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

June 9th, 2014 · 159 Comments

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?

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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159 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah Collins // Mar 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    My chihuahua, Timmy, seems to have a deer shaped head but also has a fontanel, does this mean he is an apple head or can deer heads have them too?

  • 2 famous chihuahua editor // Mar 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    deer head chihuahuas can have the fontanel and it is also possible for apple heads to not have it. look at what your chihuahua’s parents were to find out what your chihuahua is.

  • 3 Alison H. // Mar 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I am looking into buying a chihuahua pup and I have my eye on one that I believe is a deer head. When it is full grown, is there typically a difference of size between appleheads and deer heads?

  • 4 famous chihuahua editor // Mar 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    You would have to look at factors such as the genetics of the parents, the kind of nourishment the chihuahua puppy will receive so it grows to it’s full potential and how active you intend to keep your chihuahua pup.

  • 5 Jme // Apr 10, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I have two chihuahuas both have round heads. but one of my girls is alot bigger than the other. and she has a square like nose. the other girl is very small and petite bur her nose is small and from nose to lip theres an angle? does this have anything to do with their breed of chihuahua?

  • 6 Debbi // Jun 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I have 2 deerhead chihuahuas…they both are very small and petite but their legs seem longer then other chi’s that I have seen. they both come from the same breeder and have the same father… different mothers though

  • 7 Sarah // Jun 29, 2009 at 11:19 am

    can you tell whether a small pup will be apple head of deer head right off the bat? We are getting a pup and he will be 8 weeks on July 6th, but I am not totally sure if he is apple head or deer head. His mother is deer head, but I have not seen his father yet. He looks pretty round as of now, but i also have a side profile photo of him and he looks like he could also go deer head. Any ideas?

  • 8 Marianna // Jul 17, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I have a deer head chihuahua and many people ask me if she is a mix. Her body is much longer than typical chihuahuas too. Her papers say she is pure bred chihuahua but the longer shape of her head really throws people off. She’s adorable nonetheless!

  • 9 Sandi // Jul 19, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Mariana, I get the same thing from people too about my Chi Mr.Pants. His mama was an applehead and his father was deer. The mix of the 2 different kinds made Mr. Pants larger than most chis with an applehead but long snout. Lol but he’s adorable nonetheless.

    I recently got another baby chi I have no idea what she will turn out like. I didn’t get to see her parents. She’s small, her head looks larger but at 7 weeks she is the size of a medium sized rat! Very hard to tell. I came here looking to see if there was a distinct difference so I can tell now.

  • 10 Quinn // Jul 25, 2009 at 3:28 am

    I have had a chihuahua before and I am getting another one very soon! I am so excited I want a thick dark shorthaired applehead chihuahua! They are so adorable especially with the floppy tips on their ears!! GOSH i love it!

  • 11 Quinn // Jul 25, 2009 at 3:28 am


  • 12 plasticwool // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:00 am

    we caught a good photo comparison of our applehead and deer head chihuahua:

    copy this link to your browser to see it flickr.com/photos/plasticwool/3508629545/

  • 13 chi/momma // Aug 1, 2009 at 4:25 am

    I am lucky enough to have one of each an apple and a deer and I love them both, they are all adorable I have never seen an ugly chihuahua !!

  • 14 Sandi // Aug 1, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Oh no Chi Momma you are right, they are a beautiful breed indeed. I also have both deer & applehead Chi’s. I love them all the same. What I have noticed is besides their differences in appearence, the deer Chi’s seem to be a little bit more spastic and full of energy compared to the apples. Not to say apples aren’t full of energy, they are but my deers seem to be more spastic and they do tend to shake more. Probably because they are smaller. Both types are loving lap dogs and boy are they all cuties! Anyone else tend to agree? Id love to hear what other owners of both types have to say. twitter.com/o0ochillyo0o

  • 15 Bams // Aug 5, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Both are cute. However, the national breeding standards in my country specifically mention the apple head as the characteristical trait of the chihuahua. Deer heads are not bred according to their standard. It’s something to take into account if you would like to show your chi. But even if you aren’t planning on showing your chi, you might want to think twice about your deerhead seller if he isn’t breeding according to standards. Make sure to buy from a shelter of certified chihuahua breeder. Too many sellers are covering up that they’ve actually gotten their puppies from puppy mills or flown in from developing nations, which could leave you with high vet costs not to mention a broken heart.

  • 16 Patti // Aug 6, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I also have both types (4 total) one I bought from a backyard breeder. He’s now 12 lbs, and I saw both of his parents, mom a long hair and dad a short hair. The other 3 are rescues, one from the pound. I have 3 dear heads and 1 apple head, and they all range in size from 4 lbs to 12 lbs. I love them all with a passion. They’re my babies! They have brave hearts and lots of personality and energy. My 4 lbs is a dear head and she dances to the tune of “Dancing Queen”.

  • 17 stephanie morris // Aug 31, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    i have a deer head and a apple head my deer head is a female and my male is a apple head , he looks like he taco bell dog . they both weigh 5 lbs.

  • 18 Jillian // Sep 1, 2009 at 2:16 am

    i have a deer head named moses/momo/sillyface and he is the most special loving 9 lb baby that anyone ever knew. my husband and i werent too keen on chis until he came into our lives. he was and is so special anyone he meets animal adult or child is touched and loved when they meet him i think that all chihuahuas in their own way are special deer head apple head or just plain silly in the head becuase we all know our chihuahuas can sometimes be silly! mine is also a long hair and i have met long haired short haired deer head and apple head and i foundthat each one was unique in his or her own way i love chihuahuas big small mixed or purebread who cares where you get them from especially if you rescue them its a wonderful thing to have one of these little guys or gals in your life and i think sometimes we could all use a little CHIHUAHUA in our lives !

  • 19 Tammy // Sep 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I have a deer head that weighs 12 pounds. He has long hair and a long body. Both his parents were short hair chihuahuas. Is this a different breed of chihuahua? He is totally devoted to me and I once ran into a woman who knew exactly what breed he was (which isn’t the usual) because she had the same type and knew how loving and devoted they were. I’d love to get another some day but wouldn’t know where to look as I bought him through a friend that isn’t breeding anymore.

  • 20 colleen murphy // Sep 9, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    dont mean to sound stupid, but i have never heard of a deerhead chihuahua. applehead yes. i am a dog groomer for 30 years.

  • 21 colleen murphy // Sep 10, 2009 at 12:01 am

    then again i am a pug owner.

  • 22 colleen murphy // Sep 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    is a deerhead akc?

  • 23 Trish // Sep 23, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I’ve always wondered what the difference is between appleheads and deerheads, now I know! Thanks for the info:)

  • 24 Amanda // Sep 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I have a deerhead and an applehead chihuahua that are very energetic. I love them very much and I think chihuahuas are a great breed.

  • 25 Steph // Oct 7, 2009 at 2:55 am

    My Pebbles seems to be a mix of the two. She is about 10 lbs, 11 months old and has the slender body and long legs. Her eyes are large and slightly bulgy. Her ears smaller than the “deer” chihuahua I have seen. Her coat is tan with a cream white streak that goes from her neck to the rip of the bottom of her tail. She has black on her back.

