Why Do Chihuahuas Shake?

Such a cutest little Chihuahua!


When they are excited to go somewhere or know something exciting is going to happen (like getting a cookie), they will shake.  Neva gets the most excited when I say “Do you wanna go to Grandma’s house?”  She always jumps around and then runs in her cage, and shakes.  She even cries sometimes because she is so excited.


When Neva knows she is in trouble, she shakes.  She hates being in trouble, so she gets really upset.  The great thing is that I never have to punish her; she punishes herself.  For instance, she knows she is not supposed to hop the gate into her uncle Nick’s room and eat the cat food.  If I happen to walk by and she is in there, she knows she is in trouble.  She will start shaking (and unfortunately, sometimes she pees).  She usually hops the gate, runs in her cage, and shakes.


It surprises me, that in the middle of summer (and remember, it gets over 100 degrees here in the summer), Neva will be cold.  Her little body is so tiny, and she hardly  has any fat or fur, so it makes sense that she would get cold easy.  But anyways, she always loves to sleep under the covers and cuddle up to your as close as she can to get warm.  Even when it feels to me, like a million degrees outside, she will crawl under a blanket and get warm.  Anyways, their body shakes to keep warm, kind of like how we shiver when we are cold.

If they are having other problems or illnesses, accompanied by the shaking, I would consult with your vet.  Otherwise, just know that shaking is part of being a chihuahua.

Do your chihuahuas shake?  Leave me comments in the feedback.

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3 comments on “Why Do Chihuahuas Shake?

  1. Sheri says:

    Coco is a drama queen, I swear at times she does it so she gets picked up,. Or her own way. My son will come over with his Pit, and if the pit eats out of a certain bowl she looks at me and starts shaking away, i give the pit a different bowl and Coco stops shaking.


  2. Dianne haney says:

    My puppy is 12 weeks old and bits me all the time. How do I stop it?


    • kay says:

      Ours did as well and will continue until it looses its baby teeth . Now she just licks us to death. we used a firm voice command of No and just try to discourage the pup from doing so.A water bottle seems to work for the nipping at the feet . Good luck


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