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Long Haired Chihuahua: All About This Unique Dog Breed

Chihuahua is one of the oldest breeds of dog, and the long-haired Chihuahua is a member of this ancient dog family. Chihuahuas are of two kinds, the long-haired variant, and the short-haired variant. If you want a loyal and protective dog, a long-haired chihuahua is a nice option. 

These dogs are one of the smallest in the world. Although small this dog is highly intelligent, very protective, and very loyal. The Chihuahua breed is well recognized by the AKC and is grouped in the category of toy dogs. However, the long-haired Chihuahua is not yet recognized as a breed on its own. They are often grouped in the same breed as their short-haired brothers.

The main feature that distinguishes the long-haired Chihuahuas from their short-haired counterparts is their hair, apart from their hair there is no difference in their personality. 

Long Haired Teacup Chihuahua

Long Haired Teacup Chihuahuas are not different from long-haired chihuahuas. The only slight difference is their different size. Even though the chihuahuas are considered one of the smallest breeds in the world, some people still prefer them to be much smaller. This desire brought about the creation of long-haired teacup chihuahua puppies.

However, the modification of this breed also came with a fair share of health issues. Teacup Chihuahuas are likely to have liver shunts or heart disease. These health conditions are a great risk to the life of any canine. 

If you would still love to get a long-haired teacup chihuahua, it is advisable that you do a lot of research about their health conditions and ways to handle them. 

History Of The Long Haired Chihuahua 

The Chihuahua (fondly called Chi) history is said to start over a thousand years ago. Their ancestors are known to be the ancient Techichi breed of dog from Mexico. The name “Chihuahua ” is believed to have been derived from a state in Mexico. Their parents, the Techichi dog, is known to have been in existence since 300 BC, this realization was made when they found cave paintings of the Techichi as far back as 300 BC. 

The Chihuahua was bred in Mexico for two main reasons;

  1. To become hunters: the Chihuahua was bred to hunt small animals and rats. It was instrumental at the time when the breeding of rats was a threat to many people in Mexico.
  2. For food: Chihuahuas were a common delicacy for Mexicans in the 15th century. 

The Chihuahuas were first shipped to America from Mexico in the 1800s. With time this dog breed has gained worldwide recognition and popularity. Presently the Chihuahua breed is recognized by every major Dog association in the world.

The first Chi to be registered by AKC was called “Beppie”, it was registered in 1908. Chihuahuas came into the great limelight in the 1930s when veteran musician and famous band leader Xavier Cugat, was seen holding a baton with a Chihuahua in his other hand. 

This picture made people eager to know about this new pretty canine Xavier held. Throughout the 1930s, 1940, and 1950, this picture was instrumental in the rise to fame of the Chihuahua breed in America. 

Popular Explorer Christopher Columbus is also reported to have played a role in the rise to fame of this unique breed. 

Characteristics Of Long Haired Chihuahuas

Appearance 

Eyes: Chihuahua’s eyes are generally round and dark, although some chihuahuas have lighter eyes.

Height: This breed stands at about 6-9 inches tall

Weight: Chihuahuas are one of the smallest dogs in the world. They weigh about 4 to 6 pounds

Nose: the color of their nose is either black or the color of their coat such as red, blue, blond, or chocolate. With light coat-colored Chihuahuas, their nose color can be tan or pink.

Coat Color: Chihuahua has a variety of coat colors, black, blue, red, fawn, cream, chocolate, white, silver, silver and white, red and white, gold and white, gold, fawn brindled black, cream and blue, chocolate and white, blue fawn, blue brindle fawn, chocolate blue, chocolate, and white, black and white, etc. 

Tail: the long-haired chihuahua has a plumed and feathered tail. 

Ears: long-haired Chihuahuas have large ears. Their ears are erect when alert and down when submissive or fearful. 

Lifespan: This dog breed live for about 15-20 years

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Care & Grooming Of The Long Haired Chihuahua

You must allow your Chi to socialize from a very young age. This would help them to be able to live with other dogs and even cats. Allowing them to socialize would also help them in manners training. 

Chihuahuas are not favorite for homes with lots of young active children as they are too fragile for young children to play with. A chihuahua can suddenly leap out of your hand without any form of warning and may accidentally hurt itself in the process. So make sure you are always careful with it.