    She really looks like the Techichi dog pictures. When she was a small puppy she looked like a tiny dingo. lol SOOO cute!

    Her favorite thing to do is to fetch a tennis ball that looks like it would be too big for her mouth…haha She’s a really fast runner, too. If she sees a tennis ball in your hand she’s in the other side of the yard already waiting for you to throw it.

    Her other favorite thing is to cuddle, mess with the cats, and follow me everywhere. It seems like she chose me as her favorite person, but, loves my husband and daughter, too. She’s great with other people and wants to make friends with every other dog she has met out on walks.

    Pebbles is a great dog and I love her!

    We adopted one of her brothers, Brutus, too. He was a beautiful tri-color and bigger than she was when we got them at 8 weeks old. (he could stand over her). Unfortunately, they BOTH (ugh!!!) tested positive for Parvovirus a few days after we got them. Brutus died. Man… that really hurt my heart to have to tell my 9 year old when she got home from school!! (They were born at a shelter… there mother were given up pregnant because the people who owned their mother had “too many dogs”… whatever that means).

  • 26 chihuahuamom // Oct 10, 2009 at 12:08 am

    i have deerhead type too and i like the way he looks more then the applehead .and he is very lean a thin and i notice that a lot of deer type seem to stay thin and not gain as much weight as an apple head he is 7rs and his weight 4lbs since he been 18mos never gains an oz . and if you look back at one time most chi were like a deer head so i think the akc should allow them too in the ring as long asthey are the standard weight and height

  • 27 Tante Lise // Oct 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Love the comments on deer head and apple head chihuahuas. I have both sort of. I have an apple head name Belle who will be 3 years old this December. And, I have a deer head named Dottie who will be 8 months old this month. However, dottie is not a full blood Chi. She is acually a Chi-Pin. So what do you guys think. Is Dottie a deer head because she is part min-pin? She is so cute. She is white with chocolate circles around her eyes and chocolate ears. She is adorable. Belle is all black with fawn markings on her feet. She is gorgeous. Belle weighs only 5 lbs. and Dottie is pushing 7lbs. She is turning out to be the bigger of the two. In addition, Belle has a smooth coat and Dottie has a rough coat. But, I love them both. They are my sweet babies and they know it. Belle is quite and reserved and Dottie loves to play. She and our cat (Kitty-Kitty) play and play and play. They have so much fun. It is a joy to watch them. I just love chihuahuas!

  • 28 ChiChi // Oct 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I have a new Chi puppy, and 2 adult Chis…Luv them all!!! The vet says my new one is a Deer Head. Got him at 7 weeks old…1 lb. But growing fast. Very, very adorable…tan in color…named him Peanut.

  • 29 Loret // Nov 4, 2009 at 1:57 am

    To Stephanie Morris;
    The Taco Bell Chihuahua was a deer head chihuahua to the extreme. Definitely not typical of the chihuahua standard.

  • 30 Annie // Nov 9, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I have a deer head chi that looks exactly like a minuture pincher in color except she’s long haired and a wonderful dog. I’m new to chi’s but we couldn’t love her more. Does not have the problems of a apple head in the degree of not being able to breath or the open skull. She is bigger then your normal chi but she is very friendly to all she comes in contact with. When I say bigger I mean she is about 11 pounds but very thin. I would have another chi in a heartbeat!!! Don’t care whether she is an apple or a deer head……….

  • 31 Megan // Nov 27, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Just wanted to share of picture of my deerhead chihuahua baby :)


    She’s also a dale jr fan, lol

  • 32 chi family // Nov 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I had never heard the term “deer head chihuahua” until this morning when I was at Petsmart with my longcoat Chi and a lady said, from clear across the store, “IS THAT A DEER HEAD CHIHUAHUA? IT IS! OH MY GOD, THAT’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHIHUAHUA I’VE EVER SEEN!”

  • 33 Jennifer // Jan 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I have a 2 year old 3 lb male chihuahua. i always thought he was a applehead. But he has the longer deer like legs. So I don’t know what he is to be. He was sold to me as an applehead and he is AKC registered as a chihuahua. So now my delima is looking for another one to keep him company and wanting her to look just like him. How do you know if they are going to have the longer legs when they are 8 weeks old? I couldn’t tell from my Titus when he was a baby until he grew. You can see pics of him on myspace, in my pics myspace.com/jennifersperry

  • 34 Maria // Jan 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    my name maria i have a chihuahua that is named chiquita. She has a apple shaped head i wantd to know do thay have more problems than deer shaped chihuahuas.

  • 35 famous chihuahua editor // Jan 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

    apple head chihuahuas tend to develop more chihuahua health problems than deer head chihuahuas, they also don’t live as long, but there are exceptions to this of course, this is generally speaking.

  • 36 Cindy Hargrove // Jan 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Both of my chis have the deer head shape. Little Man is around 5 yrs old , 9 lbs, black and tan. I do not know anything about his parents. My 2 yr old Chloe is 4 lbs, fawn with green eyes and pink snout. She was the runt of the litter. Her mother was the typical apple head and the father is the thinner bodied, deer head. They are my babies and we all miss my mutt, Angel who recently died of a siezure and stroke.

  • 37 Jae // Jan 28, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I have two chis, both apple-heads. Dobby, my oldest, is blonde, and weighs around 11 lbs. My other chi, Miel, is chocolate with white markings and weighs 7 lbs. Dobby came from a breeder. His mother was a long haired apple head and his father was a short hair apple head. Miel was a rescue foster puppy that I fell in love with, so I never saw his parents. He doesn’t resemble the typical chi, because his eyes are very light colored.
    It seems to me that lots of deer-head chis don’t look very much like chis at all. Many pics I’ve seen of deer-heads look as though they have been mixed with some other breed, with their long snouts, straight ears, and long legs..there is something about their eyes that just doesn’t say ‘chihuahua’ to me. Not to say they aren’t just as sweet. :)

  • 38 collette hegarty // Feb 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I want to get a chihuahua this summer, and am currently doing a lot of research so i no exactly what i want, but i cant decide between the apple head or dear heads. i dont fully understand the differences or the pros and cons of each one. Can anyone help me out x

  • 39 famous chihuahua editor // Feb 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    you may want to look more at getting a deerhead chihuahua as they are less likely to develop as many health issues and tend to out live apple head chihuahuas.

  • 40 Tejinder // Mar 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I have 2 years old deerhead chihuahua, very cute everyone loves him so much. Now we bought a new applehead puppy of 8 weeks. He is so energetic,wants to play with Rico but he doesn’t want to play. On the top when Max comes to him for playing ,Rico tends to bite him. I am in very frustrating situation What should I do ? I bought little one for companionship of Rico. On the other hand day and night I am on the supervision. Please give me some ideas.

  • 41 Carolyn // Mar 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I just got my 1st chihuahua puppy and I am smitten with her. She goes everywhere with me like to the mall. So I need a need a purse/bag for dog carrying…any ideas?

