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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 they 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 Kilo when I use the Furminator.
  • After you have bathed your dog, and she is dry, brush her again.
  • I sometimes rub coconut oil into Kilo’s skin after her bath. She really likes the massage and it’s a great way to keep her 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Anna Farmer

Sunday 21st of June 2020

I was told by the previous owners that my dog is healthy but is a dog that has only dark skin and no hair on on chest area healthy was told that it was from the sun can someone tell me is that true please help

Cathy

Monday 29th of June 2020

That's probably not from the sun but I have seen it before in some dogs. If it's scaley or your dog scratches at it, it could be mange. Or it could be just extra melanin in the skin which isn't dangerous. I think I'd get your dog checked out by a vet just to rule out anything bad.

Marie kinsey

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

My short haired chihuahua crossed with king Charles, she's been shedding since late March early April and hasn't stopped and also it's heavy, she eats chicken, tails.com food scrambled eggs and treats,but she seems healthy and well,playing etc she is 2 years old June 18th, but I am worried now after what I read about shedding, she's very alert, and I can't see a vet because of covid 19 please could you give advice and put my mind to rest I couldn't even think about losing her, thank you, Marie

Cathy

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Are you seeing any bald spots? If so, then she needs to see a vet. You should still be able to get an appointment, you will just have to stay in the car. If not, it's probably just the seasonal shedding that many dogs do when the weather gets warm.

Melody Eaton

Saturday 25th of January 2020

I have a 1 year old Maltese Chihuahua Pomeranian female and she sheds a lot of hair all the time I have tried the Bathing each day and hasn't worked.

Cathy

Saturday 25th of January 2020

She's pretty! Bathing every day is too much, It will dry out her skin. However she should be brushed every day to help with the shedding. Furminators help too, Sometimes if they shed excessively it could be a vitamin deficiency.