Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted April 24, 2014
My first (and only) experience with chihuahuas and beagles came in one package: a mixed breed. We got our dog from a rescue shelter, where they called her a "Cheagle" and warned us that she was not very social or playful. In fact, when we first visited with this dog, she scurried away from us and seemed afraid of human interaction. Nonetheless, we were enamored and decided to take a chance on this anxious little dog anyways.
By the end of the month, her behavior had changed completely. Outside of the constant anxiety and noises of the shelter, our little chihuahua-beagle mix truly began to blossom. She became very, very affectionate and compassionate with people she was familiar with. Nowadays it is impossible to sit down for more than five minute without her climbing all over your lap and shoulders and trying to lick your face (or arms... or ears... or wherever else she can reach)! This transformation was completely unexpected, but we definitely love our dog's personality.
Now that she has become comfortably adjusted in our home for a few years, we have come to understand her personality and behavioral traits quite well. She is still overwhelmingly affectionate - if you don't stop her, she'll keep licking your face for the better part of ten minutes as soon as you enter the home. She can still become very anxious when she is separated from members of the family, but eventually calms down. When it comes to socializing with other dogs, she is easily overwhelmed (and often very shy) but never aggressive and always very sweet.
In my experience, these dogs are perfect for families with mild-mannered children and regular routines. Once they have adapted to the patterns of everyday life they become comfortable and affectionate creatures. Without it, they can be somewhat prone to anxiety.