  • 42 famous chihuahua editor // Mar 24, 2010 at 12:09 am

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  • 43 Candice // Apr 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I have a applehead boy chi and a deer head female chi they just had puppies this morning! The boy applehead is alot more agressive and protective then the female deerhead i wonder if that has something to do with his sex or his kind? The girl is loving and will let u hold her and shes great with kids but the boy likes his space he dnt like children but hes still a great dog to the ppl he knows and hes so good to my female dog and hes doing great with the puppies!

  • 44 matt // Apr 6, 2010 at 3:11 am

    i have two chi’s my oldest Paco. 1 year is awesome hes about 7 pounds hes marked like a rottie(black and tan) and my youngest Bella is about 3 months old. shes tan and white shes his daughter they are a riot all over the place i wouldn’t trade them for anything! oh yeah they are both apple heads!

  • 45 Nyx // Apr 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I have both and don’t actually see anything rocksolid consistent in the differences. I think both types can run the gamut. My darling Dangerboy passed away very suddenly at 10 yrs; he was a longcoat applehead and my sweetheart and tiny best friend in every possible way. I always knew he wouldn’t pass in his sleep, a happy old man, though.. he had a history of issues that really are heartbreaking.. he had neurological issues and bronchitis. The meds for bronchitis made him gain weight, too.. at 10yrs he was about 8lbs which was not bad for him but he would have been better off at 7lbs. I got him after he won blue ribbon status but then his teeth came in all weird (another common applehead problem) & they stopped showing him. So he was a perfect applehead and had several strange problems with breathing, etc. Angelbat, on the other hand, is also a longcoat perfect applehead, now 14yrs old and a happy, sweet old lady even after a lifetime of dealing with Addison’s disease, a hernia, floating kneecaps & ulcers. She is sweet and mostly quiet while Dangerboy was Jekyll & Hyde.. I think that personality went with the disorders that cropped up later.. quiet one minute, racing around like a lunatic the next. Now I also have Mojo, a smoothcoat male deerhead. At 9mo and 4lbs he is high energy and all boy and all puppy. I have started to think the “all or nothing” personality is kind of a boy thing, girls are just calmer, even as puppies. I don’t think it has anything to do with head shapes though I do think the shape is indicative of other underlying genetic issues you need to be aware of with applehead chis. All three have been and always will be the tiny loves of my life!

  • 46 Denise // Apr 13, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I bought an applehead 6 months ago. She seems to be mixed between an apple & deer head I think.. She’s precious regardless. I just feel as though the breeder was dishonest with me. I’d be more then happy to send anyone of ya’ll pics of my puppy if I can get an accurate answer. Also, she’s supposed to be a long coat but her coat isn’t really growing too much. I need some opinions.
    Thanks so much,
    [email protected]

  • 47 kitana // Apr 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I have a 5 month old female deerhead dalmation chihuahua named Kitana!! She is the smartest little thing ever (3.5lbs so far). She came home at 8 weeks already potty trained and is making a very good transition going outside. She just loves people and will always greet them wherever she’s at. She seems to like other Chihuahua’s right off the bat, but has to warm up to any big dog before she’ll play with them. She has never learned to bark which i absolutely love!! She is my best friend and i can’t imagine life without her!!

  • 48 Missy // Apr 26, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I have a darling little dear head chi. She is a rescue dog and the vet ‘thinks’ she is a full breed Chi. I don’t know and do not care. The ‘pound’ called her a Pomeranian, which she clearly is not. She weighed 1.27 lbs when I adopted her, almost 2 years ago. Now she weighs 3.5 lbs. She is called a long haired deer head chi by the vet.
    Guess what….I don’t care. She’s a tiny little bundle of love.
    I’ve seen/heard that some Chi’s are yappy, but my little one isn’t. She rarely barks. She snuffles and sniffles at night, curled up with me.
    I would like to find a male dog to breed her with. Obviously not a breeder to make money from pure bred dogs. I just would like to have 1 litter. I want a VERY small dog, long haired Chi preferred.
    Am I out of line?

  • 49 Dixiegirl // May 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I have a deerhead chi, and she is precious! We handed her to everyone that came in our door, to hold from the time she was 12 weeks old. This fact has made her loving to everyone, as long as they are female or children. For some reason she does not like men. Nothing has ever happened that should have made her fear them, so we are at a loss. She adores my husband, our 36 year old son, and my daddy. She is very “standoffish” to other men. Does anyone have a clue? Is this normal for a small female chi?

  • 50 Nancy // May 8, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I have 2 chis one is a tri colored long coat female with an apple head and the other is a much smaller chocolate and tan smooth coat male with an adorable deer head. If I didnt know better I would think he was a mix of rat terrier/chi or min pin/chi. That is what I think deer or doe head chis look like. But that is the beautiful thing about chis that are so unique and perfectly adorable because they arent as finely breed as other breeds. Much to their credit. I am passionate about chihuahuas!!!

  • 51 Nyx // May 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    @Kitana: She may yet ‘discover’ her bark! Angelbat didn’t bark until she was almost a year old! I think the long, cold winter indoors didn’t supply her with a lot of distractions but once spring came and all the windows were open, she found she could bark at noises outside. We were stunned the first time we heard our tiny ‘squeaker’ actually bark as it was a surprisingly deep bark, like a much bigger dog!
    @Missy: Seriously, I am terrified that you want to breed a 3.5lb dog. There is every likelihood she would die in childbirth. Female chis who are actually bred are fairly big dogs for chis. They need to be! Chi pups have oversize heads and they don’t really go through the birthing canal all that easily. If you try to breed such a tiny dog she would definitely need to be at the vet for a caesarian delivery at the right moment. Otherwise you seriously run the risk of losing your precious little girl just to get some more chi puppies. If you got her from a reputable breeder, go there for another puppy. Good breeders do not force tiny dogs to give birth at risk of their own death.

  • 52 Linda Trantham // May 15, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Can someone look at these photos and tell me if they feel the dog is bull blooded?


  • 53 Carol Hammons // Jun 4, 2010 at 4:25 am

    I have an apple head chihuahua named Babygirl. When I got her a year ago and took her for her shots and manicure she weighed 2lb.9oz. I took her for her yearly rabies shot about a month ago and she weighed 3 lb 9oz. I live alone and she is such good company. She only barks when someone comes to the door. She is very quiet and even tempered. I believe that the person who had her before me must have abused her. And was probably a man. She doesn’t take up with men very well. I am having problems house breaking her and have tried everything I have found on the internet to no avail. But I can overlook that because I have fallen in love with her. She’s adorable !

  • 54 Lissa // Jun 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    My 5lb chihuahua got with a 12 lb puggle. i just learned she is with “dog”. I’m concerned there is a big risk to my dog’s health at birth time. I am seriously contemplating spaying her and stopping the pregnancy, but if she were to be all right giving birth, I would tough it out and let her have pups. Anyone have any thoughts?

  • 55 Courtney // Jul 3, 2010 at 12:30 am

    My mom and I got females from the same litter, and mine is about a 5 lb deer head fawn. Hers is a 7.5 lb apple head. It worked out we both ended up with what we preferred. We both since have gotten more chis based on our personal preferences.