Chihuahuas are a one-person kind of dog. They don’t usually get along well with other humans except for their owners. They may get really suspicious and wary of other humans they don’t know. 

It is not advisable to leave Chihuahuas on their own because they can be preyed upon by birds or larger animals.

Chihuahuas do not like to be outside on cold and wet days like most canines. 

They can be taught how to use the litter box or a wee-wee pad on cold days. 

Chihuahuas will suit small houses and students’ houses best because of their small stature. 

It is necessary for you to engage your chihuahua in 20-30 minutes of light exercise daily. You can however take this exercise with your dog by making it follow you around the house for 30 minutes.

Even though Chihuahuas are small they are surprisingly strong and full of energy. They can play for as long as any other larger breed, take long walks, and will also enjoy retrieving toys. However, they shouldn’t play too much especially on sunny or hot days as this could make them get tired quickly. 

Chihuahuas are very fast learners. They can learn a variety of commands in the shortest time possible. They are also very agile and active. 

You can dress your Chihuahua in a coat or sweater whenever it is feeling cold or shivering. Chihuahuas don’t mind wearing clothes. However, shivering may also be because of over-excitement or stress.

You should feed your Chi with well-balanced and high-quality food. Give them the right servings of food as overfeeding may cause them to become overweight. You can contact your Vet for some advice on your dog’s diet. 

It is important you take time every day to brush your Chihuahuas’ teeth. Bad teeth can result in severe health problems in your dog. You should also wipe clean every tear stain under your dog’s eyes to prevent discharge. 

Because of their long-haired coat, chihuahuas may require regular brushing and baths. You can brush their hair once a week to keep their coat beautiful and avoid matted fur and tangles. 

Long-haired Chihuahuas do not shed frequently. They may shed once or twice a year. You can get your chihuahua a claw trimmer and a small comb. 

Price Of A Long Haired Chihuahua

The long-haired Chihuahuas’ price range is around $500 to $1200. The prices vary based on the breeder. Some breeders may collect higher because of the amount of money they have invested into the Chihuahua. Most times it pays to buy at higher prices especially if you are buying from a reputable breeder. 

Health 

Chihuahuas are healthy canines. However, as they grow old some health issues may surface.

Chihuahua’s ears are prone to dry skin and ear wax build-up. Morella is also a common health issue among chihuahuas. It is a small pen tip size hole that comes out on the top of their head, which resembles the soft spot on the head of new human babies. 

This breed can also suffer from heart conditions like patent ductus arteriosus and mitral valve disease. They are also likely to suffer from canine patellar luxation because of their size. They are associated with Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus causes the build-up of fluid in the brain which will result in the enlargement of the head and likely cause severe brain damage. 

This breed is also prone to health conditions like folic acid, loose knee caps, hypoglycemia, and epilepsy.

Before you buy a long-haired chihuahua puppy, you must ensure the breeder you are buying from has completed all the necessary health examinations recommended by the OFA. If you are adopting you should ensure that you have all the necessary medical information about your chihuahua. Preferably you can ask for the parent. 

You should also know if the Chihuahua has been socialized as a puppy, socializing will reduce its aggression towards fellow animals and people.

Fun Fact About Long Haired Chihuahua

  1. The Chihuahua parent Techichi were great friends of the Aztecs.
  2. Chihuahuas are popular for being put in large, stylish, and expensive purses by rich famous young women.
  3. People tend to think Chihuahuas are lap dogs that would enjoy being cuddled all day. Chihuahuas are tenacious and terrier-like like other dogs. 
  4. A minor league baseball team in El Paso located in Texas is called the Chihuahuas.
  5. The smallest dog in the world measuring just 6 inches called brandy is a chihuahua.
  6. Remember the popular Taco bell dog in the 1990s? A chihuahua dog called Gidge made the phrase ” ¡ Yo Quiero Taco Bell!”
  7. This breed has featured in several movies as they are good actors. These movies include; legally blonde, sex and the city, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Conclusion 

Long-haired Chihuahuas are lovely canines that make a great pet. They are active and playful. However, before buying this breed make sure you have all the health certificates and BEWARE of the teacup variety. We hope we have been helpful. Leave a comment, cheers!             

 

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