Long Coat Chihuahuas vs Short Coat Chihuahuas
Long Coat Chihuahuas vs Short Coat Chihuahuas, most of us are familiar with the general appearance of a chihuahua, however did you know chihuahuas come in two coat lengths? Do you know how to spot the difference between them? There are two classifications of chihuahuas, although the same breed they look totally different indeed!
Short to the body and even coverage all over body
Soft and fluffy as a pup, gradually grows in to be straight, dense and moderately coarse.
Very Low. A good occasional brushing with a brush to help lift dirt, dust and hairs.
Low to Medium. Depending on the dog, and the season. Beige and light hair dogs fur will be more visible
LONG COAT (long hair)
in Adults: Length varies between each dog. Hair all over body will be longer with longer hair on fringe of ears and on tail (plume). Short hair on face and head. Hair on the body can be like JigSaw (to the right) or Story they are good examples of a double Long coat which means the fur has a thick dense undercoat. Not all long coat chihuahuas are this fluffy however, in fact most are not.
In Puppies: Fur is fuzzy like a little duckling and will be longer than puppies that are short coat chihuahuas. Puppies will loose this fuzz as they grow older and some may wonder if their chihuahua is a long coat at all. Not to worry! It is normal for adolescent dogs to go through a scraggly looking phase sometimes referred to as the ‘uglies’. A transition time between their baby fur falling out and their adult coat coming in. It may be up to 12 months before you see the full beauty of your long coat chihuahua, so be patient and remember its all a part of growing up !
Silky, straight, or slightly wavy. Soft and smooth.
Moderate. A good bath and brushing is needed to keep your chihuahua clean and free from matted fur. You do not need to trim or cut your chihuahuas fur.
Very Low to Low. Depends again on the individual dog, season and genetic history. Generally Long coats shed Less than the short hair variety!