Chorkie Grooming Needs | Bathing, Brushing, Nail Clipping
Many owners are confused or simply don't know where to start when it comes to their Chorkie's grooming routine. Because they aren't a purebred dog, information is somewhat limited on their grooming needs. You can scour all the canine books at your local library and still come up with little-to-no information on them. Like all dogs, though, Chorkies need to have a proper grooming routine in place consisting of bathing, brushing, nail clipping, etc. Failing to meet these needs will not only make your Chorkie look less attractive, but it may also increase the chance of certain health problems developing. Keep reading and we'll reveal the steps to properly grooming a Chorkie.
Before we start, it's important to note that most basic grooming routines can be done in the comfort of your own home with a few basic supplies and a little bit of your spare time. There's nothing wrong with taking your Chorkie for a professional grooming once in a while, but this can get become quite expensive. Just paying a local groomer to bathe your Chorkie alone can run you upwards of $20 bucks a session, and that's not including haircuts or other services. A more sensible and economical approach is to groom them yourself using the methods listed here.
Chorkies require an occasional brushing to keep their coat clean and tangle-free. Chorkies that were bred with long-coat Chihuahua parents will typically have a longer coat of fur, which means they will require more frequent brushing. On the other hand, those bred with short-coat Chihuahua parents will likely have a much shorter coat that sits closer to their body. Thankfully, the length of their coat won't affect the amount of fur they shed. Compared to other dogs, Chorkies are known to shed very little, making them the perfect choice for people living with pet allergies.
- Pick up a plastic, soft-bristle dog brush from your local pet store (should cost about $5-$10).
- Sit down on a couch or somewhere comfortable and place your Chorkie gently in your lap. It's a good idea to pet and talk to them so they will remain calm.
- Slowly run the brush through their coat starting from the front area around their head and working your way back to the tail. Use extreme caution during this process and take your time. If the brush stops at a knot or tangle, don't try to force it but instead hold the clumped hair with one hand and use the other to tweak it out with the brush.
- Continue brushing your Chorkie until you've covered every inch of their coat. If they have excess fur on their hair or matted around their neck, be sure to get these areas as well.
In addition to brushing, another step to grooming a Chorkie is bathing. Whether they have a long or short coat, they need to be given baths to remain clean and healthy. A quick bath will help to remove dirt, mug, grass, fleas, ticks ans any other nasty little pests that may have burrowed their way into your Chorkie's fur. Also, a lesser-known benefit to bathing a Chorkie is that it allows you to take a closer inspection of their skin and body parts, and this helps to prevent more serious issues from arising. Just follow the steps below to give your Chorkie a proper bath.
- Purchase a bottle of dog-formulated shampoo at your local pet store. These are more gentle on their skin and shouldn't irritate their eyes if some drips into it. However, you should still try to avoid getting it into their eyes when you bathe them.
- Pull up/off the tub stopper so no water will fill your tub and turn the water on a luke-warm temperature. Place a hand underneath the water to check and see how warm the water is. Once it feels like a comfortable temperature, go find your Chihuahua and bring them into the tub.
- With the water running, fill up a pitcher or large cup and pour it over your Chorkie's body until their coat is thoroughly soaked.
- Read the instructions on the dog shampoo you recently purchased to determine how much is necessary for your Chorkie's size. Typically, it should only be a very small amount, so make sure you don't use too much. Just place the necessary amount on the back of their coat and rub it in with your hands. Continue massaging the shampoo into their coat until they have a nice soapy lather built up.
- Once your Chorkie is nice and clean, it's time to rinse the shampoo out of their coat. Fill back up your cup or pitcher with clean water and pour it over their body while cupping their eyes with a free hand. Remember, you want to avoid getting any shampoo in their eyes, which is why you should shield their eyes with a hand.
- Last but not least, take your Chorkie out of the tub and quickly wrap them up in a dry towel. Gently rub the towel against their body to remove excess water before letting them run free.
It's easy to overlook the importance of clipping a Chorkie's nails until it becomes a problem. At first, your Chorkie's long nails may only be a nuisance as they scratch you when you try to hold them. If you don't take the time to clip them, however, they can actually wrap all the way around and grow into their paws, which is quite painful to say the least. Thankfully, this can be prevented by clipping their nails as a part of an overall grooming routine.
- Some owners may cut their Chorkie's nails with basic "people" nail clippers, but this isn't recommended. Regular nail clippers can splinter their nails, causing it to open up areas in the quick. Instead, look for guillotine-style canine nail clippers that are designed to chop the nails quickly and painlessly. Most major pet stores have them for sale for as little as $6 bucks, so it's not a huge investment to make.
- When you're ready to clip their nails, hold your Chorkie in your lap and closely inspect their paws to identify the "quick" in their nails. This is the area where blood vessels send fresh blood and nutrients, and you'll want to avoid cutting it at all costs. It should be easy to identify, as the quick is a darker color than the rest of the nail.
- Gently raise one of your Chorkie's paws and place one of their nails through the guillotine clippers right before it reaches the quick. Firmly press down on the clippers so it chops off the nail. During the process, continue to reassure and praise your Chorkie for being such as good dog. As you can expect, some Chorkies are fearful of this unusual activity.
- Continue using the guillotine clippers on all of their nails. Once you're through, give them a treat as a reward for their good behavior. Also, you can place their paw in a bowl of baking soda to stop the bleeding if you accidentally hit the quick.