Most people don’t know that there are several types of Chihuahua since they mistakenly assume that all Chihuahuas look alike. Sorting out different Chihuahua types is easy if a person knows the physical difference between various Chihuahua types.
Understanding the different types of Chihuahuas is not necessary. But if you’re the kind of dog lover who wants a particular kind of dog from one of the types of Chihuahua breed, then in your case, it is something you need to know.
People choosing and selecting a dog from various types of Chihuahua are due to physical preference. Some like a Chihuahua whose coat hair is even and short. Others like a long-haired one due to the elegant and classic it projects.
Technically there is only one type or breed of Chihuahuas. Breeding standards among several dog kennels like AKC classifies Chihuahuas as a short coat or a long coat. Unofficially the term “types of Chihuahuas” refers to the differences in the dog’s body type, head shape, and coat length. These differences are superficial and minor. However, they do provide a person some measuring standard when selecting a dog from various Chihuahua types.
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The Types of Chihuahua
1. Smooth-Coat Chihuahua
The hairs on this dog are shorter, shed less than its long-haired counterpart, and require less combing and grooming. Like its long-haired kindred, it is one of the officially recognized Chihuahua breeds. This dog tends to shed a lot of it, making this type of Chihuahua unsuitable for people with dog hair allergies.
However, the Chihuahua’s short-haired coat ensures that the dog requires less grooming and virtually no trimming. Of course, it is evident that the dog needs a bath to be clean from time to time. People who have difficulty or only too busy to comb, groom, and trim a Chihuahua dog will often have this dog from other types of Chihuahua.
The smooth-Coat Chihuahua has different color variations and can either be an apple head or a deer head Chihuahua.
2. Long-Coat Chihuahua
This dog type is one of the varieties recognized officially by dog kennels. The hair length of a Long-coat Chihuahua varies but short like its other kin. The dog comes in different colors. Despite its long hair, it doesn’t shed that much, though you still need to comb and groom the dog to keep it tidy.
Trimming is not required for the dog while grooming is necessary; it can be done minimally to the Chihuahua dog. The coat of long-haired Chihuahuas is smooth to one’s touch, and the hair can have the feeling similar to velvet or is whiskery in texture.
A fair warning, though, make sure that you can attend to this dog’s occasional trimming, daily grooming with a brush and bathing needs since neglecting those needs can have adverse effects on the dog. The Chihuahua’s long-haired coat takes three or more years to grow to its full length once it reaches maturity.
The apple head Chihuahua and the deer head Chihuahua have this kind of coat. This dog is a favorite mostly among dog lovers who like to take their pets to dog shows to compete.
3. Apple Head Chihuahua
The dog got its name due to its head, which has a shape like an apple. The apple head Chihuahua is the most typical dog that one can have as a pet. In fact, in dog shows, a Chihuahua having a well-rounded apple-shaped head is the primary requirement to be considered as a real Chihuahua.
The dog has a smaller snout than a deer head Chihuahua, and its stop is more prominent at a 90-degree angle.
Like other types of Chihuahua, their coat color varies from one dog to another. Chihuahuas of this type who suffer from hydrocephalus have heads that are big but proportioned to their bodies. Their eyes bulge out from their sockets. If you plan on getting a dog like this aside from other types of Chihuahua, make sure to check if it has hydrocephalus.
4. Deer Head Chihuahua
The slightly less-popular kindred of the apple-shaped head Chihuahua and like its namesake, the dog’s head is elongated as well as having a narrower snout. Also, the deer head Chihuahua’s body is long, unlike its fellow dogs, and it has longer legs.
Though the head’s shape is not acceptable in dog show communities, the dog is a favorite by some people as a pet and as a breeding dog by some breeders. Unlike their apple head cousins, this Chihuahua has fewer genetic problems making them the healthiest type of dogs among different types of Chihuahuas. Make sure to check if the dog has a severe health issue before buying it.
5. Teacup Chihuahua
This refers to any Chihuahua dog that is at the height of nine inches and weighs only less than five pounds. The Teacup Chihuahua looks and acts like its bigger Chihuahua cousins, with size being the only thing that makes them different.
Just bear in mind that the Teacup Chihuahua should be an adult dog while fulfilling the height and weight requirements. If the dog outgrew the height and weight requirements when it becomes an adult, then it’s not a Teacup Chihuahua.
6. Fawn Chihuahua
What some call “Fawn Chihuahua” is not a breed, and therefore it does not exist among the several types of Chihuahua. Chihuahuas that belong to the fawn type “kind” are just standard Chihuahua types of various shapes and sizes with fawn color. Fawn is a very common color in Chihuahuas and has several varieties like a sable fawn, blue fawn, and fawn & white.
Other colors and markings you can find in Chihuahua breeds are marked, splashed, merle, sable, brindle, Irish marked, piebald, tri-color, bi-color, speckled, flecked and ticked. If the color is classified as a breed, you have many other colored Chihuahuas like “Merle Chihuahua” added to the list of different types of Chihuahuas. Therefore, people do not consider fawn-type Chihuahuas as a separate breed.
Regardless of what Chihuahua dog you choose from the various types of Chihuahua, be sure to value it’s a pet and give love as well as attention to it. When you get down to the root of the matter, the different types of Chihuahuas are all lovable, fun, and exciting pet companions for any Chihuahua dog lover.
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