Because of their small size, some people automatically assume that Chihuahuas don't shed. The truth is, however, that all dogs with fur are going to shed at least to a certain degree. While it may only be a little bit of fur here and there, other times it can blanket the floors and furniture of your house, making it even more difficult to keep your outfit clean before heading out the door. Before you go throwing in the towel, though, you should familiarize yourself with ways to minimize their shedding. While you may already be doing some of these things, there are probably others that may surprise you.
It's a common misconception that some dogs don't shed. Whether you have a Labrador, Yorkshire Terrier or a Chihuahua, all dogs shed. The only exception to this rule is for hairless dogs, such as the Chinese Crested. These hairless dogs are really the only choice you have if you want a dog that doesn't shed at all. However, that shouldn't stop you from getting a Chihuahua and keeping it indoors. With a little bit of work and dedication, you can minimize and deal with their shedding so it's no longer negatively affecting you or other family member's lives.
What You Need To Know About Shedding Chihuahuas
Both long-coat and smooth-coat Chihuahuas will in fact shed. Unfortunately, this is just one of their "characteristics" that you must learn to cope with. Contrary to what many people, however, the long-coat variety tend to shed less than their counterpart the smooth-coat. The reason for this is simply due to the lack of an undercoat. If you've ever petted or rubbed your hands along the body of a long-coat Chihuahua, you may have noticed how soft yet firm their coat feels. Without an undercoat, long-coat Chihuahuas will generally shed less than smooth-coat.
Like most dogs, Chihuahuas will shed a greater amount of fur during the spring and summer months when their winter coat is no longer needed. Chihuahuas tend to keep their fur throughout the winter for an added level of protection against the cold temperatures. Once winter is gone and the temperatures begin to rise, the shedding will start again. Keep an eye your Chihuahua towards the end of the winter season to see when they start shedding.
Ways To Reduce a Chihuahua's Shedding
Now for that question that's likely burning a hole in your mind - "How do I reduce my Chihuahua's shedding?" As long as you put forth the effort using the methods listed below, even the most hairy and problematic Chihuahuas can be dealt with. Here are some of the tried and proven ways to reduce a Chihuahua's shedding:
- The first line of defense you have against a shedding Chihuahua is proper grooming. Brushing a Chihuahua's coat will naturally work to remove loose fur that would otherwise fall on the floor or your furniture. Ideally, you should use a very fine-bristled comb that's capable to attractive excess fur. The Shed Ender, Furminator and FurBuster are all excellent choices that specifically target excess fur. We go into more detail about the brushing in the link previously mentioned, so check it out if you haven't already done so.
- In addition to brushing, you should also be bathing your Chihuahua occasionally as part of their overall grooming routine. Brushing will likely get "most" of the loose fur off your Chihuahua's body, but some of it will inevitably stay on until it falls off somewhere inside your home. Bathing them, however, will help wash away any fur that was missed when brushing. The bottom of your bathtub might have a nice pile of fur afterwards, but that's better than it ending up on the floor of your home.
- As previously mentioned, Chihuahua tend to shed more during the spring and summer months, so you'll want to focus your grooming efforts during this time of year. This doesn't necessarily mean that they won't shed during winter, but if they do it will be significantly less.
- It should go without saying that vacuuming and cleaning your home more frequently will you cope with their shedding more easily. Try to get into the habit of vacuuming at least once a week. You might be surprised to see just how much fur is picked up off the floor when vacuuming.
- Keeping your Chihuahua off the furniture will also reduce the amount of fur on it. Your Chihuahua may not like having to lay in their bed at first, but it's necessary to keep your furniture fur-free. If that's not enough, you can go one step further by using a lint-roller on it. Just run the lint-roller across the surface of any furniture to instantly remove pet fur.
The Bottom Line on Chihuahua Shedding
In conclusion, there's no way foil-proof way to prevent a Chihuahua from shedding unless they are one of the few born without fur. However, that doesn't mean you have to go to work covered fur everyday. The trick to dealing with your Chihuahua's shedding problem is to work on eliminating the excess fur that's just sitting on top of their coat. There are a couple ways to accomplish this, one of which is through proper grooming. Get your Chihuahua on a proper grooming routine that consists of brushing and bathing. This alone will be a huge step in reducing the amount of excess fur found in your home.
Taking the necessary precautions to clean up your Chihuahua's shed hair will also make life easier for you. No matter how hard you try to prevent it, your Chihuahua is going to shed their hair. Take a minute or two to go through your home and identify areas that attract the greatest amount of hair. You can then focus your cleaning efforts here when you notice your Chihuahua is shedding a lot. Vacuuming, sweeping and dusting furniture are simple and easy ways to pick up excess hair. Also, take a damp towel and run it along the baseboards of your home, as pet hair frequently gets stuck here.