Deer Head Chihuahuas are unique little dogs.
They have agreeable temperaments, they come in all colors, and they are typically cheaper than other Chihuahuas!
In this guide, we’ll explore…
- How well Deer Head Chihuahuas get along with kids.
- Fact: Dear Head Chihuahuas can live up to 20 years (+ 20 more interesting facts).
- The differences between Dear Head Chihuahuas and Apple Head Chihuahuas (including pictures).
- And more…
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What does a Deer Head Chihuahua look like?
The title of ‘Deer Head’ refers to the Chihuahua’s head shape and face. Their head shape resembles that of a baby deer’s. Hence, ‘Deer Head.’ Deer Head Chihuahuas on average reach a height between 8 to 12 inches.
As covered, Deer Head Chis are typically bigger than other Chihuahuas.
Here are some other physical characteristics of Deer Head Chihuahuas:
- Their ears are bigger.
- Their muzzle is longer.
- They have longer necks.
Deer Head Chihuahuas can also be bred as teacup type.
Deer Head Teacup Chihuahuas will be smaller in size. Around 2 to 8 pounds and six inches tall, to be exact.
Deer Head Teacup Chihuahuas are often more expensive, as they require specific breeding.
Deer Head Chihuahua vs. Apple Head Chihuahua
The terms ‘Deer Head’ and ‘Apple Head’ are not official distinctions. Instead, they are often used by breeders. They indicate the shape and angle of a Chi’s head.
Apple Head Chihuahuas have much rounder heads.
These types of head angle at 90 degrees with the muzzle.
Comparatively, Deer Head Chihuahuas are named for the similarity in head shape to baby deer.
The slope of their head is much flatter than an Apple Head. The angle of their forehead to muzzle is about 45 degrees.
Apple Head Chihuahuas are considered the more desirable of the two. This is due to Kennel associations.
The official AKC standard states Chihuahuas should have an apple-dome head. As such Apple Heads tend to be more expensive.
21 fun facts about Deer Head Chihuahuas
#1: There are 2 official types of Chihuahuas
The American Kennel Club only recognizes two official types of Chihuahua:
… and smooth coat:
There are six unofficial variations of Chihuahuas though.
- Long coat.
- Deer Head.
- Apple Head.
- Smooth coat.
In reality, Chihuahuas can be a combination of two or more of these types.
Apple Head and Deer Head both refer to the Chi’s head shape.
Teacup refers to the size of the Chihuahua.
Fawn refers to the color.
Teacup and Fawn are not the only size and color Chis can come in. These are just two characteristics that are highly popularized.
It’s possible to have a Deer Head Teacup Chihuahua that is also fawn colored. Or you can get one that is another color or size! It comes down to your personal preference.
#2: Deer Head Chihuahuas can have long or smooth coats
The terms ‘long’ and ‘smooth’ refer to the length of the fur.
Smooth coats are more common for Deer Head Chihuahuas. Smooth coats are regarded as easier to maintain. They require a lot less grooming overall.
Long coats, comparatively, require much more care. Long hair Deer Head Chihuahuas fur is much softer and fluffier.
Note: Long coats are more likely to build up dirt and other debris over time. Hence, they require more frequent cleaning.
Long hair Deer Head Chihuahuas may require extra brushing.
But short coats can cause your Chi to get cold easily. Coldness can lead to shaking or health issues. So if you have a short hair Deer Head Chihuahua, consider buying them a sweater!
#3: They are bigger and weigh more
Deer Head Chihuahuas are typically bigger than other types.
On average, they weigh between 8 to 15 pounds. The healthiest weight for a Deer Head Chihuahua is around 10 pounds.
Chihuahuas can be crossbred with other types.
In this case, Deer Head Chihuahuas may be smaller. For instance, a Deer Head Teacup Chihuahua will be considerably smaller.
Deer Head Chihuahuas have big personalities. Because of this, they can be confrontational with bigger dogs.
Note: It is important to always keep your Chihuahua leashed. This will prevent them from instigating dogs who can seriously harm them.
Your Chi is small but ferocious! Still, don’t let them bite off more than they can chew. Sometimes it is good to remind them of their size.
#4: Shedding depends on their coat type
All Chihuahuas shed. For every variety, shedding will occur most heavily during the spring. However, Chihuahuas will shed all year long.
The amount a Deer Head sheds is dependent on the coat type.
Long hair Deer Heads will actually shed less overall. This is because the long fur is stronger. It stays attached more firmly.
Long coats can have an undercoat. Undercoats will shed in large proportions at least once a year.
Smooth coats shed more consistently throughout the year. The shorter fur falls out more easily.
Shedding is inevitable. Luckily, managing shedding is not too difficult! Daily brushing is useful in keeping in-house shedding to a minimum.
#5: They come in a variety of colors
Chihuahuas of all types come in many colors.
