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Facts About Deer Head Chihuahuas

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The Deer Head Chihuahua has a face and head shape that resembles a young deer. Other characteristics that set this type of Chihuahua apart from the others include a longer muzzle, larger ears, and a sloping forehead. They are often referred to as a large dog in a small size dog’s body. They are confident, sassy, feisty, and full of energy. Deer Head Chihuahuas have an attitude and a big personality.

The Deer Head Chihuahua is classified as a toy breed, but the rest of the Chihuahua’s history is widely unknown. Some have said that the Aztecs owned this dog breed back in the 1500s.

The Chihuahua is widely known as a companion dog as well. However, they didn’t gain any recognition from the AKC until the 1900s. When this happened, the Chihuahua was split into two categories: the Deer Head Chihuahua and the Apple Head Chihuahua.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some facts about the Deer Head Chi, you should be aware of in case you are looking to add a small dog to your family.


1-Deer Heads are usually bigger than Apple Heads. The standard for the Chihuahua breed is 6 pounds and under. Deer Head Chihuahuas can get up to 12 pounds.

2-Deer Heads have a longer muzzle. Their muzzles slope more and are longer than Apple Heads.

3-Deer Heads can have a round head, but it is not as round and bulbous as Apple Heads. Although they do look more roundish than other dog breeds.

4-Deer Heads’ eyes aren’t usually as large, round and bulbous as Apple Heads. Again though, they often look more round than other dog breeds.

5-Deer Heads have longer legs. I think the longer legs of the deer headed Chihuahua make them look more like tiny deer, don’t you?

6-The deer headed chihuahua can come in any color but are often fawn colored. Along with fawn, other colors include chocolate, black, red, cream, white, silver, and blue.

7-They come in many patterns too. Patterns for this little dog include spotted, tri-colored, marked, piebald or splashed, merle, and brindle.

deer head long hair chihuahua

8-Deer Heads can have long hair or short hair. Just like Apple Heads, these tiny canines can be long-haired or short-haired. In rare cases, they can be wiry-haired too.


9-Deer Heads are not recognized as the breed standard by the AKC. It doesn’t mean they aren’t purebred Chihuahuas. It just means they can’t compete in dog shows.

10-Deer Heads have fewer health problems than Apple Heads. This is probably due to the fact that they tend to be a little larger.

The smaller the dog, the more health problems it is prone to.

deer head mother with puppy

11-The parents of a Deer Head can be Apple Head Chihuahuas. One or both parents can be Apple Heads and still produce Deer Head puppies.

Often it takes weeks or months to know what the Chihuahua puppy will be.

12-Deer Head Chihuahuas tend to be less high strung and easier going than Apple Head Chihuahuas. Of course, there are exceptions to this.


Now, let’s take a quick look at some of the pros and cons of owning this toy breed.


  • If you have an apartment, it is the perfect space
  • They make good watchdogs
  • They require minimal maintenance and are easy to care for
  • They have a long average lifespan
  • Can travel very easily when required


  • They are not tolerant of the cold
  • They are fragile and need to be handled with care
  • They usually bond to one person in the family
  • Can be hard to housetrain
  • They are loud and love to bark to make their presence known

Chihuahua’s are the world’s smallest dog, so special care and attention need to be taken when owning these very tiny dogs.

Some More Fun Facts about Chihuahuas

  • Did you know that the Chihuahua is the unofficial state dog of Arizona? People have reported that wild packs of Chihuahuas have been spotted roaming throughout the state.
  • Chihuahuas also used to be gifted in bouquets of flowers. How bizarre is that?
  • Some used to believe that Chihuahuas also had the power to cure asthma!

Caring for Your Deer Head Chihuahua

If you have a short haired Chihuahua, then they will not shed often. This means they will not require weekly brushing. However, if you have a long haired Chihuahua, then you will need to brush their coat weekly to prevent matting and tangles.

