Even though there are officially only two varieties of Chihuahuas according to the AKC breed standards that refer to the type of coat the dog displays, there are five different types of Chihuahuas that you may run into. They are the same breed but have other characteristics, such as coat length, head shape, and body type.
As you know, Chihuahuas are popular pets and are frequently in the spotlight. As such, it may not be apparent to some people when they think they know what a Chihuahua looks like, and then they run across a different feature they never knew existed. So, what are the different types of Chihuahuas? Well, this article explains the different types of Chihuahuas and has pictures of different types of Chihuahuas so you can recognize the different variations that you may encounter.
The 7 Different Types of Chihuahuas
1. Short Hair Chihuahua
Also referred to as smooth-coat Chihuahuas, these are among the different Chihuahua breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The coat will be soft, glossy, and close to the body. You may see more hair at the neck and less on the head and ears. This type of coat sheds less and requires less grooming. Short-haired Chihuahuas can have various colors, leg lengths, and head shapes.
2. Long Hair Chihuahua
These Chihuahuas will have a soft texture to their coat that can be either slightly wavy or flat. There will be fringed hair on the ears and a full, long tail like a plume. You will also see feathering on the feet and legs and a large ruff around the neck. Long hair requires more grooming and upkeep, such as daily brushing and frequent baths. Surprisingly, long-hair Chihuahuas shed as much as one would expect, but it can take up to three years for the coat to grow out entirely, so the AKC recommends grooming them only to create a neat appearance. You can see the long coat in different colors and body types.
Apple Head Chihuahua
If you are going to take your Chihuahua to show, this shape of the head is recognized and accepted. The round head seems overly large for the body, featuring wide, protruding eyes and a small muzzle. The Applehead Chihuahua’s coat color will vary, and 80-90% are born with a small opening in their head called a molera. The molera typically closes over time in half of the puppies born with it.
4.Deer Head Chihuahua
This type will have a more elongated head and a narrower snout, with large ears resembling deer. Their bodies and legs are also longer and heavier than the apple-headed Chihuahua, though they won’t weigh more than 10 pounds. They can have a short or a long coat of varying colors. Though there’s no proven research, some say that the deer chihuahua is less afflicted by diseases seen in the other Chihuahuas.
5. Pear Head Chihuahua
When an apple head and a deer head breed, you will see a pear head Chihuahua. It is not a common type and is known chiefly among dog breeders. They have flat skulls with larger muzzles and, sometimes, a larger body size. They will resemble a deer head, but the head is more pear-shaped, as their name suggests. They can have a variety of colors and coat lengths.
6.Teacup Chihuahua/Mini Chihuahua
The Teacup Chihuahua have gained popularity over the years because when they are puppies, they are small enough to fit into a teacup. When fully grown, they are less than 9 inches tall and weigh less than 5 pounds. Their looks resemble the standard apple-head Chihuahua, and they can be different colors and have short or long hair. Unfortunately, this size suffers from many health issues, such as hydrocephalus, bone fractures, and heart disease, to name a few. Many will also suffer from urinary incontinence and are difficult to toilet train. Remember that the teacups are not considered a different Chihuahua breed, just a smaller version of the standard Chihuahua.
7. Fawn Chihuahua
This refers to the color of the dog, which is a beautiful fawn/brown color. You will see the variety within the paint, with specific coats being lighter or darker. You may even hear terms like a sable fawn and blue fawn, but they still fall into the fawn color category, which is the most common color for Chihuahuas. These dogs can have different markings and be short- or long-haired.
Now you know the different characteristics that you may come across when viewing the other Chihuahua breeds. They all offer huge personalities that emit confidence and self-reliance, which is why this is a popular dog breed.
The Chihuahua has more variations than any other, which is nice if you own one or plan to bring one into the family. You can have a unique dog that fits your color, size, and shape preferences.