Before starting you have to know that officially and according to AKC, there is only one “breed” or “type” of chihuahua. Among the chihuahua breed, there are two official varieties of coat lengths- the long coat and the smooth coat. These differences may be minor, but they provide you with an idea of what you are looking to buy. Based on the unofficial standards, there are many different chihuahua types.
However, differentiating between Chihuahuas can only be easy if you understand Chihuahuas and know the physical differences between them. Such as body shape, head shape, and coat length.
It’s not that important to understand the different types of Chihuahuas. But if you are a lover of dogs, it’s understandable that you would want to know. It will help you know the differences between the Chihuahua dog breeds.
One of the reasons why people choose from various types of Chihuahuas is because of individual preferences. There are some people that love Chihuahuas that are long-haired due to the elegance it shows. Others may prefer the ones that are short-haired. It all depends on personal tastes.
There are major, seven types of Chihuahuas:
- Smooth-Coat Chihuahua
- Long-Coat Chihuahua
- Apple Head Chihuahua
- Deer Head Chihuahua
- Teacup Chihuahua
- Fawn Chihuahua
- Pear Head Chihuahua
1. Smooth-Coat Chihuahua
This is one of the breeds of Chihuahua available. It has short hair that looks beautiful. This means that, unlike the long-haired breed, it requires less combing and grooming.
But then, even though it has short hair, it still sheds a lot of hair. This makes this breed unsuitable for those who have dog hair allergies.
So, if you must get a Chihuahua and you know that you are allergic to dog hair, the smooth-coat Chihuahua is not for you.
For the Chihuahua, the short hair it has means that you don’t spend time trimming and grooming. That does not mean you don’t bathe it from time to time, it just means that you spend less time on its hair.
If you are too busy to comb your dog, don’t get this breed. If you have difficulties combing or trimming your dog, this Chihuahua is not for you. It is better you look at another breed of Chihuahua instead of getting this one and not taking care of it.
2. Long-Coat Chihuahua
This is perhaps the most popular and recognized of the Chihuahua breed. While this breed has varying hair lengths, we know none of this breed has short hair.
This Chihuahua breed also varies in terms of color. Despite the amount of hair it has, it does not shed too much hair. Unlike the smooth-coat Chihuahua, this breed does not shed too much hair.
You will of course still need to comb and groom this breed to keep it neat. But trimming is not necessary for this breed at all. The coat of this breed is always smooth to touch and will make you really happy when you touch it.
You should know though, that if you don’t trim this breed occasionally and groom it daily, it can affect the dog. It takes the Chihuahua breed at least three years to grow its long-coat hair to full length. You should appreciate this and take good care of the dog’s hair.
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS TYPE: Long-Haired Chihuahuas
3. Apple Head Chihuahua
Because of the shape of its head, this Chihuahua breed was given that name. This breed is the perfect dog to get a pet. Some experts will tell you that only Chihuahuas that have well-rounded apple-shaped heads can be called Chihuahuas.
Like other Chihuahuas, this breed has different colors. But breeds like this suffer from hydrocephalus, a condition where their heads are too big in comparison to their bodies. Be sure to check your dog out before buying to know if it has this.
4. Deer Head Chihuahua
This breed is less popular than the rest. Like the apple head Chihuahua, it also gets its name because of the shape of its head. This breed has a longer body with long legs. While the shape of its head is often rejected in dog show communities, there are many people that still keep it as a pet. Some dog breeders even keep it for breeding.
The advantage it has is that it has fewer genetic problems compared to the apple head Chihuahua.
5. Teacup Chihuahua
This is a very small breed of Chihuahua as its height is nine inches and it weighs less than five pounds. But apart from the size, it acts and behaves like the other big breeds.
YOU CAN READ ABOUT THIS BREED: Miniature teacup Chihuahuas
6. Fawn chihuahua
This breed has been argued by many not to belong to the Chihuahua breed. The idea behind this is that this breed belongs to the other breeds but just has a different color. That means that this breed could belong to the other breeds and just have a separate color from them. Thus, it could easily be a smooth-coat or apple head Chihuahua with a different color.
7. Pear Head Chihuahua
When a deer head chihuahua and an apple head breed, this will result in what is called a pear head chihuahua. They can come in a variety of colors and coat lengths. In addition, this type is not popular, but it is known among breeders. Their shapes are like this; they have large muzzles, flat skulls, and sometimes a larger body size. The shape of their heads may seem like a deer head, however, their head is more pear-shaped.
Finally, you should remember all these types of chihuahuas have huge personalities, and confidence and they are able to do whatever it takes to defend their parents. In addition, the chihuahua has more variations than any other dog breed.
This variation of color, size, and shape is a great opportunity if you are planning to own a chihuahua.
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