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Deer Head Chihuahua

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Is The Deer Head Chihuahua A Special Breed?

The deer head Chihuahua is a type of Chihuahua and not a special breed, or even a sub-breed.

As a breed, the Chihuahua exhibits a fairly wide range of characteristics, yet we are still talking about a single breed. Some have long hair, others are short haired. The ears of some, in fact most, are erect, while the ears of others droop.

Long-haired or short-haired, erect ears or droopy ears, they are all Chihuahuas, and belong to a single breed.

Deer Head Chihuahuas Vs. Apple Head Chihuahuas

The deer head Chihuahua is in one sense defined more by what it is not than by what it is.

The deer head Chihuahua isn't an apple head Chihuahua, but both types are Chihuahuas. Instead of a difference in hair length, ear conformation, or coat color, the difference is basically in the shape of the head.

An apple head Chihuahua has a round head, somewhat like the shape of an apple, while the deer head has a head that is not quite so round, and tends to have a more pointed muzzle and jaw line.

The shape of the deer head Chihuahua's head is said to resemble that of a young deer, or that of a Doberman Pinscher. What we are talking about then, is not color difference but head shape .

Much Ado About Little? - At a point in time in the past, most Chihuahuas were what we would consider to be deer head Chihuahuas.

The more rounded, apple head Chihuahua has essentially been bred that way, and the apple head has become the breed standard according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Even though it has been around longer, the deer head Chihuahua does not conform to the AKC Standard for the Chihuahua, and consequently is not eligible to appear in AKC sponsored shows.

This seems a little unfair, but if you are not planning on showing your Chihuahua, it really doesn't make too much difference whether you own an apple head or a deer head.

The deer head also tends to be a little thinner in its build and does not have quite as many health issues as does the apple head. This likely is the result of the breeding of the apple head over the years, while the deer head is generally not bred with the idea of keeping its conformation pure.

Both types of the Chihuahua are fine looking little dogs, and most Chihuahua owners don't particularly seem to care if their pet is a deer head or an apple head. One might spend a little more in purchasing the latter, as if it meets the AKC Standard, it can be eligible as a show dog.

In terms of temperament though, there really is little difference between the two. Where problems arise in purchasing a Chihuahua it is more often than not purchasing what has come to be known as a "Teacup Chihuahua". The Teacup is not so much the result of special breeding, but is simply a Chihuahua that is a bit smaller than normal. Purchasing a Teacup is very often nothing more than a rip off.

Small But Feisty - The Chihuahua is a wonderful companion. It is loyal and very brave, often seeming to forget how small it really is. It can act as if it were 2 pounds of dynamite.

The Chihuahua is a rather fragile breed however, and must be handled with care. For this reason, it is not always a good companion for small children. If treated roughly, it can be easily injured, and since it is so small it will defend itself by snapping or biting if it can't get away.

Despite its small size, it loves to bark at most things, and makes an excellent watchdog.

The bottom line? In purchasing a Chihuahua, you might decide on an apple head or you might decide on a deer head, but in most cases, it isn't going to make that much of a difference.

Either way, you'll end up with a pure bred Chihuahua for your very own.

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