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Do You Have an Apple Head or Deer Head Chihuahua?

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deer head chihuahua and apple head chihuahuaWe often get questions in our facebook group from pet parents wondering if their chihuahuas have an Apple Head or a Deer Head. Sometimes it’s easy to tell. Other times, not so much. Hopefully this guide will help you if you are wondering what your chihuahua is.

The funny thing is, these terms are not even mentioned in the Chihuahua Club of America breed standard guidelines. However they do state that a chihuahua should have a well rounded “apple dome” skull.

So does that mean if you have a deer head, your chihuahua isn’t legitimately a chihuahua? No, of course not. In fact, there can be deer heads and apple heads in the same litter with the same parents. It just means the ideal chihuahua has an apple head in the eyes of the CCA.  So if you ever wanted to enter your chi in a dog show, you couldn’t with a deer head. Most of us don’t have chihuahuas for show though, we have them for companionship.

One thing that should make you feel better about having a deer head chihuahua is that even though they aren’t the ideal standard of the breed, they are less prone to health issues than apple heads are.

Characteristics of an Apple Head Chihuahua

front and side view of an apple head chihuahua

  • The head is very round and bulbous.
  • The eyes appear to be lower down on the head and often bulge out more.
  • The forehead is prominent.
  • The muzzle is short.
  • Apple heads tend to have a smaller body than deer heads.

By the way, the little cutie above is named Newt and he belongs to Evelyn Ann Ciaramella Hannigan.

Here’s a video with an apple head chihuahua:

Characteristics of a Deer Head Chihuahua

side and front view of a deer head chihuahua

  •  A longer, more tapered snout (or nose).
  • The eyes appear to be higher up on the head.
  • The forehead is less pronounced and not as round as an Apple Head.
  • Their head often resembles a deer’s head (hence the name).
  • Deer head chis tend to be a little larger than apple heads.

Here’s a video of a deer head chihuahua:

Now look at them side by side:

Now I do have to mention that I have seen some chihuahuas that seem to be a combination of both types so if you have a hard time telling which one your chi is, it could be because of that.

So do you have a deer head or an apple head chihuahua? My Kilo was an apple head. Lucas is a deer head and Lucy is an applehead.
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Monday 29th of June 2020

Hi can you help me with nala I think she maybe a deer head but I'm not sure as she has 6 to so I'm confused lol oh I can't figure out how to attach one lol


Monday 29th of June 2020

Hi Caz, you can't attach photos any longer. The plugin I was using to be able to do that was breaking my site.. You can email me the photo and I'll take a look ad see if I can tell you what she is

Kayla Dean

Thursday 9th of April 2020

This is my chihuahuas daughter. I’m not sure if she’s Apple or deer head but she’s 7 months old


Thursday 9th of April 2020

She looks like an applehead

Kayla Dean

Thursday 9th of April 2020

I’m not sure if my little girl is an apple head or deer head. I’ve been told both. She’s 5 pounds and has a soft spot.


Thursday 9th of April 2020

She looks like a deer head to me. My Lucy still has her soft spot too.


Thursday 27th of February 2020

Here are my 3 babies. It’s the Chi at the top of the photo I am questioning. Rosie my original baby from pup. My other 2 are bonded treasures I just adopted from the shelter. ❤️ In the middle of the pack is the long haired beautiful boy Arrow, he is a Deer head and at the bottom, his lady friend Apple head , Piggles. So what do you guys think on Rosie. I always thought she was an Apple but she does has a much longer snout than Piggles but she does have a round head?? Thank you. Love your page it’s great❤️❤️


Thursday 27th of February 2020

They are all so adorable! I think Rosie is a deerhead.

Deborah Frazer

Saturday 8th of February 2020

Awh thank you I am biased of course. Thank you for your reply also. She has changed quite a lot in 6 weeks. We absolutely love her. ❤️❤️