You know I never thought of this till today. I went over to a breeder that was selling chihuahua puppies. She said that some were long coat from one litter and others were short from another litter. They were all almost the same age 5weeks and 4 weeks. They all looked the same! They did not have longer hair the long hairs they had basically the same length. When will you be able to tell a long hair chihuahua from a short when they are puppies? Is it to soon to tell? What should I look for?
I just got a long hiared chihuahua not mor than 3 weeks ago and at the time, he was almost 3 months by the way, up close you could tell he was long coat but even from a short distance it is hard to tell even now. I suggest waiting a little bit longer to tell for sure, you can never know for sure until there thick coat starts to come in. Look at how soft their hair is and how think the stand of hair appears to be. By 8 or 9 nine weeks you should have a fairily good indication.
Right about now. 4 weeks. some chi's have thinner coats than others so you wont see a real fluffy coat, but If you cant tell by 6 weeks I'd say its not a long haired chi' It may have the gene but not the coat.
Depending on the quality of your longcoat and hte amount of corssing you do between the coat lenghts, you can wind up with a medium plusher coat that won't show up as much untill the pup is a bit older.
True long coats tend to be fuzzy puppies however the ones that have the super thick plushie coats.
A long coat is a long coat. It just depends on if its a broken coat (laying flat on body) or a coat with an under coat(much fuller) Just because it's not a full plush coat does not make it "not " long coat.
Also some Chi's just carry the long coat gene and these "smooth coats" can sometimes grow a little bit of long coat when they get older. Not much but some.
The trick is knowing your line.
Also my friend who breeds Chi's says that she notices that males will have a fuller coat than females . Dont know how true that is but I have noticed that all the chi's I've seen with great coats where males.
Also keep in mind that a chi' may blow its coat in there first year and the coat may change a little more or less hair.
color wise too. Many so called White chi's will turn cream when they blow there coat.
thanks everyone! I was just confused because the lady had two litters and one you could sorta tell, but the other I had no idea and then she had some short coat ones and one of the short coat looked more like a long coat. I was confused! I think that one short coat maybe a medium coat one. It was a male and it had a lot of fur it was really puffy, but that could also be the puppy fur. I am checking out the puppies since I want to learn as much as I can about chihuahua's and since I never had any puppies of my own I need to see other peoples. Thanks again everyone! If anyone else has anything to add that would be great!
oh thanks! I remember your pups! They are so cute! Yea like that age I can tell, but at 3 or 4 weeks I was confused since they are all puffy from the baby fur I was not sure. I should've taken some pics if the lady would've let me to show everyone. One I could tell was a short hair and some did look like long hair, but then there were some in the short hair that were real puffy and you mentioned that as broken hair? She said it was puppy hair and would not be so fuzzy as they got older. Maybe they will have longer hair. I think she was confused also!
No......... I may have added to the confusion. Sorry.
If you saw a little pup that was all fuzzy or fluffy, at 4 weeks. Its going to be a long coat. Short/smooth coats do not get fluffy or puffy at all. Long coats may thin out and not be as fluffy, but that was a long coat you saw. ( puffy male)
Now what i was saying about a "broken coat" is They may take a little time to tell and it may not be as full, leading you to think its not a long coat if its really young.( you should be able to tell by 8 weeks for sure)
.......... you know what let me find a pick of my long coat as a pup. I'll show you what i mean. Here coat thinned out a lot. But never the less she is still a long coat.
My long coat has a "broken coat" Let me see if I can dig up some pic's
Thanks! Sorry about that I guess I was getting confused and just when I thought I had it!
Ok so a puffy fluffy is a long coat (making up new words for these coats! ) Could it by chance be a med coat because the lady had the two parents there and both were short coat and she said they did not have long coat in them. Just wondering.
I did notice on the other short coats that there hair was not puffy or anything like that, but came to a line down the front of their chest and a little down the legs. Nothing like the ones she said were long coat those had longer hair down the chest and back of legs and all over actually. So is that normal for a short coat?
I thought maybe the fluffy was a med coat. I have to read again what you wrote about a broken coat. Thanks if you have pictures that would be great!