Chihuahua Temperament: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I am a proud Chihuahua owner that likes to inform others on the pros and cons of this breed.

The Chihuahua is probably one of the most misunderstood breeds in existence. Small in physique, but extremely large in personality, they're complicated creatures, and that first impression can thoroughly confuse prospective owners.

Some are handsome and many aren't so pleasant-to-the-eye, but either way, the Chihuahua temperament can bring plenty of laughs.

I have owned Chihuahuas since 2001, and I want to share some things with you: The good, bad, and ugly.

The Good

The main reason for wanting a Chihuahua is its small size. There are several reasons why I love their little statures. Because they can almost fit in your pocket, Chihuahuas are much more totable, economical, and convenient than other breeds. A large bag of premium dog food will last many months. I never once found myself purchasing dog food more than twice per year.

Facts About the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua's temperament makes them excellent watch dogs, too. They have this uncanny ability to hear strangers and other dogs long before they are even in your vicinity.

I am sure this has a lot to do with their ears, which seem to take up at least 20% of their bodies. You'll really like their health and vitality, too. They rarely have health problems and live an average of 10 years.

The Bad

The flip side to the Chihuahua's small stature is its fragility. They are easily overlooked, so if you're not extra careful, you can easily hurt or step on them. Often when I am in the kitchen, our Chi sits and waits patiently for food to fall. The breed is usually really quick, but not fast enough to dodge shuffling feet. You really have to make the extra effort to be mindful of the Chihuahua's presence. Their bone structure is very delicate.

The Chihuahua has a very sensitive digestive system. It won't take much for your little family member to get sick if not fed a healthy diet. Unlike many other breeds, Chihuahuas just can't eat everything leftover from your table. Oily, spicy, and fatty foods should be kept to a minimum if not avoided. Dog food makers like Royal Canin make breed-specific mixes, so give them a look. And if you feel like spoiling your dog, meats like lamb and fish make good treats.

The Ugly

The Chihuahua temperament does not mix well with small children. This breed will not tolerate rambunctious and carefree kids. Children younger than the age of six will typically get bitten and growled at. At that stage, they usually want to grab and pick up the little cute dog, unaware of how big its personality is and how fragile its bones are. There have been times when I've even seen a Chihuahua get agitated by kids just running around close to it. They are a sweet breed, but they get cranky when their comfort zone is jeopardized.

Chihuahuas also probably won't be fond of your friends and family. Don't get me wrong—they will tolerate new faces, but they are "one person" dogs, and will be a little leery of anyone else but you. This could be ugly for those that like to parade around with their dog, particularly at dog parks. This aspect of the Chihuahua temperament will frustrate most. You practically have to be a recluse or a loner. If you don't get out much, your Chihuahua will absolutely love it! And even if you put the time in to socialize them from birth, they still grow up to be dependent upon only you, the owner.

Chihuahuas are far more comfortable with being alone with their owners. A simple warm lap will do.

The Chihuahua breed is by far one one of the best I have ever owned, regardless of the bad stuff. To me, its loyalty and overall loving nature far outweigh its negative traits. You may not be able to take visits to the beach often with your Chihuahua, or even play catch with it, but if you keep your little guy or gal healthy and happy, it's sure to provide you with a long life of quality companionship.

Questions & Answers

Question: Where did you get your info on Chihuahua lifespan? We have had them for over 25 years and none of ours have lived less than 13, but most have lived 14 - 16. Several have been over 17, and 1 was 18 1/2.

Answer: This was based on our family's personal experiences.

Audra d on August 31, 2020:

I have had my Chi for from a baby she is 12 she stands her ground with anyone that comes in on us . But that is the only time the silly girl will bark. My grandkids love her . I can lay my 5 mth old in the floor and she lays there with her. She is a good WE LOVE OUR PNUT.

Quinn on August 27, 2020:

I just adopted a 12 year old chi from a local shelter. She loves kids, cats and dogs. She will go to anyone. We always adopt older pets from the shelters - people, please give the older ones a chance. They are the best! Spay/neuter, do not buy at pet stores. I respectfully disagree with this article. Chi's live much longer than 10 and they can be friendly, wonderful little pals.

Marie Gonzalez on August 01, 2020:

My chihuahua was 15 yrs old when she passed away a few months ago of old age. Her name was Chacha. She was sweet but didn't like to be bothered and always had to have her blanket. She was very spoiled. She had her little dresses, a car seat, a stroller a rain coat, sweaters, pajamas. She was little and hung out with the big dogs when she would go potty. How I miss her so much. RIP MY LITTLE PRINCESS.

Wolfgrrlie on July 20, 2020:

I have to disagree with the children statement.

While I would not recommend the breed for a home with rambucious rough children, they can be quite happy and not dangerous at all around kids. I have a 10 year old chi, who I got a few months before my first born (now 9 1/2) I taught both of them once my daughter started cruising and moving and able to go near the dog.

1) doggie was not allowed to snarl growl bare teeth or growl at the baby. If she didn't like baby near her she was taught to move her tail out of the way and go to her doggie bed or "safe zone"...

In return

2)daughter was taught to never bother puppy in her bed or safe zones.

Picking up and "saving" the chi from kids just enforces growling and snapping because to them that is a reward and positive reinforcement. By banning her from the couch or cuddling with me when she growled, was appalling to my dog and she was offended and learned if she wanted to stay on the couch or near me and cuddle with the baby around she couldn't growl or snap and either had to move out of reach or trust that I would correct baby (which I did I never left them alone together unsupervised)

My 2nd daughter was my rough and tough crazy one, not as gentle as my first. But by the time she was born, our dog was 3+ and knew the drill. Don't want baby near me, I leave the baby area.

Also once my babies grew old enough to be taught to understand dog language aka look at her ears, hear her growl, see her expression? I actually allowed my dog to give small warning growls.

To this day, she had never ever bitten anyone, she now is allowed to give warning grumbles and growls to my older children because my youngest (now 6) can still be a little rough without meaning too, or just to much in the face, and my daughter respects those noises and apologizes and leaves the dog alone.

When strangers kids come by my dog will let them pet her and play with her unless they get rough or are super young, then she gets away from them or comes to me and asks to be picked up out of reach or grabby baby hands. But had NEVER growled bared teeth or snapped at a stranger's child.

They just need to be taught!!

It may help that my chi is also long haired? I heard from many breeders that long hair Chihuahuas are sweeter and more tolerant? But I haven't had a short hair yet to see for myself

Amy Hurd on July 15, 2020:

My two Chihuahua's are beyond loving to my 5 year old daughter and have been since they were puppies! I think it's miss information completely to say they don't go well with children utterly untrue. Also when my baby nieces are over the dogs are very keen to be near the babies and to try lick them and cuddle with them! I think you have shared your own experiences and tauted it as fact in this article. You are doing Chi's a disservice.

Kathy M. on July 15, 2020:

Mija Melanie has been with me since December 2015. She was just one year old when I found her at the local shelter. She's not a yippy girl, and she doesn't like most men. I was warned to keep her away from children so I decided to introduce her slowly and in small doses to the grands. I was surprised to find out that she loves children, loves to chase the toys that they toss for her! She was easy to house train, stays close to me in the yard, travels very well (flight attendants love her ❣️), rides patiently in a back pack during any and all shopping trips, and she's the only one NOT barking in a neighborhood full of barking dogs. When I brought her home, she did bark at every little thing, so to help her feel like she belonged, I would follow her and bark along with her. Apparently that annoyed her or confused her, so she barks minimally and never in the living room. She's definitely a picky eater so I make her food using locally sourced chicken and veggies. A tablespoon of vanilla ice cream each day makes her a happy girl!

Every day I laugh with her. Every day I marvel at how much I love her. And every day I wonder who rescued who that day in December 2015.

Clint Figwood on July 11, 2020:

I have had Chihuahuas for quite sometime. Neither one of them has shown an aggressive personality. They have been a calm breed for me. They love sleeping with me and always know when I feel sick. They would come and lay by me and I feel it was there way of comforting their human owner.

My Chihuahuas are a quiet dog. They bark when there is someone at the door. When I have friends over they go straight to them. They aren’t protective like this story stated. My Chihuahuas are loving, compassionate, and genuine. I love this breed and when they pass away I get them buried in a pet cemetery and visit them and put flowers on their graves. I have a footprint of them with their picture next to it. I’ll always have Chihuahuas in my life.

Mary k. on June 29, 2020:

My chihuahua is my support dog as I am disabled. She is always with me and understands my emotional needs better than anyone.

ChelleA on June 25, 2020:

My chi is my princess, she takes care of mommy. She is my service dog and does not leave my side. She is a little over 11 pounds and 5 years old pear head. She does loves to cuddle and get back and belly scratches from my husband when he comes home from work, but then she is back to mommy (she is definitely a mommy's girl).

She will bark when she hears a noise outside or a knock on the door, great little guard dog, but for most part she’s quiet. Other than that I’m quite fortunate that she is so very calm and laid back, I do wish I could find any toy she likes, (trust me, I have tried all different kinds, she just don't like toys).

As for kids when I take her outside for a little exercise, she loves the neighborhood kids, when she is not "working" she is such an attention hound with anyone who will give it. Sometimes I tell my family she is my perfect soulmate, two social butterflies destined to be together.

Craig Jay on June 23, 2020:

I must have the exception to the Chi rule. My little guy is a ham not in weight but antics. He’s 6.5 pounds 2 years old deer head of the Chi breed and while I have seen other Chi’s who are one person no children types mine is different. He does like to cuddle with who ever is home and has preferred sleeping arrangements. However he his calm around kids, adores my niece and likes to be the center of the universe. He likes to be picked up and meet people. He doesn’t run to the door when people come but does look to see who they are. He will bark but for most part he’s quiet. I’m quite fortunate that he is so very calm and easy to take care of. I’ve had higher maintenance pets in the past so I’m not only loving on him so much I’m enjoying him being so social and agreeable. Don’t get me wrong he sniffs ever third blade of grass on walks. Everything distracts him and he will chase a rabbit or squirrel but not always a known cat. He is energetic again though super friendly. I’m looking for a brother or sister for him so perhaps the next one will be temperamental. I’m hoping for a Chorkie or Yorkshire Terrier as his fury family relation

Maribel Vazquez on June 22, 2020:

I have a chihuahua she's 10 years old and weight 2 pounds 1/2. She is having problems on eating i guess the food makes her bloated and she's not eating well i try fortiflora but i have to force her to eat and i feed her Royal cane dry food special for chihuahua. Can some one help any advice what to feed her.

