The Chihuahua coat and appearance vary greatly so taking care of their coat and keeping it at an optimum, healthy level can sometimes be testing. But contrary to popular belief caring for your Chihuahua’s coat is not very demanding or intensive!
The Chihuahua coat varieties come in two types – long-haired and short haired. The short haired Chihuahua offers practicality in that its coat requires very little maintenance at all. However, the longer haired Chihuahua can require a little more upkeep.
Although according to breeding standards, there are only two categories of Chihuahua coat types the actual texture of your pet’s coat may vary. Short-haired specimens can have smooth silky fur or a wiry and bristly coat. Likewise the textures and thickness in the long-haired variety can differ depending on breeding.
The best way to keep your Chihuahua coat gleaming and glossy is through a healthy diet that includes essential oils and fats. Like humans, Chihuahua’s need these nutrients to keep their skin and follicles working properly. If your Chihuahua’s skin is dry and flaky and their hair is unusually bristly and dry it could mean that they aren’t getting enough essential oils in their food.
Sometimes jerseys and vests just aren’t enough and you have no choice but to give your Chihuahua a wash. Bathing dogs can sometimes be a daunting task because if done incorrectly can lead to illnesses. In addition many dogs are afraid of water and feel vulnerable and uncomfortable when being forced to take a bath. For this reason its best to bathe your dog as quickly and with care.
The most important thing is to make sure you have the right shampoo. Using human shampoo, even products that are for babies is unsuitable for a chihuahua coat. These can dry out your Chihuahua’s skin and cause uncomfortable itching. In addition you must avoid getting soap and water in the eyes and ear canal as it can cause discomfort and infections. Gently blocking the ears with cotton-wool for the duration of the bath is often a good idea. (if your Chihuahua will bear this)
After a bath or playtime, if possible, brushing your Chihuahua’s coat is a good idea. Grooming can be a relaxing and bonding experience for pet and owner. The short haired Chihuahua does not need a lot of grooming but keep in mind that brushing their coat increase circulation and stimulation which has health benefits. Long-haired dogs can need regular brushing – a few times a week depending on their coat.