How to groom a chihuahua-papillon mixed breed

Updated July 20, 2017

A Chihuahua-papillon is a small crossbreed dog that is mix of the Chihuahua and the papillon. This adorable dog is sometimes known as a papihuahua or a chion. The Chihuahua-papillon mix can either have the typically shorter fur of the Chihuahua, the longer coat of a papillon, or a mixture of both. It is common to see this little mixed breed with some short-furred areas of the body, with tufts of fur in others, especially around the head and ears. Whether a Chihuahua-papillon has a short, medium or long coat, this lively breed is easy to groom with a few simple steps and grooming tools.

Brush your Chihuahua-papillon frequently. Because the breed can have a variety of lengths in its coat, the longer the fur the more often you need to brush it. Regular brushing will keep your pet's coat soft, and will help prevent tangles and mats if he has a longer coat. Use a soft bristle dog brush for regular brushings. If your Chihuahua's coat is longer and has a tendency to tangle, use a wire brush to remove hair mats.

Bathe your Chihuahua-papillon as needed, typically about once every four to six weeks. This mixed breed does not have a tendency to have much odour, so bathing too frequently is not necessary. Use a shampoo formulated for your pet's specific needs, such as medicated if she has allergies or dry skin formula if your pet has flaky skin. Comb out any tangles or hair mats with a dog comb prior to bathing. Try a detangling formula if your Chihuahua-papillon is prone to tangles. Rinse thoroughly and dry your dog with a towel after his or her bath.

Clip your Chihuahua-papillon's nails as necessary, approximately once every month. Carefully trim just the tips of each nail so that you do not cut the sensitive nail quicks. Be careful if your pet has long fur around his or her toes, which is common for the breed, this can make nail trimming difficult because the nails will be hard to see. If you trim your Chihuahua-papillon's nails as needed, they will be much easier to cut.

Remember to clean your Chihuahua-papillon's eyes and ears. Use a cotton ball with saline solution to wipe around the delicate areas of your dog's eyes. Use a tissue to wipe in and around your dog's ears. Trim back excessive fur in the ears to help prevent infections. See your veterinarian if you notice excessive oozing or odour in and around your Chihuahua-papillon's eyes or ears, as this could be a sign of an infection.

Use flea preventive on your Chihuahua-papillon as prescribed by your vet. Fleas can cause your dog to be dirty, and to have skin irritation from scratching. Preventing fleas will prevent the problems they cause. Never use more flea preventive than is prescribed, as overdosing can be harmful to your small dog.


Brush your Chihuahua-papillon gently. Pay close attention when using a wire bristle brush so you do not scratch your pet's delicate skin. Brush your Chihuahua-papillon at least once a week. Remember that Chihuahua-papillons with longer fur need to be brushed and bathed more frequently than those with short fur.


Unless your Chihuahua-papillon gets dirty often from outdoor play, do not give him or her too many baths. If you do, it can dry out your pet's skin. Chihuahua-papillons may not like being groomed. Many are especially stressed during nail trimmings. Take your time, be gentle, and seek the help of a professional groomer if you have difficulty grooming your pet.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog comb
  • Soft bristle dog brush
  • Wire bristle dog brush
  • Dog nail clippers
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Cotton balls
  • Saline solution
  • Tissues
  • Flea preventive
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Jennifer Lynn has been writing as a correspondent and reporter since 1991. She has written for numerous newspapers and currently writes as a correspondent for Gannett. Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on English from Ohio University, where she also studied journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.