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Chihuahua Long Coat

Chihuahua Long Coat

“Up until its time of development as a pure breed in the United States, the origin of the long-coated version of the Chihuahua Long Coat is identical to that of the short-coated variety. The long, soft coat is thought to have been achieved by crossbreeding the Short Coat with other Toy breeds. The Papillon, Pomeranian, Pekingese and Yorkshire Terrier have been suggested as possible crosses.

A graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression. Compact,and with terrier-like qualities.

Temperament

Very much a lapdog, the Chihuahua enjoys being pampered. But don’t let the small size fool you into thinking these dogs lack spunk! They are affectionate but they’re also alert and make a fine little watchdog.

Activity Level

A sprightly pet, the Chihuahua is an ideal companion for an apartment dweller or a couch potato who doesn’t care to indulge in long, outdoor walks.

Height/Weight

Only a handful, the Chihuahua weighs from 1-6 lb (.5-3 kg) with dogs weighing 2-4 lb (1-2 kg) being preferred.

Coat

Soft in texture, the long coat is either flat or slightly curly. The ears are fringed and there’s a ruff on the neck. Feathering is found on the feet and legs and a plumed tail finishes the picture.

In the Long Coats the coat should be of a soft texture, either flat or slightly wavy, with undercoat preferred. Ears fringed (heavily fringed ears may be tipped slightly, never down). Feathering on feet and legs, and pants on hindlegs. Large ruff on neck desired and preferred. Tail full and long (as a plume).

Colour

Any colour – solid, marked or splashed – is acceptable.

Grooming

With such a tiny dog, who could possibly complain about a little brushing or combing now and then?

Disqualifications

Cropped tail, broken down or cropped ears. Too thin a coat that resembles bareness. Merle colour.”

(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)