  • 56 Billie-Jo // Jul 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I have a 5lb deerhead. He weighed 7lbs but I cut back on the McDonald’s fries and he is now back to 5. He is so special that we don’t even use the word dog to describe him.

  • 57 Danny // Jul 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

    If your chihuahua has a large frontal or forehead then it is an applehead. A deer head chihuahua actually looks like or resembles a very small deer. Eyes on an apple head look a little pushed out while a deer head doesn’t have such large eyes and they have more eye lid coverage than an apple head.

  • 58 lookingforachi // Jul 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Where can I get a male chi pup short haired that won’t get over about 4 pounds? I would prefer 6 months or under in age.

  • 59 famous chihuahua editor // Jul 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    try the famous chihuahua breeder list or rescue a chihuahua

  • 60 pleaseadoptachi // Jul 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Anyone looking for a Chihuahua, PLEASE adopt one! Don’t buy one. There are so many babies that need homes. Petfinder lists just go on and on. We adopted our deerhead and she is the love of our life.

  • 61 Torynne // Jul 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I also have what looks to be a deerhead chi. I love him dearly but he wont just let me love on him or pet him without wanting to bite playfully. Can someone tell me if this is normal.

  • 62 Cindy // Aug 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    What happens if two appleheads have puppies? Will they have extremly round heads and bulging eyeballs? Does a breeder need to balance them by breeding an applehead and deerhead?
    Just a thought…..

  • 63 ashley // Aug 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    People say that my chi is not akc because it is a deerhead is that true?

  • 64 Val // Aug 14, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Ashley, I have a deerhead female and I received AKC registration papers from American Kennel. Would love to see a picture of your baby.

  • 65 Lainee // Aug 28, 2010 at 10:46 am

    We have a 20 month old Chihuahua that was given to us at te age of 13 months, because they got a Dashound for thier son, it was so jealous of the Chi., that it tormented her constantly.
    We were told by the people we got her from that they paid $400.00 for her, & that she is a “knobhead”, NOT an “Applehead”! I had never heard of a “knobhead” before or since!!She weighs 4.5 pounds, & is “fawn” color with white markings. Has smooth coat & looks allot like a baby deer or even a little like a fox. She is very fast running & enjoys the outdoors, but we do not let her out unsupervised because we live near a big wooded area, & there are hawks & a couple of eally big Owls that we have seen swoop down & snatch up rabbits her size.
    We named her Molly & we adore her! She very smart & learns quickly. She even tries to talk! She is even tempered, loves people & other small bred dogs, & only barks when she first meets a new person, but quickly warms up to them, & is very friendly. She gets cold easily & loves to wear the dresses I make for her! She loves to be “fussed” over. Wants to sit in your lap most of the time. She loves to snuggle & wants you to kiss on her etc. She also loves to play fetch with her toys & wants to play tug-a-war with you ! She was not housebroken when we got her, but was trained in less than 3 weeks!
    She gets sick if she is seperated from us for more than a day! She behaves like she thinks she is a little girl, rather than a dog! Everyone falls in love with her!!

  • 66 Sandra // Sep 18, 2010 at 12:03 am

    It’s interesting reading about all the different chi’s. I have a deer head, long haired boy and he weighs 13 pounds. I have papers for him but sometimes wonder if his mommy had an affair or something. Seeing the pictures of the deer head chi’s has shown me that he is a chi. He is a terrific companion. I have a shih tzu as well, female, and they are great friends. They are both spoiled rotten but why have dogs if you don’t spoil them is my motto.

  • 67 Sindy // Oct 15, 2010 at 1:32 am

    i have a deer head chihuahua, Attila. He is AKC registered. When comparing him to apple head chihuahua’s at the dog park, my baby is slimmer and a little taller. He weighs 5 pounds. When he lays down he does look just like a tiny deer! I call him my velcro dog because he is so attached to me. love him with all my heart.

  • 68 chevy // Oct 16, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Hi!I Also Have A Chihuahua Her Name Is Daphy She Also Has A Soft Spot On Her Head Her Head Is The Size Of My Wrist But I Dont Know If She Is Applehead Or A Deer I Think She Is More Of A Apple.

  • 69 nancy // Oct 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    we have a deer chiwawa he is 12 lbs. and is 6 months od and his face and body is exactly looks like a deer and his color is fawn I would love to get him a wife but so far they are too small for him

  • 70 Tiffany // Oct 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Hello, I was hoping someone could help me. My mother lost her Chihuahua a couple of months ago and she is still torn up about it. We can not find the breed of the type of Chihuahua she had because he was a rescue. However, the picture on this website…the small brown, black, and white stripe Applehead Chihuahua chewing on the bone looked exactly like my moms dog. Does anyone know this special breed or name?! Thank you so much.

  • 71 Denise // Nov 5, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I highly recommend anyone looking for a Chihuahua to adopt, not buy! Here in California, our shelters are exploding with all kinds of beautiful chi’s, and sadly, a lot are put to sleep because there are just too many & not enough people to adopt them. A heartbreaking tragedy! There are MANY transport options to all over the US, so please look up our local shelters in Los Angeles and OC (Orange County). I have two chi mixes that I rescued and am fostering two chihuahuas right now, one of which is an adorable little apple head girl.

  • 72 kyle isaacs // Nov 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Our little guy, Charlie, is a deerhead Chihuahua we think. His eyes aren’t bulgy and his face is longer than an applehead. Also he seems bigger than appleheads. His parents are one of each and both owned by the same family. The vets say he is indeed a Chihuahua though he doesn’t have papers. We are of course partial to him and think he’s adorable whatever he is!

  • 73 ANGELIKA // Dec 19, 2010 at 3:52 am


  • 74 Karen // Jan 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I’m a new Chihuahua owner. Goliath is a 3 month old, 1.6 pound Applehead. I bought him after I retired so we could go everywhere together and he’s been all around. He sleeps in my purse when we are in restaurants or stores. If we are in an animal friendly environment, he’s in a papoose like carrier. My family was appalled that I bought him, but he and his BIG personality has won everyone over. My husband is thinking about getting another one!!

  • 75 Veronica // Jan 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have been a chihuahua owner for 5 years now.I am 12 years of age and I have a have a story to tell. My oldest dog Lucky is one lucky dog.We named him “Lucky” because he was lucky to have found us.Me and my family.Me and my uncle and my aunt mom,and grandma where sitting on the front porch watching my mom and uncle play catch.Then all of a sudden a little white and black chihuahua comes running by in the street.Heading toured a busy street.My mom and my uncle stopped and ran after him.At first he was growling and we thought he would be very mean.My uncle picked him up with his glove and brought him by us.For a little over a week we looked for his owner.Nothing.After a while he planned to keep him.We named him Lucky for being lucky to have found us.Then one day my aunt had him in front,when a van pulled up.They showed us papers and pictures of him.They were his owners.We gave him them.They told us that they would give us another dog.We found out they only wanted him because he was a beautiful dog and they wanted to breed him.They gave us a dog.Lucky’s puppy.He was a runt.An a fat one.So we named him Pudge.We Loved Pudge.About 5 months later the people came back with Lucky and said that they were going to Mexico and they could not take him with.They told us we could have Lucky back for $100.We accepted.Then we found out that they kept Lucky in a cage all day and gave him little food and water.We knew we had to take him.That is when are family became whole.We spoil Pudge and Lucky now.We have a cat name cheata ,Pudge and Lucky and our bunny name Thumper.We saved all of them too.Cheata was homeless and a kitten on the streets when we found her.It took a week to grab her and bring her home but we got her.An last,Thumper.My mom’s friends bunny had Babies and she had one more left.If we did not take him he would of been tested on in the shelter.We are one big family now and we love them all.They all have warm beds,lots of food,toys,and plenty of love.

