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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.


Aurelia Lugo

Saturday 4th of September 2021

hi I love my deer head chi...his name is Pancho, he is 10 mo. Old and my question is how much times do I have to fill his bowl a day??? He's a good eater but he doesn't want to stop eating...thank you...


Saturday 4th of September 2021

At 10 months, you can feed him 2 times a day, but he doesn't need much. I wouldn't feed more than about 1/3 cup each time.


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

I have deer headed one , we call him Chandu shot name from Chandra which means moon in Indian language, as it says he is attached only to me I can lift him and listen to my words , but my husband can’t even touch him he gruns but when gives food he takes from his hand sits next to him but once he puts his hand on him… this is due to he doesn’t talk to him which I do when lifting him going near to him so he is alert what I am going to do next… he is very cunning he just gets down from his bed pees near by and goes back to his bed as if he doesn’t know anything… which I am trying to stop but cannot. He has some small health problems his legs becomes stiff and his head hanging as if he’s going pass off this will be there from 10 may for 20 minutes this only worries me. Otherwise he is great


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

He could be having a mild seizure Uma. Tell your veterinarian about it.


Tuesday 31st of August 2021

We just got our deer head chi. And he is great, we got him from a dog shelter and he is 5 yrs old. He was altered and had 7 teeth pulled a day before we adopted him so of course he is on antibiotics and pain reliever. My the problem is jax doesn't bark hasn't barked once since we've had him. I've owned 2 chi's before him, so I know that's not normal. My question is, what could be the cause of it? Could he be depressed?


Tuesday 31st of August 2021

He could either just not be feeling well enough due to the medical procedures he recently had or he could jest be getting settled in. When I got Lucy, I was amazed she never barked. But after a few weeks, she started barking when someone came to the door. She just needed to get used to her new surroundings.

Andrea Grace

Friday 20th of August 2021

I rescued a 4 year old Deer Head, my grandson named him Peter Parker for Spider man, but loving word play I changed it to "Peter Barker". He is my little side kick and I wish I was retired so I could be home with him all day, or at least have him with me all day. He is not crated and has a dog door. I have wondered if he would be happier with a doggy buddy. Any thoughts?

Andrea Grace

Monday 23rd of August 2021

@Cathy, thank you for your input. He seems to do well with other little dogs, he gets intimidated the bigger a dog gets. I will keep my eye out for a companion. I think borrowing or fostering a dog short term might be a good test of how he feels with another dog in his space.


Friday 20th of August 2021

I love the name! Most dogs are happier with a dog companion as they are pack animals. If he's never been around other dogs though, he may see them as a threat. You may want to try fostering a dog and see how he does, or borrow a friend's dog for a few days.


Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Hi, I would love to know if you think my chi is a deer head chihuahua?


Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Send me a photo to and remind that you want to know if your chi is an deer head and I'll take a look.