Long Haired Chihuahuas

Written by Sierra Rein
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There is no true difference between long haired Chihuahuas and their smooth-haired cousins except for the obvious aesthetic difference. Long haired puppies will look a bit "disheveled" at birth. However, as they grow up, their hair will also grow long and luxurious.

Long haired Chihuahuas make excellent lap pets and can be taken along during vacations and business trips. They require very little space to run around in, and can easily sleep in a padded shoulder bag. Because of their extra fur, they are better adaptable to cold and wind.

Ideally, the coat should be soft in texture, and can be either flat or curly, depending on the lineage. An undercoat is preferred for show dogs, as a thin coat may resemble bareness and could disqualify them. The ears and tail are fringed, feathering can be found on feet and hind legs, and a large ruff can be found to circle the neck.

Long Haired Chihuahuas and Shedding

Interestingly enough, long haired Chihuahuas do not shed as much as their shorthaired counterparts. When kept indoors, they will shed evenly throughout the year, and will lose hair at a minimum when brushed every other day. It is often a concern for owners to keep the back leg areas of the legs (called the pants) shorn and clipped to avoid sticking to droppings.

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