Chihuahuas are easy maintenance in the grooming department whether they boast a short or long coat. However, they do need and enjoy being brushed on a regular basis because they love the one-to-one attention they are given when they are being groomed. It also helps keep their coat and skin in good condition. Like other breeds, the Chihuahua tends to shed more during the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent grooming might be needed to keep on top of things.
Mature Chihuahuas do need bathing, but this should never be overdone because it could end up stripping a dog’s coat of its valuable oils. When you do have to bath your pet, you must use dog-specific shampoos and conditioners because they are the only ones that contain the right PH balance. The good news is that Chihuahuas don’t get that “doggy” smell like many other breeds.
Ideal grooming routine
Because Chis suffer from eye and ear problems, it’s a good idea to set up a weekly grooming routine. This not only ensures you keep an eye on the condition of your pet’s coat, but you get to regularly check them over for other things which include whether they have developed any skin complaints around their eyes and ears. With this said, their eyes need to be gently cleaned several times a day to prevent tear staining.
It is also important to get puppies used to having their paws and nails touched so that when they need trimming, it never turns into a stressful drama.