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Subject:Long Hair Chi Puppy Coat Growth?
Time:11:04 pm
My mom and I both bought long hair chihuahua puppies [from different litters-breeders] back in july. When we bought them my guy was a fluffbucket and her's barely had longer hair than the smooth coats in her litter. As they grew they both sort of evened out, ie Quik is not a fluffbucket any longer and Coco has fluffed out a little. Both of our breeders said it can take up to 1 year for them to fully develope their long hair but I don't know personally. This is my first chihuahua and I haven't really read much about their coat types developing anywhere. Usually long coats get as much attention as saying "chihuahuas come in long and short coats." or talking about how you need to brush a long coat more often-duh. My grandmother bred chihuahuas when my mother was a teenager-young lady but her breeding pair were both fawn smoothcoats who had litters of mostly fawns, fawns and blacks, and a few parti's here and there. She can only remember one long coat puppy while she lived at home and they also sold him so she doesn't know how his coat came in.

I'm not going to love Quik any less if he stays in this mullet phase forever I'm just curious as to other's experience with long haired chi's and how their coats grew in. His hair was pretty short for a while now but it's starting to get longer now around his head, his tale, the backs of his legs, wherever it should be getting longer....and it does feel thicker than a smooth coat's coat but he's nowhere near a full long coat. He's going on 7 months now so I'm thinking he's on the right track but yet I saw another long hair chi out the other day who had a full long hair coat and he was 5 months!

I just gave him a bath and Quik looks very handsome:) After I give him a bath his hair is all crimped looking. I kinda wish it would stay that way but when I'm done brushing him it lays straight again....and he will NOT let me stop brushing until I have brushed him to his smooth satisfaction. My dog is so vain....I'd love to just not brush him after his bath cuz a crimped mullet that would be awesome in a Ohio kind of way!
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verona
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Time:2005-12-11 06:01 am (UTC)
They take about 2 years to fill in and they get their pants and mullet first :)
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aqueoustransmeg
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Time:2005-12-11 06:21 am (UTC)
2 years! Well then I guess he is right on track!
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monleekey
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Time:2005-12-11 07:03 am (UTC)
all i know is that at 8 weeks, it will be a thick fat fluffy longcoat. at 6 months, it will thur ugly stage of longcoats. after a year, it will be very soft but average longcoat. in the spite of all, in 3 years...you will have a nice full longcoat. :)

my tinkerbell is a longcoat. she is a year & 5 months old. she has some longhair on her ears, tail & end of her butt. but whole of her body is still soft but thinner! so i hope she will have a beautiful longcoat in 3 years or so. i think 2 yrs left to go. but again, if she doesn't have a thick longcoat but i will still love her no matter what! ;)
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daphnep
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Time:2005-12-12 07:45 am (UTC)
I've found a fair bit of variety in length/thickness of fur in longcoats. Some are quite nearly as fluffy as pomeranians, some (like Lola) are almost like smoothcoats, only with extra fringe on ears, tail, butt, and elbows. It can take more than a year to grow in, though. Lola's now 2 1/2 and I don't think she's growing any more, but I do see a difference from how it looked at 12 months, for sure. Her buddy, Higgens, on the other hand, sounds like Quik--a fluffy little chick for awhile, which smoothed out into a very full, very nice longcoat Chi look with full "pants" and a nice ruff around the neck.

You're right, though, that there's very little info on this out there. I used to search the chi books and magazines, looking for different coats to compare Lola to.
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aqueoustransmeg
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Time:2005-12-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't know why there is so little info on long haired chi's. I know they are not quiet as common as short coats but they are out there and just as cute! [coughmorecutecough] Most people I tell he is a long haired chihuahua have no idea what I'm talking about.
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