How Much Does a Chihuahua Shed?
All throughout the year, there will be a light to moderate shed. One may assume that long coats shed more than short coats, however this is not always the case.
The amount of fur that a Chi sheds throughout the year varies from dog to dog. However, do not expect a short haired Chihuahua to be a non or light shedder - the process of the growth cycle is a never ending cycle - just as with any other dog.
Seasonal and Summer Shedding
There are going to be times when a Chihuahuas sheds more than normal and these will be periods of moderate to heavy shedding. Dogs will have a moderate to heavy shed in response to changes in seasonal sunlight.
Many people mistakenly believe that when temperatures change it triggers falls out or growth, however it is the sunlight variations that trigger fluxes in a dog's pineal gland that in turn trigger the coat to shed.
In some areas of the country, there can be a dramatic difference in sunlight hours ; as little as 9 in the winter VS as many as 15.5 in the summer
Therefore, twice a year - late fall and early spring - as days become shorter and then as days become longer, you can expect to see a change in shedding and this will vary depending on where you live.
It is the spring/ summer shed that is often heavier than the fall shed. This is because in the autumn, some extra hairs are being shed as a thicker coat takes their place. However, in the spring and into early summer - as sunlight changes and the days are longer - that heavier coat is shed off, making way for a slightly thinner coat that the Chihuahua will have during the summer months.