the apple head chihuahua vs. deer head chihuahuas: here’s how they’re different

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applehead chihuahua

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

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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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if you look close at the top of the skull of most chihuahuas, you will notice that it is slightly sunken in just like the top of an apple.  this area is called molera, a spanish word for ‘fontanel’, or any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus and it is similar to the ‘soft spot’ that human babies have on their heads upon birth.

adult apple head chihuahua

according to chihuahua breed standards, the term apple head is required in the description of the ‘head’ of a chihuahua that includes an apple domed skull with either the presence or absence of molera. it is also used when referencing chihuahua puppies at an age where it is noticeable.

close up of a chihuahua skull

the term deer head is used to describe any chihuahua that does not have the characteristic apple shaped head. deer head chihuahuas tend to have a longer noses and a head shape similar to that of a miniature young deer. they also tend to have less chihuahua health problems.

teaka the deerhead chihuahua

in this picture of teaka the famous chihuahua, you can see deer-like features, but she is an apple head chihuahua, so it can be confusing at times. at birth she was given the temporary name of fawn, which means a young deer under a year old.

apple head chihuahua puppy

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Comments 165


    Hello I have a apple head first time having a Dog. So small but very active. Name is Tyson. only 2 months just so much fun already

  2. Brenda

    I just lost my Deer Head Chi. I’m looking for another one but I can’t pay a lot. I’m Shreveport, La if anyone has any I could see! I’m lost without my baby, please help!

  3. Lisa Brookes

    Hi, ive just bought a chihuahua boy puppy dad was deer head and mum was apple head. He has a big over bite his bottom jaw is way smaller than his top where his nose is.. Is this normal and will i have issues. He still eats soft hard doggy biscuits and eats wet food no problems
    Regards Lisa

  4. Miss Bobby Henderson

    I am a woman who has had animals literally, without missing a day since I was born. Animals are my passion.
    I had to retire at 55 as I developed a health problem; but that has never interfered with my being able to care for my pets. My last pet was a deer head, pure white, smooth coat, female named Cassie. I train dogs and briefly I use few words, never tell an animal they are bad. My tone stays the same for good and bad behaviour. I feel animals know by vibs they get from us, what they have done. Also no matter what the breed, big or small I train a ” no bark”. My reason for that is they do a lot of unnecessary barking and humans end up abusing the dog. I cannot tolerate that. Of course they still do guarding. They use their ears and nose and if they are totally convinced of trouble instinct takes over and they will bark to warn you. If you have an animal that barks excessively how are you ever going to know there is trouble!
    I won’t go on but I would like to know if there are any reputable breeders of the deer head Chi’s in Alberta, Canada? I find all the breeders that I am close to on Face book all breed the Apple head. Now these are gorgeous pups being bread, for sure. I just have not found anyone who breeds deer heads. I am lost not having one. My Cassie died a few years ago and I so miss her.
    Please if you are as mentioned above, would you consider going on Face book? That way we get to see the whole family. It would be nice to see that it would stimulate some more teaching opportunity to people who really don’t understand differences and that there is no special Chi called a teacup.
    Thank you for people’s time. Hope to see you on F.T.

  5. blobette

    I am blessed with a little guy we call “chicken”. and he is anything but. he has the apple shaped head and long, very long legs. his eyes are circled with a white ish color short hair that continues down to he top of his little pink snout, which is also a bit longer than most that ive seen. he weighs in at an even 4.5 lbs and loves my lap. unless he can get to the top of my head! he will sit there for ever if I let him. his the cutest and by far the smallest dog I have ever had. I love him dearly

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  7. Sas65

    i have a teacup chi, I don’t know if she is Apple or dear and I don’t care. My bulldog picked her and then he passed over to rainbow bridge and I don’t care what she is. She weighed less than2lb and she is my rock. Her name is Valentine and I salute her no matter what her head shape is.

  8. Kare

    I have a deer head chihuahua. He’s tall and longer than any apple head chihuahua. I think the deer headed chihuahuas are direct decedents of the Techichi.

  9. cmbearor

    I have sibling pups from the same litter. One is a deer head (boy) and the other is an apple head (girl). How the heck does that happen?

  10. bella

    had adeerhead chihuahuashe was 5year old she got cancel had to put her down on christmes eve

  11. jackie

    I have 3 chi 2 apple heads and the that is half in half but more of a deer head my 1st is almost 6years old weights 2 pounds the 2nd is 4 years old and the 3rd is 6 pounds she’s the biggest one cause she’s more like a deer I love them with all my heart and soul I have had beast cancer in 2005 by the time I was done I thought u know I want what I want and I’m getting it than I wanted another than I had ovainary cancer sage 3b got thru that and said it again.

  12. Shirley noble

    The deer head more closely resembles the archaic, indigenous forms of northern mexico. they were taller (longer legged) and had a medium coat but there is a definite resemblance in the head. there is a lot of archeological evidence of the dog in pre-columbia america. some were apparently personal pets but most would have had to survive with minimal care which would limit them from becoming too small. the apple head seems to have been the result of intentional breeding from after the 1870s and in the introduction of kennel club breeds. since all dogs are descended from wolves the narrow skull would have been the ancestral form.

  13. Michelle M.

    @mary Kribbs
    some owners cook for their dogs instead of feeding store bought food. if that’s what they fed him for the first 2yrs of his life then that’s what he is use to. you can go online and look up dog food recipes and you’ll find some that will satisfy him.(I cook for Chida my min-pin-chi). she has the little deer head with the big ears and min-pin body. you should see her .

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