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.
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.
OTHER FACTS ABOUT DEER HEAD CHIHUAHUAS
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.
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.
PROS AND CONS OF A DEER HEAD CHIHUAHUA
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.”
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.