Yoly on June 20, 2020:

My little one has been with me since she was 49 days young, this week she will turn 11 years! I has always loved Chihuahuas she is very loyal and quiet and yes she doesn't like little kids around her she can stay in your lap forever! When people come they get surprised because she doesn't bother or bark when she sees somebody. She has been by herself and doesn't like to be bothered by other dogs either. I don't refer to her as "it" because she is part of my family. I haven't seen a Chi smaller than my Tiny she doesn't weight 3pounds people that don't know this race thinks she is a puppy because of her tiny size. Yes, she can fit practically in any regular purse

Jessica McGill on June 19, 2020:

I trained my Chi with a spray bottle whenever she acted barked too much or got snarling. She is 16 and a delight. They live the longest of all breeds.

R. Potter on June 16, 2020:

Chihuahuas have the longest lifespan of any dog! Re-check your info.

DCA on June 13, 2020:

I have 2 long haired Chis Sophie and Papi they are 11 years and 9 years now. I got Papi when he was about 8 months he was neutered and potty trained but still was marking in the house. I’ve never been able to break him of this. He wears a male wrap during the day . I use some disposable ones and hand made ones with sanitary pads. Our vet told us that toy breed males often continue to Mark in the house after they are neutered and it’s difficult to break them of this behavior. I love the little guy he has such a personality and my home is his forever home. This is something to beware of because I had no idea before getting him. They can take much longer to potty train than larger dogs because they have tiny bladders. It takes a lot of patience.

Mandy Miedzyblocki on June 11, 2020:

Morning all you gorgeous Chi's,

I have two beautiful Chi's x Bo 2 and Emily 1.

They are my babies my family and friends keep reminding me that they are dogs not human!

I say, REALLY? they're my little Chi humans! Ask them they don't believe they're a dog! No ones told them. They are very fussy one day and not care the next. I will say they are very very intelligent, when I ask them to get something they will look around untill they find it and then bring it to me. They also love eating anything that they no their not too, so I have to be on my toes. Bo has an affection with the broom at the moment so I have to watch that he doesn't eat it! Oh I Just love em both so so much.

dnq on May 21, 2020:

I have a Chi, we adopted her and was so Sweet and cuddly, she was 3/4 at the time 20 lbs. what we understand is that she was owned by someone whom got sick,hospitalized the husband took care of her after that. Then we got her from the shelter she was in.. We got her home and boy did she turn into a Beast

Mel on May 05, 2020:

I have had my little Charlie Bear for 2 years this year, he has been with me through some of the hardest times in my life, he picks up on my energy, if I’m tired he loves to sleep with me, if I’ve got plenty of energy he’s ready for anything. He loves going out on the kayak, he loves the sun, he’s such an adventure dog. We are so careful with Charlie, one of his pitfalls is when he escapes or comes off the leash, he never returns, I shouldn’t laugh LOL but he sees it as a game, he runs so fast and darts around everywhere, until of course nature calls and he needs to pee. He has the cutest and funniest mannerisms, he pretends to box with his daddy, he stands on his hind legs and literally taps his paws on my partners hands like boxing mits lol. He only plays with soft toys I often find myself in the kids section at stores looking for soft toys with no small components that he could choke on. He is seriously like a human, you can talk to him and he knows what’s going on, he listens and replies, if you tell him he’s naughty for barking, he pretty much sobs and partially speaks whyyyyy hahah. He loves kibble, he loves meat, and his milk stick treats. I have one spoilt little boy, he loves strangers, he barks at dogs 10x bigger than him, I have to pick him up around huskies, German Shepard’s and sometimes collie dogs due to the round up personality’s of these dogs. He’s like a little rabbit so I can see why they look at him and lick their lips. I’m so glad I picked Charlie as my forever dog. I honestly would have never knew before owning a chihuahua how much they become a massive part of your life and family.

bob on April 27, 2020:

i have a chihauhau we rescused from the street and it never barks or anything it loves children and it loves all animals and it has alot of favourites and yes it is 200% chihauhau

Penny Carter on March 02, 2020:

I have a beautiful precious baby girl tiny chihuahua, she is the smartest little dog that i have ever had..i have had her 3.1/2 years now, she has always be the only dog in the house, with me & my husband...well my husband just bought me a teacup chihuahua that is only 1.2ozs, he is such a precious little boy, his name is Teddy, i have only had him for 4 days now & need some advice on what i should do to make my tiny little girl Pixie to get along with him..she plays with teddy outside but has nothing to do with him in the house or with us, she doesn't even listen to us now, when we say something to her she just goes under the bed or just play attention to us, she only comes to us when we ask her does she want a treat,or go out...need some information on what i should try or do, or any advice would be greatly appreciated...Thanks

anynomous on February 24, 2020:

I really don't like Chihuahuas. The only time I've ever been bitten or attacked purposefully by a dog was a Chihuahua-and that was one that had run off that I was helping to get home. I wasn't even that young.

Isis7399 on January 25, 2020:

I’ve had one who was 17 when she passed away in my arms, then I now have a 15 year old male. He acts younger than his years. Mainly because I adopted him 2 Sisters. He guards over them he also the older he becomes is more protective of me. My bf has a really hard time getting near me. I have to put him in another room or hold him. They are very protective. The newest in my family are smaller breed my oldest being a Standard Size the 2 baby girls are Miniature. I’ve found them to be more easy to bathe and carry. They are 3 years old now. Precious.

Lily on October 16, 2019:

I believe your article described the basic default temperament of the chihuahua. That was how mine started out as. She was suspicious of all strangers and would only open up to those i spoke and laughed with. My husband and i made sure she shared her love with both of us and it helped overcome her 1-person character. She runs back and forth between my husband and me so my chi surely got the message. My chi is also very sociable with everyone now, she asks everyone for hugs.

Margaret on December 23, 2018:

We have a rescue chocolate chi..she is a doll but not super cudley as she had been abused.we really get a kick out of her playing,she twirles around in cicles and plays with a stuffed penguin.she also never gets fleas and dosnt shed.she must stick to a ridgid diet or she gets gut issues. Just the best little doggie

Johanna on December 13, 2018:

Where can find more chihuahuas on sale

Maria G. Wysocki on November 09, 2018:

I have one of those long hair Chihuahua from 2 months, now she is almost 11 months old. She is precious...has her personality, but only when I have to leave her alone...she hate it! Besides that, she is loving with me ( I live alone with her) and everybody else. The only time she gets a little angry is when people try to approach me too close too fast. My Lucie loves to sit on my shoulder with her head out of the window while I am driving. So cute!

Jeff on October 12, 2018:

Thanks for the article. We just got a male male chihuahua. I dont normal support pet stores but me and my wife walked into a petstore at the mall, and we seen him in his cage. He was tiny, we couldnt leave without him. He fit right in with our 2 other dogs (toy fox terriers). He is a very affectionate little dog.

Linda on September 03, 2018:

We have an issue with our Chi. She constantly wants to put her teeth on our skin. How do we remedy this she is 10 weeks old now.

Lucy on September 03, 2018:

My Bitsy is a Yorky/Chihuahua mix. She apparently has the beat of both mixes running thru her veins. She has been patient with my 9 grandchildren right from the start, about 8 weeks old. While she thinks she's as big and bad as a watch dog around other canines in reality she's every bit as cute and safe as she looks. When Bitsy has had enough of the grandkid's noise and commotion (and she loves to run around and play hide & seek or keep away) she goes under my bed. My grandkids know this is her time out space and to leave her alone. My 9yr old & 12yr old grandsons babysit her all the time. My 6yr old carries Bitsy around and my 3yr old loves chasing her! This is 1 chihuahua that got the calmer side of the 2 breeds! Thank you for the info on chihuahuas! I now know the norm for this adorable and energtic breed! And I will carefully consider whether to get another.

Mary Porter on August 03, 2018:

I have 2 a male long haired 1 called Buddy he's 15 months old and Bonnie a female who's 10 months old oh i love them both loyal loving dogs didn't think I'd ever get another dog and got 2 6 months apart

Ellie Wood Borden Ont. Canada on July 22, 2018:

I came to stay with my Son and Daughter-in -law who owns a beautiful fawn coloured chihuahua around 2 yrs old. She wanted no part of me at first. Barked and growled when she saw me. It was hilarious because I adore animals of every kind. She loves the teenage kids and my Son, but she is Mommy's girl. They both work and the kids go to school, which leaves Delilah and me home together alone. I let her be for a few days, just speaking to her from across the room, telling her how beautiful and good she was. By the end of 2 wks. she was kissing me and sleeping on my lap as I watched tv. Now she has so accepted me as part of her loving family. She is so gorgeous and funny. I laugh till I cry over her unique personality. My Son keeps telling me that when I get my own apt. I definitely need one due to a bipolar disorder I have. He said when the dog and I are together he sees so much happiness in me. It is tempting but I still don't know. But while I am here, I have a friend that can match no other!

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on June 21, 2018:

L. King, thanks for your input! At the end of the day most dogs want love, and they are very good at telling who's willing to provide it.

L. King on June 18, 2018:

My neighbor has a Apple head Chihuahua name Poncho. I was walking my chorky name Star one day and we ran into Poncho. We made out to friends really quick. One day he found out where we live (just down the street). Now he shows up at my house everyday. He is so happy to see me and whines out of sheer happiness. He hasn't had bath in for ever and he had a collar that was way to small. I wound up buying him a new collar and bathing him cuz he had a spot on his back that look like a hot spot. Red and inflamed and itchy like crazy. Now he thinks he is my dog. His owner would come get him in the evening and take him back home. Now his owner doesn't even come get him anymore. Seems he doesn't get much attention at home. When he shows up at my place he is so excited to get loving. I am not trying to take this dog cuz he is someone else's dog. I thought chihuahuas were a one person dog? I am a animal lover and he looks so much better than he did when I first saw him. I didn't think that chihuahuas would get attach to another person when they already have a owner?

Margie on March 23, 2018:

I lost my husband recently, and decided to adopt a companion dog. I wanted a chi because of the small size. I love to hold my dog. Penny can be be festy at times, but she seems to take to strangers. She is 3 months and weighs 3lbs. I have laughed until I cried at her antics. When my boyfriend comes over I sense a little protectiveness, but she do seem to take to him. She is still a puppy so I still have a long way to go. I love her very much.

Bob on March 12, 2018:

PS. If he's barking in the house and I say "no barky" he will bark with his mouth shut. Just hilarious.

