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Is the adorable deer head chihuahua the right dog for your family? This toy breed resembles a deer and is known for its big personality. Learn about the characteristics, pros and cons, and how to care for this spunky dog!

group of deer head chihuahuas

What is a Deer Head Chihuahua?

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 dog’s body. They are confident, sassy, feisty, and full of energy. Deer chihuahuas have an attitude and big personalities.

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 chihuahua that you should be aware of in case you are looking to add a small deer chihuahua to your family.

side view deer head fawn chihuahua

What Does a Deer Head Chihuahua Look Like?

1. When you look at a Deer Head Chihuahua vs Applehead, Deer Heads are usually bigger than Apple Heads. The standard for the chihuahua breed is 6 pounds and under. Deer heads can get up to 12 pounds.

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

3. Deer chihuahuas 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 chihuahuas (or reindeer chihuahuas!) have longer legs. I think the longer legs make them look more like tiny deer, don’t you? They are sometimes referred to as reindeer chihuahuas. Maybe they should be called the deer-legged chihuahua.

6. The deer head 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. The deer chihuahuas come in many patterns too. Patterns for this little dog include spotted, tri-colored, marked, piebald or splashed, merle, and brindle.

8. They 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. The long-haired deer head chihuahuas require more maintenance for their coats.

deer head long hair chihuahua

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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 chihuahuas have fewer health problems than Apple Heads. This is probably due to the fact that they tend to be a little larger. Generally, the smaller the dog, the more health problems it is prone to.

11. The parents of a Deer Head Chihuahua can be Apple Head Chihuahuas. One or both parents can be Apple Heads and still produce Deer Head chihuahua puppies. It often takes weeks or months to know if the chihuahua puppy will be Deer Head or Apple Head.

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

deer head fawn chihuahua

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.

Pros

  • They are the perfect size for apartments or small houses.
  • They make good watchdogs.
  • Requires minimal maintenance and are easy to care for.
  • They have a longer average lifespan.
  • Can travel very easily when required.

Cons

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

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

deer head fawn chihuahua on green dog bed

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!
2 deer head chihuahuas playing in fall leaves outside

Caring For Your Deer Head Chihuahua

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

Both varieties should also get a bath 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.”

fawn deerhead chihuahua chewing on dog treat

More FAQs About Deer Head Chihuahuas

Are deer head chihuahuas rare?

No, they are quite common. And 2 apple head chihuahuas can produce deer head puppies.

How much is a deer head chihuahua worth?

Since deer head chihuahuas do not conform to the standard for the breed (the standard is apple head), they can’t be shown in dog shows and so their cost may be cheaper than apple head chihuahuas.

Expect to pay between $300 and $1200.

Are deer head chihuahuas mean?

Well like any dog, they can be but for the most part, they are loyal, sweet dogs.

Many chihuahua owners claim that their deer head chihuahuas are less neurotic and more calm and friendly than apple head chihuahuas.

Are deer head chihuahuas better?

It depends on your point of view. If you are wanting to show or breed your chihuahua, then no, deer head chihuahuas are not better since they don’t conform to the breed standard.

However, as for the deer head chihuahua personality, many believe they are friendlier than apple head chihuahuas. So if you are looking for a pet chihuahua, deer heads may be better for you.

Are deer head chihuahuas purebred?

Yes, though they may not look like the “ideal” chihuahua, they are still purebred if both parents are purebred.

Are deer head chihuahuas loyal?

The chihuahua breed is known for its loyalty and deer head chihuahuas are no exception.

How big will my deer head chihuahua get?

Deer-head chihuahuas tend to be larger than apple head chihuahuas but they can still be small. Deer head chihuahuas usually run between 3 and 12 pounds.

Do deer head chihuahuas shed?

Yes, deer head chihuahuas do shed. But they usually aren’t heavy shedders like some dog breeds are.

A Spunky, Loving Dog

You can never underestimate a deer head chihuahua. Despite their size, this small breed is spunky and has 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.

Cathy
Chihuahua on blanket

Katherine

Thursday 9th of May 2024

I had a deer head chihuahua, her name was Lil Bit… she was the most loyal loving dog I have ever known. She was very ill and she had to be put down April 8th 2024… se was 12 years old…I don’t know if I will ever get over the loss of my baby girl. She was the best. I wish I could share a picture but I don’t see the option. I will never forget my Lil Bit and I’ll love her forever.

Cathy Bendzunas

Thursday 9th of May 2024

I'm so sorry for your loss of your fur baby Katherine! If you'd like for me to add her to the list to be in the Gone but not forgotten segment of our newsletter, you can email me her photo at cathy@ilovemychi.com. Be sure to include her name, your name, any info you want to share about her and let me know you are submitting her for the newsletter. If you haven't joined our newsletter list yet, you can do so on this page: https://ilovemychi.com/chi-club/

Debbie

Monday 29th of April 2024

I have a deer head chi and she is the most loyal dog I have ever owned. An absolute delight

Cathy Bendzunas

Monday 29th of April 2024

They are very loving little dogs.

Linda

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

We have a deer head chi that we got from an animal rescue in 29022. They had found her at a work sight. She was 3lbs. With a broken pelvis. They figured she had one litter. Her name (From the rescue) is Maple Syrup cause is so sweet. She is also blind in her left eye from her accident, which my mom was. Maple loves to sit on anyones lap but mostly mine. She loves me most lol. She was suppose to be my husbands dog, whoops. We can't imagine life without her and she now weighs 9 lbs 6 oz.

Cathy Bendzunas

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

I'm glad you gave her the life she deserved Linda!

Thursday 18th of April 2024

My deer head chihuahua knows I do not hear well, so she lets me know when a timer goes off in the kitchen or laundry room, or when someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door, or delivers a package. She also reminds me when it is time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I often forget to eat so she reminds me. She is so sweet and loving, and sleeps with me under the covers at night. I am elderly, so she has adopted my sedentary lifestyle, but still enjoys running and exploring my large backyard. She is the perfect pet for me and my loving companion.

Cathy Bendzunas

Thursday 18th of April 2024

That's awesome! She's like your own little service dog.

Adriana

Sunday 7th of April 2024

Mine is definitely a deer head 🦌. She is so calm yet can have lots of energy, very loyal and loves to bark at strangers therefore she makes a great watch dog, I 🩷 my Chi, her name is Frida because I love Frida Kahlo!!

Cathy Bendzunas

Sunday 7th of April 2024

Aww, she sounds like a wonderful pup Adriana!