Simon has two cats with unique names. He's happy to share his tips, so others can choose the best names for their cats and other pets.
Chihuahua Origin and Characteristics
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 three to six 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.
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.
My 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.
Chihuahua Names A–D
Chihuahua Names D–Z
Examples of How to Choose a Chihuahua's 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 its color. Thus, you could name the dog Barley or 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 20, and filter it down until you find the perfect 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!
- 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.
Questions & Answers
Question: Why is my chihuahua so grumpy at night?
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Answer: There could be many reasons. My Chihuahua always had to be close to people, so if I made her sleep away from the bed, she became very grumpy.
Tammy on June 15, 2020:
I have a dark brown chihuahua his name is cocoa my grandchildren helped pick his name by putting names in a hat and i pulled on out. They all picked one that would match his color but cocoa was it and got him as a pup and he is almost 1.
Lynn Cameron on June 03, 2019:
My little chihuahua is Chula.. Chewy.. Chu... Roo..
Susie on June 20, 2018:
Mighty is a female name Leilani she's black and tan and loves the Sun
Debra on February 25, 2018:
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!
Dan on February 22, 2018:
I have 2 chihuahuas, a female named Bruna and a Male named Arturo.
Romi on January 24, 2018:
My personal favourite is Barkley for a very vocal chi.
PEANUT on November 21, 2016:
Christy on October 30, 2016:
My chi is Josie
Mike on May 20, 2016:
Ours is named Little Joe.
Kathy on May 02, 2016:
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.
Lynn on June 21, 2015:
My chihuahuas are minnie,fluffiers,ladybug and mimi
missyc on February 20, 2015:
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
judy on January 22, 2015:
my Chihuahuas are called Maggie and Lottie
Lizz on October 29, 2014:
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
priscila on September 08, 2014:
My dog's name is chiquilin.
Tash on June 30, 2014:
Some of these names are really clever ......but my little guy's name is Kal-El....he was named after Superman
Hope on April 03, 2014:
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.
madison on February 10, 2014:
Well my dogs name is shorty
mother of five on January 13, 2014:
I Love the name Chip....I named my five Pippa, Cha-Cha , La-La , Papi and Little Man.
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on June 20, 2013:
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.
moonlake from America on June 20, 2013:
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.
Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on March 19, 2013:
My chihuahua's name is precious.
Cindy on September 26, 2012:
I have 2 chihuahuas one is Ivy the other is her daughter she's Zoey they're both sweet & precious.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2012:
My grandparents had a chihuahua named Perky. He would wait for me to get home from school everyday. Was the cutest little guy.
AaronHubb89 on August 07, 2012:
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.
Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on August 02, 2012:
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!!!
chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on August 02, 2012:
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.
Kevin J Timothy from Tampa, FL on August 02, 2012:
Chips and Confetti is great. Our Chi is named, Latte.
Jenn from Pennsylvania on August 02, 2012:
Haha I like Al Poochino. :-) Another name in reference to their size- Munchkin. Great hub- voted up!
Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 02, 2012:
I like Baggins a lot. Nice Hub! Warrior is a HOOT!