Long-hair Chihuahuas shed their hair. Compared to other dogs, Chihuahuas lose a medium amount of hair. Though the shedding occurs throughout the year, it is most intense in the spring and autumn. Grooming the dogs regularly, especially during shedding seasons, reduces the amount of hair found around the home.
According to the American Kennel Club, the coat of a long-hair Chihuahua requires brushing, but compared to some other breeds, limited grooming is needed. Typically, the hair is brushed simply to look neat. A long-hair Chihuahua has either straight or wavy hair. The ears are fringed with tufts of hair, and the tail is often plumed. A large ruff around the neck is common.