tracheal collapse in chihuahuas: a serious chihuahua respiratory health problem

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many chihuahua owners email us with concerns related to their chihuahua puppies or dogs experiencing breathing problems, more specifically frequent gagging, coughing and chihuahua wheezing and seizures that result in gasping for air.  this article may be helpful to you if your chihuahua has been affected by obstructed breathing or symptoms thereof.

chihuahuas are known to suffer from problems related to their soft palate or a collapsed trachea.  it is a health concern that is characteristic of the chihuahua breed and is also commonly referred to as “reverse sneezing”.

chihuahua trachea collapse

tracheal collapse is a condition in which the trachea partially collapses or flattens out as your chihuahua is trying to breath.  this leads irritation and results in the gagging, coughing and wheezing symptoms mentioned above.

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apple head chihuahuas vs. deer head chihuahuas: how are they different?

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apple head chihuahua

we have all heard the term teacup chihuahua, but what do the terms apple head and deerhead mean when it comes to describing characteristics of the chihuahua breed and what exactly makes an apple head chihuahua different from a deerhead chihuahua?

the term apple head is used to describe any chihuahua with a round or ‘dome-like’ head similar to the shape of an apple.  the upper part of the chihuahua’s skull is wider than the lower part in the jaw area.

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colors and markings of the chihuahua breed according to akc standards

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chihuahua colors and markings

chihuahuas are a unique breed that comes in a variety of beautiful colors and markings.  the akc recognizes 29 colors and 11 markings in the chihuahua breed.  chihuahuas can be any color, solid, marked, or scattered.  several different color combinations exist and can be found in both short haired and long haired chihuahuas.  (photo credit: phodography.com)

for show purposes, chihuahuas are classified by type – standard or alternate – as well as by a code, which references the registration application for the chihuahua being shown.

here are the official color and markings for the akc chihuahua breed standards:

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