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Long-haired Chihuahua

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I adopted this beautiful long haired chihuahua from the SPCA June 16,2014. She has been nothing but a blessing in our family after our first child passed away last... (more)  Jhenna Lance

   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.

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris
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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


Jhenna Lance - 2014-09-22
I adopted this beautiful long haired chihuahua from the SPCA June 16,2014. She has been nothing but a blessing in our family after our first child passed away last Christmas I was in need of something to lift my spirits. I was only tagging along with a friend of mine to adopt her new cat I walked the the dog kennels and saw this beautiful little golden fluff ball sitting in her blankets with one eye out observing everything. I fell in love. I called the bank and told them it was an emergency I needed them to cover the funds and -$300 dollars later and some strong convincing of my husband she was mine. She has played such a big role in our healing process and has become my baby. She has the best temperament and is so calm I can take her anywhere and she'll just fall asleep in my lap. Everyone is amazed at just how well tempered and patient she is. Not the typical yapping and ankle bitting chihuahua you usually see. And despite my husband being strongly against keeping her he has fallen in love with her as well. She is now my certified emotional support dog and is rarely not with me. My izabelle is the best thing that ever happened to me and has given me the hope and strength I needed on the days I didn't think I had it in me.

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Kelly - 2013-10-21
My daughter has a long haired we call her Grandpuppy (as we have no grandchildren yet) and she is adorable. We take her often for overnights. She is also not a barker and her personality and temperament is fabulous. At our house she goes potty outside only. We have a puppy pad down at all times but she has never used it. She absolutely LOVES people. She is constantly on my husband or myself. As for bed, she sleeps with us. During the night if she becomes chilled she will paw me and all I do is lift the blankets and down she goes, snuggled up to me. I have no idea how she can breathe under there for hours but she does. If she needs to pee during the night (which is rare) she will lick my face consistently. She is such a joy to have around and so calming and funny at her crazy times that we are now searching for one of our own. With the allergies my husband has with animals, she is not an issue at all for him.

  • Adena martindale - 2013-12-04
    Where did you find her?
  • Louise - 2014-04-18
    We just adopted a Long-haired Chihuahua … she’s 8 years old. She’s amazing. She’s both potty and piddle-pad trained. She seems to do well with people and my grandchildren. Like you Lucy is constantly on me or my husband. She also sleeps in our bed but we’ve taught her when light goes out she has to go down to her end of the bed with her own blanket. Only once I had to take her out in the middle of the night, she came and pestered me … but that was once in the months we’ve had her. I take her for 30 to 45 min. walks, when we get back to our yard she runs around likes she’s put with so much energy. She’s pure joy and we are so happy we adopted her.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-01
    Cool do you have en dogs you do not what?
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dayana - 2014-09-01
Chewers are a good pet sorry I do not spill good

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Elaine - 2014-08-30
Hi, I have adopted a long hair chi about a year ago and I adore him and I'm his person. I have two questions......i wanted to know if it's normal for this kind of bread to have watery eyes and since it's fur is light coloured it has always dark circles under his eyes . My biggest issue is that he is afraid of my husband and no matter what we do to make him feel secure he doesn't trust him and is afraid of him no matter what, he even pees on my husband's side of sofa and I'm sure he does it on purpose. I can assure that my husband is a dog lover and he never hit him or anything.....I will appreciate any comment. Thanks

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    Yes, this breed is also known to have very watery eyes, and it can cause tearstains. Also this is not necessarily a Chihuahua only problem, it is more common in any of the 'big eyes' breeds of dogs.

    As far as the fear of your husband, that may or may not be changed, one of those things that is not a for sure. But you could try a professional 'positive-based' trainer. The behavior trainer may be able to help you determine if the dogs behavior could be manageable and possibly help over come, but it will take a lot of work and commitment and take a lot of time.
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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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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
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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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