Bob on March 12, 2018:

Had a pet sitting friend who took in a 5 year old Chihuahua after his owner, a disabled Vietnam vet died, my least favorite breed at the time. He adopted me on the first visit. 6 months and many visits later he had not changed his mind so I took him home with me forever. As for his personality - if you talk to him you have to pet him. Just the most remarkable dog I have ever owned. I have been told it's genetic. If both parents are friendly, the puppies will be. The most important thing he has learned with me is "no barky". He may bark all he wants in the house but once we step through the door it is no barky time except for rabbits and squirrels. We both bark at and chase rabbits and squirrels. No, cats, dogs, birds .... However, sometimes he does night duty with me then it is no barky period. And I only had to tell him this once. Amazing dog. Extremely observant. Guess I'll just keep him. My Buddy.

Kelli on February 15, 2018:

I have had 2 chihuahuas. One lived to be 16+ and the other is going strong at 11. They are one person dogs, but love other family members as well. My current 11 year old is great with my grandsons (4 and 2). They can learn to love others while being mostly loyal to one. Best dogs EVER!!

Eddie on December 02, 2017:

I have 2 chi's. Male 4 lbs and female 12 lbs. Both from humane society. Bella was returned 2 times to humane society before we adopted her. It took 6 weeks before she warmed up to me. She took to my husband right away. I couldn't pet her for 3 weeks. Very aggressive and yappy. I just let her be. Talked to her, fed her and gave her treats. I let her come to me. Patients is the key. Now she prefers me to my husband. Eddie was 4 yrs and a run away. He never had problems adjusting to us. He was so friendly with us and everyone else. I did notice with Eddie as times pass he is less friendly almost don't want to be bothered by strangers. He doesn't aproach strangers in public places any more. He's has lots of energy. My first choice will aalways be a chihuahua.

Stacey on December 01, 2017:

Hi I have two Chi's brother and sister 9 years old. The male is getting so mean with me cans everyone around him. He has no teeth but still bites very hard. He doesn't like to be petted or anything. He's really mean to me his owner. I love him so much and never hit him or anything. They both sleep with me. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

roger on November 13, 2017:

Just lost my 13 year old chihuahua and best friend ever. No question my next dog will be a chihuahua. She had most of the goods and bads and I loved her every bit.

Bonster on November 07, 2017:

I have a dear elderly friend whose advanced age caused her to ask me if I would take her long-haired chihuahua when she dies. She is giving a considerable inheritance to Charlie, to insure his care. I sympathize with her love for him and her desire to safeguard his well being, but I also know how loyal this breed is, and the dog does not know me. I am concerned that Charlie will be unhappy with a substitute "mom" and that will make me unhappy, too--

Kay on November 06, 2017:

My Chi is awesome loves my grandbaby full of personality and greedy as all getout...smh he's only4 lbs I'm looking for a companion for him any suggestions?

Patricia on August 01, 2017:

I have a friend that's have a little Chihuahua an she just had puppies an said be great for my 3 year old but I'm not sure what do you think

Sasha on June 14, 2017:

Although some statements ring true I have to say a lot of generalisation. Having had this breed for over 30 years in a busy household with children and having had an average of 5 Chi's at a time , ours have loved being around the kids and have viewed all visitors as new friends rather than potential enemies.Still informative and enjoyed authors experiences of this delightful breed.

Tweakie on March 20, 2017:

I have three Chihuahua's aged 9, 10, and 11. Two of them can't stand my step kids (8 & 6). The other one barks at them too, but mostly because the other two are. They bark at everyone but me. They are wonderful companions and I've had them all since they were very young, I don't understand why they bark so much at the kids. They will growl just hearing them talk LOL. But that's usually where it ends. I am not sure why they are like that but I guess it's in their nature. Good article. Chihuahua's are great dogs especially if you are alone a lot.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on February 02, 2017:

Roger, I would not suggest feeding your Chihuahua raw blue gill (or any raw meats) because of their super-sensitive digestive systems. A part of the Chihuahua temperament I've found is them being finicky, but you will come across some that will gobble down anything edible.

If this describes your Chihuahua at least toss a fillet in the microwave for a few minutes...or steam it, making sure all bacteria is killed. What they have in guts and bravado, they lack in the ability to eat wide other breeds

Roger Shumaker on January 31, 2017:

I love my chi he will soon to be 2 years old his name is lucky he is so funny at times. But my question is I take him fishing with me will it hurt him to eat a raw blugill???

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on January 28, 2017:

I have seen the most fortune mixing a Chihuahua and other breeds from their puppy years. Years ago a had two Chis living with a female Boxer...but they were familiar with each other since they were all just a few months old.

kris on November 17, 2016:

we have had one chi for 11 years likes some kids but she has had to have a lot of teeth pulled so biting is not really a problem we have a new chi puppy and also run a daycare the new puppy LOVES LOVES the kids he sits with them plays with them all day plays fetch loves to give them kisses he just the best dog he is a little shy around adults hides sometimes overall a great little dog.

karen on October 08, 2016:

Thank you for the info. I am looking to adopt a rescue dog and met a great chihuahua today. After reading your article I do not think this is the right breed for me, but I am glad many others found chihuahuas to be good fit with their families.

TammyA on October 05, 2016:

I put bells on my small chi's so that I am always aware that they are right there. I had a very small senior who passed recently and a new 3 lb senior and without their bell, they probably would get stepped on, which obviously could be life threatening. I also don't allow my dogs the run of the house to avoid potty accidents and they just don't need it. So, when I am in the family room with them I am usually sitting and so are they, in my lap. Never thought I would own a Chi but they are so cute and wonderful.

Jess on September 28, 2016:

My little Chi loves everyone, even small children as long as they aren't too ruff. Cocoa is his name and I believe he's so tolerant because I thought my last Chi wasn't very social and as soon as I got cocoa at 5 weeks I carried him everywhere and he loves camping, swimming with my kids, and even laying on the beach basking in the sun as I fish. I think our pups can be as social as we are. Cocoa also walks well in public on a leash, and doesn't growl or bark unless you have food he wants.

Dogmum on September 20, 2016:

OMG my adopted rescue chihuahua is Psycho with my Coton de Tulear It's like oil and water, one likes to socialize, the other (you know who) doesn't. I have to find a better mix for my Coton As much as I love the affection of the Chihuahua, the oil/water mix doesn't fit my personality. Its' sad, should have done a lot more research before introducing these two breeds. Be forewarned anyone else - of introductions to other breeds and a Chihuahua, definitely they are a "one" person dog. Intensely loyal and yes it's better to be a loner, which I am not . .

Ninja on September 01, 2016:

Thanks Kevin, good article considering am in the process of getting a female chihuahua.

Lisa on July 27, 2016:

I have a vizsla at home along with an 11 year old daughter,and 13 year old son. My daughter will be the one who is taking care of the puppy she wants a small,cate dog that she can sleep with, walk with and pick it up and hold it. Is the chihuahua a good dog for her?

Sheila Jones on May 16, 2016:

I have a Chihuahua Lasa Apso mix. She was on the streets in California. Second Chance flew her to our area to save her. We took her in within 12 hours of her arrival. She was 1/2 dead. We nursed her back to health. We had DNA completed on her, thus we now know her breed. She is the most loving dog I have ever had. But she hates childern, other dogs on the beach and men. She tolerates women, kind of from afar. She's a picky eater. Bit I have managed over time. She lives in her Thunder Jacket. She gets upset if I leave it off her for more than 1 hour at a time. But she loves our 18 lb cat. She gives him kisses all the time. She has been a real challenge over the last 2 1/2 years. But nevertheless, she is the best pet I have ever had.

Krista on May 07, 2016:

My chihuahua is the best dog. But he's a huge baby and he loves absolutely everyone he is not a one person dog. He adores my 2year old and my 11year old. He is very well tempered. He is always hearing things before I do haha

amanda on March 30, 2016:

My chiuhuaha likes my children I have 4 and is very effectionate with all of them. I have a 2 , 6, 9 and 11 year old and he will gladly sit with all of them. He slightly funny with anyone who comes round but soon as he realises there happy for a cuddle with him he's fine.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on November 20, 2015:

You know, they're really not as "barky" as most would like to think. I believe that if you control it while they're pups (let them know early that you won't tolerate the yapping) it would help much.

Dono on August 03, 2015:

I would have to say this has to one of the worst breed of dogs out there. We live next to a home that has two of them. They will bark at anything that moves. No way to enjoy a quiet moment in the back yard without them going off every five minutes. They are a very cute dog, but if you what a quite dog that is not going to bark at there shadow I wouldn't get one

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on April 28, 2015:


Thank you for sharing the video. Best of luck with all your kids.

Nicole on March 09, 2015:

I agree about them not being a huge fan of kids, although I've noticed that apart from the high energy children have, it also scares my little girl to have a hand come down on her head fast, which kids do often. However, my chis are actually very quiet and friendly. I take them everywhere and they love strangers, as long as they can say hi lol. We are working on the fear of kids though. My boy is ok with kids, but my girl will snip at a kid who puts their hand over her face to pet her. We correct it before it happens now by handing her to the child, and then she's actual very docile and sweet. She becomes submissive to the child and we reward her for that by letting the child give treats to her. Apart from that, my boy doesn't like other high energy dogs running about. He thinks hes the boss. He heards them up and yells at them till they calm down and HE commands the play time lol then he has fun, but only if he is in charge of the running about lol. Check out my lil short vid of some tricks they enjoy doing. i couldn't put all of them in the video, as they know A LOT of cute tricks. Best little dogs ever.

Bella and Bino - Puppy Tricks:

beattie on February 23, 2015:

My chihuahua Daisy is 6mths old and just in season , shes been barking constantly for 3 days and its very upsetting ive tried cuddling her and talking softly none of this seems to calm her down ,is it because shes in season , ime so upset about this what can i do to calm her .

Lizz on October 29, 2014:

Our chihuahua is the opposite. He LOVES little kids. Way more than adults. They're the only strangers he won't bark at when he first meets them. He definitely seems to perceive less danger from little kids than older people. He can get very aggressive when strangers come to the door because he's super protective, but everybody just laughs when he does because he's so little. But when little kids come to the door he doesn't seem to mind. He's very sweet with them.

Jennifer Green on September 11, 2014:

I've had a long hair Chihuahua for about 4 yrs now I adopted her since she was 3 months. I found that my pup isn't like any other. Not like the article! ! She loves company she dies and will cry if company doesn't pet her. She has never bite my children I have 4 and she stays around them when they are sick. I love that a bag of food last her for such a long time. She's a Diva she likes the little bites nothing bigger then her mouth lol.

