How often should I give my chihuahua a bath?

My friend bathes her chihuahua once a week and I bathe mine a few times a year. Who’s right?


Chihuahua skin is very delicate, too much washing will cause dry skin and flakiness. Once a month is plenty. If your chihuahua is mostly indoors, then you can get away with even longer between baths. Instead of a bath, you can also wet and squeeze dry a paper towel and wipe down her fur, feet, and tushy, to keep her clean between baths. Don’t use perfumey baby wipes or anything with alcohol. Brush your chihuahua regularly to keep her coat shiny and smooth, especially if she’s a longcoat. Here’s what to do if you want to give your chihuahua a bath:

  • Brush her first to get any tangles out
  • Put her in the kitchen sink or the bathtub, but make sure she can’t jump out.
  • Wet her down with warm water using a sprayer or a small bucket.
  • Apply dog shampoo - it’s very important that you DO NOT use human shampoo, even those made for babies. Dog shampoos are pH balanced for your dog’s skin and won’t dry it out.
  • Start at the neck, work into a lather and continue down the back. Don’t forget the feet.
  • Avoid putting shampoo on her face, she won’t like that. Also avoid getting water in her ears, she’ll hate that. I tried using cotton balls, but my dogs shake them out.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water, several times until water runs clean.
  • Dry with big thick towel. If you need to dry them faster, use a hair dryer set on very low heat, but I usually just let them run around, shake and roll until they’re dried on their own.
  • Make sure they stay in a warm area until they’re dried.
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9 Comments

November 12, 2011

MIa :

I just rescued a 1 1/2 year old Chi from a friend who couldn’t care for him. I’ve noticed, though I’ve washed him several times, he gets disgusting within two weeks of washing him. I’ve used a skin cleaner, I’ve used a wet paper towel, I’ve brushed him every day, but nothing seems to work. He still smells like mud and poo at the end of two weeks. My mom says this is bad for his skin and he’ll be uncomfortable, but he always seems more comfortable after his bath as he rolls around on my bed and floor. What do I do??

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December 13, 2011

Ariel :

My chihuahua doesnt like it when i try to cover him on is bed with a blanket he prefers to run around.

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December 22, 2011

bebe :

this was helpful thanks

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September 3, 2012

Matusiak :

This was very helpful. My dog loves baths - sarcasm -

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December 23, 2012

Girlie Anne Ramos :

I love it

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December 23, 2012

Girlie Anne Ramos :

My pet chichuauahua is so adorable in taking a bath he love it ! Thanks for this website

From:America snofer village.

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December 23, 2012

Girlie Anne Ramos :

:)

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February 28, 2013

Laura :

What about short haired chihuahua’s?

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November 2, 2014

destiny :

I’m 8 I don’t know when to bathe my chihuahua

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