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Long-haired Chihuahua

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I would like to buy a long haired chihuahua. My son has one and I would like to raise one too. I live in York Pa. Please respond  PJ Gryp

   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

Lastest Animal Stories on Long-haired Chihuahua


PJ Gryp - 2016-06-10
I would like to buy a long haired chihuahua. My son has one and I would like to raise one too. I live in York Pa. Please respond

Reply
mary schaefer - 2016-02-20
I would like to know the price of a long haired chihuahua so I can buy me one sometime before the summertime ends this year okay I really love small puppies and I really want a long haired chihuahua one day soon

  • Dora - 2016-06-08
    Yes please check the local shelters and there are also many chihuahua rescue groups.
    I got my long haired chihuahua from a rescue group through petfinders.com. He is just the sweetest thing ever. He is 4 yrs old, house trained, sits on my lap all the time, very affectionate and enjoys car rides. Chihuahuas are over bred and many good ones ended up in shelters. Please save one, you won't regret.
  • Pat - 2016-05-20
    Please check your local shelter.My long hair chihuahua I found there is
    absolutely all that could be asked for. 2yo 4 lbs of love & loyalty to
    give and get. You can see all that you're getting and know he will be extra
    specially determine to love and make you happy. Mine cost$150(and included shots,
    chip.
Reply
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
  • David king - 2016-04-11
    Have 2 longhair one gray (blue) one is blond both males 5 years on may 28,16. Live in north east Ga but we do travel.Can send pic
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missy wimer - 2012-01-06
We have a long hair chihuahua she is so sweet, but the only problem we're
having is she has real long hair on her butt so everytime she has a bowel
movement it sticks and hangs in her hair. I've tried cutting it but it still sticks. Any ideas please help.

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-06
    You have seen a poodle with the typical poodle cut? I have seen that on the long haired chihauhua. Literally from the hip bones and down to the knees the pup is shaved - completely shaved. From the back knees on down, there is hair. The tail except for the tip is also shaved. I never thought about there being a actually reason for this - just thought the people had a preferance. If I was having the problem you describe - that is what I would do - different but cute look.
  • Deb - 2014-08-06
    Just shave her butt. Use a comb and place it between her and the shaver. I shave both of mine all the time. If you do just the rear no one notices it at all. There is no need to ruin their hair and shave the entire dog! It works, using the comb and cutting it short. Hope this helps. :)
  • katrina - 2016-04-05
    I used to be a groomer. You just have to shave it or have someone do it.
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PJ Gryp - 2016-06-10
I would like to buy a long haired chihuahua. My son has one and I would like to raise one too. I live in York Pa. Please respond

Reply
mary schaefer - 2016-02-20
I would like to know the price of a long haired chihuahua so I can buy me one sometime before the summertime ends this year okay I really love small puppies and I really want a long haired chihuahua one day soon

  • Dora - 2016-06-08
    Yes please check the local shelters and there are also many chihuahua rescue groups.
    I got my long haired chihuahua from a rescue group through petfinders.com. He is just the sweetest thing ever. He is 4 yrs old, house trained, sits on my lap all the time, very affectionate and enjoys car rides. Chihuahuas are over bred and many good ones ended up in shelters. Please save one, you won't regret.
  • Pat - 2016-05-20
    Please check your local shelter.My long hair chihuahua I found there is
    absolutely all that could be asked for. 2yo 4 lbs of love & loyalty to
    give and get. You can see all that you're getting and know he will be extra
    specially determine to love and make you happy. Mine cost$150(and included shots,
    chip.
Reply
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
  • David king - 2016-04-11
    Have 2 longhair one gray (blue) one is blond both males 5 years on may 28,16. Live in north east Ga but we do travel.Can send pic
Reply
maria v. - 2016-02-10
Hi, I am looking for a long coat fawn female Chihuahua puppy. Please advise if any is available. Thank you.

Reply