I've never had a problem with her. But just like you said every Chihuahua isn't the same.

pooney on August 26, 2014:

My dog is nothing of what is described here. She's great with kids, babies, elderly, special needs people. Never yaps or barks! Will eat anything you give her and be fine with her iron gut. Loves runs and tons of napping. She's extreamly social never aggressive. Doesn't even look at other dogs let alone chase them and start fights. Hmm seems as if I have a gem over here.

Penelope's Human on July 24, 2014:

Chi's can tolerate new people easily enough. The key is socialization. If you don't socialize your cute little pup, and they only cling to you, they will behave badly. I got Penelope when she was 8 weeks old. I started right away, took her everywhere with me, handed her over to everyone and anyone who thought she was the most adorable puppy ever (because, of course, she was!) If she got a little snarky, I corrected her. I also have 2 cats and another older, bigger dog. She has grown up playing with her other animal brothers and sisters, along with my nieces. If I can't bring the dogs away with me on overnight trips, they go to get spoiled at Nan and Poppa's house, where she immediately jumps up on Poppa's lap and lavishes him with kisses. I imagine that's because he's the one that doles out the treats ;) My boyfriend, who lived with me when we got her, but now lives away, is still her "other" person. She is equally loyal to the both of us, strange as it may be. He has since got a service dog, a beautiful black lab, and the two of them are soul sisters, they run and jump and start playing together as soon as they see each other, which makes her brother Liam jealous, then all heck breaks loose and there's tails wagging and dogs running and jumping everywhere, while little sassy Penelope has snuck out and perched herself on top of the couch in prime attack position! She's a sly one!

Anyway, all that to say, chihuahuas do not have to be a one person, overprotective, ill-mannered pets. They can be a fun, very entertaining, loving part of the family. You just have to invest the time into them. You invested the money, hopefully the love, why not that little bit of extra time, so your little one does not become one of those that gives ours a bad name? Like the saying goes, it's not the breed...

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on June 04, 2014:

Try to include her in every social gathering you possibly can. Get her used to commotion and activity.

joleen on May 27, 2014:

First time dog owner and i chose a chihuahua. Had Pixie for 5 months now. She is so very loyal and i cant imagine being without her. She loves my 6 year old but doesn't always have the patience for my 4 year old. Shes like a mad dog and barks at everything and anyone she sees. My tiny defender :) ♡

Loved your post. Bang on!

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on May 02, 2014:

Often times its really easy to over-spoil this breed by giving them too much lap time. The Chihuahua temperament allows them to think that they own you. As a result, other dogs (or people) wouldn't be able to come close to you. Socialize them early on. Even put your matured Chihuahua in socializing positions. If you go to dog parks, mingle with the other dog owners and try not to isolate yourself or your Chi.

crystal on April 17, 2014:

I have a chi. And it is brintle is that ok I very mean it trys to bite everbody it will attack big dogs help

josh on March 31, 2014:

Kevin Timothy very good responses and story

Amanda on March 30, 2014:

I have a almost 5 month old Chihuahua. (Got her at 6 weeks) She is great with my 19m old and almost 4 year old. She has not even so much as growled at the kids. She will get in the almost 4yr olds lap and take a nap while she is watching cartoons. She loves giving the girls kisses too. I think it is all about teaching your kids the right way to treat a small dog and training your puppy early. I also give our Chihuahua an "escape route" where she can go to get away from the kids if she wants to be left alone. Our only real "problem" with her is outside of our family she is "scared" of new people. In all honesty if I can just get her comfortable with my parents and brothers we will be good. We spend a lot of time on the house boat during the summer with them.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on March 08, 2014:

It will be a great puppy. The chihuahua will most likely be drawn to your teenager and be weary of your six year old. Socialize the pup EARLY. Expose them to how active and unpredictable younger children can be. However, still monitor the activities between the Chihuahua and the younger child. Get your teen to chip in, too. It can work - especially if the six year isn't smothering the breed.

Angel on January 12, 2014:

Ok seriously thinking about getting a long haired female. My children are fourteen and six. I have a lot of family in town that like to visit on a regular basis. Is this not the right kind of puppy for us?

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on September 14, 2013:

Ebony - you can try to socialize the Chihuahua as much as you want from early. Just keep in mind that the Chihuahua temperament will not tolerate the smothering children that age love to do with small breeds. Of course, the kid means no harm but the tiny Chihuahua doesn't know that. You have to really supervise the interactivity especially with children that age.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on September 09, 2013:

Andrew, thank you for adding your value to this article.

Andrew on September 05, 2013:

I find it ironic how an article defending chihuahuas includes two pictures/videos out of five, of them being the horrible little pieces of shit that they really are! Also, they're not cute, they're ugly as sin!

ebony on August 23, 2013:

Are they gd with 2 year olds I I have a little neice and want one but don't want it to be aggressive? ??

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on January 06, 2013:

Thanks! I appreciate that.

Jef from Philippines on January 05, 2013:

Love the way you wrote this article about Chihuahuas! :)

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on January 03, 2013:

Wow, that's a feisty combination, Hannah.

Hannah on November 29, 2012:

I am getting a chihuahua yorkie mix and im going to name her nevaeh.....

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on October 31, 2012:

Emma...agreed. Their personalities are extremely varied.

Emma on October 28, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this but have to agree with other comments about how chihuahuas aren't necessarily opposed to children, I have 3 and 4 year old nieces and nephews that my chi couldn't be more fond of. In the 2 years I've owned her she hasn't once shown hostility to a single person regardless of age, I've never seen her growl and certainly not bite!!

I suggest you take better care to train your dog, i find it incredibly annoying to see chihuahuas stereotyped for being aggressive as mine couldn't be more friendly!

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on September 26, 2012:

Always have liked his show, I may give his books a look.

Tori Leumas on September 25, 2012:

Chihuahuas are cute little dogs. Chihuahuas temperaments differ the same as bigger dogs. I have a 2 year old chihuahua mix that is very good with my little 6 year old brother. The way a chihuahua acts towards other people depends on how it was raised. If your chihuahua bites little kids it's because it hasn't been taught how it's supposed to behave towards children. I suggest you read some of Cesar Millan's books. He's the dog whisperer and he knows how to train your dog not to bite other people.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on July 22, 2012:

Years ago a really enjoyed the short hairs but my love affair with the long hair is only about two years old. Our Chiwawa right now is long and the best one I've ever had.

Queirdkus Ω Ibidem from Sitting on the Rug on July 21, 2012:

Thanks for the great hub, Kevin. Well written and interesting! Voted up

I almost ended up a longhaired chihuahua owner but when I finally decided to get the pup, who I instantly bonded with, it was already sold.

... All things according to God's will, and the best for everyone =)

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on June 22, 2012:

Hey, well I really appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on June 22, 2012:

Thanks, Mr. Tuck.

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on June 22, 2012:


Thank you. Ours loves to cuddle also. She will usually avoid her own fluffy bed just to get in a lap or in another family member's bed. She's a trip!

Kbdare from Western US. on June 06, 2012:

I have a chihuahua and she often becomes quite upset when people she does not know knock on the door. but the great thing about her is she is the best cuddler. However, I do agree with you on the chihuadua being misunderstood. Thanks for sharing!

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on June 01, 2012:


A little extreme to suggest a Chihuahua owner to get their head checked, don't you think?

Andre on May 31, 2012:

If your chihuahua is biting anyone you need to socialize it more.....ours is great with all kids because we dont treat it like an accessory but rather as a dog. Spend the time and actually train/love your dog.

Bites kids under 6 = bad irresponsible owner get your head checked.

lilly on February 21, 2012:

dose anyone think chihuahua's are ugly like really because they are very ugly and i have to right a speech about it please help?!

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on December 05, 2011:

Ours is an exception. She doesn't mind the little ones at all, as long as they know when to give her space.

christinepurr on November 08, 2011:

Informative and very very true. I don't think I've ever seen a chihuahua who liked little kids, lol. Definitely not that kind of dog, although I'm sure there is an exception somewhere.

clintontuck from Australia on November 08, 2011:

Great article thanks for sharing

Kevin J Timothy (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on May 07, 2011:


Thanks for the feedback and kind words!

Because of their tiny size, chis are ideal for apartment life, where they are also protected from the elements. Chis are spunky and energetic, but can get most of their exercise by running around indoors. They also can be trained to use litter boxes, thus reducing the risk of surprises on the carpet when you come home. And their inherent bravery and tendency to bark at strangers makes them excellent watchdogs.

Chis make ideal traveling companions because they fit carry-on size requirements for most any airline and are happy to sit tight in small, cramped spaces until the scenery gets better. They also tend to love going on trips and discovering new places. Outside of traveling, chis are easy to pick up and carry if the weather gets rough or you need to go longer distances than you would like them to walk on their own.


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
    • 2.1 The trio
    • 2.2 Supporting cast
  • 3 Production
    • 3.1 Preproduction
    • 3.2 Production
    • 3.3 Cinematography
    • 3.4 Music
  • 4 Themes
  • 5 Release
    • 5.1 Critical reception
    • 5.2 Home media
      • 5.2.1 Deleted scenes
  • 6 Legacy
    • 6.1 Re-evaluation
    • 6.2 In popular culture
    • 6.3 Impact on Western genre
  • 7 Sequel
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
    • 9.1 Citations
    • 9.2 Bibliography
  • 10 Further reading
  • 11 External links

In 1862, during the American Civil War, a mercenary known as "Angel Eyes" interrogates former Confederate soldier Stevens, whom Angel Eyes is contracted to kill, about Jackson, a fugitive who stole a cache of Confederate gold. Learning Jackson's new alias "Bill Carson", Angel Eyes kills Stevens and the man who hired him, Baker, intending to find the gold himself. Bandit Tuco Ramirez is rescued from bounty hunters by a nameless drifter to whom Tuco refers as "Blondie", who delivers him to the local sheriff to collect his $2,000 bounty. As Tuco is about to be hanged, Blondie severs Tuco's noose by shooting it, and sets him free. The two escape on horseback and split the bounty. They repeat the process in other towns until Blondie grows weary of Tuco's complaints and strands him in the desert.

Bent on revenge, Tuco catches up with Blondie and force-marches him across the desert until Blondie collapses from dehydration. A runaway horse-drawn hospital ambulance arrives with several dead Confederate soldiers and a near-death Bill Carson, who promises Tuco $200,000 in Confederate gold, buried in a grave in Sad Hill Cemetery in exchange for help. When Tuco returns with water, Carson has died and Blondie, slumped next to him, reveals that Carson recovered and told him the name on the grave before dying. Tuco takes Blondie to a nearby frontier mission to recover.

