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Long-haired Chihuahua

Chihuahua

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I have 2 long haired chihuahua's James Dean[father] and Willie Brown [son].They have gotten along great since Willie, the son was born which was about 3 years... (more)  Wendy Flora

   The Long-haired Chihuahua is a classy little dog, full of personality and spunk.

The Long-haired Chihuahua is one of two recognize types of Chihuahuas, the other is the Short-haired Chihuahua or Smooth-coat Chihuahua. There are some other names applied to these toy dogs with special characteristics. These include the term Teacup Chihuahua for very small dogs, and Applehead Chihuahua for those with the AKA standards preferred head-shape, being "a well rounded apple domeskull". However all of these cute little toy dogs, are still simply Chihuahuas.

The Chihuahuas are the smallest of all types of dogs, and are the tiniest of the small dog breeds. They are classified as toy dogs. They make wonderful pets for good consist ant keeper. These are dogs with a strong-will, yet are extremely devoted to their owners. They are quick learners with a curious nature and make for an entertaining companion. Their suspicion of strangers makes them excellent guard dogs as well.

There are some important things to be aware of when selecting a dog of this breed. They have large and prominent eyes, so they are prone to eye problems. These little toy dogs are also susceptible to respiratory problems. To protect them and to keep them healthy, Chihuahuas need to be kept in a clean environment.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris
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One "rockin" little dog!

This cute little Chihuahua from Dogwork.com, "We went to a restaurant that let dogs in. Here's my dog dancing every time the waiters go by with food. He is a salsa dancer!"

Common Name(s)

Long-haired Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Teacup Chihuahua, Long-haired Applehead Chihuahua

Breed Type

The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world. Classified as a toy breed they make a most suitable pet. The Chihuahua is most comfortable in warm climates.

Background

The Chihuahua is said to have been discovered in Mexico in 1850. They were sometimes bred for food, but they were also used in religious ceremonies and prized by royalty. It is speculated that Chihuahuas are descended from Chinese hairless dogs and ancient Mexican breeds. There are only two recognize types of Chihuahuas, the Long-haired Chihuahua and the Short-haired Chihuahuas, but no distinction is made for registration purposes.

Description

Chihuahuas are small dogs with large heads and pointed muzzles. They have prominent, dark eyes, and may have short or long hair. They come in a variety of colors, and all are acceptable according to breed standards. Puppies sometimes have a molera, or soft spot in their skull, which may or may not close when they get older. The sizes of males and females are similar, with an average height of 6-9 inches and weight of 2-6 pounds.
The Long-haired Chihuahua has a fluffy sleek appearance due to soft, fine guard hairs padded with a soft undercoat..

Care and Feeding

Chihuahuas do best on a diet that is composed of poultry and brown rice. They can be sensitive to some foods, and beef is not suggested for their diet. Give your Chihuahua a bath monthly, but be careful not to get water into its ears. Nails should be trimmed as needed. The Long-haired Chihuahua requires no trimming of its coat, which can actually take up to two years to fully grow out, and needs very little grooming.
Chihuahuas should have annual checkups, and receive vaccinations as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

The Long-haired Chihuahua does shed, but it actually sheds less than it's Short-haired counterpart. But because they are prone to respiratory problems, try to keep dust to a minimum. It will be necessary to remove hair from the furniture and vacuum on a regular basis.

Housing Your Dog

Long-haired Chihuahuas are indoor dogs. They enjoy playing with small toys and they need a warm environment. They will often find a cozy place to snuggle up in and go to sleep. Keep an eye out, as they are very small and that place may be under blankets.

Social Behaviors

Chihuahuas are very loyal to their family but not so sociable with other humans. They can get along with other Chihuahuas fairly well, but around other dogs and other types of pets they may become aggressive. They are also not recommended for children.

Handling and Training

Long-haired Chihuahuas are intelligent and fast learners, but they are also strong willed. Sometimes this can make them difficult to train. Using positive reinforcement is the most effective method, and patience, as this breed is often difficult to housebreak..

Activities

Much like other dogs, Long-haired Chihuahuas need daily walks, but these can be short walks. They also enjoy playing both indoors and out.

Breeding/Reproduction

Mates for Chihuahuas should be examined for gum problems, rheumatism, and eye problems. Females sometimes need Cesarean sections due to the size of the offspring's heads.

Common Health Problems

The design of the Chihuahua's eyes and nose make both susceptible to problems, including wheezing, colds, and glaucoma. They may also suffer from rheumatism and stress. They should be seen by a vet if they display signs of these problems.

Availability

Long-haired Chihuahuas can be obtained from breeders or in pet stores. Prices vary greatly, but are generally in the $500-$800 range.

