or even facial expressions.
As owners, we should all pay attention to what our dogs are trying to say. These 21 signs are easy to spot and indicate your dog loves being with you. Look for a relaxed posture, playful behavior, and happy greetings. And we can show our love right back through care, attention, and the occasional treat.
21 Signs Your Chihuahua Loves You
These behaviors are a good indicator that your dog is feeling loved. And we’re sure your dog does love you!
If you’re doing your best to create a happy home, your Chihuahua probably loves you. This list can show you how they’re trying to express it.
1. Your Chihuahua is smiling
Like humans, a Chihuahua in a good mood has a way of smiling. This happy little grin can be seen when a Chihuahua relaxes its mouth, and the lips start to curl upwards.
If you think your dog looks like it’s smiling at you, then it probably is! This is an easy-to-recognize sign that your dog likes seeing you.
2. The tongue is poking out
Alongside that happy smile, you may see your Chihuahua poke its tongue out. It can also happen when they’re asleep. If a Chihuahua has its tongue sticking out, it can signify that the dog is relaxed.
However, keep an eye out for a condition called the hanging tongue. This is when the Chihuahuas tongue is always hanging out and can be caused by injuries or neurological problems. Check things are okay by making sure your Chihuahua can retract the tongue.
If there’s no sign of illness, then a pink tongue sticking out is a sweet accompaniment to that happy grin.
3. You’re being given puppy dog eyes
Big puppy dog eyes certainly make humans happy, but they’re also a sign that your dog is comfortable. If your Chihuahua looks at you with round open eyes, it shows that they feel relaxed and loving.
It has been shown that dogs developed their heart-warming puppy dog eyes, particularly to elicit a positive response from humans. So they know exactly what they’re doing when they give you that look!
Chihuahuas have very expressive eyes because of their unique facial features. A happy Chihuahua will have wide open eyes, and an angry Chihuahua will narrow their eyes instead. This is an easy indicator of content on a Chihuahua.
4. Your Chihuahua raises its eyebrows when it sees you
This can be tough, especially on the small faces of the Chihuahua, but if a dog raises its eyebrows, it means it’s happy to see you.
Pay particular attention to how your dog reacts when you enter the room. A Chihuahua may look over at you and raise its eyebrows, which is an expression of affection and a sign that the dog loves its owner.
Just like with a human, look at a Chihuahua’s eyes and mouth to see how they feel. A smiling dog with wide-open eyes is a happy and loving Chihuahua. They’re very expressive animals!
5. You’re getting Chihuahua kisses
We might try to express our affection with a nice big kiss, and dogs are the same. Let’s be honest. When we see our Chihuahua happy, we often want to plant one on their soft little foreheads. Well, Chihuahuas think the same when they see us! (Probably.)
When a Chihuahua wants to kiss you, it will get up nice and close to the face. It may not aim for the lips, but it will do a lot of quick sniffing and maybe sneak in a lick or two.
You want to avoid your Chihuahua getting too close to your mouth, so try not to encourage this one too much. However, if your Chihuahua tries to kiss you, they’re very excited to see you.
6. Your Chihuahua has a wiggly bottom
Chihuahuas have such tiny bodies any movement seems to set the whole thing going, but look out for bum wiggles. When a Chihuahua is happy to see you, it just can’t control those shakes!
Keep an eye out for a bum wiggle when you get home, or maybe even a little dance. Chihuahuas have energy; sometimes, they express their affection with a whole body shuffle. You may spot this exciting movement when you’ve been gone for a while.
7. Your Chihuahua has a loose and relaxed body
A Chihuahua is happy when it loves and trusts its owner, which is reflected in its body language. When a Chihuahua feels relaxed around you, its whole body will relax.
Alternatively, you can tell a Chihuahua is stressed because the body will be tense. If your Chihuahua is rigid, then it’s probably suffering from stress. They can be sensitive, so be as calming and welcoming a presence as you can.
8. The tail is wagging
Alongside a wiggly bottom, a happy Chihuahua has the traditional tail wag of a happy dog. With a Chihuahua, you may find the wiggly bottom and wagging tail combine to give your Chihuahua a full body dance.
9. There isn’t any aggression
An aggressive Chihuahua may not pose much danger, but it signifies they’re unhappy. Aggressive actions can be seen when the ears go flat, teeth are bared, and the Chihuahua starts snarling.
If a Chihuahua acts this way, they probably feel stressed or angry. Ankle biting is common in teething, and some Chihuahuas try playing this way, but it can also be an act of aggression.
10. Your Chihuahua isn’t being destructive
If a Chihuahua feels stressed, it can turn to destruction as an outlet for that energy. This may be that it doesn’t trust the owner or that the owner isn’t there to calm them down.
Chihuahuas can suffer pretty badly from separation anxiety, and you’ll notice this if you get home from work to find the house has been destroyed. In this case, it might not be that your Chihuahua doesn’t love you, and they’re stressed out from being left alone.
A Chihuahua is a loyal companion, but that can mean they get needy. If you’re regularly leaving a pet alone, then a Chihuahua probably isn’t the right choice.
11. Your Chihuahua wants to play
Chihuahuas are playful little animals, so if your Chihuahua doesn’t want to play, this can signify that something is making it unhappy.
If you have a Chihuahua who always wants to be involved in a game, this is a happy dog. Especially if they’re trying to get you to play along, your Chihuahua may be trying to get you to play fetch, tug of war, or give them belly tickles. Whatever it is, it shows they want to spend time with you and interact.
A happy Chihuahua can have a lot of energy, and they’re choosing to burn it off by including you. A playful Chihuahua is a Chihuahua that’s in an excellent mood.