The duo decides to search for the gold together, but they are apprehended by Union forces shortly after leaving the mission. Brought to a prison camp, Angel Eyes – revealed to be a Union officer – finds them after Tuco poses as Bill Carson. Tuco reveals the name of the cemetery under torture and is sent away to be killed. Knowing that Blondie would not reveal the location, Angel Eyes recruits him into his search. Tuco escapes his fate by killing Angel Eyes' henchman, and soon finds himself in an evacuated town, where Blondie, Angel Eyes, and his gang have also arrived.

Blondie finds Tuco and the pair kills Angel Eyes' men, though Angel Eyes escapes. They travel toward Sad Hill, but their way is blocked by Union troops on one side of a strategic bridge, with Confederates on the other. Blondie decides to destroy the bridge to disperse the two armies to allow access to the cemetery. As they wire the bridge with explosives, Tuco suggests they share information. Tuco reveals the name of the cemetery, while Blondie says "Arch Stanton" is the name on the grave. After the bridge is demolished the armies disperse. Tuco steals a horse and rides to Sad Hill to claim the gold for himself. Tuco finds Arch Stanton's grave and begins digging, where Blondie encourages him at gunpoint to continue. Angel Eyes arrives and holds Blondie at gunpoint. Blondie states that he lied about the name on Stanton's grave, and offers to write the real name of the grave on a rock. Placing it face-down in the courtyard of the cemetery, he challenges Tuco and Angel Eyes to a three-way duel.

The trio stares each other down. Everyone draws, and Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, while Tuco discovers that his own gun was unloaded by Blondie the night before. Blondie reveals that the gold is actually in the grave beside Arch Stanton's, marked "Unknown". Tuco is initially elated to find bags of gold, but Blondie holds him at gunpoint and orders him into a hangman's noose beneath a tree. Blondie binds Tuco's hands and forces him to stand balanced precariously atop an unsteady grave marker while he takes half the gold and rides away. As Tuco screams for mercy, Blondie returns into sight. He severs the rope with a rifle shot, leaving Tuco alive. As Blondie disappears over the horizon, Tuco furiously curses him.

The trio Edit

  • Clint Eastwood as 'Blondie' (the Man with No Name): The Good, a taciturn, confident bounty hunter, teams up with Tuco, and Angel Eyes temporarily, to find the buried gold. Blondie and Tuco have an ambivalent partnership. Tuco knows the name of the cemetery where the gold is hidden, but Blondie knows the name on the grave where it is buried, forcing them to work together to find the treasure. In spite of this greedy quest, Blondie's pity for the dying soldiers in the chaotic carnage of the war is evident. "I've never seen so many men wasted so badly," he remarks. He also comforts a dying soldier by laying his coat over him and letting him smoke his cigar. Rawhide had ended its run as a series in 1966, and at that point, neither A Fistful of Dollars nor For a Few Dollars More had been released in the United States. When Leone offered Clint Eastwood a role in his next movie, it was the only big film offer he had, but Eastwood still needed to be convinced to do it. Leone and his wife traveled to California to persuade him. Two days later, he agreed to make the film upon being paid $250,000 [14] and getting 10% of the profits from the North American markets—a deal with which Leone was not happy. [15] In the original Italian script for the film, he is named "Joe" (his nickname in A Fistful of Dollars), but is referred to as Blondie in the Italian and English dialogue. [11]
  • Lee Van Cleef as 'Angel Eyes': The Bad, a ruthless, confident, borderline-sadistic mercenary, takes a pleasure in killing and always finishes a job for which he is paid, usually tracking and assassination. Originally, Leone wanted Enrico Maria Salerno (who had dubbed Eastwood's voice for the Italian versions of the Dollars Trilogy films) [16] or Charles Bronson to play Angel Eyes, but the latter was already committed to playing in The Dirty Dozen (1967). Leone thought about working with Lee Van Cleef again: "I said to myself that Van Cleef had first played a romantic character in For a Few Dollars More. The idea of getting him to play a character who was the opposite of that began to appeal to me." [17] In the original working script, Angel Eyes was named "Banjo", but is referred to as "Sentenza" (meaning "Sentence" or "Judgement") in the Italian version. Eastwood came up with the name Angel Eyes on the set, for his gaunt appearance and expert marksmanship. [11]
  • Eli Wallach as Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (known as "The Rat" according to Blondie): The Ugly, a fast-talking, comically oafish yet also cunning, cagey, resilient and resourceful Mexicanbandit, is wanted by the authorities for a long list of crimes. The director originally considered Gian Maria Volonté (who portrayed the villains in both the preceding films) for the role of Tuco, but felt that the role required someone with "natural comic talent". In the end, Leone chose Eli Wallach, based on his role in How the West Was Won (1962), in particular, his performance in "The Railroads" scene. [18] In Los Angeles, Leone met Wallach, who was skeptical about playing this type of character again, but after Leone screened the opening credit sequence from For a Few Dollars More, Wallach said: "When do you want me?" [19] The two men got along famously, sharing the same bizarre sense of humor. Leone allowed Wallach to make changes to his character in terms of his outfit and recurring gestures. Both Eastwood and Van Cleef realized that the character of Tuco was close to Leone's heart, and the director and Wallach became good friends. They communicated in French, which Wallach spoke badly and Leone spoke well. Van Cleef observed, "Tuco is the only one of the trio the audience gets to know all about. We meet his brother and find out where he came from and why he became a bandit. But Clint and Lee's characters remain mysteries." [20] In the theatrical trailer, Angel Eyes is referred to as The Ugly and Tuco, The Bad. [21] This is due to a translation error the original Italian title translates to "The Good [one], the Ugly [one], the Bad [one]".

Supporting cast Edit

  • Al Mulock as Elam, a one-armed bounty hunter [22]
  • Aldo Giuffrè as alcoholic Union Captain Clinton [23]
  • Aldo Sambrell as a member of Angel Eyes' gang [24]
  • Antonio Casale as Jackson/Bill Carson
  • Antonio Casas as Stevens
  • Antoñito Ruiz as Stevens' youngest son
  • Benito Stefanelli as a member of Angel Eyes' gang [24]
  • Enzo Petito as Storekeeper
  • Chelo Alonso as Stevens' wife
  • Claudio Scarchilli as Mexican peón
  • John Bartha as Sheriff
  • José Terrón as Thomas "Shorty" Larson
  • Livio Lorenzon as Baker
  • Sandro Scarchilli as Mexican peón
  • Lorenzo Robledo as Clem
  • Luigi Ciavarro as a member of Angel Eyes' gang
  • Luigi Pistilli as Father Pablo Ramírez [24]
  • Mario Brega as Corporal Wallace [24]
  • Molino Rojo as Captain Harper
  • Romano Puppo as a member of Angel Eyes' gang
  • Rada Rassimov as Maria
  • Sergio Mendizábal as blonde bounty hunter
  • Angelo Novi as Monk
  • Richard Alagich as Soldato Unione all'Arresto
  • Fortunato Arena as first Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco's first hanging
  • Román Ariznavarreta as Bounty Hunter
  • Silvana Bacci as Messicana con Biondo
  • Joseph Bradley as Old Soldier
  • Frank Braña as Bounty Hunter #2
  • Amerigo Castrighella as 2nd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco's 1st Hanging
  • Saturno Cerra as Bounty Hunter
  • William Conroy as Confederate Soldier
  • Antonio Contreras as Violinista al Campo
  • Axel Darna as Soldato Confederato Morente
  • Tony Di Mitri as Deputy
  • Alberigo Donadeo as Spettatore Prima Impiccagione
  • Attilio Dottesio as 3rd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco's first hanging
  • Luis Fernández de Eribe as Soldier Coat
  • Veriano Ginesi as Bald Onlooker at Tuco's first hanging
  • Joyce Gordon as Maria (voice)
  • Bernie Grant as Clinton – Alcoholic Union Captain (voice)
  • Jesús Guzmán as Pardue the Hotel Owner
  • Víctor Israel as Sergeant at Confederate Fort
  • Nazzareno Natale as Mexican Bounty Hunter
  • Ricardo Palacios as Barista a Socorro
  • Antonio Palombi as Vecchio Sergente
  • Julio Martínez Piernavieja as Corista al Campo [25]
  • Jesús Porras as Suonatore Armonica al Campo
  • Aysanoa Runachagua as Pistolero Recruited by Tuco in the cave
  • Enrique Santiago as Mexican Bounty Hunter
  • Franco Tocci as Soldato Unione con Sigaro

Preproduction Edit

After the success of For a Few Dollars More, executives at United Artists approached the film's screenwriter, Luciano Vincenzoni, to sign a contract for the rights to the film and for the next one. Producer Alberto Grimaldi, Sergio Leone, and he had no plans, but with their blessing, Vincenzoni pitched an idea about "a film about three rogues who are looking for some treasure at the time of the American Civil War". [26] The studio agreed, but wanted to know the cost for this next film. At the same time, Grimaldi was trying to broker his own deal, but Vincenzoni's idea was more lucrative. The two men struck an agreement with UA for a million-dollar budget, with the studio advancing $500,000 up front and 50% of the box-office takings outside of Italy. The total budget was eventually $1.2 million. [11]

Leone built upon the screenwriter's original concept to "show the absurdity of war . the Civil War, which the characters encounter. In my frame of reference, it is useless, stupid: it does not involve a 'good cause.'" [27] An avid history buff, Leone said, "I had read somewhere that 120,000 people died in Southern camps such as Andersonville. I was not ignorant of the fact that there were camps in the North. You always get to hear about the shameful behavior of the losers, never the winners." [28] The Batterville Camp where Blondie and Tuco are imprisoned was based on steel engravings of Andersonville. Many shots in the film were influenced by archival photographs taken by Mathew Brady. As the film took place during the Civil War, it served as a prequel for the other two films in the trilogy, which took place after the war. [29]

While Leone developed Vincenzoni's idea into a script, the screenwriter recommended the comedy-writing team of Agenore Incrucci and Furio Scarpelli to work on it with Leone and Sergio Donati. According to Leone, "I couldn't use a single thing they'd written. It was the grossest deception of my life." [30] Donati agreed, saying, "There was next to nothing of them in the final script. They only wrote the first part. Just one line." [30] Vincenzoni claims that he wrote the screenplay in 11 days, but he soon left the project after his relationship with Leone soured. The three main characters all contain autobiographical elements of Leone. In an interview he said, "[Sentenza] has no spirit, he's a professional in the most banal sense of the term. Like a robot. This isn't the case with the other two. On the methodical and careful side of my character, I'd be nearer il Biondo (Blondie), but my most profound sympathy always goes towards the Tuco side . He can be touching with all that tenderness and all that wounded humanity." [31] Film director Alex Cox suggests that the cemetery-buried gold hunted by the protagonists may have been inspired by rumors surrounding the anti-Communist Gladio terrorists, who hid many of their 138 weapons caches in cemeteries. [32]

