Chihuahuas are one of the most searched dogs in the world. Categorized as dogs for stars, these small dogs are more than stars pet. In this article, we are going to talk about long-haired chihuahuas which are known for long fur, especially around ears, necks, legs, and tail. These dogs, mostly in the winter, are shedding and they are losing a lot of furs.
What is the difference between long-haired and short-haired Chihuahua?
Firstly, the main thing between these two species is fur. As their name mentioned, short-haired don’t have any extra furs on ears and legs. On the contrary, long-haired Chihuahuas have long-haired and extra furs everywhere on their body, even in their faces.
Long-haired Chihuahuas owners know that these dogs need to be groomed more frequently than other dogs. In fact, they need to be brushed at least once per week if it is not more to avoid any tangles on the fur that can make your dog suffer.
Long-haired Chihuahuas shedding and care
As with many dogs, Chihuahuas are shedding their fur so that a new coat more effective and more protective can grow. Dog’s fur allows them to be comfortable and warm with many weather conditions and many different temperatures. Chihuahuas are well known to be home pet but their fur is really thick and allow them to resist freezing cold temperature. As a superpower, Chihuahuas can have either a single coat or a double coat. This double coat can help them to resist cold and hot temperatures.
In another way, you may ask if long-haired dog sheds more than their cousin’s short-haired. In fact, that is not true. Shedding depends mostly on whether your dog has a double coat or not. Clearly, double-coated chihuahuas can shed two times a year: one in spring and one in late fall. Moreover, long-haired Chihuahuas sheds by clumps so it is really easy to clean.
Temperament of Chihuahuas
These small dogs have a strong personality and both good and bad temperaments. First of all, chihuahuas are loyal and intelligent but also stubborn and leaders. These aspects are making a strong personality. Many dog’s experts are saying that chihuahuas have a “terrier” temperament which means that they control everything in your house and they won’t bow to you. Moreover, they are well known to be really aggressive sometimes despite their small size. In most cases, chihuahuas don’t bite at all but that’s always possible, so, if your dog is getting scary and aggressive, don’t come closer or you will probably be bet.
With proper training, Chihuahuas can have a really good temperament and good socialization with other dog breeds. However, we recommend you to avoid the encounter of big dogs because chihuahuas can become aggressive when they see dogs way bigger than them. When you are going to buy a Chihuahua, please take care of its parent’s temperament in order to see how your chihuahua is going to be in the next years.
Chihuahuas can live for almost 15 years and even older. Now, we are going to see how you can make your dog’s life longer by taking care of multiple factors. Firstly, small breeds are living way longer than the big ones, that is a fact. All of the dogs can live for almost 15 years when they are loved and well protected. If you want your dog to live longer, there are multiple factors to take care of:
- weight: in the case of chihuahuas, your dog has to weigh between 3 and 6 pounds. If it is more than that, it will be classified as obesity. For small dogs, obesity can make their life shorter than expected because of all the health issues that can proceed.
- a good diet: a dog who eats well is in good health. Giving your dog premium food and proteins will help to extend his life expectancy.
- healthcare: as the owner of a dog, there are things that you can’t avoid. If you want your dog to be in good health, you have to take him to the vets at least once per year. Moreover, you have to be conscientious and see every change in your dog’s behave.
- activity levels: keeping your dog active is crucial if you want him to live longer. In order to do that, you will have to play with your dog as much as you can and let him out for walks once or twice a day.