Names for Chihuahuas

Updated on December 13, 2016
My own Chihuahua - Bella
My own Chihuahua - Bella | Source

Interesting facts about Chihuahuas

  • It is the smallest dog breed.
  • Officially there is only one type of Chihuahua (the breeds Teacup, Toy etc. are names made up by breeders).
  • It is one of the most difficult dogs to train.
  • Marilyn Monroe had one.


The Chihuahua is a small breed of dog named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. They come in different sizes, have different head shapes, different colors and have a variety of different coats.

Traditionally the breed can be broken down into a few different types: teacup, pocket size, miniature, standard or tiny toy are the predominant types. However, these are generally only marketing tools used to sell Chihuahuas.

Show Chihuahuas generally are between six and ten inches tall weigh 3 to 6 pounds but pet Chihuahuas can vary hugely from this. There are generally two coat types long-coat and short-coat. The biggest difference you will see in Chihuahuas is their color – Chihuahuas can have any color combination and can be solid or mixed. The most common colors are red, cream, chocolate, white and black.

When picking names for Chihuahuas you should consider a variety of things. Color, size and temperament are all important aspects of a Chihuahua and therefore will feature heavily when picking the name. Observe the puppy for a few days before picking the name.

Our Chihuahua was born on St. Patrick's day so our first thought was to find an Irish name, however she was so beautiful that we ended up calling her Bella. So we have a Mexican dog, born on St. Patrick's day with an Italian name!

Examples of how to choose a Chihuahuas name:

Picking a great name for a Chihuahua is not easy as there are a lot of things to consider. Here are some ideas to help you:

Burrowing Chihuahuas: some Chihuahuas like to burrow under pillows, hide under beds or sneak under a blanket. Suitable names would be Burrow or Hider.

Aggressive Chihuahuas: some Chihuahuas are very aggressive to other dogs and you almost feel like they feel they are much bigger, so great names would be Rotti or Warrior.

Calm Chihuahuas: some Chihuahuas are simply angelic and are wonderful to those around them, thus names like Angel or Heaven are suitable.

Beautiful Chihuahuas: like many dogs, some Chihuahuas are simply stunning, with beautiful coats and amazing eyes. Suitable names for these would be Bella or Belle.

Color based names for Chihuahuas: one of the most predominant features of a Chihuahua is their color. Thus naming the dog Barley, Speckle

Spanish names for Chihuahuas: as the breed is Mexican you can have some fun by playing with Mexican names like Chica, Tortilla or Mexi.

Picking the best name for a Chihuahua is difficult. Try cutting it down to a top twenty and filter it down until you find the perfect name.

Chihuahua folklore:

Chihuahuas cure allergies – there is no proof that the dog cures allergies and Asthma, it’s more likely a case of positive thinking.

Chihuahua eaten by a hawk – we’ve all seen the devastating video of a Chihuahua being picked up by a hawk, however it is very unlikely that the dog was eaten as the Hawk probably thought it was a rat or some other vermin. According to folklore the Chihuahua was actually released and was uninjured.


My personal Top 100 names for Chihuahuas:

Here's a list of my favorite names for Chihuahuas. Feel free to leave additional ideas in the comments section below.

  • Delilah
  • Dickens
  • Diva
  • Dixie
  • Dizzy
  • Dogzilla
  • Ebony
  • Foxy
  • Freckles
  • Frisky
  • Fudge
  • Goblin
  • Goldie
  • Grumpy
  • Heaven
  • Heidi
  • Hero
  • Hider
  • Honey
  • Hoops
  • Hoppy
  • Houdini
  • Iggy
  • Ivy
  • Jasmine
  • Jekyll
  • Juliette
  • Kobi
  • Kyla
  • Lacy
  • Lady
  • Lilly
  • Lion
  • Lizzi
  • Lovebug
  • Melba
  • Mexi
  • Mindy
  • Mischief
  • Molly
  • Mustard
  • Ping
  • Princess
  • Rebel
  • Rotti
  • Rusty
  • Scruffy
  • Speckle
  • Tortilla
  • Warrior