Eastwood received a percentage-based salary, unlike the first two films, from which he received a straight fee. When Lee Van Cleef was again cast for another Dollars film, he joked, "the only reason they brought me back was because they forgot to kill me off in For a Few Dollars More". [29]

The film's working title was I due magnifici straccioni (The Two Magnificent Tramps). It was changed just before shooting began when Vincenzoni thought up Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Ugly, the Bad), which Leone loved. In the United States, United Artists considered using the original Italian translation, River of Dollars, or The Man With No Name, but decided on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. [21]

Production Edit

Filming began at the Cinecittà studio in Rome again in mid-May 1966, including the opening scene between Eastwood and Wallach when Blondie captures Tuco for the first time and sends him to jail. [33] The production then moved on to Spain's plateau region near Burgos in the north, which doubled for the Southwestern United States, and again shot the western scenes in Almería in the south of Spain. [34] This time, the production required more elaborate sets, including a town under cannon fire, an extensive prison camp, and an American Civil War battlefield and for the climax, several hundred Spanish soldiers were employed to build a cemetery with several thousand gravestones to resemble an ancient Roman circus. [34] For the scene where the bridge was blown up, it had to be filmed twice, as in the first take, all three cameras were destroyed by the explosion. [35] Eastwood remembers, "They would care if you were doing a story about Spaniards and about Spain. Then they'd scrutinize you very tough, but the fact that you're doing a Western that's supposed to be laid in Southwest America or Mexico, they couldn't care less what your story or subject is." [36] Top Italian cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli was brought in to shoot the film and was prompted by Leone to pay more attention to light than in the previous two films Ennio Morricone composed the score once again. Leone was instrumental in asking Morricone to compose a track for the final Mexican stand-off scene in the cemetery, asking him to compose what felt like "the corpses were laughing from inside their tombs", and asked Delli Colli to create a hypnotic whirling effect interspersed with dramatic extreme close-ups, to give the audience the impression of a visual ballet. [34] Filming concluded in July 1966. [14]

Eastwood was not initially pleased with the script, and was concerned he might be upstaged by Wallach. "In the first film, I was alone," he told Leone. "In the second, we were two. Here we are three. If it goes on this way, in the next one I will be starring with the American cavalry." [37] As Eastwood played hard-to-get in accepting the role (inflating his earnings up to $250,000, another Ferrari [38] and 10% of the profits in the United States when eventually released there), he was again encountering publicist disputes between Ruth Marsh, who urged him to accept the third film of the trilogy, and the William Morris Agency and Irving Leonard, who were unhappy with Marsh's influence on the actor. [37] Eastwood banished Marsh from having any further influence in his career, and he was forced to sack her as his business manager via a letter sent by Frank Wells. [37] For some time after, Eastwood's publicity was handled by Jerry Pam of Gutman and Pam. [33] Throughout filming, Eastwood regularly socialized with actor Franco Nero, who was filming Texas, Adios at the time. [39]

Wallach and Eastwood flew to Madrid together, and between shooting scenes, Eastwood would relax and practice his golf swing. [40] Wallach was almost poisoned during filming when he accidentally drank from a bottle of acid that a film technician had set next to his soda bottle. Wallach mentioned this in his autobiography [41] and complained that while Leone was a brilliant director, he was very lax about ensuring the safety of his actors during dangerous scenes. [42] For instance, in one scene, where he was to be hanged after a pistol was fired, the horse underneath him was supposed to bolt. While the rope around Wallach's neck was severed, the horse was frightened a little too well. It galloped for about a mile with Wallach still mounted and his hands bound behind his back. [43] The third time Wallach's life was threatened was during the scene where Mario Brega and he—who are chained together—jump out of a moving train. The jumping part went as planned, but Wallach's life was endangered when his character attempts to sever the chain binding him to the (now dead) henchman. Tuco places the body on the railroad tracks, waiting for the train to roll over the chain and sever it. Wallach, and presumably the entire film crew, were not aware of the heavy iron steps that jutted one foot out of every box car. If Wallach had stood up from his prone position at the wrong time, one of the jutting steps could have decapitated him. [44]

The bridge in the film was reconstructed twice by sappers of the Spanish army after being rigged for on-camera explosive demolition. The first time, an Italian camera operator signaled that he was ready to shoot, which was misconstrued by an army captain as the similar-sounding Spanish word meaning "start". Nobody was injured in the erroneous mistiming. The army rebuilt the bridge while other shots were filmed. As the bridge was not a prop, but a rather heavy and sturdy structure, powerful explosives were required to destroy it. [45] Leone said that this scene was, in part, inspired by Buster Keaton's silent film The General. [11]

As an international cast was employed, actors performed in their native languages. Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach spoke English, and were dubbed into Italian for the debut release in Rome. For the American version, the lead acting voices were used, but supporting cast members were dubbed into English. [46] The result is noticeable in the bad synchronization of voices to lip movements on screen none of the dialogue is completely in sync because Leone rarely shot his scenes with synchronized sound. [47] Various reasons have been cited for this: Leone often liked to play Morricone's music over a scene and possibly shout things at the actors to get them in the mood. Leone cared more for visuals than dialogue (his English was limited, at best). Given the technical limitations of the time, recording the sound cleanly would have been difficult in most of the extremely wide shots Leone frequently used. Also, a standard practice in Italian films at this time was to shoot silently and postdub. Whatever the actual reason, all dialogue in the film was recorded in postproduction. [48]

By the end of filming, Eastwood had finally had enough of Leone's perfectionist directorial traits. Leone, often forcefully, insisted on shooting scenes from many different angles, paying attention to the most minute of details, which often exhausted the actors. [40] Leone, who was obese, was also a source of amusement for his excesses, and Eastwood found a way to deal with the stresses of being directed by him by making jokes about him and nicknamed him "Yosemite Sam" for his bad temperament. [40] After the film was completed, Eastwood never worked with Leone again, later turning down the role of Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), for which Leone had personally flown to Los Angeles to give him the script. The role eventually went to Charles Bronson. [49] Years later, Leone exacted his revenge upon Eastwood during the filming of Once Upon a Time in America when he described Eastwood's abilities as an actor as being like a block of marble or wax and inferior to the acting abilities of Robert De Niro, saying, "Eastwood moves like a sleepwalker between explosions and hails of bullets, and he is always the same—a block of marble. Bobby first of all is an actor, Clint first of all is a star. Bobby suffers, Clint yawns." [50] Eastwood later gave a friend the poncho he wore in the three films, where it was hung in a Mexican restaurant in Carmel, California. [51]

Cinematography Edit

In its depiction of violence, Leone used his signature long drawn and close-up style of filming, which he did by mixing extreme face shots and sweeping long shots. By doing so, Leone managed to stage epic sequences punctuated by extreme eyes and face shots, or hands slowly reaching for a holstered gun. [52] This builds up the tension and suspense by allowing the viewers to savor the performances and character reactions, creating a feeling of excitement, as well as giving Leone the freedom to film beautiful landscapes. [52] Leone also incorporated music to heighten the tension and pressure before and during the film's many gunfights. [11]

In filming the pivotal gunfights, Leone largely removes dialogue to focus more on the actions of the characters, which was important during the film's iconic Mexican standoff. This style can also be seen in one of the film's protagonists, Blondie (The Man with No Name), which is described by critics as more defined by his actions than his words. [53] All three characters can be seen as anti-heroes, killing for their personal gain. Leone also employed stylistic trick shooting, such as Blondie shooting the hat off a person's head and severing a hangman's noose with a well-placed shot, in many of its iconic shootouts. [54]

Music Edit

The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly broke previous conventions on how the two had previously collaborated. Instead of scoring the film in the post-production stage, they decided to work on the themes together before shooting had started, this was so that the music helped inspire the film instead of the film inspiring the music. Leone even played the music on set and coordinated camera movements to match the music. [55] Although the score for the film is regarded as among Ennio Morricone's greatest achievements, he utilized other artists to help give the score the characteristic essence in which resonates throughout. The distinct vocals of Edda Dell'Orso can be heard permeating throughout the composition "The Ecstasy of Gold". The distinct sound of guitarist Bruno Battisti D’Amorio can be heard on the compositions 'The Sundown' and 'Padre Ramirez'. Trumpet players Michele Lacerenza and Francesco Catania can be heard on 'The Trio'. [56] The only song to feature lyrics is 'The Story of a Soldier' the lyrics were written by Tommie Connor. [57] Morricone's distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling (by John O'Neill), and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote (which blends in with an actual coyote howl in the first shot after the opening credits), is a two-pitch melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters. A different instrument was used for each: flute for Blondie, ocarina for Angel Eyes, and human voices for Tuco. [58] [59] [60] [61] The score complements the film's American Civil War setting, containing the mournful ballad, "The Story of a Soldier", which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes. [12] The film's climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of "The Ecstasy of Gold" and is followed by "The Trio" (which contains a musical allusion to Morricone's previous work on For a Few Dollars More).

