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Long-haired Chihuahua

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I have a long haired chihuahua. She never wants to eat her dog food. We buy her a lot of different kind of dog food but she won't eat it. What should I feed her?  Kimberly Sauceda Rivera

   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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Kimberly Sauceda Rivera - 2015-10-14
I have a long haired chihuahua. She never wants to eat her dog food. We buy her a lot of different kind of dog food but she won't eat it. What should I feed her?

  • Catherine Carey - 2015-11-01
    I recently adopted a 3 month old male long Chihuahua puppy. I feed him the Chicken and Brown Rice flavor of Simply Nourish for small breed puppies. He loves it I feed my other dogs (a Maltipoo and a Golden Border Retriever) Chicken and Brown Rice Simply Nourish for adult dogs. They love it. The little puppy eats their food, too, when he can get to it. This food provides sound nutrition and is sold at Pet Smart. I hope this helps. Good Luck!
  • Kristy - 2016-03-22
    I got mine dry puppy food, but she prefers the Maltese's food which is Beneful with Little Caesar's mixed in. I put a quarter of a tray of Little Ceaser's in with it (her dry puppy food) at dinnertime. She picks out the Little Caesar's and then eats the dry food at her leisure.
  • Anonymous - 2016-09-22
    Have her checked by a vet there could be blockage. Try salmon.dogs can sense what their bodies need. Try a variety of foods. Dogs like grass to help them self medicate.
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myriam - 2016-09-11
I used to have a special chihuahua ... I adopted her when she was still a puppy ... She loved me in a unique way for more than 13 years ... My most incredible memory of her is when i took her the first time to the beach with me ... She always hated cold water ... So i let her with my parents ... when she saw me swiming she was barking my parents she wouldn't stop even howling ... Suddenly i didn't hear her voice anymore so i began to swim back my way to the sand ... And then surprise ... A littl brown hair emerged from the water she swam all the way to reach me thinking i was drowning ... she did the same each time since so i begin to stop taking her to the beach cause it was each time an emotionnal trouble for her ... She's gone now since ten months ... mamal cancer got her ... and for me it's still like it was yesterday i'm still mourning her ... She was defnitely the best dog of my life ... She loved me more than her own life ... she was my mate ... my one and only .... I tried to recomfort my self by getting a cat ... It didn't work ... Then i decided to buy a lil chihuahua who would remind me of her so i ended up rescuing a long hair one almost 18 months who already gave bird (she was proprety of a dog trafficant) she is really loving and lovely ... She didn't knew love before me ... I already love her it's been two weeks now ... she so sweet that she's nice with my cat and don't provoque her eventhough chihuahuas are known to be 'possessive' ... i put boundaries for time to sleep and she accepted it ... I know i'm gonna love her again .. But i realised that she will never be my sweet beloved doggie ... the love of my life ... i miss her so much my sweet Lady .... Her name was Lady .... she died on my mothers arms ... I still feel guilty not making it home at time to be with her ... cause i'm sure she was waiting for me to say goodbye by all her strengh ... But that day i had an emergency with one of the other loves of my life ... one of my horses ... (yes i got horses too i'm an animal lover and equestrian since 6years old horses are part of me ) If the death of my sweet Lady almost killed me ... How am i gonna survive if something bad to my horses ... it drives me crazy i'm sure i will not survive i'll never make it ... I could die only by this kind of heart break ... but at leat i'll may end up reunited with my sweet Lady .... Please ... If you own a chihuahua or willing to get one , if you do , be sure he s the only pet in the house ... chihuahuas like exclusivity like monogamous love even if they can adapt and adjust ... and love them like they deserves to be loved ... Their Loyalty have no price . M

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Anonymous - 2016-08-22
My long hair chihuahua suddenly during a lot of water and not wanted to eat

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Maria Perez - 2016-07-23
I have a long haired chihuahua and she surprised me and my granddaughter this morning. My granddaughter had a friend sleep over and they went to sleep in my bed and Candy went and laid between the two girls and wanted to get her so the girls could be comfy and she tried to bite me and she would not come with me, wonder why, she just stayed between the girls and is asleep. Is she protecting them?

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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

  • Dale - 2016-06-28
    I have a 12 month old long hair he was bought by a family that ended in divorce , I took him in , he is sweet puppy I've gotten attached to him but I'm retired and can't really take of him .
    I'm willing to give him to a good home , that can send me pictures of how he's doing
    He's white w one bkl ear he's really gorgeous
    Thank you
  • doggie43082 - 2016-07-11
    Do you still have the pup you took in?
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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.
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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
  • 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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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.

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