  • 76 Denise // Jan 23, 2011 at 3:18 am

    UP FOR DEBATE: The only correct standard of the chihuahua is the APPLE HEAD. The so called “deer head” is just like “teacup” – a made up term. “Deer heads” have been traced back to chihuahua mixes with other toy breeds, for example min pins and whippets. And Apple Heads are not prone to more health problems, and do not live shorter lives, not sure where you got that information? Encouraging people to buy a “deer head” is doing nothing but sending money to backyard breeders, puppy mills, and those that do not care about bringing out the best qualities in the breed.

    Yes I believe all chihuahuas are adorable in their own way, and there are a TON of chis in shelters, both head types alike, and by all means adopt, rescue, foster one of these babies! But please educate yourselves before you go looking for a “deer head” breeder – you are wasting your money.

  • 77 Illona // Jan 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Glad I found this place … as I went to our shelter Saturday, Jan. 21, 2011 and found an adorable little girl to adopt. I lost my dog of 15 years, Lady, a part Border/Collie – Springer Spaniel that I had gotten at that particular shelter, too. My heart was broken and it took me 6 months to finally get to the shelter to see who I could adopt.
    Up pops this little girl … all legs and ears ! LOL ! So cute. They said she was a Chihuahua but I had never seen such a long bodied, long legged, big eared Chihuahua in my life ! My mom had one 40 years ago and from all the pics I have seen lately … he was the apple headed type … and one that I thought was a real Chihuahua. But I had never heard of a Deer Chihuahua … but after googling all day … I have learned alot. Half the people say they are biters and barkers … and the other half say they are lovers of people and don’t bark that much.

    Which is it ? Or maybe it is just their breeding ? Who they came from ? Or how they are raised ?

    I haven’t taken mine home yet as she has to be fixed, they say. So I will be picking her up Wed. afternoon … after I get off of work. I can hardly wait ! But have no idea what I am getting myself into.

    Are they picky eaters ? I have picked up 2 little bags of food … Beneful (beef) and Science Diet (chicken) … hope she likes one of them.

    Any advise will be gladly taken ! Thanks !

  • 78 christin // Feb 7, 2011 at 2:04 am

    i have a deer legged chihuahuah she is 2 and a half year old i didnt evan no that the made them haha she is beatiful she is in my lap 24/7 all the time she is in my lap right now hahahahahaha

  • 79 Nita // Feb 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I adopted a chihuahua he is 3.5 lbs. vet said he is in good health. The problem is he has very little hair, his chest is completly bald very little on his head and legs. He will be 1 year old in March. His eye color looks green sometimes I have a “T” shirt on him most of the time. What happens in summer we live in Arizona what kind of lotion should i put on him?

  • 80 Jan // Feb 20, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Wow glad I stumbled onto this site…great information everyone is sharing. I was showing my grandson what a blue was and the difference in an apple and deer head…etc etc.. One of my 2 Chihuahuas just gave birth to her first and most likely only litter of 4 puppies…3 girls and 1 boy. All so different in colors. Unfortunately the male with great markings and colors was still born. We tried for a half hour to warm and revive him but to no avail. I have heard that that happens often, but I was saddened and he was the biggest one too…any thoughts on that?

  • 81 Darlene // Feb 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Deer vs Apple…I’ve had my “deer type” chihuahua since his birth, and I’ve read all the same stuff. The AKC does only recognize the “apple headed” chihuahuas as their standard, but like most breeds, there are lots of different “types” of chihuahuas. I’ll take my long legged, longer nosed, deer headed chihuahua over a little apple headed sausage doggie any day. Oso, and his little brother, Jethro, are happy for that, I believe.
    The health problems are real, the differences are real. Don’t have your head in the sand just because you prefer one over the other or AKC says your dog should look a certain way. If the AKC was any sort of reputable organization, they’d do away with breed damaging practices like ear cropping and over breeding.
    Love my chihuahuas. :)

  • 82 Andrea // Feb 28, 2011 at 5:39 am

    It is not true that applehead chihuahuas have more health problems or live shorter lives than “deer type” chihuahuas. “Deer type” chihuahuas can have the same problems as appleheads, luxating patellas and heart murmurs. They are genetic. If you buy your dog from a reputable breeder who tests for these anomalies and is certified free of them, applehead chihuahuas are extremely healthy and resilient little dogs… just like deer-type. Many dogs labeled as “deer type” are really crosses between dachshunds, min-pins, or rat terriers, etc. Please research this breed before you buy one, its worth the time invested!

  • 83 christine // Mar 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    omg.. if you had a deer-head you would be talking down a bout apple-heads the some way around.. I have a Apple-head and shes in great health and spirit.. I think its the way you take care of them and raise them on how there health is..

  • 84 Clarissa // Apr 7, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Chihuahuas are supposed to have apple shaped heads according to the breed standard, in other words if your chihuahua is pure, from a good breeder, and from champion lines they will look like this. they are NOT supposed to have deer shaped heads…to me this shows a poorer quality dog. any dog that varies greatly from it’s breed standard may be very cute, but many mutts are cute too. If you are truly a breed enthusiast you will want your dog to look as close to the breed standard as possible.

  • 85 Gigi // Apr 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

    for me i not mind to be apple head or deer just i love it when i look in the dog eyes as My son he have mix between apple head and deer but he perfect to me

    But from My country Thailand many people or farm love Chihuahua apple head call from Species Taiwan and in America or in Europe have longer face mostly as i saw

  • 86 Isabelle // Apr 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, both of my dog are register chi, short hair, i just had a litter, 2 of them short coat, and the other two have semi long .. ?? why is that. I have to say that the father has a litle bit of long in the neck and tail, but the rest is short, will they loose that has well ??


  • 87 Christine // Apr 27, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Have a deerhead little boy, 10 months old an is he smart only listens to me. Goes every where with me, loves the out doors winter an summer. His name is Bambi. My baby boy.

  • 88 Sandra // May 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I am looking for a breeder of long haired chihuahuas and can not find a reputable breeder. The only place i have phone it pet stores with questionable antics and some savory characters. though I thought about getting one to save it, but they were asking a lot of money for the puppies.
    If you know of any in western pa and eastern ohio or northern wv or top of maryland, please let me know. thank you

  • 89 jay // May 5, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Hey does anyone have a male stud chihuahua to breed with my female. I am located in the kansas city area. Please let me know she is so great, white with blue eyes and very smart, I really want to breed her.

