Chihuahua Breed Info

We all have a basic idea of what your average Chihuahua looks like, but did you know that it is classified by the type of coat it has? The two main types of Chihuahua Coat, the smooth coat and long coat/long-haired Chihuahua.

Chihuahua Coat

In the smooth coat variety, the texture is smooth, glossy, and coarser than the hair of a long coat. Some Chihuahuas dog have heavier coats than others, and will have an “undercoat.”

The perfect coat in this category is one that is even over the body (sparser on the ears and head), ruff at the neck, with furry hair on the tail. A Chihuahua with a short coat does shed, albeit minimally.

On the other hand, a long-haired Chihuahua Coat texture is soft and can be flat or have soft curls. The ears have a cute fringe and the tail has full hair. The Chihuahua’s feet and legs have slight feathering, the hind legs have “pants,” and the neck should have a larger ruff.


A thin coat Chihuahua would normally be a disqualification for the show. Many breeders state that the long coat Chihuahua has a gentler temperament than that of a short coat Chihuahua (although some people disagree). Long coats shed, but as the short coat, it is minimal.

Generally, a long-haired Chihuahua will need to be cleaned more often than the short coat. The front side of the coat on the chest, called the bib, can get dirty and matted.


You also want to keep the rear end of a long coat Chiwawa clean since faecal matter and other particles can become stuck to the hair. For this problem, you can either clip the hair shorter in that area or bath the entire Chihuahua (or just that area) more often.

No matter the coat type of this lovable dog, correct grooming techniques will make its coat shine just like new. Oh, and one last thing — don’t forget to give your Chihuahua’s coat a bath every so often!