If your Chihuahua has longer hair around their ears, neck, legs and tails, then you are looking at a long-haired Chihuahua. These dogs are one of the oldest and smallest dog breeds we have today. But they are definitely fancy and fun to have around your home. So, if you are considering adopting this dog you have definitely made the right choice.
To make your decision easier, this article will provide everything you need to know about the long-haired Chihuahua, which includes basic breed facts, temperaments, health issues and how to get one.
What is a long-haired Chihuahua?
A long-haired Chihuahua is a Chihuahua breed that has longer hair around its ears, neck, legs, and tail than a short-haired Chihuahua. However, they are of the same breed.
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According to Dog Academy, the Chihuahua is one of the oldest dog breeds we have today. Its history can be traced to Mexico, specifically the Techichi, which was introduced by the Toltecs and then transformed by the Aztecs into the smaller, more lightweight dog that we now know as the Chihuahua. The report also said studies have suggested that the first appearance of a dog similar to the modern Chihuahua was around 100 AD. The Chihuahua was named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, where it is believed that this dog was first bred.
In addition, the Aztecs bred the Chihuahua for various reasons, including companionship, religious purposes, rituals, and food. By the 1800s, the Chihuahua were introduced into the United States of America, with the long-haired ones becoming more popular. In 1904, the first Chihuahua was registered and recognised by the American Kennel Club.
By the 1940s and 50s, Chihuahuas had become so popular that they were used for shows. Films like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Legally Blonde are testaments of how popular Chihuahuas have become in the United States. Today, they are the popular choice among dog lovers.
Interesting facts about long-haired Chihuahua
Long-haired Chihuahuas are small dogs and can come in a variety of colours. the popular colours of these dog breeds include black, brown, cream, fawn, and red or a mixture of these. Their coats which are usually long are straight or wavy, making them look fluffy and cute.
The long-haired Chihuahua is very short, standing between 6 and 9 inches in height and typically weighing between Three (3) and six (6) pounds. The males tend to be taller than the females but either gender does not weigh much more than six (6) pounds.
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Meanwhile, the Chihuahua has a reputation for a bad temperament. It is very territorial and often gets aggressive and intolerant of other animals or people invading its space. Despite its aggressiveness, a Chihuahua is often harmless, stubborn, full of personality, and very bossy. It is also affectionate to its owner and easy to train. Also, it is loving, fiercely loyal and prefers to sit on its owner’s lap most of the time. In fact, it is said a Chihuahua would rather die than stay with a new owner.
Chihuahuas bark and bite a lot, which can be a disturbance to the neighbours. It is said a Chihuahua can break an average man’s wrist bone with one good bite. They can get along with kids or other dogs, but owners should always supervise interactions to prevent injury. Also, they are not the smartest dogs out there. But they do pick up human emotions pretty quickly, making them the perfect pets for emotional support and therapy.
Chihuahuas are generally not high maintenance. However, the long-haired Chihuahua is more high-maintenance than the short-haired version. They can be fed two to three meals a day and have access to regular veterinary care. For grooming, you need to comb the long-haired Chihuahua fur regularly as their hair tends to become tangled or matted if they are left without regular brushing or baths. Moreover, the long-haired Chihuahua sheds hair a lot, so be ready to have dog hair all over the place. Also, watch out for health issues like dislocated kneecaps, hypoglycemia, tooth or gum disease, and obesity. Visit a vet if your Chihuahua has any of these conditions.
Meanwhile, a long-haired Chihuahua can live between 14 and 20 years old.
How to find long-haired Chihuahua
Long-haired Chihuahuas are not popular in Nigeria due to the hot temperatures, which can lead to heatstroke. Many Nigerian dog lovers prefer the short-haired versions. However, if you are interested in finding the long-haired Chihuahua, all you have to do is visit any pet store or browse online for breeders.
Chihuahuas are often imported from South Africa, Europe and America. An average Chihuahua sells for about ₦450,000.00 in Nigeria.
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