  • Ace
  • Aisha
  • Akira
  • Al Poochino
  • Alex
  • Ali
  • Alley
  • Amber
  • Angel
  • Archer
  • Archie
  • Aurora
  • Babe
  • Baggins
  • Barley
  • Beanie
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Billy
  • Bina
  • Bindi
  • Biscuit
  • Bits
  • Bitsy
  • Blondie
  • Bo-Bo
  • Bonsai
  • Boo
  • Brandy
  • Bubbles
  • Burrow
  • Candy
  • Capoochino
  • Cha
  • ChaCha
  • Chaka
  • Champ
  • Chanel
  • Chelsea
  • Chica
  • Chico
  • Chief
  • Chili
  • Chilla
  • Chips
  • Chloe
  • Confetti
  • Crumpet
  • Cruncher
  • Daisy

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      Susie 

      4 months ago

      Mighty is a female name Leilani she's black and tan and loves the Sun

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      Debra 

      7 months ago

      Apple head cream male teacup is- Cheech

      Deer head white female teacup - Birdy

      They had two babies 6 days ago and we named the chocolate brown Chewy and the white one Binky. We are keeping the family together. Dad weighs 4.5 lbs, mom weighed in at 3.4 lbs after giving birth, normally she weighs 2.3 lbs. Extra tiny! I love it!

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      Dan 

      8 months ago

      I have 2 chihuahuas, a female named Bruna and a Male named Arturo.

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      Romi 

      9 months ago

      My personal favourite is Barkley for a very vocal chi.

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      PEANUT 

      23 months ago

      Peanut

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      Christy 

      24 months ago

      My chi is Josie

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      Mike 

      2 years ago

      Ours is named Little Joe.

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      Kathy 

      2 years ago

      My Chihhuahuas name is Joie. Means joy in French. She brings so much joy to my life and ever body she meets. She is sweet and loving.

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      Lynn 

      3 years ago

      My chihuahuas are minnie,fluffiers,ladybug and mimi

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      missyc 

      3 years ago

      my Chihuahuas name is Tinkerbell it don't go with anything they say but she loves her name she is a tink and I love her so much and she's pure white

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      judy 

      3 years ago

      my Chihuahuas are called Maggie and Lottie

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      Lizz 

      3 years ago

      I named my chihuahua Ren, after yep you guessed it. :P

      I'm horribly uncreative in some ways but all my friends think it's the best name ever. Lol

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      priscila 

      4 years ago

      My dog's name is chiquilin.

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      Tash 

      4 years ago

      Some of these names are really clever ......but my little guy's name is Kal-El....he was named after Superman

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      Hope 

      4 years ago

      My Chihuahuas names are Tequila Roze, Pippa Noelle, Nessie and Rosie. We are getting another girl and having a hard time coming up with another name.

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      madison 

      4 years ago

      Well my dogs name is shorty

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      mother of five 

      4 years ago

      I Love the name Chip....I named my five Pippa, Cha-Cha , La-La , Papi and Little Man.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is a fun hub. We had a chihuahua for years. He was mixed with something else so he was a little bigger...always weighed about 8 pounds. We called him Amigo because he was our constant friend. We should have named him Turkey though, because that was THE only thing he would eat. They can definitely have attitude.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      We just rescued a chihuahua. He may have something else in him the girl at Hardees told me she thinks he has dachshund in him because he looks like her dog. I don't care what he has. He is so cute and smart. We have for many years had larger dogs so this is our first small dog for a long while. We named him Sheldon. Enjoyed your hub voted up and shared.

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      Jmillis2006 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      My chihuahua's name is precious.

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      Cindy 

      6 years ago

      I have 2 chihuahuas one is Ivy the other is her daughter she's Zoey they're both sweet & precious.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My grandparents had a chihuahua named Perky. He would wait for me to get home from school everyday. Was the cutest little guy.

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      AaronHubb89 

      6 years ago

      If I ever get a chihuahua of my own...I won't get to name it...but if I could I would name it Eevee after the little chihuahua like Pokémon.

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      Simon Cook 

      6 years ago from NJ, USA

      Chrissieklinger: we have four dogs - one medium chocolate lab, and two other puppy lab/shepherd mix - yet the Chihuahua is the one in charge - she's Alpha dog!!!

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      chrissieklinger 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I could never see myself having a small dog. My big chocolate can be such a baby though, I bet some Chihauhuas are tougher than he is.

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      Kevin J Timothy 

      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Chips and Confetti is great. Our Chi is named, Latte.

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      Jenn 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Haha I like Al Poochino. :-) Another name in reference to their size- Munchkin. Great hub- voted up!

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I like Baggins a lot. Nice Hub! Warrior is a HOOT!

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