Primary Breed:  
Chihuahua, Short Coat  
Secondary Breed:  
1 yr & 4 m  
A Dogs  
Lived With Children:  
Body Weight :  
11 pounds  
Date Of Birth:  
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Well, this is Coco's third time being at WHS, so this time we're going to remove all the positive "fluff" from his information and just give it to you straight...

Vocal, Dog Solo, No cats, No young kids, Active Breed, Barrier & Leash Reactive, and Handling Sensitive

We're sure you're reading this thinking "this dog is only 1yr old, he's still a baby, it can't be that bad". Please do not apply to adopt Coco just because he is small and cute and you think you can train these behaviors out of him because he is young. They are manageable in a home but are not going to go away.

Here is what all of these behaviors mean:

Coco barks a lot. A LOT. This is his breed and is natural dog behavior, how he communicates. He has a lot to say. Again, he BARKS A LOT. If you live in an apartment/condo and hate your neighbors, his barking won't matter. But if you don't want to deal with noise complaints and upset neighbors who share a wall with you, please do not adopt him.

Coco does not accept the fact that he is only 16" tall and weighs less than 15lbs. In his mind, he's a 100lb Rhodesian Ridgeback roaming the African plains hunting lions. No matter their size, all other dogs and cats, to him, are prey. Now, we know that given his size Coco probably could not cause a lot of damage to another animal, but he will terrorize them constantly. It would be inhumane to your other pets to bring Coco into their home. So remember, Chihuahuas normally live around 20 yrs or so. If you plan or want to own any other pets within the next 19 yrs, please do not adopt him.

Coco hates young children. "Dislike" does not adequately describe his true feelings about young children. And no, it's not that he's scared of them. Please don't think "oh my child is so good with dogs" or "my child is a dog whisperer" or "all dogs love my child"...No. If you want to see this dog become a rabid wolverine in 3 seconds, bring a 2 yr old child into the room with him. So, if you have ANY young children in your life now or planning to add any within the next 19 yrs (and by "in your life" we mean your own child, your grandchild, a neighborhood child that comes over to your house, friends with a child who come to your house, etc) under the age of 9, please do not adopt him.

Coco is VERY active! His nickname at the shelter is "White Lightning". He can make his way around the dog play yards in 3 secs flat! He would make an excellent parkour partner or a daily running buddy. He will play fetch and tug for HOURS on end. If you are looking for a "purse dog" to reenact Beverly Hills Chihuahua or a small little dog to just sit on the couch with you all day, please do not adopt him.

Here we are at his last three behaviors, barrier and leash reactive and handling sensitive. These are more fear-based behaviors for Coco. This means that when Coco is behind a fence or when out for a run and someone approaches that is a stranger he will bark, growl, lunge, or snap at people. The common piece here is "strangers". Once Coco gets to know someone (which doesn't take long if you give him hot dogs) he's less likely to react this way. But you need to be aware he can be a bite risk. And if you think Chihuahua can't cause a serious bite injury, you're wrong. So, if you are looking for a dog you can take for a leisurely stroll downtown with or an ESA (Emotional Support Animal) that you can take with you everywhere, please do not adopt him.

Apply to adopt Coco if your lifestyle flows with his quirks. You will be gaining the most loyal and loving little buddy. Coco will greet you whenever you re-enter a room like you've been gone for days. He is housetrained, crate trained, knows basic commands (come, sit, up, off, no). He loves stuffed animals, balls, and rope toys. He loves children 9yrs and older. He will cuddle and snuggle with you! He is a great little dog...for the right household.

So, if your household can handle this little rabid wolverine of a dog, and you're ready to become his forever home, please click the blue "Apply to Adopt" button above and our Behavior & Training Department will be in touch with you.