Long haired Chihuahuas may be more maintenance than your average dog, but they are worth it. They require frequent grooming and care to keep their long fur looking its best. However, if you put in the work of brushing them twice a week or so with a wire brush or comb, they will reward you with years of unconditional love! The following list of tips should help ease the transition into life as the owner of one these furry friends.
1) Brush often – With long hair comes lots of tangles that need to be brushed out regularly. Try not to wait until knots have formed before brushing them out; this can cause damage to their delicate skin and coat which could lead to bald spots on their backside where friction has built up.
2) Be prepared to take your dog in every 4-6 months for a professional grooming session, even if you are brushing them regularly. This will ensure that their coat stays knot free and healthy. You can also trim the fur around the eyes yourself, but make sure not to get too close to the eye itself or it might irritate them.
3) Keep nails short – Long nails tear at delicate skin on their feet which leads to bald spots sometimes appearing in between their knuckles. To avoid this issue, keep their nails cut short by either clipping with nail clippers or grinding down with special nail trimmers designed for dogs .
4) Groom often– Keeping long hair brushed out regularly is extremely important, but for it to maintain its shiny and smooth appearance, you will need to bathe them at least once a month. Using quality shampoo while bathing them is important because it will prevent their coat from drying out and losing its shine (I like Natural Chemistry pet products ).
5) Keep an eye on ear hair– Excessive hair growing inside the ears can lead to infections if not taken care of properly. Brush or wash hair found growing in their ears often. You can use cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to remove the excess fur (be extremely careful when doing this).
6) Consider removing dew claws– Although they aren’t necessarily harmful, many breeders choose to remove dew claws before they are old enough for new owners to take them home with them. This is because dew claws do not touch the ground when running or walking, meaning there is no extra protection for their nail beds like there is with other toes on dog paws.
7) Be careful of your furniture– If you have dark colored fur growing on your furniture, it can be very difficult to remove. Most people just trim the longer hairs that are found around cushions and in between crevices after they dry. You will need to replace any torn fabric on furniture if this becomes an issue (the best way to avoid this would be keeping their nails short so they don’t get caught in fabrics).
8) Take care of stains – Brush up anything harmful before cleaning off, especially if it has set in by being exposed to the sun. I use a mixture of vinegar and dish soap to remove stains from my dog’s fur.