Long Haired Chihuahua
The Chihuahua comes in both a smooth-coat and Long haired version. They are the same breed and all other characteristics are the same. Long haired Chihuahuas usually have smoother hair than the smooth-coated dogs, who can have hair that is anything from hard and dense to almost wiry in feeling. The Long haired Chihuahua has a soft undercoat that feels like down to keep the dog warm. It also has an outer, Long haired coat that is soft and fine, making them fluffy and soft to the touch.
The Long haired Chihuahua doesn’t need to be trimmed and they only need to have a slight amount of grooming done. It is very easy to care for their coats. In fact, the Long haired Chihuahua sheds less than the smooth-coated Chihuahua. It can take as long as two years, or even longer, before a Long haired Chihuahua’s long coat fully grows out.
The coat can be any solid color or it can be marked or have white splashings mixed with the color. All colors are equally desirable.
You should brush your Long haired Chihuahua at least once a week. They usually need a bath about once a month, unless they get into something and get dirty or smelly. You should clean their ears and trim their nails once a week. You should also brush their teeth regularly.
Chihuahuas should not weigh more than six pounds, especially if they are going to be shown at dog shows. However, normal Chihuahuas can weigh as little as about three pounds. Some pet Chihuahuas may weigh up to 10 pounds. It is not uncommon for pet breeders to sometimes have larger Chihuahuas. Pet owners may have dogs that are larger if they overfeed their dogs and the dogs don’t get any exercise.
The Chihuahua typically lives a long life. They can live up to 18 years with good care.
Long haired Chihuahua Puppies for Sale
You should always buy Long haired Chihuahua puppies from a reputable breeder. Good breeders usually belong to breed clubs and many of them show their dogs to get objective opinions about their dogs before they are bred. Look for breeders who take the trouble to health test their Chihuahuas for problems that can occur in the breed. OFA Cardiac, OFA Patella and CERF eye testing are all recommended for Chihuahuas so ask a breeder if he or she has had these tests done on the dogs they use for breeding.
You should also talk to a breeder about what, if any, kind of health guarantees they offer on the puppies they sell. Will they take a puppy back within a reasonable amount of time if the puppy becomes sick or develops a genetic problem? Or, will they refund any of the purchase price if you still wish to keep the puppy? Ask if they provide a contract for the puppy. A good contract will spell things out and protect both you and the breeder, as well as the puppy. It should be fair to everyone.
Long haired Chihuahua puppies are quite popular and there are lots of them for sale on the Internet. There are both good breeders and bad ones selling online. Check out anyone you intend to buy from carefully. Buying a puppy is like buying anything else. It’s buyer beware. You can’t always find the puppy or dog you want locally, so sometimes you have to buy from someone far away. Just be sure you are dealing with someone reputable. Ask questions. Ask to see pedigrees and health certificates. If you want a puppy that is registered with the AKC or another particular registry, ask to see the registration paper (or a scan of it). Ask for references. Do your homework. Many good show breeders also advertise online. Just be sure you know who you’re dealing with.
You should also be aware that terms like “teacup” Chihuahuas are a marketing gimmick. There are some very tiny Chihuahuas being sold that are around two pounds or less as adults, but these dogs will usually have some severe health problems when they are adults and they may have shortened lifespans.
Long haired Chihuahuas make great pets. They are the same breed as smooth-coated Chihuahuas but they have longer, fluffier hair that needs to be brushed regularly. If you are buying a Long haired Chihuahua puppy you should talk to the breeder and ask about health testing, health guarantees, and contracts. Be careful when buying online so you buy from a reputable breeder.
Long Haired Chihuahua