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Long Haired Chihuahuas

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long hair chihuahuaThe majority of dog organizations and countries around the world including The U.s “AKC”, The”Kennel club” recognizes one breed of chihuahua in which there two varieties:

1. The long coat called also the long-haired chihuahua
2.the short coat also called smooth long haired chihuahua

The size, color, and body structure are the same as this breed, the only difference between these two varieties is the length of the coat.

How long hair chihuahua existed and how?

Short coat chihuahuas are the most knowledgeable in the word, however, Long coats are very popular as well.AT the first short coats were introduced and their origins are from the ancient Techihci, a small canine that Dates back to Mayan times.

Years later chihuahua becomes popular also in the USA, Canada. From there the dog transitioned into the rest of the world.

By pairing the chihuahua with other toy-sized dogs that were similar in size but they have a longer coat, this is were done by breeding programs.
Papillon, the Pekingese, the Yorkshire terrier, and the Pomeranian are the breeds thought to bring the long coat to the chihuahua.

Some People always confused a long-coated chihuahua to be a pom especially those who are not too familiar with the Pomeranian.


As we said before the long-haired chihuahua has the exact same physical qualities as the short.

Concerning Height, most chihuahuas are 6-9 inches at the shoulder

Weight, in general, should not weigh more than 3 kg.

Life Span

There is no difference concerning life span, as we know this breed has a life span which is considered lengthy in comparison to other dog breeds with a range of 14-18 years. You should keep in mind that long-haired chihuahua can live well into their teens if he or she had a good quality of life.

Coat Growth

It takes sometimes up to 14-24 months of age for a coated chihuahua to get their full coats. coat texture is soft and can either be flat or slightly curly.

Normally males can have more hair than a female does and a larger ruff around the neck. In addition, their ears are heavier, and have a harder time standing up.

Other chihuahuas have paper-thin ears and they have no trouble standing up.

Long haired chihuahuas have 2 coats of fur, the soft, fine guard hairs, and the downy undercoat, which make them smoother to the touch than shorts and give them their fluffy appearance.

What is beautiful with long-haired chihuahuas is that they require no trimming because hair only grows to a certain length and then stops. People think that long coats shed less than short-haired and this is not true because shedding varies from dog to dog.

DO keep in mind that a puppy may take up to 2 or more years before a full long-haired coat develops.


Long haired chihuahuas are an indoor dog, the owner must keep close eyes when he is chihuahua is in a daily walk or exercise because these types of chihuahuas are indoor dogs.

Even if this variety of chihuahua has a long coat, they do little against the cold, so they should not be exposed to winter weather for a long time.

Because of their little size, you must pay attention as they may choose to take naps under pillows or blankets.

You should not cut the hair during warmer months because their long coat will not cause the chihuahua to overheat in any perceivable shorter amount of time.

Chihuahuas, in general, must have to do walking in the mornings and later in the evening during hot, humid days. Always bring water with you.

For very long walks make sure to take breaks in the shade, allowing the chihuahua to have a short respite from the sun and rest before continuing.

Long-haired chihuahua behavior

There is a rumor that says that there is a difference in behavior, and personality of a long-haired chihuahua.
As we know each dog has his own personality, so it’s normal to see the difference between long-haired chihuahua and short-haired. The length of the coat has nothing to do with such a thing.

The behavior of a dog is affected by a lot of elements such as the environment that a dog is exposed to, how he raised, his training, noise level, and more.

Information about long-haired chihuahua breeding

A lot of chihuahua owners ask if their smooth coat can give birth to a long coat, the answer is yes and No.

All chihuahuas have a set of genes.The set may be short/long,short/short/ or long/long.And keep in mind that the short is dominant over the long.

Grooming a long coat chihuahua.

Long coats need brushing once a week, which means that they require more brushing than short coats.

If you are an owner of a long coat you will need to search for any mats, because if they are not taken care of they can grow very fast and larger, until you have a big issue and the mat may need to be cut off.

it preferable to search for a mate once a week, thus you can catch them early and fix them.

in addition, you need to keep a close eye on Bib of the long coats because it can become easily attached to that area.

Another important thing you should check is the bottom of the paw pads. as the hairs can grow out from between the pads. this may cause discomfort for the dog and traction issues. To fix this issue clip any stragglers to be upon the pads.

A light shedding is necessary once a year, however, it can be twice per year, if you are living in an area that has all 4 seasons.

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