Animal-World > Dogs > Toy Dogs > Long-haired Chihuahua

Long-haired Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Family: Canidae Chihuahua, Long-haired Chihuahua PictureCanis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Justin Brough
Latest Reader Comment - See More
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... (more)  sammie

   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
Willy Learns to Dance!
Chihuahua, Can Dance Salsa!
Report Broken Video
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


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
  • Miranda C Davis - 2017-09-10
    I have a long haired male chihuahua I am wanti g to breed.
  • Marina L. Serrano - 2018-04-13
    I have puppies for sale long hair chihuahuas im selling them for $500 call me at 6268038812 i stay in chino hills ca
Reply
Anonymous - 2018-01-09
I have a female long-hair chihuahua named Haley.(I know this is silly but I named her after best rapper ever,Eminem, his daughter Haley but bc of my last name i couldn't name my child that bc Haley Whaley, well, u get point, lol so my dog got it,lol. Neways, Haley is extremely smart, obedient, well mannered, loving, good with ppl, children,and other dogs. She stays away from bigger dogs however she will sniff them sometime but won't have much to do with them and is not aggressive towards them whatsoever but dogs who are smaller than her, her size, or a little bit bigger just not 2 much bigger, she will check out of course then once she feels comfortable it's go time! LOL she plays with the neighborhood dogs like a basset hound who lives down the street and two Yorkies that are in the neighborhood and a couple other chihuahuas that live around here and her favorite, a min pen, aka Miniature Pinscher which I call her boyfriend because occasionally when he gets loose or they let him out he makes it a point to come visit her he'll look in the windows (little window peeker, lol) that are low to the ground and he'll sniff around for her and if I see him outside I'll let her out to visit and then when I take her for walks.... (bc she's very well trained and very obedient and listens to me and because of this and because of the neighborhood we live in doesn't have too much cars or anything like that and it being safe, I do not put a leash on her when I take her for a walk however I do keep a leash in my pocket in case it was ever necessary or if I see this particular guy in the neighborhood Who Walks a big huge dog it's actually a pit bull who happened to attack his neighbor's Chihuahua and almost killed it! So if I see him out then I will put a leash on her or pick her up and I do not walk her up that side street that he lives on but that's beside the point back to the story whenever I am walking her up and down the street where the cul-de-sac is on each side when we pass her boyfriend's house & she makes it a point to go through a crack in the fence to go back there and see him she's only back there for maybe 5 minutes or less I guess she goes back there says Hi in dog language and. Leaves him wanting more, haha & comes running rt. By my side. It's too cute, funny, & sweet. She's so silly and playful especially with my 8yr old,and our other lil chorkie Rosie. Rosie is 3, and full of energy constantly aggravating Haley, but she just plays with her until she's over it then ignores her even when Rosie starts making a scene, doing her play bark, running bouncing off sides if furniture ect. I tell you it's a site 2 see. RPODR IDVHaley is 5&1/2, and my lil girl was 3 when we got her. We taught her how to be gentle and just love on her and they had a blast running around the house, Megan with toy in hand while Haley would Chaser up and down the Halls barking wagging her tail and having a good old time and when Rosie came along it became two barking dogs running around the house chasing her with the toys they sleep in the bed with her one will sleep on the pillow next to her in the other one will sleep either next to her body her legs or literally on top of her side Haley doesn't like to be picked up by children however she would never bite nor has she ever even acted like she would bite she just jumps out of their hands if they try to pick her up my daughter is the only one she allows to pick up that is a child Rosie on the other hand will let any child pick her up fling her over her shoulder put her in a buggy and push her around and she's so little and lightweight that it's not hard for children to pick her up but I am always right there watching to make sure that she's being handled carefully and in no danger of being dropped it's so cute we will go bike riding and put them in our baskets and they love it and when Megan got her a electric four wheeler Haley would sit in the passenger seat and ride around with her in the grass because it wasn't really faster anything so there was no worries of her getting hurt,plus I NEVER leave them alone, but she's extremely smart and knows better than to try to jump out neither dog would ever try to jump out of anything moving I have worked a lot with them I have worked with dogs since I was a child and I love to work with animals especially dogs and train them and train them to do tricks my daughter's favorite trick that my long hair Chihuahua does is stick em up bang and my dog will hold her paws up in the air and when you say bang she'll fall over dead I got my daughter a go kart 2 seater that is fast for Christmas and when I took it for a test drive in my neighborhood which is a secluded top small subdivision where there's no traffic really the only people that comes up through here is people that lives here there's a cul-de-sac on both ends of the road and Haley of course wanted to ride with me so I strapped her in and she just laid next to me being strapped in and she..we loved it and when me and Megan ride, of course we do not allow the dogs to ride with us but they watch us through the window and it absolutely drives them crazy especially Haley because she wants to ride with us so bad because both dogs love to ride in the car when we go places we usually take them almost everywhere we go. my long hair Chihuahuas one of the best dogs I've ever had I've had three short hair Chihuahuas prior to her I love the breed but she is my first long haired and after her I will stick to the long-haired breed from now on I've had all sorts of breeds growing up and some mixed as well but most were full blooded breeds and I will have to say that my Collie, I got for Christmas when I was a kid because I was crazy about Lassie was the best dog I have ever had and my Chihuahuas especially my long hair Chihuahua, is my favorite small breed.* I am thinking about getting a big dog and I really want a collie however one breed that I have never owned well actually there's a couple of breeds I have never owned that I have always wanted 2 own one day and I would like to own a German Shepherd at some point, golden retriever and or a husky or Alaskan Malamute and there's a couple more but before I decide to even think about getting a large dog especially if it's a breed of never owned I'm definitely going to do a lot of research before I make any decisions and it definitely won't be anytime soon I have owned all kinds of large breeds growing up and they are great as well they can also be excellent for protection because people see some breeds and decide they ain't even going to go there even if the dog is just a big baby they don't know that, lol.