Both varieties should also get a bathe every three weeks as needed. Brushing their teeth daily is also necessary since the Deer Head Chihuahua is prone to dental issues that could seriously affect their overall health.

If you have a Deer Head Chihuahua puppy, you want to take the same care as you would an adult Chihuahua pup. The Chihuahua puppy will have what is known as a molera or soft spot. It is very similar to the fontanelle we see with babies. Translated, molera simply means “hole in the head.”

In Closing

You can never underestimate a Deer Head Chihuahua. Despite their size, this small breed is spunky and have personalities far larger than their size.

Deer Heads are attentive, loving, and playful animals.

With proper love and care, Deer Head Chihuahuas make perfect companions and are sure to be a great addition to any home.

So, what kind of chi do you have? If you are a fellow Chihuahua owner, leave a comment.We always love Chihuahua stories, too! We would love to see and hear all about your chi baby.


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Linda DeBenedittis

Sunday 20th of September 2020

I have a Deer Head Chihuahua & an Apple Head Chihuahua. I love both of them so much!!! Both have ended up choosing me as "their person" for sure. They hang out with me ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I am the only Female in our household & both my Chihuahuas are Female though Spayed around 10 months of age. I also am disabled & I often wonder if they like being with me because I do not get around much & am much more accessible to sit with. Though both seemed drawn to me from the minute we first got them as 3 month old puppies. No matter what the reason, I love having them with me everyday. Both are very playful & love to play together & with my 2 sons who are both Adults. They also love to follow my husband around the house too. We also have 2 Siamese Adult Cats they like to play with. It is always so funny to watch the 2 Chihuahuas playing with the 2 Siamese because the Siamese are at least twice the size of the Chihuahuas. I don't think either the Chihuahuas or the Siamese realize that though. They all 4 pretty much have grown up together, & as kittens & puppies were the same size for quite a while. I have come to the conclusion over the past 8 years of having all of them, that you need 2 Chihuahuas & 2 Siamese just so they learn to socialize & have a playmate. Prior to having my current 2 Chihuahuas I had just one female Chihuahua by herself. She also was pretty much my Chihuahua, but she really missed out not having another Chihuahua to grow up with & play with.


Sunday 20th of September 2020

Thanks for sharing your experiences Linda. What a wonderful little fur family you have!

Marie Ellis

Sunday 13th of September 2020

Just love my deer headed Buddy he is loving loyal and playful.picks my mail up and brings it to me bless him.a bit fussy on food very nervous of other dogs but copes very well loves to out walking gas walked six miles and still wants to walk more.loves to snuggleas sleeps in bed with me loves to crawl under the top throw.and has never ever soiled my bed.he has given me so much comfort i love him to bits


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Buddy sounds like a great little chi Marie!


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I ADORE my two deerhead Chis! I have a four year old, Tinkerbell, who is 6 lbs. and a 11 mo. old, Princess Daisy, who is 4.5 lbs. They are the sweetest and prettiest pups ever!!


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

They sound adorable Shawn. Love their names.


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

My boy Prince is about 1yr old. Fawn. Loves to kiss me. Follow me around the house. Love his treats🙂. He is very protective. Does not bark that much. Thank God for that because we live in a small apt😃👍


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Yes you are lucky with that since you are in an apartment.

Lynn Palmer Yates

Monday 7th of September 2020

Pi have 2 chihuahuas 1 is a deer head and the other an apple head. My dear head is very active and noisy but we got him at a year old when he was taken back to the breeder his name was Sean but we changed it to rat boy I wanted scooter but my other half named him and its stuck. Rat boy is all over my otherhalf Our little girl we got at 5 weeks the person that bred her wanted her gone she was so tiny weighed 8 ozs hername is perrie montana We had to feed her during the night she became my baby I've always had medium to large dogs so this was very different she did become very spoilt she is all me. I think its worked out well


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Sounds like a wonderful little family Lynn!