12. You’re being given toys by your Chihuahua
When a Chihuahua brings you a toy, it’s a sign they want to play with, but also a sign of love and respect. Toys are essential possessions to dogs, so you should feel honored when they want to share them.
This is also recognition of your status as head of the pack. If a Chihuahua trusts you with their favorite toy, it means they trust you as a leader.
13. There is no lack of appetite
A healthy adult Chihuahua should eat twice a day. Happy Chihuahuas will be enthusiastic about eating and will display lots of energy.
If your Chihuahua doesn’t seem interested in eating, it may feel unwell. If your Chihuahua seems listless and has no interest in eating or playing, take them to see a vet as soon as possible.
14. Your Chihuahua’s coat is healthy
A healthy dog isn’t always happy, but the two generally go hand in hand. An excellent healthy coat indicates that your dog is well taken care of and feels relaxed and comfortable in your presence.
Make sure you groom your Chihuahua at least once a week, more often if they have long hair. Use this as an opportunity to look for flaky skin and hair loss. Stay aware of any excess scratching as well. These are all potential signs that your dog is feeling stressed.
15. Your Chihuahua leans into you
A happy Chihuahua may show its affection by trying to get as close to you as possible. This means sitting near you and leaning into you.
When a Chihuahua leans its body against you, it shows how happy and trusting it is. Isn’t this just like people? When we feel affection for our pets, we want to be as close to them as possible.
16. You have a new shadow
Alongside leaning against you, your Chihuahua will express love by following you wherever you go. They’re not trying to be needy; they want to be with you. Chihuahuas form close bonds with their owner and want to spend as much time together as possible. So you may find your curious little Chihuahua hops from room to room with you.
While this is very sweet, you don’t want to encourage too clingy behavior, leading to increased anxiety when you need to leave. Stay calm around them to foster a relaxed and safe atmosphere, so they feel less stressed when you aren’t there.
17. Your Chihuahua jumps up to be with you
A happy Chihuahua can form an incredibly close bond with its owner, which often shows your dog wanting to always be with you. So you might see your Chihuahua leaning into you, following you from room to room, and jumping up to be with you.
Jumping shouldn’t be encouraged, especially past the puppy stage. Make sure your dog gets lots of exercises to burn off energy. Teach them the ‘sit’ command, and reward them for doing it right. Chihuahuas are intelligent dogs, and they’re eager to please.
18. Your Chihuahua wants belly rubs
If your Chihuahua will roll over and show its belly, this is a sign of trust. Showing the stomach is a significant vulnerability; a dog will only do it around a person they love and trust. If your Chihuahua wants you to rub its belly, it feels happy.
19. Your Chihuahua falls asleep in your room
Sleeping is a vulnerable time for a dog, so when they fall asleep, they want to feel as safe as possible. If a dog wants to sleep in your room, they feel reassured in your presence.
It may also be a sign that your dog wants to protect you. A Chihuahua may consider its owner part of its pack and, therefore, someone who needs to be kept safe.
If your Chihuahua wants to fall asleep with you, it means they love and value you.
20. And it yawns with you
You may find that as well as wanting to snuggle up. Your dog also starts yawning when you get tired. We all know how contagious a yawn can be, but it may be unexpected coming from a dog.
Studies have shown that when a dog yawns alongside you, it’s done as a sign of empathy. The dog has seen you yawn and is mimicking your behavior.
21. Your Chihuahua is making happy sighs
We often associate sighs with sadness, but if your Chihuahua is sighing, it means it’s happy. Think of the sigh you make when you sink into a warm bath, or the sun starts shining, and it’s a noise to signal contentment.
When your Chihuahua is settling down to rest, it may let out a low moan or a sigh. This slight noise is a show of happiness and contentment. They may also have their eyes partially closed and look laid back.
Listen out for happy noises like this, which show that your Chihuahua is comfortable around you.
Signs of an unhappy Chihuahua
While these signs indicate happiness, there are some things to look out for that show a Chihuahua is feeling unhappy.
Dogs can have surprisingly complicated emotions, and as owners, it’s our responsibility to be sure their emotional needs are met. This means staying alert for signs that they’re unhappy.
Be aware of your Chihuahuas’ facial expressions. Just like humans, dogs can show their emotions via the face and body:
- Narrowed eyes
- Bared teeth
- Snarling and growling
- Flattened ears
- Tense body
- Shaking and shivering
These physical signals may all be a sign that your dog is unhappy. Otherwise, look for changes in behavior:
- Acting destructive
- Acting disobedient
- Excessive panting
- Growling and howling
- Excess scratching or a loss of fur
Rather than acting out, a depressed Chihuahua may also seem to show a lack of interest, such as:
- Lack of appetite
- Going to the bathroom indoors
- Cowering and hiding
- Disturbed sleep, or a lack of sleep
- Excess sleep
- Lack of interest in praise or love
There are many reasons why a Chihuahua may be unhappy, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be because they don’t love you. Changes in circumstances, illness, or other stresses can cause problems.
A pet owner must understand that their dog’s emotions are valid expressions of feeling. Don’t just be upset that your Chihuahua won’t play. Spend time with them, offer them occasional treats, and show them how much you care. If you’re particularly worried or your dog has shown a sudden behavior change, speak to a vet.
We all love our dogs and want them to know how loved they are. Your dogs are feeling the same way! A Chihuahua can exhibit many different behaviors to show its owner how loved they are.
Hopefully, this list will help you understand your Chihuahua’s behavior better. They can be very expressive animals, so there are lots to look out for.
Overall, if your Chihuahua seems healthy, wants to spend time with you, and can relax easily, you have a dog that loves you. Repay that love by spending time with them and seeing to their needs.