|How many different types of chihuahuas are there.
Rough coat and smooth coat.
I have seen people get in heated arguments over this subject. There a sort of mini war going on
at one flea market between these 2 vendors over this subject of "teacup dogs". One vendor
claims there is no such thing as teacup dog and one vendor states there certainly are teacup
dogs. Of all the important things there are in the world to debate about this seems like a silly
thing to me. I think they are both right. It is just your perspective on the matter.
It is true no breed club recognizes the Teacup dog as a different breed or breed type such as
miniature or standard in some breeds. In the poodle breed there is toy, miniature and standard
types of the same breed. Chihuahuas are just chihuahuas. There is no different breed type.
They are all toy dogs and would be shown in the toy dog group at shows. Some people would
like to make the public believe there is a group called a teacup chihuahua and in so doing
charge an outlandish price for such a puppy . If you go to a chihuahua show you would not find
a special showing for teacup chihuahuas or any other dog. Still there are people who may wish
to deceive the public for personal monetary gain.. These are not good people.
On the other hand there is not a special showing for red chihuahuas or black chihuahuas or
brindle chihuahuas or long legged chihuahuas, or short legged chihuahuas. But these things all
describe the different variances we have in this breed. These things do not make it a different
type but just gives a description of how the dog looks. So I would not go so far as to say there
are no teacup chihuahuas as long as the word is used to describe the size of a dog and not
trying to say it has a special classification in some breed club. Also you should not charge more
for a teacup size chihuahua for 2 reasons. These little ones have problems they must face in
their lives. Also they do not conform to the standard for that breed. Chihuahuas standard is 2- 6
pounds. I would say a chihuahua who weighs less then 2 pounds could be described as a
teacup. I guess you could just as easily say a chihuahua who weighs over 6 pounds could be
called a giant chihuahua. Of course no one is going to do that. What profit is there in that. I have
seen people advertise their chihuahuas as standard chihuahuas stating that these dogs will be
9-10 pounds. This also is a false statement. The standard is no bigger then 6 pounds. If you are
going to call a 9 pound chihuahua anything it would be a giant chihuahua.
Then there is the argument over apple head and dear head chihuahuas. I even had one person
try to argue with my friend saying her dog was a reindeer chihuahua. I am not sure what a
reindeer chihuahua is. But people use the term dear head and apple head to describe the shape
of the chihuahuas head. Some people have even referred to dear type chihuahua referring to
those beautiful elegant looking chihuahuas with long legs and do really resemble a dear. I don't
see whats wrong with using those words to describe chihuahuas as long as your not
encouraging this as a different breed type or saying this is somehow a standard to breed our
dogs to. Its just a description. However, again there are people who will try to make someone
believe that the puppy who does not look like a standard chihuahua is some special type that
makes it have some sort of higher value or to justify the fact that their dog does not look like its
breed and the onlooker can not really tell what breed it is.
There is one basic standard for chihuahuas. If you want to know what that is go to the A.K.C.
website and look it up. It will tell you what that is. A lot of different breeds go into each of our
dogs breeds until someone establishes a standard for looks and personality. If a breeder does
not use breeding methods that keep the original standard of the breed, their puppies will take on
a different look or personality and their dogs should lose value. Without a standard to guide us,
our dogs would be worth no more then any other dog. It is this standard that people are looking
at when they go to spend money on a dog instead of getting a free mutt dog. Problem is when a
dog gets popular, people who are ignorant to these facts and didn't care about the breeds future
bred any 2 dogs together as long as they are of that breed no matter what the bitch or sire look
like. So all the different breeds that made the standard what it is today is starting to show,giving
the breed many different looks. Now the breeder of these puppies (being a greedy human) has
to keep the value of their puppies high so they give it a cute name (like dear chihuahua). This is
a sad thing to see as the hundreds of years that went into establishing the looks of the breed
has been harmed. If your going to breed chihuahuas, be sure to breed according to the
To sum this all up I guess we can look at it this way.
All chihuahuas should weigh 3-6 pounds. Anything smaller then this or larger then this is not to
standard and words like teacup are descriptive only and do not identify a breed type.
All chihuahuas should have round dome shaped heads. Words like apple head and dear head
are descriptive words only and dogs who are described this way are not dogs who fit the
standard but are describing heads that just miss the standard shape of the chihuahua head .
(note- the apple head chihuahua is more to standard these days but originally was considered a
The apple head describes a head thats a bit to pekingese looking and the dear head, not being
dome shaped enough, resembling a rat terrier.
So these are descriptive words actually describing flaws in the standard. Thats all. Certainly
nothing to argue about. But Ive seen some heated arguments over this. But who can understand
I like dogs.
So when someone tells me about their reindeer chihuahua I just smile and tell them how cute
their dog is. But if they tell me they are going to breed this type of chihuahua only I would try to
discourage this. I would probably be pretty vocal about it if I had to. This is something I care
about. But I could care less what descriptive words someone uses to describe their pet. If the
little guy is tucked away happily in her bag and looks well fed, bright eyed and happy, I don't
care if she tells me its a reindeer chihuahua that just happen to fall off Santa's sleigh sense both
of these things are non truths that some people believe.
But thats just me.