How Often Should You Bathe a Papillon and a Chorkie (Chihuahua/yorkie)?

I have a 4 yr old papillon and a 5 yr (in 26 days) chorkie. The pap has not-to-standard hair and of normal thickness and medium length; the chorkie has very thin and short hair (not smooth coat). I used to take them to the groomers often but can’t afford to do so anymore. How often should I bathe them and what are the best products to use (the chorkie has sensitive skin)?

Over bathing causes dry skin and strips the dog’s coat of oil, so once a month – just before you apply the new dose of flea/tick preventative – is enough, unless the dog gets into something nasty in between then.

Get a good, mild shampoo made specifically for dogs, nothing harsh. I use HyLite on my dogs, it’s mild, leaves their coats beautiful, you can get it online or at the vet’s, it was recommended to me by people who show their dogs. It’s a bit expensive, but goes a long way.

Sounds as if neither of your dogs need a lot of grooming, just regular brushing – you can do that and save money. I have 2 long hair dachsies, both only need regular brushing and, in the fall, combing dry plant debris out of their "plumes", no big deal.

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5 Responses to How Often Should You Bathe a Papillon and a Chorkie (Chihuahua/yorkie)?

  1. ladystang says:

    ask your groomer to recommend shampoo.

    i bathe every 6-8 weeks.
    only costs $20 to bathe my papillon,
    does the chorkie need grooming or just a bath? shouldn’t be more than the papillon.
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  2. Lucidia says:

    Lol "only" $20 to bathe a dog?!?
    Just buy some baby shampoo and wash the dang thing when it starts to stink for gods sake. No need to spend $20 on that!
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  3. JENYM says:

    You should only bath your dog of whatever breed if they roll in something nasty and you can’t stand the smell. What is this obsession with washing dogs? It only removes the natural oils from the coat, there to protect them from wet and cold.
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    Advice from a vet when I got my first dog in 1968. I think its part of the modern way of treating dogs like babies!

  4. rescue member says:

    Over bathing causes dry skin and strips the dog’s coat of oil, so once a month – just before you apply the new dose of flea/tick preventative – is enough, unless the dog gets into something nasty in between then.

    Get a good, mild shampoo made specifically for dogs, nothing harsh. I use HyLite on my dogs, it’s mild, leaves their coats beautiful, you can get it online or at the vet’s, it was recommended to me by people who show their dogs. It’s a bit expensive, but goes a long way.

    Sounds as if neither of your dogs need a lot of grooming, just regular brushing – you can do that and save money. I have 2 long hair dachsies, both only need regular brushing and, in the fall, combing dry plant debris out of their "plumes", no big deal.
    References :

  5. ? Raw Pugs ? says:

    I personally think my dogs are due for a bath if their fur is starting to become too gross to pet or if they’ve been in a lake or before we go to a show.

    Look for shampoos for sensitive skin. I use Shampoo/conditioner for dogs.
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    Two Pugs.

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