Why do Chihuahuas shake and shiver! (6 reasons)

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Do you have a Chihuahua and are worried because he shakes so often? In this article, I will go over why Chihuahuas shake so often and if it is cause for concern.

Chihuahuas shake for a variety of reasons. The most common sense a Chihuahua shivers is probably because it is cold. Chihuahuas have skinny fur, and also, because of their size (it’s the smallest dog in the world), they have a hard time maintaining their body temperature when it’s cold. But low blood sugar or anxiety can also be the reason why your Chihuahua shivers.

Chihuahua trembles with joy

When dogs are excited, whether joy or even fear, they show it in various ways, our Broholm dog, for example, shakes her tail and whole body when she is pleased.

With your Chihuahua, he may start to tremble from excitement due to joy. They then literally shake out their excitement.

For example, it can happen if you put on your jacket and want to go for a walk with him.

Chihuahuas need exercise and love to be active. They are, contrary to common assumption, not lap dogs.

Or when you give him his favorite toy, the joy may be so great that your Chihuahua begins to tremble. This is a natural body reaction to relieve stress or pressure, and there is no reason to worry.

The shaking should stop when the excitement is over, and your Chihuahua has his toy or goes for a walk with you.

Chihuahuas shake with fear.

If you have your Chihuahua, not from official breeding, but the shelter, you often do not know what he might have gone through.

Maybe your Chihuahua has been mistreated and is afraid and trembles.

Take your time and patience and show your dog that there is no reason to be afraid and that he can trust you. Your Chihuahua must set the pace, and you don’t just grab him.

Chihuahuas shiver because they are cold

The most common reason why your Chihuahua shivers are because he is simply cold. Small dogs have more difficulty maintaining body temperature than large ones, so they get cold sooner.

Since the Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world, it simply freezes faster than other dogs.

In addition, the Chihuahua has a skinny coat and a meager fat-to-muscle ratio, which could keep it warm.

Chihuahua or small dogs generally also have a faster metabolism than large dogs. This causes them to process food energy faster and loses heat more quickly.

When the Chihuahua shivers, it helps them regulate body temperature because it increases blood flow through the body and helps them warm up.

In winter or when it is cold or raining, your Chihuahua needs a coat to prevent him from catching a cold.

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Chihuahuas shiver because of low blood sugar level

Chihuahuas often suffer from hypoglycemia which means nothing more than low blood sugar. This usually happens when the Chihuahua has eaten too little or nothing for a long time.

The smaller the dog, the greater the risk of hypoglycemia. So you should feed your Chihuahua at least twice daily to maintain a constant blood sugar level.

If you feed him only once, there is a risk that he will get hypoglycemic and start trembling during high activity.

Chihuahuas shake from nervousness.

Chihuahuas are often very nervous and restless. New situations, strange places, people, or dogs can cause little Chi to get worried and shake.

Accustom your Chihuahua to new things slowly but regularly. Good socialization already in puppy age is therefore highly recommended.

Proper socialization will help your Chihuahua become familiar with other dogs, people, or new places.

Diseases or injuries

Of course, diseases or injuries can also cause Chihuahuas to shake. So if you notice a difference and your dog trembles significantly more than usual or before, a visit to your vet is recommended.

Injuries and diseases can be painful for your Chihuahua because he shakes and even howls or cries.

Even if you can’t see anything outside, he may have internal injuries, sprains in muscles or joints, or he may have eaten something on a walk that he couldn’t tolerate.

All of these could be a reason why your Chihuahua is shaking.

Frequently asked questions

Why does my Chihuahua sleep so much?

A Chihuahua sleeps between 17 and 20 hours a day. So if your Chihuahua sleeps a lot, it’s not unusual at first.

Are Chihuahuas aggressive?

Chihuahuas are not aggressive. They are bold and confident dogs that often appear aggressive if not well trained.

How much exercise does a Chihuahua need?

A Chihuahua needs at least 1 hour of daily exercise through walks and some mental stimulation.

Conclusion: Why does my Chihuahua always tremble?

The reasons why your Chihuahua shakes are many. Often it is simply because he is cold or afraid. But also diseases or injuries can be the trigger of why your Chihuahua shakes.

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I am Marco and I have the pleasure of living with 3 large Mastiff-type dog breeds. I would like to share my dog-related experiences on this blog

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