  • vicky - 2018-02-03
    Hi, we have been looking for a long haired chihuhua to breed our AkC registered long haired chihuahua male. If this is not possible maybe we would be interested in buying you female. We are retired couple with just the one small dog, no children.
    Can you email me back one way or another.
Reply
henry - 2017-11-22
AKc Xmas Registered Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi for sale Beautiful tricolour kc registered Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi puppies. 4 bitch and 3 boy available. Will have all vaccinations and microchipped. Mother is our lovely family pet pictures can be seen. For more info......408 686 9562 or you can mail me at henrypepson@yahoo.com

Reply
rochelle Renee Phillips - 2017-08-01
I have an 8 week old baby long hair Chihuahua puppy for sale $700

  • Mona Hassmann - 2017-08-17
    I am looking for a female long hair chihuahua please get in touch
  • Cheryl - 2017-11-22
    Hi! Is your pupppy still for sale? Do you habe any photos to send when you email us?
    Thank you,
    Cheryl Stenton
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
  • Miranda C Davis - 2017-09-10
    I have a long haired male chihuahua I am wanti g to breed.
  • Marina L. Serrano - 2018-04-13
    I have puppies for sale long hair chihuahuas im selling them for $500 call me at 6268038812 i stay in chino hills ca
Reply
henry - 2017-11-22
AKc Xmas Registered Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi for sale Beautiful tricolour kc registered Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi puppies. 4 bitch and 3 boy available. Will have all vaccinations and microchipped. Mother is our lovely family pet pictures can be seen. For more info......408 686 9562 or you can mail me at henrypepson@yahoo.com

Reply
rochelle Renee Phillips - 2017-08-01
I have an 8 week old baby long hair Chihuahua puppy for sale $700

  • Mona Hassmann - 2017-08-17
    I am looking for a female long hair chihuahua please get in touch
  • Cheryl - 2017-11-22
    Hi! Is your pupppy still for sale? Do you habe any photos to send when you email us?
    Thank you,
    Cheryl Stenton
Reply
Cindy Griffin - 2017-08-03
Looking for a long haired male chihuahua that is either bi or try color with light-colored eyes. Purebred. 850-313-9890

  • jennifer - 2017-08-04
    hi I purchased 1 for 300 .. from a site called puppies in north Carolina ,you can fine it through facebook.. good luck!
Reply