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Chihuahua Shedding And What You Can Do About It

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Chihuahua Shedding And What You Can Do About It

We are lucky that although Chihuahuas do shed, they aren’t the heavy shedders that some breeds are (believe me I know, I also have one of those!).

Shedding is an annoyance for pet parents. It gets on your clothes, on your furniture and carpets too. I even designed a t-shirt about it. Just click here or the shirt photo if you are interested in checking it out.

Chihuahua Glitter ShirtWhy Dogs Shed

Dogs shed to get rid of excess fur, damaged fur and when the seasons change. Some dogs shed due to allergies, illness and pregnancy too.

Short Hair vs Long Hair Chihuahuas

Many people think a short haired Chihuahua will not shed as much as a long haired Chihuahua. Actually it’s a little less for the long haired Chis since most of them don’t have the undercoat that short haired (or smooth coat) Chis have, although the hairs from the long haired Chi will obviously be longer.

When Do Chihuahuas Shed

Chihuahuas shed all year long but they do it more in spring and summer when the weather turns hot. They don’t need as much fur then to keep them warm so they shed some of it.

Excessive Shedding

Some dogs will shed more than usual when they are ill or pregnant. Stress, poor nutrition, skin infections, allergies, cancer and other diseases can cause your Chi to shed more than normal.

When to See a Veterinarian

If you are seeing any bald spots or red irritated patches of skin, it’s time to get your dog checked by a Vet. Also your dog’s hair is coming out in clumps, or falling out when you lightly pull on it, time to call the vet.

How to Minimize Shedding in Your Chihuahua

  • Bathe your dog weekly with a mild shampoo if shedding is becoming an issue.
  • Brush your dog everyday. You can use a typical dog’s hair brush but I really like using a Furminator to keep the fur from getting out of control. I’m always shocked at how much excess fur I get off of my dogs when I use the Furminator.
  • After you have bathed your dog, and she is dry, brush her again.
  • I sometimes rub coconut oil into my dogs’ skin after their bath. They really likes the massage and it’s a great way to keep their skin and hair healthy.
  • Feed your dog a healthy diet with a quality dog food.
  • A vitamin/mineral supplement for dogs may help too.
  • I haven’t tried this but some people swear by shed supplements. You can check them out on Amazon here.

 

How to Minimize Dog Hair In Your House

I recently watched a life hacks video (here’s a link to it) and the girl gave a few interesting suggestions:

  • Use a squeegee to run over your carpet to pull up the hair. I suggest using a squeegee with a long handle so you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees.
  • Run a wet rubber glove over your upholstered furniture to easily get up the hair.
  • My tip is to vacuum and sweep more often. Not fun but it does help.
  • Also weather permitting, brush them outside.

Is shedding an issue in your home? Do you have any tips you think I should add to this article? Leave a comment and let me know what they are.

Cathy signature Chi

Thursday 25th of November 2021

His hair come off body a lot and brown spot under his eyes

Tali

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

I pull out as much of the shedding hair as possible in a warm bath and then go over them with the flea comb to get the remaining hairs. I own both long and short coats and it works for both of them. I wish it would help with my hunt terrier, but not much can keep up with her shedding. Fortunately, I don't mind so much as I did when I was younger. I guess I just realized as long as my kitchen is hair free we're doing OK ha ha!

Cathy

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Good idea Tali.

Fran

Thursday 11th of February 2021

My 2 year old tri colour longish coat chihuahua sheds quite a lot , it is always the long black hairs ,not the fluffy under coat , I have to vacuum the floor twice a day , I bought a lightweight cordless vac especially for that.I got him at 8 weeks old and we were told he would likely be short haired like his mum , he had a smooth sleek coat until he was about one year old when it just started to grow long ! you never can tell , he is getting longer haired with age , his coat is beautiful and shiny ! He is better if I brush him everyday , I use a small silicon purple cat brush I found on Amazon ,£7 . It is the only one that works !!I stand him on a hard floor to brush him , I can then vacuum the hair up easily . My new baby chi is a short coated white 3 month old girl , and she doesn’t shed much at all yet , I use a fine metal brush on her every few days just to get her used to it , some fluff comes off , her dad is a long haired chi so I would not be surprised if she grew a long coat too . I think people who say chihuahuas are non shedding are totally wrong! I used to have a Yorkie, he never lost any hair but he did need professional grooming regularly or he would get matted hair and knots . Chihuahuas are much easier to care for . I don’t wash my dogs much , it is too cold here , maybe just once a month or even less in the winter .

Cathy

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Yeah they definitely do shed, but I've found mine don't shed as much some other dogs I have had. Yorkies are non shedding because their fur is actually hair, much like what we have. I guess I'm lucky. My long hair chi is double coated so you'd think she would shed alot. But she really doesn't. Neither does my chi-yorkie mix.

Marie

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

I am probably up to my neck in dog hair. I have a short-haired Chi. I know that she has allergies and she has had a skin condition since she was given to me. She no longer will eat any dog food (gastro issues and last run was in March, ever since the bland diet, she refuses to eat dog food, so I have to make her food) which probably contributes, but I do add in coconut oil. I know she sheds more with each season change. Here lately, I can't even pick her up without hair getting everywhere. Her vet wants to put her on Apoquel, has anyone had any experience with it? I would hope it clears up skin issues as well. She chews her toes her allergies are so bad. She has one little toe that seems to be her favorite so, no fur there a lot of the time. It becomes frustrating, sometimes I feel like she is miserable, but she still loves playing. No weekly bathing to be rid of hair either, it makes her skin much more dry and flakier.

Joey

Thursday 14th of January 2021

@Marie, Just a thought, it could be a possible systemic yeast infection a lot of vets overlook this if there isn’t a yeast infection in the ears. I’d say to try apple cider vinegar. A light spray from a 50/50 water mixture after bathing and make sure they are thoroughly dried before spraying as well, and a couple drops in their water bowl should help the itching and the hair loss.

Cathy

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Yikes, it sounds like you have a heavy duty shedder and it does sound like a lot of this is due to allergies. Have you tried rubbing some coconut oil in her skin once a week? It may help some. I actually use it on my own skin since I have skin issues and it does help.

M

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Similar to Marie's comment, I adopted a Chi X mini fox terrier in March and she's been shedding very heavily for the last 2 weeks. I assumed it was a seasonal shed but now getting worried that it's still happening... She's otherwise a healthy / happy 3yo. Her fur is more chihuahua-esque and it seems like the top coat of longer/shiny hair is coming off with the lower / more woolly coat remaining. Is that a known issue?

Cathy

Monday 29th of June 2020

She sounds like she's double coated which isn't common in chis but is possible. My Lucy is double coated. Some double coated dogs do shed more. You may want to mention it to your vet just to be safe but it's probably nothing medically wrong as long as you aren't seeing any other symptoms. Their shedding season can last a few months.