Chihuahuas are incredibly small in size, measuring at just five to eight inches tall at the shoulder and weighing no more than six pounds. That makes Chihuahua the smallest dog breed on the planet. One distinct feature that Chihuahuas have is their heads which can resemble either an apple or a deer. The Chihuahua dog breed has its origin in Mexico and it is considered to be a national symbol of the country.
The coating of a Chihuahua can be found in many colors and patterns. So, there is plenty of variety in that regard. If you are here to get help with how to groom a Chihuahua, you have come to the right place. So, continue reading on down below.
Learn How To Groom A Chihuahua With This Process
1. Brush Your Chihuahua’s Hair
There are actually two varieties of Chihuahuas in existence today. One is short haired while the other is long haired. The short haired Chihuahuas, as you probably guessed, has short hair throughout.
As for the long haired Chihuahuas, they have longer hair centered around their ears, necks, legs, and tails. Both the short haired and long haired Chihuahuas do shed small amount of hair throughout the year with somewhat more hair being shedded during the fall and spring periods.
But because the Chihuahuas are so small, the shedding won’t be that noticeable to those of you who own a Chihuahua. Even so, you will still want to brush your Chihuahua’s coating in order to get rid of dead hair because any hair that is shed will surly end up on your floor or furniture.
Matting is another thing for you to be aware of, especially for those of you with long haired Chihuahuas.
Even though you won’t find very much of matting with such a small dog, it is still important for you to brush your Chihuahua’s coating in order to get rid of mats because they can still cause pain for your Chihuahua if left unaddressed.
All in all, you will want to brush your Chihuahua’s coating once per week although during the fall and spring periods, you will want to do it two or three times per week as the amount of shedding increases.
As for the brush itself, one that I would recommend is the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is effective at getting rid of the dead hair and mats without scratching your Chihuahua’s skin.
What is even better is the brush comes with a self-cleaning feature that will allow you to easily clean out the brush with the press of a button. With the brush in tow, proceed to brush your Chihuahua’s coating, doing it in the direction that his/her hair grows.
2. Brush Your Chihuahua’s Teeth
As is the case with all other dogs, your Chihuahua needs to have his/her teeth brushed. That is to prevent tartar from building up on your Chihuahua’s teeth as that can cause tooth decay if it isn’t taken care of.
Veterinarians often recommend that dog owners get the Virbac toothpaste for brushing their dog’s teeth. So, you will want to go along with that for your dog’s teeth.
You can use a toothbrush to brush your Chihuahua’s teeth. Be sure to brush your Chihuahua’s teeth regularly – ideally on a daily basis.
3. Bathe Your Chihuahua
Chihuahuas don’t need to be bathed more than once every one to two months. Bathing your Chihuahua too often can result in him/her having dulled coating and dried out skin. With that being said, if you are looking to bathe your Chihuahua, here is how you can do that.
First, take your Chihuahua to your bathtub and fill a cup with warm water. Now, pour the water onto your Chihuahua’s coating in order to get it all wet. Once that is done, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto your Chihuahua’s coating.
As for which shampoo you should use with your Chihuahua, I would go with the Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as that is one of the best shampoos that I can find. Once the shampooing is completed, rinse your Chihuahua’s coating until all the shampoo has been rinsed out.
With the bathing over, proceed to dry out your Chihuahua’s coating with a bathing towel and then re-brush it.
4. Clean Your Chihuahua’s Ears
Cleaning out your Chihuahua’s ears is an important part of the grooming routine. That is needed in order to prevent wax buildup from taking form because if wax buildup is allowed to get a hold of your Chihuahua’s ears, that can lead to ear infection which isn’t good.
So, be sure to check on your Chihuahua’s ears periodically. If your Chihuahua’s ears look dirty, that indicates that it is time for you to clean them out. Veterinarians often recommend that dog owners get the Virbac ear cleaner for cleaning their dogs’ ears. So, that is what you will want to get.
You can apply the ear cleaner on cotton balls and then use them to clean your Chihuahua’s ears.
5. Clip Your Chihuahua’s Nails
Your Chihuahua also needs to have his/her nails clipped in order to keep them short. You don’t want your Chihuahua’s nails to be too long as that can cause paw pain for your Chihuahua. That is especially problematic when your Chihuahua is walking around.
So, be sure to keep an eye on your Chihuahua’s nails or listen for any clicking sounds when your Chihuahua is walking around. That way, you will know when you need to clip your Chihuahua’s nails short.
You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your Chihuahua’s nails short. Be careful not to cut the quick part of your Chihuahua’s nails because that can easily result in bleeding.
Concluding How To Groom A Chihuahua
There you have it for how to groom a Chihuahua. Overall, your Chihuahua doesn’t need a hair trim, but you will want to trim your Chihuahua’s paws as well as the area around his/her genitals. You can use a pair of scissors to trim these two areas. Do be careful when using a scissor with these areas.
Also, if you are having trouble with getting your Chihuahua to cooperate with you while you are grooming him/her, this post will help you with that.
What are your thoughts? Have you groomed a Chihuahua before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.