References

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Wendy Flora - 2015-05-21
I have 2 long haired chihuahua's James Dean[father] and Willie Brown [son].They have gotten along great since Willie, the son was born which was about 3 years ago.Now they are always fighting and eventually have to be seperated.About 2 months ago as a result of a fight,Willie bit Jimmie's ear and he had to have surgery.They are both house trained but have regressed to having a pissing contest in the house.The vet suggested having one or both of them fixed which is something we really don't want to do.We love them to death...Besides the vets suggestion we're looking for other options....PLEASE HELP US

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-22
    It does sound like they are trying to establish an 'alpha' dog position, and are in competition with one another.  Of course, your vet suggests neutering to eliminate that natural male dog instinct. Not sure how else you can get that natural behavior to deminish other than restricting their time together.
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sammie - 2012-02-08
I've grown up with Chihuahuas. I got my first one about 4 years ago and since that shes had two liters of pups. My dad kept one of the first ones. He was a long hair and we all loved him very much. Just last friday he got hit and dad is so upset over it so we're trying to get a male long hair to breed with Misty, my dog. Wish me luck

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-09
    You will find one. I am sorry.
  • angela - 2012-02-11
    I'm sorry about your loss of your dog. I lost my dog Clarabelle last year she broke both of her legs and then I got my other dogs sister so now I'm happy and she is my best friend. Angela
  • sandra Dulin - 2015-03-14
    Oh...how sad...I feel for your father to make a long story short. I've taken in my neighbors long hair..he's so sweet..gets along great with my other dogs & people..I'm located in Western, NC..if interested e-mail me..he makes very cute babies!
  • Terrie Mccraight - 2015-05-14
    I have a long haired male I'm looking to breed with the right female my nnumber is 734-858-8346
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sham - 2011-12-21
I have a long haired chihuahua that just turned a year old on the, 19th dec. His name is Lucky Boy. He is very smart, but every morning I find that he has peed all over the tiles outside my house this happens everyday. I do beat him and try to teach him not to do it but he still does it this is the only problem I have with him, other than that he is a really smart dog. How else can i train him to stop doing it ??

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    It will never do any good to hit/beat a pup. Besides you are doing it after the deed is done so your dog just thinks you are hurting him for no reason which leads to anxiety and possibly the behavior. Could he be afraid of morning? That is a little pup and he can only hold it so long. You can remove water after 6 pm - should bedtime be the 11 pm. You can take him out earlier and possibly in time, he will be able to hold it longer. He is going per you he has 'peed all over the tiles OUTSIDE my house'. You can try and put paper down (or a wee wee pad on the tile and then move to grass. Hurting the dog each morning and the pup has no idea why will just lead to anxiety. He is housebroken and per you going outside -- now you have to figure out a way for him to go where you would like. You can walk him earlier.
  • Lucy - 2011-12-28
    Never beat a dog! Are you walking the dog outside? If you are just letting him out by himself..please change this routine and take him out on a leash and show him where to go potty. This will take time to correct his bad behavior but it can be done, only if you put in the time. (One of my dogs is 9mos, but I walk both of them in the rain and snow). Also, you can remove water early, so he can get all his pee out before you go to bed. But remember to give him water as soon as you get up is the morning. He is just a baby and can not hold his pee too long. But if you don't have the time to spend with him to train... either find him a new owner or get the water hose out and wash the tiles off each morning.
  • sk - 2011-12-31
    You don't deserve to have a dog if you are going to beat him!
  • amanda smith - 2012-01-06
    No wonder he is peeing all over the tiles...you have pissed him off literally. don't beat your animal, how dare you!
  • Suzanne - 2012-01-16
    Do not hit your dog. He won't learn that way. Keep him a crate or the bathroom at night. Make sure you feed him just twice an day, take him out about 15-20 minutes later, praise him when he makes. At bedtime, lock him in the crate. Put a towel or old blanket in the bottom. Take him right out to make in the morning. Praise him again. Look online for good hints about potty training, too. Good luck!
  • debbie - 2012-04-27
    I would take him away from you
  • Donna Castro - 2012-04-28
    Are people so 'stupid' that they would actually hit a dog? Any breed of dog. We raised the most wonderful rott. with the help of a trainer, he was the best dog ever. We now have a long hair chihuahua we rescused from a shelter. Make a loud nosie when they bite, or are doing something wrong, they learn quickly. Donna
  • Cindy - 2012-05-07
    I wish I knew where you lived, you are abusing this poor chic, I have a 12 week old and would never think of hitting him, or hurting him in any way at all, maybe you need anger management classes and but first please put your dog up for adoption or give it to some that loves dogs
  • tootie - 2012-05-09
    I have found with my chihuahua, that if you get into a routine helps alot. I routinely get up at a certain time and take mine outside to the same spot, this has helped with accidents tremendously.
  • Holly - 2012-05-12
    Never beat a dog! My dog was beaten and now I give him extra protection, he is also a long-haired Chihuahua and personally I would take him away from you! You should be kind and use a POSITIVE attitude! Seriously, you make me wanna cry because you have beaten your dog!
  • loretta hoolmaa - 2012-05-14
    if u beat your dog YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ONE
  • vicest - 2012-05-30
    My long hair pees too so I take her out before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up and this helps a lot. She hardly ever pees in the house. Chihuahuas are strong willed dogs and don't respond well to being hit or beaten so try and not do that anymore. It's a little dog and it needs a lot of attention and I'm sorry but you decided to get the dog and take the time to do what your dog needs you to do and that's take her out to pee
  • gloria - 2012-07-23
    try putting his nose in it some times that will work
  • Selena - 2012-07-23
    A stern tone of voice is best, don't beat!!!!
  • Michelle - 2012-11-13
    I am finding the word beat problematic because its sounds harsh. I'm sure you just mean you reprimand. Try not to yell I have learned that Chico cringes and looks so ashamed everytime I do it and he's not listening to what I have to say. What I've found works is to say 'NO' when you see him start, stick his nose in the pee, and then take him to the litter box or outside or puppy pad and put him there and tell him firmly. 'THIS is where you go!' I did that and the next day when I was standing in the bathroom he walked over to the litterbox and made sure I looked as he went, I was so proud. I will forgive him for missing with his wee wee....he still made the attempt! LOL Michelle
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Um, why beat the dog?
  • Jan - 2014-06-10
    Never hit a dog. Unless you catch him in the act, he will never know what he did and why you are mad at him. Dogs live in the moment. I cant believe you would do such a horrible thing like beating your dog.He is to small to defend himself. If I knew where you lived I would take that dog away from you with a couple of cops behind me.
  • Beverly Martin - 2015-04-09
    You beat him??!! You should be flogged and never be allowed to have an animal friend again. So what if he pees on the tile outside your house. That is what a hose is for. Obviously your dog finds it to be an appropriate place. Please don't tell us this tiny animal is left outside all night. I believe you need to be reported to the Humane Society. I have had dogs all my life and I find a soft, quiet, firm voice to let them know you disapprove, then show them the proper spot works.
  • Anonymous - 2015-04-27
    Never under any circumstances 'bet' a dog. A firm vocal 'No' and gently pick him up and place him where you's like him to pee. Three or four times your dog will stop the unwanted behavior. Unless he's a nervous wreck around you!
  • Fog - 2015-05-02
    I will beat you & report you u coward
  • Dee - 2015-05-14
    I won't even touch on the subject of you 'beating' your dog. Many before me already have and hopefully you've gotten the point. Basically, you are a criminal who should be brought up on animal abuse charges. To the person who suggested 'putting his nose in it,' this is absolutely the WRONG thing to do. This ridiculous notion teaches NOTHING. A dog is not capable of understanding why he's getting his nose forced in his own excrement. Please, pick up a reputable training book ie: The Monks of New Skete or go online and do some research. Training has come a long way. The above 'methods' are archaic and in no way have ever proven effective. In fact, as others already mentioned, those 'methods' create more/different problems and issues for the poor animal.
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Rui de Mendonca - 2014-05-15
I own a long coat Chihuahua and I want to ask the experts when they get their full coat. I am keeping back Chihuahua a 15 week old long coat Chihuahua which I would like to show. Could you please advise me, I will be very grateful?

