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Long-haired Chihuahua

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   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


LeAnn Dupre - 2015-10-30
I have a super tiny chug. For sale $300

  • Tiffani Carter - 2015-11-23
    Hello!
    I would love to see pictures!!

    Thank you,
    Tiffani
  • Hans Aberg - 2016-02-08
    I have a very cute Jack Russell terrier and he is very cute. His name is Tycin. He is 5 years old and I must say that he is very attractive but usually the problem which I face is this that he digs holes a lot. He has digges so many holes nearby our place which is very much unacceptable. So, guys I need some suggestions regarding this. I really want to stop him but he never listen.
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elizabeth harney - 2016-01-28
i just found out what breed my little dog is after having her almost 15 years she is a canis lupus familiaris she is starting to show her age her breathing sounds like she is snoring and she is not walking alot she kinda puts her butt to the ground when she does walk. she has been panting she shivers alot like she is cold i carry her to where she needs to go she has had bad bad breath she is a devoted and faithful little dog when I have cried she comes to me and comforts me she is so smart she understands everything i say to her,if i dont feed her from a fork she wont eat. If anyone has a little dog that has had these problems i would like to know im taking her to the vet saturday

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Phillinia MadSnapa Adams - 2015-03-12
My Prince is house broken he now go to potty in the bathroom just like a 2 leg man so cute and funny to me I adopted my chihuahua from neighbors and he is awesome I love him he makes my day when I get home from a long day he gives me energy

  • JimR - 2016-01-27
    We are LUCKY with our dog. He is 4 now and we only had a problem(with his peeing) with him the first couple months. I don't know what we did but he will only go on the pad or go outside #1 and #2. We have rewarded him EVERY time after he goes #2 on the pad(maybe that was it for him). We don't let him jump up on the bed to sleep, he always goes to his cage EVERY NIGHT to go to bed. The only problem we have is giving him his pill for worms. NOTHING gets past him NOTHING. We tried everything. Because he likes yogurt we kinda force it down. We clean him off afterwards. That and his barking at anyone who comes on the porch OR who he hears outside(mailman, UPS-FEDX drivers). Would we get another dog this good if something would happen to him? I think not.
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Aiyana - 2015-12-20
I got a long haired apple head toy chihuahua for a companion dog for my depression. She is now 8 months old, almost 9 in 5 days but she will not for the love of god potty train or stop growling at people. Any help? Or suggestions?

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LeAnn Dupre - 2015-10-30
I have a super tiny chug. For sale $300

  • Tiffani Carter - 2015-11-23
    Hello!
    I would love to see pictures!!

    Thank you,
    Tiffani
  • Hans Aberg - 2016-02-08
    I have a very cute Jack Russell terrier and he is very cute. His name is Tycin. He is 5 years old and I must say that he is very attractive but usually the problem which I face is this that he digs holes a lot. He has digges so many holes nearby our place which is very much unacceptable. So, guys I need some suggestions regarding this. I really want to stop him but he never listen.
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Evelyn Flores - 2015-11-03
I have a wonderful long haired male chihuahua. Looking for a female non long haired white chihuahua about two - three years old. Please email me a photo

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Gemma Phillips - 2015-09-08
Hi, I have two long haired Chihuahuas looking for a loving home. I'm only selling due to a new job. Where are you situated and are you still looking to buy? Please feel free to contact me via the e-mail provided. Many thanks Gemma

  • rondee horn - 2015-09-18
    Do you still need a home for your long haired chi? Do you have a picture? What is the color, weight, age, and health of the dogs? We live in Benton KY, where are you located? We lost our Daisy in May, we have a fenced yard lovely home and only the two of us, we keep our pets inside.
  • Anonymous - 2015-10-01
    Call 336 639 8023 Sandra 14
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Yvette Tyrra - 2015-08-05
Super cute tea cup Yorkie puppies for adoption are still available for any lovey home. We have two puppies for adoption, one male and one female. Vet checked, AKC registered and disease free. They are 11 weeks old now. Will be coming with all health papers .i am using my friends account so text/call if you are interested in them..(540) 300-8476

  • Sandra - 2015-10-01
    I'm disabled I had a Yorkie she was 15 dead last year old age and been looking for another one so will not be so alone ! How much please tell me no more then 400 thank you call me at 336 639 8025 wanted to get one this Sunday
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