what is a blue chihuahua? how do blue chihuahuas differ from other chihuahuas?

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blue chihuahua

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what exactly is a blue chihuahua and what makes a blue chihuahua puppy different from other chihuahua puppies?  not a heck of a lot as all chihuahuas are special and unique in their own way, but blue chihuahuas are best described as a chihuahua puppy that is bred to have a dull silver-grey-coat with a tinge of blue.

a blue chihuahua is rare and can be an apple head chihuahua or a dearhead chihuahua and is produced from mating a black and tan chihuahua, a chocolate, or even a fawn parent, but the parents must carry the recessive blue gene in their line of heritage.  the blue in a blue chihuahua can also be part of a merle patterned – tri-colored or multicolored coat.

the chihuahua club of america warns that coat color in chihuahuas is often linked to genes with undesirable traits or birth defects.  the merle pattern and blue coat color can often come with health problems. this is another reason that blue chihuahuas are rare.

blue teacup chihuahua

like teacup chihuahuas, much controversy exists around the subject of breeding blue chihuahuas by blue chihuahua breeders as hidden defects on the gene that is linked to the blue color can result in serious coat problems and other health issues.  for these reasons, it is advised to never breed a blue chihuahua with another blue chihuahua.

because blue chihuahuas are rare, there’s a slim chance that you’ll find one in a shelter. in some countries they are highly prized and can set buyers back up to $10,000 depending on how popular they are.  chihuahuas are currently the ‘hot’ dog breed in japan, a country where their fast-growing pet industry is estimated at more than $10 billion a year.

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paying high prices for a chihuahua with a particular trait as such is purely the decision of the buyer, however famous chihuahua would like to remind potential chihuahua buyers that rescued chihuahuas like papi the star of beverly hills chihuahua and loki, actor mickey rourke’s dearly departed chihuahua, are prime examples of big surprises than can come in a small package.

blue chihuahua puppy

 

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Comments 171

  1. Enrique

    I have a Blue Chihuahua, i guess his birth defect or health problem is that he is loosing his hair from the top, but under him he has long hair. Now he is 6 years old and he has almost no hair on top from head to mid part of his body. But full long hair under him and on his behind.

  2. Eric

    Our female chihuahua just had puppies, father is tan and mother is solid black with white chest and white feet. She had 2 females and 2 males. 2 chocolate colord, one is tan just like dad and the other is this color, the blue. Very beautiful puppy. What worries me is that oreo (momma) might push this one away for being different. I watched her do it once. Guess I will have to keep a very close eye on this one

  3. trudy

    I have 2 female teacups, black and tan apple, fawn apple,deer head. Both were totally spoiled when I rec’d them, esp no straying ftom dogfood. Of course they find everything and eat it, and get bad sick. They thin out in fur, esp on head and ears, 2x yr. I use organic neem oil on their skin, introduced a daily snack, make sure they get outside for play and they’ve been fine. They love being a real dog. They r bakers too no ypping. Lol

  4. Debra Caballero

    Wow, I just brought home a 5 mo. little Chi (possibly a mix, looks like a chihuahua but his ears don’t stand all the way up) and he definitely is a blue. I picked him out of a litter at the local shelter because of his coloring. Didn’t know anything about his coloring so googled chihuahua colors and surprise! He is rare!

    Now I’m worried though because he has had some hair Loss on his forehead and his ears are hairless. The hair appears to be growing back on his head. The shelter told me he probably had lost it because of stress. Also they quarantined him because of “sniffles” but he checked out to be clean of any contagion. What he has is actually sneezing fits if he is over stimulated. So these things are probably related to his color and I’m glad it probably isn’t an underlying problem. Now just worried how this will affect him the rest of his life.

  5. Jenni

    I have a blue chi i bought from a breeder here in Arizona. He is the most amazing beautiful dog, very playful and he loves to cuddle. He got parvo twice and had a chunk of skin fall off. He has some small bald spots on his hind leg the vet said his color makes him more likely to have skin problems. He is 2 years old and a whopping 7.9oz no problems so far for the past year. #Cowboy

  6. kaseena

    I have an 8 year old hairless bluegrey chi named Bella. Fortunately I haven’t had an health issues I have noticed when she was about 3 she began to have age spots and they have increased as she continues to age. Very sensitive to sun and cold,of course,BC she has no hair,but she is best. Everyone thinks its weird when they see her with no hair and make fun but she is unique and we love her

  7. Carrie

    I have a purebred male chi that is a beautiful blond color with tan markings like a Doberman on his face and paws. I was told this is a rare coat. What I think is really neat about his color is that in the light his head looks silvery blue. Has anyone ever seen something that sounds like I’m describing?