"The Ecstasy of Gold" is the title of a song used within The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Composed by Morricone, it is one of his most established works within the film's score. The song has long been used within popular culture. The song features the vocals of Edda Dell'Orso, [62] an Italian female vocalist. Alongside vocals, the song features musical instruments such as the piano, drums and clarinets. [62] The song is played in the film when the character Tuco is ecstatically searching for gold, hence the song's name, "The Ecstasy of Gold". [63] Within popular culture, the song has been utilized by such artists as Metallica, who have used the song to open up their live shows and have even covered the song. Other bands such as the Ramones have featured the song in their albums and live shows. The song has also been sampled within the genre of Hip Hop, most notably by rappers such as Immortal Technique and Jay-Z. The Ecstasy of Gold has also been used ceremoniously by the Los Angeles Football Club to open home games. [63]

The main theme, also titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", was a hit in 1968 with the soundtrack album on the charts for more than a year, [61] reaching No. 4 on the Billboard pop album chart and No. 10 on the black album chart. [64] The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition was a No. 2 Billboard pop single in 1968. [65]

In popular culture, the American new wave group Wall of Voodoo performed a medley of Ennio Morricone's movie themes, including the theme for this movie. The only known recording of it is a live performance on The Index Masters. Punk rock band the Ramones played this song as the opening for their live album Loco Live as well as in concerts until their disbandment in 1996. The British heavy metal band Motörhead played the main theme as the overture music on the 1981 "No sleep 'til Hammersmith" tour. American heavy metal band Metallica has run "The Ecstasy of Gold" as prelude music at their concerts since 1985 (except 1996–1998), and in 2007 recorded a version of the instrumental for a compilation tribute to Morricone. [66] XM Satellite Radio's The Opie & Anthony Show also opens every show with "The Ecstasy of Gold". The American punk rock band The Vandals' song "Urban Struggle" begins with the main theme. British electronica act Bomb the Bass used the main theme as one of a number of samples on their 1988 single "Beat Dis", and used sections of dialogue from Tuco's hanging on "Throughout The Entire World", the opening track from their 1991 album Unknown Territory. This dialogue along with some of the mule dialogue from Fistful of Dollars was also sampled by Big Audio Dynamite on their 1986 single Medicine Show. The main theme was also sampled/re-created by British band New Order for the album version of their 1993 single "Ruined in a Day". A song from the band Gorillaz is named "Clint Eastwood", and features references to the actor, along with a repeated sample of the theme song the iconic yell featured in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly's score is heard at the beginning of the music video. [67]

Like many of his films, director Sergio Leone noted that the film is a satire of the western genre. He has noted the film's theme of emphasis on violence and the deconstruction of Old West romanticism. The emphasis on violence being seen in how the three leads (Blondie, Angel Eyes and Tuco) are introduced with various acts of violence. With Blondie, it is seen in his attempt to free Tuco which results in a gun battle. Angel Eyes is set up in a scene in which he carries out a hit on a former confederate soldier called Stevens. After getting the information he needs from Stevens he is given money to kill Baker (his employer). He then proceeds to kill Stevens and his son. Upon returning to Baker he kills him too (fulfilling his title as 'The Bad'). Tuco is set up in a scene in which three bounty hunters try to kill him. In the film's opening scene three bounty hunters enter a building in which Tuco is hiding. After the sound of gunfire is heard Tuco escapes through a window. We then get a shot of the three corpses (fulfilling his title as 'The Ugly'). They are all after gold and will stop at nothing until they get it. Richard T. Jameson writes “Leone narrates the search for a cache of gold by three grotesquely unprincipled men sardonically classified by the movie’s title (Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, respectively)”. [68]

The film deconstructs Old West Romanticism by portraying the characters as antiheroes. Even the character considered by the film as 'The Good' can still be considered as not living up to that title in a moral sense. Critic Drew Marton describes it as a “baroque manipulation” that criticizes the American Ideology of the Western, [53] by replacing the heroic cowboy popularized by John Wayne with morally complex antiheroes.

Negative themes such as cruelty and greed are also given focus and are traits shared by the three leads in the story. Cruelty is shown in the character of Blondie in how he treats Tuco throughout the film. He is seen to sometimes be friendly with him and in other scenes double-cross him and throw him to the side. It is shown in Angel Eyes through his attitudes in the film and his tendency for committing violent acts throughout the film. For example, when he kills Stevens he also kills his son. It is also seen when he is violently torturing Tuco later in the film. It is shown in Tuco with how he shows concern for Blondie when he is heavily dehydrated but in truth, he is only keeping him alive to find the gold. It is also shown in his conversation with his brother which reveals that a life of cruelty is all he knows. Richard Aquila writes “The violent antiheroes of Italian westerns also fit into a folk tradition in southern Italy that honoured mafioso and vigilante who used any means to combat corrupt government of church officials who threatened the peasants of the Mezzogiorno”. [69]

Greed is shown in the film through its main core plotline of the three characters wanting to find the $200,000 that Bill Carson has said is buried in a grave in Sad Hill Cemetery. The main plot concerns their greed as there is a series of double crossings and changing allegiances in order to get the gold. Russ Hunter writes that the film will “stress the formation of homosocial relationships as being functional only in the pursuit of wealth”. [70] This all culminates in the film's final set-piece which takes place in the cemetery. After the death of Angel Eyes, Tuco is strung up with a rope precariously placed around his neck as Blondie leaves with his share of the money.

Many critics have also noticed the film's anti-war theme. [52] [71] Taking place in the American Civil War, the film takes the viewpoint of people such as civilians, bandits, and most notably soldiers, and presents their daily hardships during the war. This is seen in the film's rugged and rough aesthetic. The film has an air of dirtiness that can be attributed to the Civil War and in turn it affects the actions of people, showing how the war deep down has affected the lives of many people.

As Brian Jenkins states “A union cordial enough to function peacefully could not be reconstructed after a massive blood-letting that left the North crippled by depopulation and debt and the south devastated”. [72] Although not fighting in the war, the three gunslingers gradually become entangled in the battles that ensue (similar to The Great War, a film that screenwriters Luciano Vincenzoni and Age & Scarpelli had contributed to). [11] An example of this is how Tuco and Blondie blow up a bridge in order to disperse two sides of the battle. They need to clear a way to the cemetery and succeed in doing so. It is also seen in how Angel Eyes disguises himself as a union sergeant so he can attack and torture Tuco in order to get the information he needs, intertwining himself in the battle in the process.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly opened in Italy on 23 December 1966, [73] and grossed $6.3 million at that time. [74]

In the United States, A Fistful of Dollars was released 18 January 1967 [75] For a Few Dollars More was released 10 May 1967 (17 months) [76] and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released 29 December 1967 (12 months). [9] Thus, all three of Leone's Dollars Trilogy films were released in the United States during the same year. The original Italian domestic version was 177 minutes long, [77] but the international version was shown at various lengths. Most prints, specifically those shown in the United States, had a runtime of 161 minutes, 16 minutes shorter than the Italian premiere version, but others, especially British prints, ran as short as 148 minutes. [11] [78]

Critical reception Edit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly holds an approval rating of 97% based on 74 reviews, with an average rating of 8.79/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score." [79] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 90 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim." [80]

Upon release, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly received criticism for its depiction of violence. [81] Leone explains that "the killings in my films are exaggerated because I wanted to make a tongue-in-cheek satire on run-of-the-mill westerns. The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men, and it is this strength and simplicity that I try to recapture in my pictures." [82] To this day, Leone's effort to reinvigorate the timeworn Western is widely acknowledged. [83]

Critical opinion of the film on initial release was mixed, as many reviewers at that time looked down on "Spaghetti Westerns". In a negative review in The New York Times, critic Renata Adler said that the film "must be the most expensive, pious and repellent movie in the history of its peculiar genre." [84] Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the "temptation is hereby proved irresistible to call The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, now playing citywide, The Bad, The Dull, and the Interminable, only because it is." [85] Roger Ebert, who later included the film in his list of Great Movies, [86] retrospectively noted that in his original review he had "described a four-star movie, but only gave it three stars, perhaps because it was a 'Spaghetti Western' and so could not be art."

Home media Edit

On 28 January 1998, the film was released on DVD by MGM Home Video. [5] Its release from MGM contained 14 minutes of scenes that were cut from the film's North American release, including a scene which explains how Angel Eyes came to be waiting for Blondie and Tuco at the Union prison camp. [78]

In 2002, the film was restored with the 14 minutes of scenes cut for US release re-inserted into the film. Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach were brought back in to dub their characters' lines more than 35 years after the film's original release. Voice actor Simon Prescott substituted for Lee Van Cleef who had died in 1989. Other voice actors filled in for actors who had since died. In 2004, MGM released this version in a two-disc special edition DVD. [87]

Disc 1 contains an audio commentary with writer and critic Richard Schickel. Disc 2 contains two documentaries, "Leone's West" and "The Man Who Lost The Civil War", followed by the featurette "Restoring 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'" an animated gallery of missing sequences titled "The Socorro Sequence: A Reconstruction" an extended Tuco torture scene a featurette called "Il Maestro" an audio featurette named "Il Maestro, Part 2" a French trailer and a poster gallery. [87]

This DVD was generally well received, though some purists complained about the re-mixed stereo soundtrack with many completely new sound effects (notably, the gunshots were replaced), with no option for the original soundtrack. [88] At least one scene that was re-inserted had been cut by Leone prior to the film's release in Italy, but had been shown once at the Italian premiere. According to Richard Schickel, [87] Leone willingly cut the scene for pacing reasons thus, restoring it was contrary to the director's wishes. [89] MGM re-released the 2004 DVD edition in their "Sergio Leone Anthology" box set in 2007. Also included were the two other "Dollars" films, and Duck, You Sucker!. On 12 May 2009, the extended version of the film was released on Blu-ray. [47] It contains the same special features as the 2004 special edition DVD, except that it includes an added commentary by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling. [11]

The film was re-released on Blu-ray in 2014 using a new 4K remaster, featuring improved picture quality and detail but a change of color timing, resulting in the film having a more yellow hue than on previous releases. [88] It was re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Kino Lorber Studio Classics on 15 August 2017, in a new 50th Anniversary release that featured both theatrical and extended cuts, as well as new bonus features, and an attempt to correct the yellow color timing from the earlier disc. [90]

Deleted scenes Edit

The following scenes were originally deleted by distributors from the British and American theatrical versions of the film, but were restored after the release of the 2004 Special Edition DVD. [87]

  • During his search for Bill Carson, Angel Eyes stumbles upon an embattled Confederate outpost after a massive artillery bombardment. Once there, after witnessing the wretched conditions of the survivors, he bribes a Confederate soldier (Víctor Israel, dubbed by Tom Wyner[91] ) for clues about Bill Carson.
  • After being betrayed by Blondie, surviving the desert on his way to civilization and assembling a good revolver from the parts of worn-out guns being sold at a general store, Tuco meets with members of his gang in a distant cave, where he conspires with them to hunt and kill Blondie.
  • The sequence with Tuco and Blondie crossing the desert has been extended: Tuco mentally tortures a severely dehydrated Blondie by eating and bathing in front of him.
  • Tuco, transporting a dehydrated Blondie, finds a Confederate camp whose occupants tell him that Father Ramirez's monastery is nearby.
  • Tuco and Blondie discuss their plans when departing in a wagon from Father Ramirez's monastery.
  • A scene where Blondie and Angel Eyes are resting by a creek when a man appears and Blondie shoots him. Angel Eyes asks the rest of his men to come out of hiding. When the five men come out, Blondie counts them (including Angel Eyes), and concludes that six is the perfect number, implying one for each bullet in his gun.
  • The sequence with Tuco, Blondie and Captain Clinton has been extended: Clinton asks for their names, which they are reluctant to answer.

