If we go by the AKC breed ranking, Chihuahuas are a relatively common breed, ranked 33rd out of the 195 breeds recognized by the club. However, there is nothing to indicate that the deer head type of Chihuahua is more common or rarer than other types.
Some people will use color to describe the rarity of the Chihuahua types, with fawn and black Chihuahuas being more common while the pure white and blue Chihuahuas are said to be rarer. According to the CCA, these variations can be used to hike prices among breeders.
It’s important to note that most breeders will list their dogs simply as Chihuahuas, without indicating the type. If you are considering owning a Chihuahua you can opt to buy a puppy or adopt an adult one.
Buying a Chihuahua
A quick check of breeders listed on the CCA and the gooddog.com search site indicates that Chihuahua prices will average between $2,000 and $3,500. Some breeders may, however, go as low as $650. As seen in some breeder websites, prices will vary depending on factors like bloodline, location, age, and sex, with female Chihuahuas tending to cost more than males.
Adopting a Chihuahua
If you have a small budget but still want a Chihuahua pet, you can opt to adopt. Chihuahua dogs listed for adoption on petfinder.com can be adopted for as low as $200, which would be 10 times less than a $2,000 buying price. But your decision to adopt will depend on whether you want a young or mature dog.