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12 facts about long-haired chihuahuas

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Long-haired chihuahuas are energetic and have some traits that could be considered special. But, the one obvious exception is that they have extra fluffy hair. You might be thinking why are long-haired chihuahuas becoming popular more and more, what are the special facts about long-haired chihuahuas?

In fact, chihuahuas in general are ancient dogs. They have big character despite their little bodies. In this article, we will share 12 facts about this tiny dog. Enjoy!

long-haired merle chihuahua

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1. Does a long-haired Chihuahua Bear Hot Weather?

It is crystal clear that long-haired chihuahuas don’t bear the cold season, but it doesn’t mean that they do well in summer. 

They can have issues also during hot summer. You have to make sure that your little chihuahua is comfortable and safe during this time period. It is advisable to keep your dog in a warm place and never forget about keeping them hydrated, install an air conditioner when the temperature is very high in and outside your house. 

2. The Gene responsible for long hair Is Recessive

This is why you can never predict if the litter will contain a long-haired chihuahua. In some cases, Both short hair chihuahuas can give birth to a long-haired chihuahua, because both or one of them carries the gene responsible for long hair. 

Also, the litter can contain both long and short hair puppies. Long-haired chihuahuas are few compared to their counterparts because long hair is a recessive trait.

A lot of people around the world prefer long-haired chihuahuas and are ready to pay more. For this reason, breeders have started producing more long-haired chihuahuas.  By mating two long-haired chihuahuas, they increase the chances of getting long haired-chihuahua puppies.

3. Long Haired Chihuahuas can’t tolerate Cold

Some people think that long hair can protect their chihuahua from cold weather. That’s totally false. Even long-haired chihuahuas can get cold easily.

There are two reasons why chihuahuas in general can’t tolerate cold. Firstly, they originated in a hot climate. Secondly, their small body can lose heat more easily compared to larger dogs. So, if you are living in a cold area make sure to keep your chihuahua warm using an air conditioner and clothes.

Many chihuahua parents dress up their chihuahuas in cute sweaters. This is good, but make sure that they are warm too. Also, don’t forget to have a warm bed and blankets. 

During the cold season, it is recommended not to take your long-haired chihuahua outside for long walks or training. Instead, you can play with them inside the house. In fact, long-haired chihuahua and their counterparts have the tendency to shiver during cold days, for this reason, you have to watch your dog closely.

4. Male Long Haired Chihuahuas have more coats

Based on some unknown genetic actors, male long-haired chihuahuas are gifted with more adorable coats. There are always some exceptions because there are some girl chihuahuas out there with longer coats than their counterparts. But, in general, chihuahua males tend to have longer, fluffier hair.

5. Long Haired Chihuahua Puppies Don’t necessarily Have Very Long Hair.

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Just like other body organs, the fur can take a noticeable time to grow. It takes two years for Some long-haired chihuahua puppies to have fully grown coats. Others will have it at an earlier age. 

In fact, you should never judge a puppy’s coat appearance when she is very young. Who knows! you may enjoy having a chihuahua that is Fluffier.

6. Long-Hair Chihuahuas Temperament

Long and short-haired chihuahuas share the same temperament and characteristics, as they belong to the same breed.

The simple difference between both types is that long-haired chihuahuas carry a genetic variation that is responsible for the long, fluffier coats.

There is a myth that says that a long-haired chihuahua’s personality is different. This is totally false, both have the same traits. Of course, every dog has a unique personality, but we should never forget how the environment and life experiences can change a dog’s personality.

Genes inherited from parents, socialization as a puppy, and training are factors that play a crucial role in shaping your dog’s personality.

7. Long-haired chihuahua lifespan

The length of coats has nothing to do with a dog’s life expectancy. Long and short-haired chihuahuas’ lifespan range is 15 to 20 years. The factors that can control the lifespan of a dog are, diet, training, vet checkups, and anticipating some health issues such as joint problems, vision issues, etc.

8. Long-haired chihuahuas are a challenge for their owners.

a man holds 3 long haired chihuahua

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Brushing your dog’s long coat help remove debris, and dirt that builds up in their fur. And it will stop tangles as well.

Onwing a short-haired chihuahua means that you should not worry about these issues. But being the parent of a long-haired chihuahua means that you should be ready to face these problems if you are not brushing their long coat on a weekly basis.

What a lot of long-haired chihuahua owners forget about intentionally is brushing the dog’s tail.  It is very crucial to take care of this body part too because brushing the tail will prevent its hair from picking up dirt. You should brush it and take close look at it a few times a week.

If your long-haired chihuahua enjoys playing outside a lot. It means that it is easy for them to pick up dust particles, and other debris. Or even poop or pee. Therefore, you have to bathe your long-haired chihuahua more regularly.

You have to deal with mating and tangles if you fail to brush your long hair chihuahua. You can use a metal slicker brush or comb, this way you will not cause any hurt to your dog.

Shedding is another issue you will have to deal with. However, the good news is that long-haired chihuahuas shed their hair in clumps. Because of this, it will be easier for you to clean up after your dog’s shedding.

Bathing your dog multiple times is not good for them as they can get cold easily as mentioned earlier. Also, avoid any water in their ears.

9. Can Long-haired Chihuahuas get along With Children and other pets?

Unfortunately, No. Chihuahuas are loving, loyal, and cute dogs but they have the tendency to protect their territory and owners. They can’t coexist with other animals, in fact, they prefer their own breed.

However, with the right socialization at an early age by introducing your dog carefully to new animals and people, you will help your dog to accept her environment and bear strangers, especially children. 

In addition, Due to their fragile bones, you should pay close attention to your chihuahua when children are playing with her. Because she can get hurt easily.

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10. Common Health issues In Long Haired Chihuahuas

There are some health issues that your chihuahua may face during her/his life, some of them are:

In order to prevent these issues, you should follow strict veterinary checkups, pay attention to your dog’s diet, brush his teeth, etc.

YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT: 10 Most Common Chihuahua Health issues

11. The price of a long-haired chihuahua puppy

The price of a purebred long-haired chihuahua is $1,500. However, the price can vary. It depends on the breeder’s reputation and color. For instance, blue chihuahuas’ cost is high because they are rare and so adorable. 

12. Quick Long-haired chihuahua summary

Size6-9″ in height
Weight3-6lb (2-3 kg)
Lifespan15–20 years
Breed TypeToy
PurposeCompanion, and fashion status.
Suitable ForAdult with no kids, and appartements
Color VariationsBlack, brown, tan, red, white, cream, and even blue.
TemperamentLoyal, loving, sassy, brave, and playful
Other NamesLong-Haired Chi

Final thought

Finally, as mentioned before long and short-haired chihuahuas are two versions that belong to the same dog breed. They share the same characteristics.

Some people still beleive that there are some differences especially some interesting features, and the way you have to take care of them.

Would you share your experience with us in the comment section?

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