The footage below is all featured within supplementary features of the 2004 DVD release

  • Additional footage of the sequence where Tuco is tortured by Angel Eyes's henchman was discovered. The original negative of this footage was deemed too badly damaged to be used in the theatrical cut.
  • Lost footage of the missing Socorro Sequence where Tuco continues his search for Blondie in a Texican pueblo while Blondie is in a hotel room with a Mexican woman (Silvana Bacci) is reconstructed with photos and unfinished snippets from the French trailer. Also, in the documentary "Reconstructing The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", what looks to be footage of Tuco lighting cannons before the Ecstasy of Gold sequence appears briefly. None of these scenes or sequences appear in the 2004 re-release, but are featured in the supplementary features. [47]

Re-evaluation Edit

Despite the initial negative reception by some critics, the film has since accumulated very positive feedback. It is listed in Time's "100 Greatest Movies of the Last Century" as selected by critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel. [83] [92] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been described as European cinema's best representation of the Western genre film, [93] and Quentin Tarantino has called it "the best-directed film of all time" and "the greatest achievement in the history of cinema". [94] This was reflected in his votes for the 2002 and 2012 Sight & Sound magazine polls, in which he voted for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as his choice for the best film ever made. [95] Its main music theme from the soundtrack is regarded by Classic FM as one of the most iconic themes of all time. [96] Variety magazine ranked the film number 49 on their list of the 50 greatest movies. [97] In 2002, Film4 held a poll of the 100 Greatest Movies, on which The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 46. [98] Premiere magazine included the film on their 100 Most Daring Movies Ever Made list. [99] Mr. Showbiz ranked the film #81 on its 100 Best Movies of All Time list. [100]

Empire magazine added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to their Masterpiece collection in the September 2007 issue, and in their poll of "The 500 Greatest Movies", The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 25. In 2014, The Good the Bad and the Ugly was ranked the 47th greatest film ever made on Empire ' s list of "The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time" as voted by the magazine's readers. [101] It was also placed on a similar list of 1000 movies by The New York Times. [102] In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly placed 52nd on their list. [103] BBC created an article analysing the 'lasting legacy' of the film, commenting about the trio scene to be “one of the most riveting and acclaimed feature films sequences of all time". [104]

In popular culture Edit

The film's title has entered the English language as an idiomatic expression. Typically used when describing something thoroughly, the respective phrases refer to upsides, downsides and the parts that could, or should have been done better, but were not. [105]

Quentin Tarantino paid homage to the film's climactic standoff scene in his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. [104]

The film was novelized in 1967 by Joe Millard as part of the "Dollars Western" series based on the "Man with No Name". The South Korean western movie The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) is inspired by the film, with much of its plot and character elements borrowed from Leone's film. [106] In his introduction to the 2003 revised edition of his novel The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Stephen King said the film was a primary influence for the Dark Tower series, with Eastwood's character inspiring the creation of King's protagonist, Roland Deschain. [107]

In 1975, Willie Colón with Yomo Toro and Hector Lavoe, released an album titled The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. The album cover featured the three in cowboy attire. [108]

Impact on Western genre Edit

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been called the definitive Spaghetti Western. Spaghetti Westerns are Westerns produced and directed by Italians, often in collaboration with other European countries, especially Spain and West Germany. The name 'Spaghetti Western' originally was a pejorative term, given by foreign critics to these films because they thought they were inferior to American westerns. [109] Most of the films were made with low budgets, but several still managed to be innovative and artistic, although at the time they did not get much recognition, even in Europe. [110] The genre is unmistakably a Catholic genre, with a visual style strongly influenced by the Catholic iconography of, for instance, the crucifixion or the last supper. [111] [112] The outdoor scenes of many Spaghetti Westerns, especially those with a relatively higher budget, were shot in Spain, in particular the Tabernas desert of Almería and Colmenar Viejo and Hoyo de Manzanares. In Italy, the region of Lazio was a favorite location. [113] [114] [115]

The genre expanded and became an international sensation with the success of Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, an adaptation of a Japanese Samurai movie called Yojimbo. But a handful of westerns were made in Italy before Leone redefined the genre, and the Italians were not the first to make westerns in Europe in the sixties. But it was Leone who defined the look and attitude of the genre with his first western and the two that soon were to follow: For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Together these films are called the Dollars Trilogy. Leone's portrayal of the west, in the latter, wasn't concerned with ideas of the frontier or good vs. evil but rather interested in how the world is unmistakably more complicated than that, and how the western world is one of kill or be killed. These films featured knifings, beatings, shootouts, or other violent action every five to ten minutes. “The issue of morality belongs to the American western,” explains Italian director Ferdinando Baldi. “The violence in our movies is more gratuitous than in American films. There was very little morality because often the protagonist was a bad guy.” Eastwood's character is a violent and ruthless killer who murders opponents for fun and profit. Behind his cold and stony stare is a cynical mind powered by a dubious morality. Unlike earlier cowboy heroes, Eastwood's character constantly smokes a small cigar and hardly ever shaves. He wears a flat-topped hat and Mexican poncho instead of more traditional western costuming. He never introduces himself when he meets anyone, and nobody ever asks his name. Furthermore, Spaghetti Westerns redefined the western genre to fit the everchanging times of the 1960s and ’70s. Rather than portraying the traditional mythic West as an exotic and beautiful land of opportunity, hope, and redemption, they depicted a desolate and forsaken West. In these violent and troubled times, Spaghetti Westerns, with their antiheroes, ambiguous morals, brutality, and anti-Establishment themes, resonated with audiences. The films’ gratuitous violence, surrealistic style, gloomy look, and eerie sound captured the era's melancholy. It is this new approach to the genre that defined the revisionist western of the late ’70s and early ’80s a movement started by this moral ambiguity of the Spaghetti Westerns, as well as a westerns placement in the context of historical events both attributes defined and set by The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly. [116]

These films were undeniably stylish. With grandiose wide shots and close ups that peered into the eyes and souls of the characters, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, had the defining cinematographic techniques of the Spaghetti Western. This was Leone's signature technique, using long drawn shots interspersed with extreme close-ups that build tension, as well as develop characters. However, Leone’s movies weren't just influenced by style. As Quentin Tarantino notes:

There was also realism to them: those shitty Mexican towns, the little shacks — a bit bigger to accommodate the camera — all the plates they put the beans on, the big wooden spoons. The films were so realistic, which had always seemed to be missing in the westerns of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, in the brutality and the different shades of grey and black. Leone found an even darker black and off-white. There is realism in Leone’s presentation of the Civil War in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly that was missing from all the Civil War movies that happened before him. Leone’s film, and the genre that he defined within it, shows a west that is more violent, less talky, more complex, more theatrical, and just overall more iconic through the use of music, appearing operatic as the music is an illustrative ingredient of the narrative. [117]

With a greater sense of operatic violence than their American cousins, the cycle of Spaghetti Westerns lasted just a few short years, but before "hanging up its spurs" in the late 1970s, it completely rewrote the genre. [118]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the last film in the Dollars Trilogy, and thus does not have an official sequel. However, screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni stated on numerous occasions that he had written a treatment for a sequel, tentatively titled Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo n. 2 (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2). According to Vincenzoni and Eli Wallach, the film would have been set 20 years after the original, and would have followed Tuco pursuing Blondie's grandson for the gold. Clint Eastwood expressed interest in taking part in the film's production, including acting as narrator. Joe Dante and Leone were also approached to direct and produce the film respectively. Eventually, however, the project was vetoed by Leone, as he did not want the original film's title or characters to be reused, nor did he want to be involved in another Western film. [119]

Cons of Cavapoo dogs:

Cavapoos are not suited for busy owners. Due to their energetic and inquisitive nature, they need daily exercise and mental stimulation, which can be time-consuming for their owners.

One walk per day is mandatory to keep them healthy and happy. They will even love a short hike.

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Cavapoos love games like fetching, chasing a ball, as well as agility activities, but time is short and to consume the dog’s energy and keep it happy, let the ball thrower handle playtime for you, setting it up in the garden so that it shoots out balls for the animal to get enough exercise outdoors without your direct involvement and breathe in fresh air for better health.

Cavapoos don’t like to be left alone for long periods and may develop behavioral issues such as excessive barking, destructive behavior or separation anxiety.

Housetraining needs patience and consistency as well as positive reinforcement methods.

Grooming needs attention and time to keep their coat clean and soft. Regular bathing and daily brushing help to prevent tangles.

Regular clipping and professional grooming every 4 to 6 weeks are recommended.

Cavapoos need to have their teeth cleaned daily to avoid periodontal disease. Also, their ears must be regularly cleaned to prevent ear infections.

Cavapoos are not recommended for families with very young children.

Children are too noisy and lively for this breed and Cavapoos can be easily scared if things get out of control or if children approach them a little too quickly.

Although well-socialized and trained, Cavapoos have the tendency to chase smaller animals, especially if they are not accustomed to them.

Cavapoos may develop certain hereditary health issues that are present in their parents.

They are prone to diseases like syringomyelia, mitral valve disease, cataracts, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), skin issues and epilepsy.

However, it is possible that they don’t develop any disease during their lifetime.

Cavapoos are very sensitive to heat and if they become overheated, they can die.

Cavapoos should not be over-exercised during childhood because they have sensitive joints and bones.

They should not be allowed to jump up or off the furniture, run up and down the stairs or make any other exercises like these.

Like the Poodles, Cavapoos can become hyper and clingy, following their owner around the house.

The Cavapoo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club because it is considered a hybrid breed.

If you’re keen on this gorgeous breed and your lifestyle is not overcrowded with a huge list of activities or with little kids, go ahead and accomplish your dream.

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These dogs might be small, but they have a big personality. Chihuahuas are very loyal dogs, and also quite intelligent. But on the downside, they can be stubborn.

One of the most important things when getting a Chihuahua is to establish yourself as the leader, and show you are in charge. Chihuahuas are known to have “terrier” temperament, meaning they like to do whatever they like, and control the environment.

Rumored to be aggressive, but with proper training, that is not the case. Chihuahuas, like other small dog breeds, tend to be aggressive when they are scared of large dogs. And because everything they see is bigger than them, they are quite the barkers. But they do not bite.

It is important that you socialize your dog from a young age to minimize aggression. You can also check the parents, and see how friendly they are.

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