  • 90 britney barrie // Jun 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    my lord all u ppl think about is breeding them when they have feelings too… they our ur companions i have a tea cup applehead chihuahua she is a 1 yr n 3 months she has had 2 pups they were beautiful but i got her fixed right after… these lil ones are not meant for breeding….

  • 91 Myka // Jun 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve had my sweet little deer-headed baby boy for almost 3 years now. not having any children myself; he is my baby!! His name is Bruno and he is a crazy, crazy little guy. We also have 3 pit bulls and they adore him! Bruno thinks the pit bulls are his kids or something, he really keeps them in line! It’s hilarious to watch the whole crew together, Bruno chasing 3 beefy pit bulls and biting them in their ankles whenever he thinks they need scolding! lol

  • 92 Lori // Jun 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I have a lavender short coat male that is about 4lbs but super short, and a black and tan long coat male studs. I also have a red fawn female long coat, and a merel short coat, all apple heads and no health problems, maybe I got lucky.

    Currently in the nursery I have one black and tan male long coat pup, total apple head and short nose. About the size of a hamster. He is adorable!

    i favor apple over deer heads. But love them all.

  • 93 Rachelle Contreras // Jun 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I love this site…I have a wonderful baby chihuahua (well he is 2 1/2 yrs old now…lol)whose name is chiwawa… he is a deer headed chihuahua. he sleeps in the bed on his back with his butt sticking out of the covers and his legs straight in the air like a thanksgiving turkey most of the day. the rest of the day he chases poodles around and causes as much trouble as he can. he is a handful that’s for sure but I wouldn’t trade my little baby sweet chiwawa for anything in the world :)

  • 94 Rachelle Contreras // Jun 23, 2011 at 7:02 am

    oh he even has his very own facebook page! u can look him up his name is chiwawa contreras and he would love to be ur friend!

  • 95 BonBonChihuahuas // Jun 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

    This picture of the white pup with the HUGE head and massively bulging eyes was most likely photoshopped. IF you look at how short the nose/snout is on this pup, there isn’t enough room for teeth. So if it does acutally look this way in real life, this poor puppy (this one in particular was imported from a korean puppymill) is going to have serious issues with it’s jaw. This is the problem when we get away from breed standard…going to far either way “deer” or “apple” extreme features are not what the standard is looking for.
    Even if you look at the top show dogs from the 70’s compared to today, the heads are larger, the legs shorter. look at the examples on http://www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com/

    And it is NOT true that the applehead dogs don’t live as long as a “deer”.

  • 96 sherie // Jul 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

    My dad dog is a min rat terrier she breed with a teacup Chihuahua she give birth on June the 7 and she had 7 puppies to we give 5 a way and we r keeping to of in one want to talk e-mail me at [email protected]

  • 97 Melanie // Aug 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm


  • 98 lisa scheck // Aug 7, 2011 at 5:54 am

    i have 5 chis n a pom.one of my chis is named bear-hes a long hair lavender merle n is 1wk old 2day so im not sure yet if hes deer or apple but both his parents r apple.mya-white n choc-11mth female deerhead;bleu-blue merle-9mth old applehead;bailey-blue w tan markings-3mth old applehead n emily-blk/tan merle-8wk old deerhead.i love ALL MY DOGS-APPLE OR DEER.IF U WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHIS GO ON CHIHUAHUA PEOPLE . COM’MY NAME IS WILD.IRISH.ROSE ON THERE.LOTS OF PICS N ADVICE.

  • 99 J. Stone // Aug 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I have a pure bred blue chihuahua for adoption. She was my daughters dog and when she got married she could not take her. because of my work schedule she now has no one to pay attention to her. She is very loving, loves to sit with you and ride in the car. She is currently about 1 pound over weight at 8lbs, due to the lack of excercise. If anyone lives in southern California that would be interested in adopting her I want to make sure she goes to a good home. she is not fixed, as we had planned to breed her. she is up to date on her shots and has always seen a vet regularly. Please e-mail me if you are interested in adopting little chloe.

  • 100 Allyn // Sep 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I have a apple-head chihuahua and his name is Pancho :) he is soo cute but he licks me too much and it’s cute but it get’s annoying sometimes. any ideas on how to contorl hsi licking? oh and he is super thin and i’m trying to make him eat but he won’t and it’s making me worried. any ideas or suggestions would be great!
    THXS! :)

  • 101 deanna stewart // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I am looking for an applehead short nose short legs…Anyone have one for my loving family???

  • 102 Lynne gibson // Sep 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I have a 5 pound deerhead, her name is Peanut. She is so funny, she makes me smile and laugh every day. she loves her kisses, she sleeps right in bed with my husband and i. she enjoys car rides and her free time outside in the grass. I would have many chi’s if I could….she was just spayed 2 weeks ago. I’m happy to say. I can say i am hooked on chi’s that is for sure. :)

  • 103 nancy hines // Sep 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I have a male white with fawn ears and 2 fawn spots on his back that is an apple head, short nose, short legs adorable for sale at $350 w/ ckc papers. Located in West Virginia.

    I will have more pups around nov as 2 of mine are expecting.

  • 104 virginia // Sep 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    i have a deer head chihuahua and i was wondering if she is 49 at the age of seven or only 39 she just doesnt look that age to me and i need some help thank you,



  • 105 Raissa // Sep 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I just bought a 5 week old and is weighs approx 3 lbs. I am thinking he is not a full bred chihuahua????

  • 106 BonBonChihuahuas // Sep 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    There is no real evidence to the idea that deer heads are healthier.
    ask your vet, ask a reputable breeder…

    ask the chihuahua club of america or akc

    not every deerhead has a fontanel. not every applehead has one either. depends on the dog.

  • 107 SANDRA // Sep 29, 2011 at 3:43 am

    We have 2 black/fawn/white Long coat girls for sale. The mother comes from a german champion line and the dad comes from the breader of paris hilton’s dogs. his pricetag was definitely hefty and he is a beautiful dog! he is now close to a year old and is also available as a stud dog. if you are interested to know more/get pics – please contact us.

  • 108 Jenny // Oct 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    My male chihuahua is a apple head

  • 109 Cynthia // Oct 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Darlene – are you the one with the missing Chi Oso?

  • 110 JudieW // Oct 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    This is an excellent article and I really appreciate the pictures . One thing I would like to question. I was told Apple head refers to the head as you said. Deer Chihuahua refers to more than the head. It is the shape of the body, the long back and legs, their great agility. Much like a deer so it is a deer Chihuahua not a deer head. I was told they do not have antlers on their heads. :-)

  • 111 Ruth Cote // Oct 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm


  • 112 Blaze // Oct 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I got my darling deerhead through a breeder recommended to me by multiple local vets. I knew I wanted a Chi and since this was my 1st experience with them I wanted someone reputable. Cusack will be a year old on October 23rd and he weighs in at almost 5 lbs. He’s AKC registered just like his parents. Dad, Midnight, is a short stubby little applehead and Mom, Venus, is a long lean deerhead. After I got him my vet suggested I run genetic testing to accompany my pedigree papers, so I did. Didn’t realize this was to drive up the price if I wanted to breed him, my vet was confused when I called when he was 6 months old to have him neutered as I never planned upon using him as a stud, I thought we were going through all that for health reasons. As many people on this page have claimed deerheads are “mixes”, I can guarantee they aren’t always. My child is pure, I wasted a pretty good amount of money DNA testing to say so. Mine wouldn’t be breed standard (for show), as I have had him neutered. But I think how people are thinking of the Chi now is changing because the Chis you’re seeing in the media such as Gidget the Taco Bell chi, and Tinkerbell Paris Hilton’s chi, and Teaka the famous chi, even some of the Beverly Hills Chihuahua chis are deerhead and before long the standard will have to open up and be rethought because the deerhead is here, beautiful, and getting far more media attention than the applehead.

