Watch this short video of this sweet little puppy get his first bath!
One of the most important grooming routines for a Chihuahua is bathing. Whether you own a long-coat or smooth-coat variety, all Chihuahuas must be bathed to prevent build-ups of dirt and to keep their fur free of any tangles. Unfortunately, many owners allow their Chihuahuas to go un-bathed for long periods of time, making the process even more difficult when they try to place them in a tub or sink. If you’re wondering what the best way is to clean them, keep reading and walk you through the steps to bathing a Chihuahua.
While bathing is an essential grooming routine for a Chihuahua, you should avoid over-doing it. It’s far too common for owners to bathe their pups multiple times a week, and while this may not seem like a big deal, it can easily dry out their skin. So, how often are you supposed to bathe them? It really depends on several different factors, such as their level of outdoor activity, what type of shampoo you are using, whether they are long-coat or smooth, how clean the air is inside your home, and how much they clean themselves with their tongue. With that said, a good rule of thumb is to bathe them around once every 2-3 weeks, as this should keep them clean without drying out their skin.
What You’ll Need To Bathe a Chihuahua Before you can give your Chihuahua a proper bath, you’ll first need to acquire a few basic supplies. While you may already have some of these laying around your home, chances are you’ll need to make a trip to the local pet store for the rest. Here are the items necessary to bathe a Chihuahua:
Premium dog-formulated shampoo (people shampoo can be too harsh for their delicate skin). Wash cloth Dry Towel Pitcher or large bowl Some treats