Melissa Clifton

Is it Okay For My Chihuahua to Sleep With Me?

Are you wondering if it is okay for your Chihuahua to sleep with you? Well, today we will go over the good and the bad as well as some tips for sleeping with your Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas are very loving dogs and they tend to become attached to their humans. It only makes sense that they will want to sleep with you. Whether that’s a good idea is what we will be going over today.

In this article you will find pros and cons as well as some tips and frequently asked questions on the subject of sleeping with your Chihuahua.

Is it okay for my Chihuahua to sleep with me?

If you have read some of my other articles on Chihuahuas then you already know that they love their humans. They also have a tendency to have separation anxiety and you know the importance of training your Chihuahua.

There are many things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to sleep with your Chihuahua. Here are a few of the most important things to consider.

The Pros and Cons of Sleeping with Your Chihuahua

As with anything in life, there are pros and cons to sleeping with your Chihuahua. Here is a quick list of them.

The pros:

  • They are warm and they can help keep you warm at night.
  • Dogs help humans relax. Petting dogs reduces blood pressure.
  • They can give you a feeling of safety.
  • Sleeping with them builds a strong bond.

Have you ever heard of a three-dog night? That was when it was really cold outside and people let their dogs sleep with them. So if you live in a colder climate sleeping with your dog can really help keep you warm.

It’s a known fact that dogs help humans relax, that’s why they make such great therapy dogs. So it just makes sense that sleeping with your dog will help you relax and sleep better.

Many people use dogs as a safety measure for their homes. By keeping your dog in a crate they really can’t do anything should an intruder break into your home. Sleeping with you allows the dog to be free to help with that security.

Sleeping with your dog, especially as a puppy can help build a strong bond between you two. When your dog is a puppy and everything is so big and new and scary, sleeping with you can help them feel more secure.

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The Cons:

  • It can increase separation anxiety.
  • Decreased quality of sleep for both of you.
  • Your Chihuahua could be injured.
  • They can have an accident in your bed.
  • Passing along illness to each other.
  • Less romance with your sleeping partner.

When you sleep with your Chihuahua it can increase the bond between you two but if your dog suffers from separation anxiety it can increase the symptoms. This can create an unhappy dog and in the end an unhappy human.

If you find yourself waking up multiple times a night to get comfortable around a dog, then maybe co-sleeping with your dog isn’t right for you. If your quality of sleep is decreased and you’re frequently awakened, then it’s likely your dog’s sleep is disrupted too.

Chihuahuas are little dogs and they have very small legs. You could easily roll over and break your dog’s leg, completely unintentionally.

Dogs can contract illness from humans and humans can contract them from dogs, despite what old wives’ tales say. And dogs cannot cover their sneezes so if they are sick it makes it very likely that you will become sick as well.

Dogs can also carry parasites such as fleas and ticks. These can be passed to humans while they sleep.

Last but not least, sleeping with your dog will likely decrease the time spent cuddling with your bed partner. Instead that cuddling will likely happen with the dog. Some humans don’t take too well to this.

Tips for Sleeping with Your Chihuahua

It’s very important to house train your dog so they don’t have accidents in your bed. Proper training will ensure that they do their business outside where it belongs.

Make sure you always take your dog out to relieve himself prior to going to sleep.

Make sure you and your dog are on the same sleep schedule. The last thing you want is to go to bed and the dog thinks it’s playtime.

FAQ’s on Is it okay to sleep with my ChihUAhUA?

Why does my Chihuahua sleep so close to me?

We mentioned that sleeping with dogs is great because of the added warmth but it goes right back to them too. Sleeping next to you helps them keep warm and Chihuahuas are notoriously always cold.

It also is a comfort for the dogs to sleep right next to their human.

What are the dangers of sleeping with dogs?

The biggest danger is hurting your dog by rolling over. If you are a heavy sleeper then you might want to think twice before allowing your dog to sleep in the bed with you.


In the end, it’s always your decision on whether you sleep with your Chihuahua. After reading all the pros and cons if you decide you want to give it a try then go for it! It’s your dog so only you can know what’s best.

Tips For Training Your Chihuahua

Any dog can be trained. Here are some helpful tips for training your Chihuahua. Some training methods are better than others for certain dogs. Many people get their dogs from a shelter or a breeder and they bring them home and think “now what”? Training is a vital part of any dog and dog owner’s life. It can mean the difference between a healthy relationship and one that’s not so great.

Do Chihuahuas Like to be Held?

Today we will explore the question, do Chihuahuas like to be held, and the proper way to hold your precious pup.

Chihuahuas are among the smallest of dog breeds and many movie stars have made it popular to carry them around in their purses. I believe they call them purse dogs. But do they really like being carried like that?

Do Chihuahuas like to be held?

Chihuahuas love to be near their owners. They actually love to be touching their owner. So it makes sense that they would love to be held.

Every dog is different, some will want to be held and others not.

If you really want to have a dog that will be okay with being held or carried around then it’s best to start early on in their life.

When you bring your puppy home start picking them up and holding them for short periods of time. Gradually increase that time.

If you want to carry your puppy around in a purse or similar carrier, you need to get them used to being held first. Holding them gives your dog a chance to get used to the feeling before sticking them into a carrier. If you don’t, you run the risk of traumatizing them and they will never want to go into it again.

The Best Way to Pick Up Your Chihuahua

The safe way to pick up a small dog is twofold. First, make sure they know what you are about to do. If you catch them off guard you run the risk of getting bitten.

Take the palm of your hand and place it under your dog, holding their chest with your fingers pointed toward their head and their hind end tucked between your elbow and torso.

Here are some don’t’s when it comes to picking up your Chihuahua:

  • Don’t pick them up by the legs. They could get a nasty stretch in the ligaments and tendons. You could also dislocate a joint by doing this.
  • Don’t pick them up by the scruff. Yes, I know that’s how mothers pick up their pups but they don’t do it for very long. You could be hurting your dog if you do this.

When not to hold your chihuahua

The first thing you need to be constantly aware of when holding your Chihuahua is their comfort. If they don’t like what you are doing they will most likely let you know. This is a good time to put them down.

All dogs need exercise. You shouldn’t hold your Chihuahua all the time. Make sure your pup gets adequate exercise to be healthy and happy.

When other dogs are around it might be your instinct to pick up your Chihuahua to protect them but don’t unless they are really in danger. They need to socialize with other dogs and people.

It’s important to get the proper training and not just pick them up out of situations. Of course, keep them safe, but with training, they can learn appropriate behaviors around other dogs.

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Summary: Do Chihuahuas like to be held?

In short, yes, Chihuahuas crave the human touch and do like to be held. But they also have the need for exercise and socialization. It’s important to satisfy all of these needs in your dog for its health and happiness.

They will often have one person they gravitate to more often and may prefer to be held more by he/she than others. However, don’t be fooled by their scrappy little attitudes. Chihuahuas can be cuddly lap dogs too!

Are Chihuahuas Easy to Train?

Are Chihuahuas easy to train

Chihuahuas are ranked the 11th most popular dog! And it’s no wonder with their tiny cuddly size – they make the ideal indoor dog. But are Chihuahuas easy to train? They are cute and easy to carry around.  But they can be one of the more aggressive dog breeds so it’s important to start training your Chihuahua early on to prevent anything bad from happening.