These colors can also come in mixes.
The fawn color is the most common for Deer Head Chihuahuas.
In total there are 30 colors and color combinations recognized by the AKC.
Pure white Deer Head Chihuahuas are the rarest coloration.
Black Deer Head Chihuahuas are the second most rare.
Consider that this rarity may cause a price increase with breeders. It is not considered more valuable officially, however.
Choosing a black or white Deer Head comes down to personal color preference.
#6: They are not an official breed of dog
That’s right, Deer Head Chihuahuas are not considered an official breed. Instead, they are a variation of a breed.
Deer Head Chihuahuas are also commonly crossbred. This means there is a possibility of another breed in the lineage.
It can be hard to trace this back. Thus, Deer Head Chihuahuas are not regarded as purebred.
#7: They cannot compete in dog shows
For each breed, there is a breed standard determined by a kennel club.
The three major kennel clubs in the U.S.A. are:
- United Kennel Club.
- American Kennel Club.
- Continental Kennel Club.
Other major clubs include:
- Canadian Kennel Club.
- Australian National Kennel Council.
Breed standard for Chihuahuas requires them to have:
- Short muzzles.
- Apple-dome heads.
- Smooth or long coats.
- Weight of 6 pounds or less.
So Deer Head Chihuahuas do not qualify. This means they cannot be entered to compete in dog shows.
However, this does not void them of any value. Deer Head Chihuahuas are still a popular variety. Many people own them and think they make great pets.
This simply means they are not a fit for owners who want to compete.
#8: They have a calmer temperament
Owners of Deer Heads find them to be calmer compared to other varieties.
They typically are less aggressive and hyper overall.
Nonetheless, a Chihuahua is still a Chihuahua.
Typical personality characteristics include:
- High energy.
PetMD notes that Chihuahuas can be:
- Reserved with strangers.
- Friendly with other household pets.
Like all dogs, a Deer Head Chihuahua’s behavior depends on training.
Without proper training, they can become aggressive or fearful.
It is important to establish a consistent routine. This will help build trust and keep your Chi happy.
#9: They bond with one family member
As mentioned before, Deer Head Chihuahuas are very loyal. So loyal, in fact, that they are likely to prefer one family member.
For single owners, this can be great. Your Chi will be devoted to you and only you.
In family settings, this can make for awkward moments. Once a Deer Head Chihuahua has chosen their person, they are likely to only listen to them.
Understanding that this is not personal is crucial. Chihuahuas just have one-person loyalty.
What is key is training them that they still need to listen to others. If the favored human is away, you don’t want to deal with disobedience.
Here are three tips to maintain your Chi’s obedience:
- Set up boundaries.
- Follow a consistent routine.
- Have all family members use the same commands and rules.
#10: They can live up to 20 years
Knowing your dog’s lifespan is shorter than yours can be hard. Luckily, Deer Head Chihuahuas have one of the longest life spans!
Just how long do they live for?
Well, according to Readers Digest, they can live between 12 to 20 years. This can be great news to hear.
However, Chihuahuas are also prone to health issues. It is crucial to understand and observe your Chi’s well-being.
Some common health issues include:
- Dental disease.
- Kidney or heart problems.
Keeping up with their health needs can greatly impact a Deer Head Chihuahua’s lifespan.
Some can even live past 20 years!
When deciding to get a Deer Head Chihuahua, consider:
- Getting regular dental check-ups.
- Observing their normal behaviors.
- Finding a Chihuahua specialized vet.
Observe their behavior.
Knowing what is normal will help you identify when something is wrong.
#11: They cost between $300 to $1200
Pricing for Deer Head Chihuahuas often depends on the breeder.
Deer Head Chihuahuas are not considered an official breed.
Nonetheless, breeders can still sell and market puppies as ‘purebred.’ This alone will bring up the cost.
A fair price for a Deer Head Chihuahua puppy will sit between $300 – $900. The most expensive, on average, are around $1200. Apple Head Chihuahuas, comparatively, are sold for upwards of $1500.
Unfortunately, many Deer Heads end up in shelters.
This can be caused by many reasons:
- The previous owner went through unfortunate life changes.
- The previous owner did not know Deer Heads cannot compete.
- The previous owner was not prepared for Chihuahua’s high energy.
It is always sad to see dogs end up in shelters.
On the bright side though, this can be a great opportunity for fans of Deer Head Chihuahuas.
Not everyone can afford Deer Head Chihuahua puppies. And puppies will always be more expensive than adults.
If you find an adult in a shelter, they can be significantly less expensive.
Here are some tips for locating Deer Head Chihuahuas for sale or adoption:
- Visit animal shelters.
- Post on local internet forums.
- Ask local veterinarians about local breeders.
#12: Puppies are born with floppy ears
All Chihuahuas are born with floppy ears.
