Chihuahua comes in two different coat types.Both are similar and also different in some ways.However as whole Chihuahuas are dogs with less grooming needs.Their shedding level is also very low and that is the reason behind they are thought to be hypoallergenic but actually the are not.Chihuahuas with long-haired coats need a bit more grooming than the ones with smooth and short-haired coats.Here are some tips and suggestions that may help you grooming your Chihuahua.
GROOMING BY HAIR BRUSH:
Bot of the types of coats are smooth and easy to groom.They shed moderately.Their have sensitive coat and special care must be taken while grooming them by hair brush.Always use a metal tooth comb specially made for pets.You can start the grooming section by hand by slowly massaging.In this way you can feel any loss of hair on a specific part of coat or any kind of rashes if occurred.This will also allow you to feel any kind of lumps or bumps present.You can first use a wide toothed hair brush and after that a narrow one.Don't rush in any case as it may hurt your dog and any tangled hairs somewhere due to dirt or less grooming.
Giving your Chihuahua a bath would not be tough task as they are easy to handle and enjoys you making them groomed.Bathing is one of the most important section but the question is how often they need bathing?They may need bath once in a month.Try to use a good quality shampoo and special care should be taken near eyes,nose and ears as shampoo may bring harm to them.You may need a helper in this section also.Try to clean the coat with a towel or a hair dryer can also be used.Do not brush the coat again if not completely dried.It can take up to 15-20 minutes for their coat to become completely dry.You can change their bathing schedule in winter as they need less bathing in cold temperatures.Try to keep your Chihuahua in warm and constant temperature at least for an hour after bathing.
CLEANING THE TEETH:
Chihuahuas have very small teeth that are not so easy to clean.Cleaning teeth regularly is the best way to prevent any kind of mouth infection.Special care must be taken try to use a soft toothbrush and a medicated toothpaste.Move the brush gently over canines.Try to brush your dog's teeth for about 4-6 minutes.You can get toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed for dogs from a nearby pet store.
CLEANING THE EYES:
Chihuahuas have big round eyes.Try to use cotton dipped in a lubricant ex.Water or Hydrogen Peroxide and roll it gently around the corner of eyes.You don't need to push anything at all.By repeating the process 5-10 times you will see all the dirt coming out.If you see any kind of swelling at eyelids or a considerable increase in shine of eye consult it with your vet as your Chihuahua might have been suffering from any eye disorder.
CLEANING THE EARS:
Both Long and Short-haired Chihuahuas have long hairs around ears.Ears should be checked regularly as their is always danger of the occurrence of mites.Usually the sign for having mites is the excessive scratching of ears.You need to consult a veterinary specialist in such case.Try to use a cotton bud or wet wipes and roll it gently inside the ears so it can carry the maximum dirt with it.Try to repeat the process for 4-6 minutes.
CUTTING THE NAILS:
Nails need to be cut if are not shedding themselves.You need to be careful as it may result in bleeding if not carefully cut.Try to use a sharp edged nail trimmer and cut the dead part usually turned to yellow.Try to push the paw with your thumb so you can see the whole nail out and can cut it at the right place.Look twice and make sure that you are cutting the nail at a significant distance from the root.