  • 113 D hatch // Oct 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    i also have a deer head an a apple head an i love em both

  • 114 Ruth Cote // Oct 19, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Description of my deerhead is small head / long thin body / long legs & a white tail. with black on her black.
    When I purchased Daisy the bredd advertised as a purebredd with no paper, I was ok with that BUT, people I meet now tells me she is not a pure breed. Because her mouth inside is not black. is that how you reallt can tell if it’s a pure breed chi. thank You

  • 115 Pet critic // Oct 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    It would be great if people would stop taking advantage of this forum to try and sell puppies.

  • 116 Sheri // Oct 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    What gets me is how you can set a standard for a dog that comes in all shapes and sizes. Nobody knows for sure the lineage of the chi so how can the chi club of america but limits on the breed. If you are going to do that make it a classification like by weight (under 6 lbs and over 6 lbs) or size like they do poodles ( toy,miniature and standard) or even body type (regular,cobby,deer) no teacups cause that is a fancy name breeders came up with for runts. I wrote the chi club of america why they couldn’t change the standard and they said it was impossible to change. No it is because this is what the breeders want. they want to breed the teeny dogs the unhealthy 2-4 lb dogs. As a vet assistant i can say yes this is bad. Even 5 lbs are hard to deal with i had one so i know how hard it was to do a heartworm test on him cause he was so small. The bigger dogs are healthier and much easier to handle from a medical standpoint. the chi club needs to wake up and make some changes for the sake of the breed. or do we need to split like the siamese cat people the old fashion cat is the thai cat and the siamese is a new skinny version the cat show people came up with that they liked. the chi club of america needs to wake up.

  • 117 lilly // Nov 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    ok i have a chihuahua so and it is apple head

  • 118 tikie // Nov 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    omg she is cute cuz she looks like ma dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 119 Anonymous // Nov 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Sarah- any chihuahua can have an open fontanel, no matter what their shape of head. You can look at the breed standard on chihuahua clubof america and see what a “well rounded “apple dome” skull”.
    the fontanel or molera has been known as a sign of purity in the breed in the past.

  • 120 Steve offen-bittern // Nov 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

    This is all very well but the dog has just tried to bite me for going near my bag so she is not my friend. She is a mentalist.

  • 121 MAGGIE // Dec 1, 2011 at 3:15 am


  • 122 Lisa v // Dec 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I have a gorgeous deer head chi. He’s full chi and I got him from a no kill shelter (Save-a-pet in IL) at 4 months old. There are so many full bred wonderful chi’s at shelters waiting for homes. It just takes a little looking into. My boy’s temperament is great. He is perfect! Please adopt!

  • 123 Cate C // Dec 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hi! I adopted my Long haired chihuahua (that i’m now finding out is an “apple head”) October 3, 2011. I was told that she was spayed SEVeral times over (even if she wasn’t, I still would have taken her because we bonded instantly). she was rescued from a puppy mill and had been through quite a bit of abuse and trauma. 25 days later, she gave birth to a litter of 4 pups IN my lap at 4am. the main point of this response is that the tiniest one of the litter has a massive “molera” and i’m quite worried about it. I am not by any means a puppy mill or a breeder and feel into the role of a “breeder” unknowingly. I have found homes for all 4 of them (I did ask for a very small price because i wanted to ensure their safety and so that i will have enough money to get mamma spayed). they will be going to the vet next week but can anyone out there put my mind at ease a bit? i have been giving her goat’s milk supplemental feedings and she is growing and developmentally right there with the others.. she gains about an ounce a week and weighs in now at 10 oz. she is going to a fantastic home so i know that she will be in good hands when she is no longer with me.. but i am seriously worried sick about her.

  • 124 None of yo beez wax // Dec 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My Aunt has a deer head! It’s a puppy and chews on everything!

  • 125 Dianne // Dec 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    We have a beautiful deer head chihuahua. We love it very much! Someone dumped him and his persian cat buddy off in our Back yard. It took me a week to gain his trust, but now he is a perfect, loving member off our family and sleeps in our bed and gets along and plays with our other 3 dogs who were also dropped off. We love all our pets and make sure they have a good home. I think it is a shame to stunt a breed or or like pit bulls to breed them and train them for aggresion. Both breeds are loving family members. Please adopt your pets from a shelter to save them.

  • 126 Penny Guerrero // Jan 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I have a deer head chihuahua free to a loving home.call 706-728-6841 for details.

  • 127 Debbie s // Jan 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    The chihuahua is the 5th most disposed of breed in the united states. The Florida shelters are so overwhelmed with the breed. So many are euthanized at our shelters. We see so many hydrocephalic (water on the brain) chihuahuas here from the crappy breeders. Did you know that 99% of u.s. pet stores purchase from puppy brokers who in turn purchase from puppy mills? Adopt don’t shop. Save a life. http://www.famouschihuahua.com/beverly-hills-chihuahua-movie/if-you-love-chihuahuas-adopt-one/

  • 128 Kathy // Jan 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I love my lil deer ChiChi!! Her name is Lily, found her in the hills of escondido, ca as an infant. a hawk snatched her from somewhere and dropped her. fed her with an eyedropper, now she’s 4 lbs. vet thinks 10 months old. best dog i’ve ever had!!!

  • 129 Rubby // Feb 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I love my chihuahua, unfortunatly we did purchase our little guy from a breeder. I believe it was puppy mill. I was unaware there was such a thing. But when I started researching chi’s i did find this out. But our family instanly fell in love with our Poppy (he peed on the couch when we brought him home, just like poppy on Sienfield), hence the name poppy. He is a saucy little guy, has so much personalty. he loves to chase our cat; brutus. Brutus is a huge mane coon. one of the largest cat breeds. it’s a sight to see. the cat is bigger than the dog. Out poppy is 10lbs, everywhere I have read, it states that he is not a breed standard. I don’t understand how a chihuahua could not be one. he looks just like one, acts like one (he does not like anyone outside the family), although he does do tricks. he sits, stays, jumps up and spins; really cute! I would just like clearification that he is a chi, not that it would make a diffrence. He is a pink nosed, deer head chi. I love him so much. I just love the way he acts when I get home from work. He is totally in love with our 11 year old daughter. I am also confused. He tends to like younger childern more, until he want to pet him, then he takes off.

  • 130 Grace // Feb 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    To: Steve offen-bittern
    Watch the Dog Whisperer – we did, and took our aggressive male deer-faced chihuahua and put him over on his back and held him there until he said uncle – now my husband is the leader of the pack and Chico is 3rd in line behind me! fun and happy dog now.