  8. Kelly

    I have a three year old blue. My daughter got him as a puppy. Whoever sold him had know idea. He’s my precious boy!

  9. Talmadge Bridges

    I just got my chi 3 days ago and did not know she was a blue I thought she was a very pretty chi with a silver blue coat of hair.Since bringing her home and finding out she is a blue and doing research I am a little concerned but I know she did not come from a blue mom and blue dad.Dad was black from couple houses down and mom was fawn. Do I need to be worried about health problems with my little girl.

  10. Barbara Sanders

    I’m the owner of a 9 month old, male, blue mini applehead chihuahua , named Pèpè. If you were wondering, yes he is named after the cartoon character! When I first received him, he had a full coat. Now, he is pretty much naked while still having some hair around his neck. He is also an EXTREMELY picky eater. Sometimes he will absolutely love his food and other times he will barely eat at all. I have attempted to switch between soft and dry food with no real winner standing out. We love him and want the best for him. Does anyone have any comments, suggestions, and or wisdom that they are willing to provide so we can help our little 2.5lb boy!

  11. cheryl bird

    I have a beautiful boyChihuahua he is blue Farm and long-haired is winter coat on his back goes black and then in the summer he goes Farm with a beautiful grey stripe down his back and the tip of his ears a really beautiful I’m very much fun but he is very timid he’s just started having a cough in which I’m going to have checked down having Reading that blue fawn Chihuahua can have breathing difficulties thank you

  12. dawn

    i have an eight week old blue hes got a silver white colored streak right down his back
    hes kind of a brat but hes my lovey and wouldn’t trade for the world

  13. Samantha Rattanawong

    What you guys are reading are possibilities. It doesn’t mean the dog will definitely have Alopecia or health issues. I live in Thailand and blue Chihuahuas are very common here. 99% of them are completely healthy. You only see health issues when the breeders actually breed 2 blue bloodlines together. Out of the thousands of blues here I have only seen 3 with Alopecia and that was only because the breeder bred two blue bloodlines together. It’s like the issue of Merle. We also have tons of Merle. With properly educated breeders these conditions rarely happen. Just stick to the rules and only breed good bloodlines. I myself have Merle Chihuahuas and blues. I have never had any health problems in any of them because we do not mix the bloodlines. Do your research before you buy a pup. Check the pedigree and bloodlines.

  14. Steve Greenleaf

    Our Applehead Chihuahua is 10 she has some skin issues but a wonderful dog, as of late she has had (3) some sort of attack. Don’t know what is going on with her, she almost acts like she is tripping or something. She seems to lose control of her hind end, couldn’t walk well and seemed be very unsteady. If I came to her she jumps back like she is being abused (which is something that never happens ) she is very withdrawn. Within 6-7 hrs she was right back to normal. When these attacks happen Emma( obviously my dog )don’t want nothing to do with me cuddling her, she is a love bug all the time except when she is having a attack

  15. Tina

    Well i must say my little guy came from two blues. He also has four other brothers and sisters. He was the only one that was blue the rest were blondes. Bless their little hearts , the whole litter had various problems. Too many pups. It was sad i almost cried. But as i kept going down the row of kennels thats when i saw my little Blue baby. He was scared and shaking all by him self….. i just fell in love right then!!! Had to have him. He had some breathing problems and had been reduced in price! Lucky me huh! He has grown up to be a healthy young man. Grew out of his breathing troubles. He is very playful and bossey. He also filled out quite nicely weighing in at 9.8 pounds. He is truly the love of my life!!!Thinking of getting another one?

  16. CHRISTINA CERVANTES

    My chihuahua was born a blue puppy but has changed to brown black and white ! Do you know why this would happen ?

  17. elizabeth

    I had a blue and fawn Chihuahua for 5 years and she had no health problems. She was very healthy and a WONDERFUL dog. I miss her dearly. She had the most beautiful eyes.

  18. Jacquelyn

    I need some advice from blue Chihuahua owners.
    I have been looking for a second chi for weeks now. Tonight I looked at three adorable puppies and was told they were blues. I had never heard of blue to Chihuahuas before — I just wanted a sweet puppy with some pretty markings or color… There were three puppies the two males were solid light gray! The little girl which I chose is a beautiful light chocolate with some fawn markings. I put a small deposit down to hold the little girl for a week when she will be eight weeks old. I was so excited and happy to finally find my second puppy I cried in the car. But just now I googled blue Chihuahuas, and if I understand this correctly I’m going to have a puppy with skin problems! Alopecia is very likely as she gets older?!? I am now very concerned about getting the puppy!! Should I get her tested for the alopecia Gene?? Omg i’m at the crossroads here because I want to make sure I get a healthy puppy that won’t cause me heartbreak and thousands of dollars.

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