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Facts About Chihuahua Shedding

Here are some Facts About Chihuahua Shedding in case you are considering the breed for a pet and are concerned about possible allergy or housecleaning hassles. Because the Chihuahua is a miniature dog, most first-time dog owners and breeders will wonder if the breed actually sheds fur at all.

This is just one of many things a prospective owner should investigate about any breed before making a commitment. There are many ways to research various breeds, such as through the Internet, from books, or from animal experts themselves.

Facts About Chihuahua Shedding

The basic truth is that all breeds do shed, even if only a little, with the exception of breeds that are hairless. Dogs’ shedding power varies from heavy to light, and as for this Mexican cutie, it falls in the middle as a medium level shedder. Shedding also depends on which kind of Chihuahua: smooth coated or long coated ones have slight differences.

Chihuahuas shed all year long, but you will mostly find them shed more in spring and fall, with the spring being the heaviest shedding. These seasons are when their coat changes. But just because they shed doesn’t mean they will be a fur nuisance in the house. Due to their miniature size, they do not really shed as much hair as regular-sized or large dogs – good news for fur-allergic owners and family members, plus, cleaning efforts are reduced.

But there can be times when the Chihuahua sheds too much hair for you to clean up, and you feel like it’s really a hassle. Even though you really wanted to have a Chihuahua, you may not like the fact that they do shed. Because of that, here are some tips to minimize dog shedding and cleaning time.

  • Groom them during the shedding seasons, particularly in the spring. This may not really stop or minimize the shedding, but it does help you minimize the amount of fur you need clean up inside the house. It also prevents the fur from getting into unwanted places such as the kitchen or your clothes.
  • Try using the Furminator, which is a special grooming tool that gathers dead hair and helps in reducing the shedding in your dog. It works for all breeds and coat types. They work effectively when you use them with special de-shedding shampoos that go along with the product, and are bound to lessen your worries on dog fur around the house.
  • You can choose from a variety of grooming products, which include undercoat rakes, combs, slicker brushes, and pin brushes to groom your dog.
  • Here are some tips in getting rid of dog fur from your furniture: try using vacuum to suck up the hair. Or you can use hair rollers with sticky tapes. There is also the expensive pet hair magnet if you really want to get rid of hair in your curtains.

As a conclusion to the Facts About Chihuahua Shedding, Chihuahuas really do shed fur, but not near as much as normal dogs with thick coats.

Most Chihuahua owners that I know really love the breed. What do you think of it and its shedding? Is its shedding more of a problem than other breeds? Share your thoughts below.



  1. Lyndaleen Hampton

    Dec 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I have 4 Chihuahuas, 2 blondes, 1 brindle, 1 blue. The brindle barely sheds and is short haired. One blonde has thicker, softer hair and sheds a bit more than her shorter haired sister. My blue beauty has thick, very soft hair and shed like the blonde. I love these dogs with all my heart.
    NOTE: STRESS seems to coincide with the degree of shedding the most.

  2. velma howell

    Oct 27, 2016 at 8:33 am

    my Chihuahua is mixed with daschound and the shedding is terrible I have to clean my floors at least 2 times a day that’s after brushing her she is 3 what can I do

  3. Joe buddens00

    Apr 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I’ve owned alot of dogs. I’ve owned alot of pitbulls as well, as in like 8 at once full grown. I have a little Chihuahua now that has stolen my heart.I’m a grown man and just wanted to add to this post. I have noticed, although my Chihuahua is going on six months he ,in springtime, is shedding heavier now. It’s mostly because I know dogs shed and he sheds like other dogs to me and when summer hits,I’ll know if it’s a forever thing. I doubt it is because he is shorthaired and dogs usually shed heavy in spring. I buy those big lent brushes sold at any pet section,super wide like a paint roller,and I keep up with my stuff and do the best. I wouldn’t ever give my little guy up. Best tempermant, very loving, lives to see me, listens very well, hangs by my side all the time. My best friend that happens to shed in spring moderate I would say. Leaning more toward slightly heavy but he’s white so it will show everywhere. Sorry about rambling on but I love this little guy, his digging before he lays down or outta knowhere. So that’s where I stand with shedding and the little guy… thanks

  4. Connie Barbarino

    Apr 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I have a 2 year old chiwahau and he sheds too much, he didn’t shed when I bbought 3 months ago, my vet suggested changing his diet to hills brand of pet food. I love him dearly but I am so frustrated, vacuuming is pointless.

  5. Mary Jane

    Oct 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I have a 3 year old,chihuahua, her shedding is awful
    I am already highly allergic living in the
    desert. Am elderly and on pain pills that
    also cause allergies….can hardly see to
    read and watch TV….eyes watery, chronic
    Sinus, etc. I do love her …What to do?

  6. Debbi

    Dec 3, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Mine does the same and she is the same mix. What can we do?

  7. betty dietz

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I have a chihuahua n she is 1 yr. old. she sheds a lot and when she sits in my lap I get hair all over my clothes. I brush her and she still sheds hair. I don;t know what else to do. But she is very smart and I love her a lot. I used the puppy training pet apartment to train her to use the paper and she caught on to that very quickly. Other than the shedding everything is great.

    • Eliza lyon

      Feb 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      i agree having a dog is great but having one is a hassle.

  8. Sharon Bryant

    Sep 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Help I have had my Tucker for 3yrs sorry need to get rid the shedding to much. What should I do

  9. Audrey

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I have a 2 and a half year old Jack Russel Chihuahua mix. His name is Tippy. I’ve had him ever since he was weaned. And yes he was a wallmart dog. Someone was trying to find good homes for these cute little puppies and I got the last little boy. Even though he is just like a child to me and I love him dearly, his shedding is absolutely aweful! I take him to get him groomed every 3-4 weeks (what the groomer suggest) and brush him on a daily basis, but nothing seems to work. When before I go out to my car I have to use a lint collector all over my outfit. And one I get out of my car I have to do it again. I used to let tippy ride in the car when I did my errands but the hair was so had to get out of my cloth seats , so now when we travel he has to ride in his dog crate. I hate it because he can’t see out the window (one of his favorite things) and he wines because he wants out. His shedding is really the only thing I could complain about. Other than that he is my whole world and the positive far outweighs the negative.

    • Debbi

      Dec 3, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Mine does the same and she is the same mix. What can we do?

  10. Brittiany Gipson

    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I have a 1 year old Chihuahua and he is shedding extremely bad this spring! 🙁 there is hair everywhere. he has short thick coat black hair and it is EVERYWHERE in my apartment. He sheds as much as my mothers pit bull!!!

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