  • 131 Mary Kribbs // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I have a soon to be 5 year old applehead i bought from a couple that couldn’t take care of him anymore. he was 2 lbs when i got him (he was 3 yo) and was so eaten up with fleas. i got that taken care of and now he is 4 lbs. pez is different then other chihuahuas i’ve heard about. he doesn’t bark at everyone and loves kids and i mean loves them. he’s also very attached with me. the only problem i have is that he will not eat dog food. doesn’t matter brand, wet or dry, he will not eat it and i’ve tried them all. he won’t even eat dog treats. i have to brush his teeth because all he will eat is people food. not sure if the previous owners started him off that way or not. i try to include rice and fruit (not always successful). i love him in spite of him being a big baby. lol

  • 132 lilly // Feb 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    i think both of them are cute but mostly deer head is cute it really dose not mater.I hate it when people say chihuahuas are ugly for no reason i mean that is dumb maybe because cihuahuas are cutter than them :)

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  • 134 blizz man // Apr 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    #mary kribbs if pez wont eat dog food and only human food u should feed him raw meat u can read about onlinne ceasr Milan use raw meat with his pack u can get it from a butcher for cheap with the left over cuts but that will be the best for his health ive been doing. It for yearsw and I never have any heatlh problem there coats are really soft and shiny there poo is good my vet says everyone should feed therfe dog raw type meat google it and u will find great ways to use it

  • 135 kourt // Apr 24, 2012 at 5:04 am

    i have one of each a deer head and an apple head they are both amazing and they just love each other but they do not eat dog food either they are so picky im just wondering what kinds of people food if right for them cuz my girl likes everything and my boy (the apple head) will only eat hotdogs and lunch meats please help me someone lol i want these lil guys to live forever and ill do whatever i have to to get it that way also my boy came from a bad home they beat him n didnt feed him right and just did awful things to him and he has put on weight and even has started playing recently witch he never did before lol he is the happiest i has ever seen before now if i can just get him to eat please help me someone :)

  • 136 Miichu // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    both my chihuahuas are deer heads didnt know how to see it but I do now :)

  • 137 jackie // Apr 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    we have a little deer head and we had to put his best buddy down because she was having sizzers now we need to find him another friend he justlp sits and crys for his buddy and smells around for where she might be

  • 138 Elga // May 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    @kourt Hi I have a deer head chihuahua too!! I recommend you to buy the following book: the Good food cookbook for Dogs (author: donna twichell roberts) u can find it in Amazon. This is a recipe book for home cooked recipes for Dogs. I hope this could help u I use it every week to cook for Mia Stella!

  • 139 Celina.- // May 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Son hermosisimooos!

  • 140 tina // Jul 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My dog red red is a 5 month old chihuahua he is a mixed apple head chihuahua, but he looks more like a dear headed chihuahua could he have more of hia father cause his mom is apple head chihuahua?

  • 141 carolyn cota // Aug 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I have 2 chihuahuas…I thought Red was an apple head and Penny is a deerhead…however, after looking a t a video i see they are both deerheads, but penny is taller and longer than red. red is about 5 pounds and penny is about 8…so why is penny taller and longer with a longer nose? red has a short nose but definitely longer than the pic of an applehead i just looked at in youtube…i love my babies and would love to be more informed about their differences in physical size and shape.

  • 142 mamachi // Sep 29, 2012 at 2:11 am

    It is crazy to me people arguing over bloodlines and standards. Not to mention how much people are selling them for when so many need rescued. who cares about lineage when your saving a life. We have 2 amazing chi’s, male (rescued) and female (rescued), that now have had babies twice. The parents both take amazing care, and the dad even layed with the puppies while mom went outside or to eat, he keeps a good watch on all of them and mom. We have 8 (yes we know it is alot) and an English mastiff who is the guardian to all…lol. With 2 rescued gliders, 3 rescued horses, 2 rescued cats and our chis of course, we are one big happy, and wouldnt have it any other way, and make all my dogfood so I controll what they eat, not worrying about all the recalls and relying on what is put in their food. I love them all, no mattter the bloodline or type,.I saved lives and gave them a.family.

  • 143 Ann // Oct 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I have a 3 yr old deer head , named chico, looking to adopt a play mate for him so he will hv company when I’m at school. I miss him terribly when I’m away& he feels the same,bc he will not leave my side or my lap when I return home. He sits directly in the middle of my book when I’m doing home work.

  • 144 valerie pretzer // Oct 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    i also have a apple head and a deer head, Alvira is my female ,a applehead, and is very petite,she has a very, very sensitive attitude, and also loves to lick me, not too sure why?she is very attached to just me and so jelous of the other dogs, stich ,on the other hand is very shy, but has a bark of a german shepard,lol i love them both very much

  • 145 nicole // Nov 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I will be the proud owner of this little 5 year old chi mix very soon. He weighs 4lbs. Soooo cute. A true godsend as he is attached to me like glue. My new bf andbff!

  • 146 Lee // Dec 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    We got our fawn and white male deer head chi from a rescue shelter at 4 months old. he’s a real character and a terrific dog. his three cat friends are all 3 times his size but he doesn’t let that stop him. Maybe we just got a weird dog, but he doesn’t display the negative characteristics we were told he would probably have. He isn’t aggressive, barky, or picky about food. He is stubborn however. It has taken weeks to get him to sit on command. But, he’s coming along nicely and we think he’s a fine smart affectionate little pet. I highly recommend getting your chi at a shelter.

  • 147 rick taylor // Dec 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    We adopted a 5 month old deer head chihuahua. Hector is calm and loves everyone. he doesn’t qualify as a show dog under most requirements since he is 11″ tall and 6.3 pounds. He is best buddies with our 13 year old shepherd mix sheba and she is teaching him to be a proper dog, especially on our mile walks. he is big, healthy, alert and friendly. It is nice he is really a “dog” :)

  • 148 anonymous // Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I think my dog Is a little of both Apple head and deer fawn but it is never gonna be for sale

  • 149 Elaina // Aug 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I have a deer head chi chi named Jubilee who I adopted from the shelter at 9 months of age.
    She has a long snout, huge ears, light brown eyes, and is white with almost cow like spots of a reddish brown.
    She is very energetic and runs laps around the house and yard and bullies my two Siamese kitties even though they are much bigger than she is.
    She also loves to burrow under blankets and sleep on my lap.

  • 150 Michelle M. // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I have a 5yr old min-pin-chi (looks like deer head) she weighs 17lbs. I’ve had her since she was 4wks old. I never noticed this before until the other day that she has what looks like a soft spot on top of her head. is that normal or should I see a vet?
    she also burrows I have quite a few “cubbies” around the house. she’s too cute sometimes with just the tip of her nose sticking out.

  • 151 Michelle M. // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    @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 .

  • 152 Shirley noble // Nov 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    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.

  • 153 jackie // Mar 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

    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.

  • 154 bella // May 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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

  • 155 cmbearor // Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    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?

  • 156 Kare // Jun 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

    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.

  • 157 Sas65 // Dec 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    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.

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  • 159 blobette // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    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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