Long haired Chihuahua dogs have longer fur than other Chihuahuas, especially around the ears, necks, legs, and tail. And that means grooming is more important. When you think of Chihuahua, you usually think of the short-haired dog. But even Chihuahuas can have long hair. In fact, there are a couple of different coats when it comes to dogs.
One thing people love about Chihuahua dogs is that they live longer. In fact, some of the longest-living dogs are Chihuahuas. Megabyte, a dog who passed away on January 1, 2014, lived 20 years and 265 days. Dermot Mulroney had a Chihuahua who lived 22 years.
With that in mind, today, we are going to talk about anything Chihuahua related. Long haired Chihuahua dogs might be tiny, but they are hugely popular and pack a large character.
Difference between regular and long haired Chihuahua
As mentioned previously, the main difference between the long-haired Chihuahua and other Chihuahuas is the fur. They have longer fur, especially around the ears, necks, legs, and tails.
That means more grooming, and more brushing the coat of the dog. You need to brush your pet at least once per week to ensure there are no tangles in the dog’s coat.
Other qualities, including temperament and health issues, are the same as with short-haired Chihuahuas.
These dogs might be small, but they have a big personality. Chihuahuas are very loyal dogs, and also quite intelligent. But on the downside, they can be stubborn.
One of the most important things when getting a Chihuahua is to establish yourself as the leader, and show you are in charge. Chihuahuas are known to have “terrier” temperament, meaning they like to do whatever they like, and control the environment.
Rumored to be aggressive, but with proper training, that is not the case. Chihuahuas, like other small dog breeds, tend to be aggressive when they are scared of large dogs. And because everything they see is bigger than them, they are quite the barkers. But they do not bite.
It is important that you socialize your dog from a young age to minimize aggression. You can also check the parents, and see how friendly they are.
There are many different factors that can contribute to the life expectancy of a long-haired Chihuahua. Some of the factors can be controlled, while others are outside of your control.
On average, the Chihuahua can live between 15 and 20 years. That is when properly cared by a loving owner. Small breeds tend to live longer than large breeds, and it is up to you to ensure that. With that in mind, here are the factors that can contribute to your dog living shorter or longer life.
- Diet – make sure you feed your dog a nutritious and well-balanced premium food. Look for food that has no fillers, preservatives or artificial flavors. Being a tiny dog, the Chihuahua will love to get snacks, but be careful and avoid the temptation of feeding leftover dinner scraps
- Weight – closely linked with the diet. Chihuahuas are small dogs that weigh between 3 and 6 pounds. Anything more than that will classify as obesity. If your dog is obese, you cannot expect a long lifespan. You should also be careful with underweight Chihuahuas
- Healthcare – plays a major role, as you have to take your dog to regular vet checks to detect any ailments in the early stage. You should take the dog to a vet check once per year until they are 10 years old. After that, get a wellness check two times per year
- Genetics – there is a reason why some owners look for a reputable breeder, one with dogs of Championship pedigree. Genetics play a huge role in the lifespan of your dog, as most of the illnesses are hereditary
- Spraying and neutering – generally speaking, sprayed and neutered pets live longer. In male dogs, neutering reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer, while neutering a female dog before the first heat cycle can reduce the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer
- Vaccinations – this factor falls under the healthcare category. There are many diseases that can harm your pet, and the best way to prevent them is to follow a regular vaccination schedule
- Gender – history has shown that female Chihuahuas live longer than male pets. There is no known factor why this happens, but generally speaking, the female dogs live one or two years longer
- Activity levels – keeping your dog active is crucial to ensuring a long and healthy life. Yes, Chihuahuas are not quite the fetch dogs, but there are few games you can play with them. And of course, take them for regular walkies during the day
While the Chihuahua is already a small dog, some people still prefer a smaller dog. That is why in the past few years, we’ve seen teacup and toy Chihuahuas. They are not a separate breed. Instead, they are just a smaller dog in the same breed.
On the flip side, the smaller size comes with side effects. For starters, toy breeds have an increased risk of health issues. Consider that risk before opting for a long-haired toy Chihuahua.
Shedding and care
As with many dogs, Chihuahuas shed their fur so that a new and more protective coat can grow in its place. Chihuahua’s coat allows them to stay warm or cool, depending on the environment. While they are mostly inside the home pet, Chihuahuas actually have a thicker coat in the fall and winter. That doesn’t mean you should leave them outside.
In terms of coat, Chihuahuas can have either a single coat or a double coat. And it doesn’t matter if you have a long haired or short haired Chihuahua.
According to the standards by the American Kennel Club, Chihuahuas can have or do not have an undercoat.
You might be asking which dog sheds more, the long-haired or the short haired pet. Well, while conventional wisdom and logic dictate that the long-haired Chihuahua sheds more, that is not the case. Not at all times at least. Shedding depends mostly on whether your dog has or does not have an undercoat.
Double-coated Chihuahuas shed their undercoat two times per year. Once in the spring, and then again in late fall. On the good side, long-haired Chihuahuas shed their hair in clumps, which makes it easier to clean up.
In addition to the seasonal shedding, your dog can also shed small amounts of hair all-year around. But when you get a dog, shedding is mostly part of the package.