The difference between a pear-headed Chihuahua and an apple-headed Chihuahua is the shape of the skull. An apple-headed Chihuahua has a round, domed skull resembling an apple. The pear-headed, or deer, shape is flatter on top with a longer muzzle, resembling a pear more than an apple.Know More
According to the American Chihuahua Breed Club's official standard, the correct look for a Chihuahua is always the "apple head." The head of the dog should be a domed round shape. Geneticists believe that the apple shape is a result of a combination of mutations causing brachycephalus and hydrocephalus. Brachycephaly is a malformation of the skull that causes it to be "squashed" in front, leading to a shortened muzzle. Hydrocephalus is an excessive amount of fluid around the brain, which can cause serious health problems. The deer shape appears to be somewhat brachycephalic, but is lacking the hydrocephalus-related dome. Pear-headed dogs suffer from fewer health problems and may be easier to obedience train, perhaps because they do not have hydrocephalus.
According to the American Chihuahua Breed Club, many Chihuahuas do suffer from health problems related to hydrocephalus. Symptoms of obstructive hydrocephalus include sleepiness, aggression, difficulty in housetraining, altered gait and, in extreme cases, seizures. However, if the Chihuahua has non-obstructive hydrocephalus there may be no apparent clinical signs.Learn more about Dogs
A reindeer chihuahua is also known as a deer-head chihuahua, and has been named for its uncanny resemblance to that of a deer, as it has an elongated head and neck, a narrower snout and longer legs in comparison to other breeds. Although elegant, reindeer chihuahuas are not show dogs because they are unable to meet the breed's standards, which is to weigh less than 6 pounds.Full Answer >
The Chihuahua needs to be trained using positive reinforcement and an authoritative attitude on the part of the owner. Regardless of the temperament of the Chihuahua puppy, the same technique must be used and owners must remember that while Chihuahuas are very intelligent, they are also quite stubborn.Full Answer >
Chihuahua is spelled like so. The breed is named after the Mexican state Chihuahua, spelled the same way, where the dogs were first discovered in the mid to late 1800s.Full Answer >
An adult Chihuahua that weighs 5 to 8 pounds should eat 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food twice a day. If the food is not consumed within 15 to 30 minutes, remove it until the next scheduled feeding time.Full Answer >