This is because the cartilage has not yet formed and firmed.
Around 5 months of age is when your Deer Head’s ears should perk up.
Large, erect ears are a trait of Deer Head Chihuahuas.
In fact, if the ears are still floppy past five months of age it can indicate cross-breeding.
Despite their size, Chihuahuas can breed with many other breeds. If your adult Deer Head Chihuahua has floppy ears, it might be a mix!
Deer Head Chihuahuas are more likely to be mixes. This is because they don’t qualify for AKC’s breed standard. Thus, the emphasis on being purebred is less apparent.
#13: Apple Head parents can have Deer Head puppies
Sometimes, two Apple Head Chihuahuas can produce a Deer Head Chihuahua. This has to do with the genetics of the two.
The Deer Head shape is believed to be a recessive gene. Both parents can have one recessive gene and still have Apple Heads.
Thus, they may both pass on the recessive gene to a puppy. This will make the puppy a Deer Head Chihuahua.
Note: Deer Head Chihuahuas are not considered purebred.
In this case, however, you can have a technically purebred Deer Head. Still, they will not qualify for the competition. No matter the parentage, a Deer Head Chihuahua is not considered breed standard.
#14: They like to burrow
Because of their small bodies, Chihuahuas get pretty cold!
Despite being larger, the same is true for Deer Head Chihuahuas. That means they will often find ways to stay warm.
One of these ways is burrowing! This is actually a behavior called ‘denning.’ It is an instinctual desire to relax in small, safe spaces.
Pretty cute, right?
This can be a calming activity for your Deer Head Chihuahua. It can also help them feel more comfortable in your home.
Here are some ways you can help your Chi burrow:
- Set up a corner filled with blankets.
- Buy a dog bed designed for burrowing.
- Designate areas of a couch for burrowing.
This will help keep your Deer Head Chihuahua warm and happy!
#15: They may have Aztec or European origins
The origin of Chihuahuas is still largely up for debate.
What we know: Chihuahuas can be traced back to the state of Chihuahua in Mexico in the 1800s.
While it is not confirmed, some historians believe the Aztecs had a hand in their breeding.
One theory is that Chihuahuas are a descendant of the Techichi. Techichis were a common dog of the 1500s during the Aztec civilization. It is believed that the Techichi may have been crossed with a smaller dog.
This smaller dog could potentially have been brought by Aztec or European explorers.
DNA research has been able to connect Chihuahuas with Mexican ancestors. So perhaps Mexico is the Chihuahua’s true home!
#16: They were believed to cure asthma
At one point in time, Chihuahuas were believed to cure asthma.
This has since been proven as a myth.
Nonetheless, this theory is interesting. This may also tie back to the Chihuahuas’ possible ancestor, the Techichi.
Techichis would be buried next to Aztecs. This was due to the Aztec belief that they could absorb sin.
It’s likely this belief has been carried through folklore. Eventually, it carried over to Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas are still revered to this day as healers by some.
Of course, if you or a loved one suffer from asthma or other ailments, it’s best to see a doctor.
#17: A Taco Bell mascot popularized them
‘Gidget’ was the name of the dog who played the Taco Bell Chihuahua mascot. Gidget was a Deer Head Chihuahua who first appeared in September 1997.
The commercials had great success – Taco Bell’s Gidget quickly became a beloved symbol.
This marketing platform is largely credited for popularizing Deer Head Chihuahuas. This also opened up the film industry for Deer Head Chihuahuas.
While dog shows may have shunned them, suddenly Deer Heads were commercial icons.
Gidget went on to appear in the 2003 film Legally Blonde 2.
She sadly passed away in 2009 at 15 years old.
#18: The pronunciation is ‘Chee-wa-wa’
Admit it, you probably have always pronounced it ‘Chew-wa-wa.’
If this is true, you are not alone.
The ‘chew’ pronunciation is widespread, especially in the United States.
However, according to PetMD, the correct pronunciation is, in fact, ‘Chee-wa-wa’
Don’t feel bad! It is a common mistake.
The correct pronunciation is how it is pronounced in Mexico. After all, Mexico is where Chihuahuas originate from!
#19: They are not instinctually good with kids
Chihuahuas have a reputation for not being good with kids. Deer Head Chihuahuas are no exception.
This is because of Chihuahuas’ sassy and confrontational attitudes.
Plus, kids are known for teasing dogs. Chihuahuas have a strong dislike for teasing. It can even incite aggression.
That doesn’t mean they are inherently aggressive dogs. Deer Head Chihuahuas especially are known for being more chill.
If you do have children but still want a Chihuahua, here are a few tips:
- Give your Chi a safe space – no kids allowed.
- Set clear rules for the children – no teasing or roughhousing.
- Keep a consistent routine to maintain your Chi’s good mood.
