Updated: Aug 1
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The head of a Chihuahua is sometimes described as having a deer head or an apple shape. According to this division, the shape of their head determines their look and their personality traits.
There is a widespread belief that the Chihuahua comes in two varieties: the apple head and the deer head.
However, if you study the breed criteria for the Chihuahua, you won’t find that they are specified in that manner.The only types that are acknowledged by major dog institutions such as the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), and others are long-coat and smooth-coat Chihuahuas (a short coat).
However, they do require the head to have a well-rounded “apple dome” shape. These terms can be quite confusing, which is why we will determine what these two head shapes represent, and what the actual differences between them are.
How Do They Differ?
Unofficially, the look of a Chihuahua is sometimes referred to as having a deer-head or apple-head appearance,particularly in reference to the muzzle and overall facial shape of the breed.
The apple-head Chihuahua has a rounded, apple-like face that tapers to a sharp 90-degree angle at the point where the snout and the head meet.
Deer-head Chihuahuas have a longer snout, similar to that of a deer, with a sloping joint of around 45 degrees where the muzzle crosses the forehead.
This is essentially the main difference between these two types of pups, although they aren’t acknowledged by any of the major dog institutions, including the AKC, the CKC, the UKC, and the majority of Chihuahua Clubs.
The face of the deer-head Chihuahua resembles that of a young deer, which is where the breed gets its name.
A big snout, huge ears, and a forehead that slopes forward are some of these traits.
It was claimed that the Chihuahua’s ancestor was a small, old dog that was deaf, and was given the name, “the Techichi”. The Toltec inhabitants of Mexico have a favorable opinion of it.
There was a time in the history of the Chihuahua when the breed split into two distinct varieties that are, today, familiar as two different head shapes (including other differences between the two).
It is difficult to determine which type of skull occurred first because skeletal remains of Chihuahuas dating back thousands of years with both types of skulls have been discovered.
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