Kind regards

Roy

South Africa 

  • Anonymous - 2015-05-10
    @ 1 yr what my vet told me,i give half t.vegetable oil for his coat daily in horses feed too it keeps their skin from being dry
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sammie - 2012-02-08
I've grown up with Chihuahuas. I got my first one about 4 years ago and since that shes had two liters of pups. My dad kept one of the first ones. He was a long hair and we all loved him very much. Just last friday he got hit and dad is so upset over it so we're trying to get a male long hair to breed with Misty, my dog. Wish me luck

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-09
    You will find one. I am sorry.
  • angela - 2012-02-11
    I'm sorry about your loss of your dog. I lost my dog Clarabelle last year she broke both of her legs and then I got my other dogs sister so now I'm happy and she is my best friend. Angela
  • sandra Dulin - 2015-03-14
    Oh...how sad...I feel for your father to make a long story short. I've taken in my neighbors long hair..he's so sweet..gets along great with my other dogs & people..I'm located in Western, NC..if interested e-mail me..he makes very cute babies!
  • Terrie Mccraight - 2015-05-14
    I have a long haired male I'm looking to breed with the right female my nnumber is 734-858-8346
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Tess - 2014-06-01
We just lost our 14 1/2 yr old longhaired sweetie pie 3 weeks ago. She was potty trained within a week, was not a barker and loved to cuddle. She was a huge part of our life and we miss her soo much! She stole the heart of everyone she came into contact with, young and old. We live in Pennsylvania and are looking for a sweet little long hair female in Pa, ohio, New York area. Can anyone help.

  • Pat - 2014-06-10
    Just found a dog at an animal shelter here in Long Island NY. We are having a family meeting on him. He looks like your sweetie pie. He looks like 2-3 years old. His hair is full and grown in. If we don't take her he would be a perfect match for your family. He has such expressive eyes too. We had a cocker poo who passed last September. My daughter has been in mourning and this dog bonded with her immediately. We just have to talk with dad to make our final decision.
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paul - 2011-12-16
we are looking for a longhair chihuahuas

  • mike parnell - 2012-01-11
    Did you find a long haired chihuahua?
  • canalpet - 2012-01-13
    hi dear i do have puppies for free adoption to a lovely home that will be willing to take care of my baby lyly
    thanks waiting to read from you
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Cathy Budwash - 2012-01-12
Couple looking for Long hair Chihuahua. Resonably priced.

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