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What is a Long Hair Chihuahua?

by Renee Dietz on October 7th, 2005

Typically when you think of a Chihuahua, you envision a small, rounded headed, short-haired dog. While this is the most common version of this breed, there is another the long-haired Chihuahua. Just as with the short haired breed, the long-hair Chihuahua is loving, has a sweet temperament, and makes an excellent pet.

The long-hair Chihuahua also comes in many different colors and patterns, just as you would see with its sister, the short-haired Chihuahua. Now, if you prefer a long-haired dog but have concerns over shedding, you will find that most of these dogs shed very little. While you do need to keep it brushed about every other day, not much other grooming is required, other than nail clipping and teeth cleaning.

Keep in mind that the long-hair Chihuahua is typically kept as an indoor pet. Therefore, they seldom have problems with matting if brushed on a regular basis. Additionally, because this Chihuahua is kept inside, any shedding is relatively even throughout the year whereas other dogs tend to shed more seasonally. Again, a good brushing will keep the amount of shedding to a minimum while providing your pet with healthy hair and a little pampering.

The only drawback to having a long-haired Chihuahua is that they can have occasion where doggie doo gets stuck to the pants, which is the name for the back fur. When this occurs, a simple pair of scissors and a steady hand will to the trick. If the problem is bad, you can wash the dog and then either clip the backside hair yourself or take your beloved pet to a professional groomer.

The misconception of the long-haired Chihuahua is that it is larger than the short-haired breed. In truth, they are the same size but the hair is deceiving. Once the Chihuahua is bathed, you can see just how small it is. As mentioned, there is no difference in personality since just about every Chihuahua loves to be cuddled and loved on. In addition, the long-haired Chihuahua also makes a better pet for an adult, and for some reason, typically prefers women.

With a long-haired breed, you will still enjoy the wide set eyes, the large, erect ears, and the keen sense of loyalty to the owner. Averaging between three and six pounds, this makes an excellent choice for people who have little space or who prefer a lap dog. Whether buying a short or long-haired version, the Chihuahua makes an incredible pet and because they live upward of 18 to 20 years, can be enjoyed for a very long time.

Author’s Bio: Renee Dietz says she has “been blessed with the ability to write.” Over the past 25 years, she has written more than 150 ebooks, well over 18,000 articles, and web content. Renee has written on various subjects that range from teaching a parrot to talk to stock commodities to weddings and everything in between. Her style is creative, informative, and always reader-friendly. Renee goes on to say that “writing is my passion, something I take to heart. For this reason, I work diligently to ensure every client is a happy client.” One of Renee’s favorites quotes comes from Douglas Adams - “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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Comment by Teresa Hylton
2008-06-21 22:26:03
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I have a male long haired chihuahua, he is 8 months old. He is a beautiful “cherry-chocolate” color kinda rusty brown with a pink nose and his original blue eyes have turned a greenish-yellow, he is absolutely beautiful! Everywhere I go people want to know what he is they think he looks like a fox. He does not have the common bugged eyes and his nose is long and straight does not go “uphill” towards the end like some chi’s. He is 11.4 lbs. and slender. Everywhere I read about these dogs they say that they only weight 6 lbs or so. Just wanted to say mine is not that small. But he is georgous!!

 
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