#20: They are the smallest breed in the world
Chihuahuas hold the Guinness World Record for being the smallest dogs. The smallest recorded Chihuahua is 9.65 centimeters in length.
That being said, Deer Head Chihuahuas are of course bigger than this. However, compared to other breeds they are still tiny!
If you are a fan of tiny toy dogs, you may also like these breeds:
- Italian Greyhound.
- English Toy Spaniel.
#21: They can be service dogs
Deer Head Chihuahuas can absolutely be service dogs!
There are five types of service dogs:
- Guide dogs help blind people to navigate and avoid obstacles.
- Hearing dogs alert deaf people to specific sounds, such as alarms and sirens.
- Emotional support dogs provide psychiatric relief to people with mental illnesses.
- Mobility assistance dogs assist in tasks like opening doors and picking up objects.
- Seizure alert and response dogs can help detect the beginnings of seizures.
Chihuahuas are most often emotional support or hearing dogs. Their size largely inhibits them from being effective at guiding or mobile assistance.
Seizure alert dogs are still being researched. Some research suggests certain dogs can inherently detect seizures.
Visit this Americans with Disabilities Act site to learn more.
Deer Head Chihuahua Mixes
As I said previously, Deer Head Chihuahuas are more likely to be crossbred with other breeds.
This can be a great way to find a unique dog!
That’s why it’s important to note the differences of mixes. Some mixes will require different care and training.
Apple Head and Deer Head Mix
Apple Head and Deer Head Chihuahuas can absolutely be crossbred.
Because the Deer Head shape is the recessive gene, the puppies will also be Deer Heads.
Apple Heads are most likely show dog material.
So, the Deer Head puppies may have some extra qualities that match the breed standard.
The biggest of these will be the size. An Apple Head and Deer Head mix will most likely be a Teacup size.
Coat type and color will depend on the parentage.
Deer Head Chihuahua Terrier Mix
Deer Head Chihuahuas are commonly mixed with terriers. They can be bred with any variation of terrier.
The most common are:
- Rat Terrier.
- Fox Terrier.
- Jack Russell.
- Yorkshire Terrier.
I’ll talk about the Jack Russell mix in a moment.
For now, I’ll cover aspects of the other terrier mixes.
All terriers are known for being very high-energy. This will result in a larger puppy that has high-energy demands.
These types of dogs are considered ‘hybrids’ and can be sold as designer dogs. This means puppies can be sold for anywhere between $200 – $1000 each.
Terriers have hunting origins. Thus, they can be aggressive without proper training.
‘Chorkies’ are the Chihuahua and Yorkshire mixes. They are often the most expensive.
Deer Head Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix
Deer Head Chihuahuas mixed with Jack Russell are highly sought after. This hybrid breed is arguably the most popular of the Terrier Chi mixes.
They are known for being:
Many people regard the Jack Chi as the best for families.
These dogs can be more sweet-tempered than other Chihuahua mixes.
But this type of dog needs a lot of exercise. As in, several hours of playtime per day.
While Deer Head Chihuahuas are also active, they tire much easier.
If you are considering a Deer Head Chihuahua Jack Russell mix, make sure you are ready to play!
With Deer Head Chihuahua Terrier mixes, you may need more rigorous training.
These are all highly active and energetic dogs.
They require lots of activity throughout the day.
Lack of exercise and inactivity can cause:
It is important to get your dog the exercise it needs!
Tips to take care of a Deer Head Chihuahua
Deer Head Chihuahuas are special creatures.
I will quickly cover some aspects of care to keep in mind.
Always take your Chi for regular vet visits. It is important to keep your Chihuahua up to date on vaccinations.
Training and routine
Training and a consistent routine are critical components of Chihuahua care.
Deer Head Chihuahuas are instinctually dominant.
Without proper training and rule setting, they will rule your household. Teaching them that you are the boss is essential.
Chihuahuas are also prone to becoming stressed or anxious. Maintaining a consistent daily routine will manage this stress easily.
Grooming will depend largely on their fur type.
Long haired Deer Head Chihuahuas may require special brushes. This is because they may grow an undercoat. Undercoats require special tools.
Smooth coat Deer Head Chihuahuas may shed more. Daily brushing outside is crucial. Smooth coats are also more susceptible to temperature. They can become cold and shiver. They can also sunburn easier.
Caution: Taking necessary precautions against the elements is a must.
Deer Head Chihuahuas can have sensitive stomachs and bladders! Which makes it important to research what food you should be giving them.
Some foods have been found to cause bladder stones or other health issues. Plus, your Chi’s sensitive stomach may react poorly to human food.
Caution: Stick to food and treats made for dogs!
Deer Head Chihuahuas make great pets.
If you want a fun activity to bond with your Chi, consider this: You can put on your own show in your home! Your Chi will have a great time.
Remember: They may not be show-approved, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t stars!