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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September 21, 2013

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