All 8 Types Of Chihuahuas, Explained!

There are 8 types of Chihuahuas and each one is unique in its own way. Some Chihuahuas are long-haired, while others have short hair.

Some are smooth-coated, while others have a wire coat. Some Chihuahuas are tiny, while others are quite a bit larger.

There’s no one “right” way to be a Chihuahua – and that’s part of what makes them so special! In this blog post, we’re going to break down all 8 types of Chihuahuas (including the Merle, which is the rarest on our list).

So if you’re thinking about getting a Chi, or you just want to learn more about these adorable little dogs, read on!

8. Merle Chihuahua

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Merle Chihuahuas have a Merle gene which results in mottled spot markings all over their bodies. This commonly features faded, white spots on red or blue coats.

This novelty aesthetic is becoming very popular among designer dog breeds. Unfortunately, the mutation affects not only the coat markings but also eye and ear development and functioning. In cases of double merle breeding, the dog could end up blind, deaf, and of general ill-health.

7. Hairless Chihuahua

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Hairless Chihuahuas are among the rarest variation of this breed. They take the unique aesthetic gag to the next level with their completely hairless bodies.

The hairless trait in these hairless chihuahuas occurs as a result of a very rare genetic mutation. The mutation is recessive which means that two hairless Chihuahuas have to mate in order to produce another one. It is no wonder they are so rare.

These breeds need extra care when out in the sun – as their skin is exposed and prone to developing serious sunburns.

6. Deer Head Chihuahua

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For a long time, the Deer Head skull feature was the only standard skull type recognized by most kennel clubs. These Chihuahuas are known for their flatter foreheads and long snouts. They also tend to be much larger than the apple-head variety.

While Deer Head Chihuahuas do not have the dramatic, aesthetic flair, they tend to be a lot healthier and more comfortable than the Apple heads as you will see shortly.

5. Apple Head Chihuahua

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Apple Head Chihuahuas are weird-looking little pups and this is just a part of their undeniable charm. They are known for their large, rounded foreheads that give the top of the skull a sort of dome shape.

They also have very short snouts compared to the Deer Head Chihuahua. While their snouts are not as smooshed in as other brachycephalic dog breeds, it is still a problematic feature. It leaves them prone to issues like respiratory distress and eye injury due to their exposure.

4. Fawn Chihuahua

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Fawn is one of the most common, standard, solid coat colors you will find on a Chihuahua. It appears like a very light and almost buff, tanned hue.

Fawn Chihuahuas more often than not have short, smooth coats. They may also have varying degrees of lightness of the same fawn shade with the chest area being the lightest.

As far as personality is concerned, this variation has no influence on them being typical in behavior and temperament.

3. Teacup Chihuahua

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Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed there is. Teacup Chihuahuas are the smallest of the smallest and do not exceed 2 pounds at their heaviest.

These teacups are bred primarily for aesthetics and their novelty. This is achieved by mating between the runts in regular Chihuahua litters.

While the result is a devastatingly adorable pooch that can fit in the palm of your hand, there is a heavy price to pay in terms of the dog’s health and safety from injuries.

2. Short-Haired Chihuahua

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Short-Haired Chihuahuas also have smooth coats but their fur is markedly coarser than that of their long-haired counterparts. They also paradoxically tend to shed a lot more and may need to be brushed about 2 to 4 times every week to manage the problem.

These Chihuahuas also stand out in terms of personality as they tend to be more lively and prone to destructive and aggressive behavior. There will never be a dull moment in a home with one of these dogs.

1. Long-Haired Chihuahua

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According to the American Kennel Club, the long-haired chihuahua is considered a completely separate breed from the short-haired Chihuahua.

Their coats feature long, very smooth fur that lays close to the skin while still being thick enough to give a fluffy dog aesthetic. This may come as a surprise to most but the long-haired variety is generally easier to maintain as far as grooming is concerned. This is mainly because they shed way less and their smooth fur is not very prone to tangling.

Are There Big Chihuahuas? 

Chihuahuas are the smallest dogs with most within the breed falling between 3 to 6 pounds. However, it is possible to have big Chihuahuas weighing up to 12 pounds or more. This usually happens in cases of obesity. It could also be a result of mixed breeding with a larger dog breed.

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Are Girl Or Boy Chihuahuas Better?

Both girl and boy Chihuahuas are great companions in their different ways. Boy Chihuahuas are ideal if you want a lively, Velcro dog that will love you unconditionally and pretty much follow you everywhere. Females on the other hand are calmer and more reserved but every bit as affectionate and loyal.

Do Chihuahuas Have Separation Anxiety? 

Chihuahuas are very prone to developing separation anxiety. This is largely due to their very clingy and affectionate nature. If you have a busy schedule, the best thing to do is invest in pet sitting or walking services. You could also get them another chihuahua for the company.

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