Chihuahuas are some of the most popular doggies for their little forms and big personalities. What many people do not realize is that there are quite a number of aesthetic variations within this breed from larger, fluffy pooches to mottle-coated Chihuahuas.
If you are a Chi enthusiast and would like to get a new puppy, you will definitely benefit from all the information below on the 8 main types of chihuahuas.
The Merle Chihuahua is one of the rarest on our list but also one of the most intriguing. You may also be surprised to find out that there is a Hairless Chihuahua and even a Teacup version of what is already the smallest dog breed in the world.
8. Merle Chihuahua
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 especially in the age of 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
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 doggies need extra care especially in the sun as their sun is exposed and prone to developing serious sunburns.
6. Deer Head Chihuahua
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 flare, they tend to be a lot healthier and more comfortable than the Apple-heads as you will see shortly.
5. Apple Head Chihuahua
Apple Head Chihuahuas are weird-looking little doggies 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
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 with the doggies being pretty typical in behavior and temperament.
3. Teacup Chihuahua
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 doggies 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
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 doggies.
1. Long-Haired Chihuahua
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 as a result of mixed breeding with a larger dog breed.
Are Girl Or Boy Chihuahuas Better? Both girl and boy Chihuahuas are awesome 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.