applehead verses deerhead

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

apple head chihuahua side profile

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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  • Marcia Stejskal
    June 1, 2022 1:13 pm

    I had a Applehead for 17yrs. He was a rescue and my best friend. My kids saw the depression I was going through so my Daughter flew to AZ. from Ma. to get me my new BEST friend and I pray I go before her. She is MY ANGEL. I named her Angel and she is my God send for sure:) I will NEVER forget my little guy Cisco. I Love You Cisco!!

  • Belinda Chziek
    May 21, 2022 11:34 am

    i still am not sure if my lil girl is apple or deer. I posted pics and half say apple and the other half commented deer. still so confused! I just say she is a bumblehead, but I love her unconditionally! She is a rescue and I have never met a chihuahua that shows love as much as she does! My great Aunt had one and he was very mean and gave a new meaning to ankle biter! I never knew they could be this loving

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