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The Seven Different Types of Chihuahuas

black and tan smooth chihuahua on brown wood log near body of water during daytime

The world’s smallest dog breed is renowned for its larger-than-life personality. These dogs are fun to be around and keep their owners engaged and wrapped up in their antics at all times! Despite being a total charmer and an attention magnet, Chihuahuas only extend their love and affection to the chosen ones. They may also lay their life for the chosen person if necessary. However, as is commonly experienced in neighborhoods with more dogs, ankle-biter Chihuahuas defend their own with all their heart and not to mention their teeth. Before diving into the Chihuahuas types, let’s learn a little more about the breed! 

Breed Characteristic

A typical Chihuahua is a bold and confident dog. They usually weigh anywhere between 3 to 6 pounds. Chihuahuas are known for their alert and suspicious nature, which makes them great watchdogs despite their tiny size. When socialized properly, Chihuahuas can be an excellent choice of pet in homes with children. 

Due to the breed’s small size, these dogs are a perfect choice for busy-bee owners as the breed doesn’t require as much exercise. However, Chihuahuas thrive on attention and may get destructive if their demands aren’t met. Now, let’s dive into the many types that Chihuahuas come in! 

Different Types of Chihuahuas 

Typically, there’s little to no difference between how different brands of a Chihuahua behave. However, based on physical attributes like size and color, there are seven different types of Chihuahuas. Let’s go through each one to give you a better understanding of the breed! 

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1. Short Hair Chihuahua

tan chihuahua lying on couch

The descriptive name of the breed is indicative of its looks. This brand of Chihuahua is also the most common one out there. Short-Haired Chihuahuas have smooth glossy coats. Due to this, they require minimal grooming and brushing. So even a lazy dog owner can take care of them easily. However, make no mistake, the Chihuahuas personality will keep you on your toes. Short-haired Chihuahuas come in various shades, and you can easily choose your favourite! 

2. Long Hair Chihuahua

adult white and brown long-haired Chihuahua lying on bed

Long-haired Chihuahuas are covered with feathers from head to paws. They also tend to have a bushy plumy tails. This type of Chihuahua’s hair can either be slightly wavy or flat. Due to a large amount of fur, they need regular grooming and brushing to keep them looking shiny. Frequent baths and daily brushing are also essential parts of their maintenance routine. Besides this, Long-haired Chihuahuas shed immensely; however, the coat usually takes three years to grow. Just like their Short-haired cousins Long-haired Chihuahuas also come in different shades allowing you to have your pick at the letter. 

3. Apple Head Chihuahua

brown and white chihuahua mix puppy

Apple-headed Chihuahuas have well-rounded heads giving the appearance of an apple. Due to this, the Apple-headed Chihuahua’s body appears to be timid. Another characteristic feature of this variety of Chihuahua is the wide, protruding eyes and a small muzzle. Apple-headed Chihuahuas are recognized and accepted, so they can also be show dogs. Additionally, these dogs also come in different shades. 

4. Deer Head Chihuahua

short-coated brown and white dog standing outdoors

Another variation in the Chihuahua head, besides the apple shape, is the deer-like head. Deer-headed Chihuahuas have a few differences from their Apple-headed cousins; however, most go unnoticed. Although, it’s not beyond the scope of a Chihuahua enthusiast. Deer-headed Chihuahuas have a slightly longer head and no slope giving them the perkier appearance of a deer-like face. These dogs also tend to grow larger than their counterparts. 

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5. Pear Head Chihuahua

black and brown chihuahua on gray wooden floor during daytime

Looking at the different types of Chihuahua varieties, it’s hard to miss that breeders had a lot of fun naming or even driving the changes in the Chihuahua breed. The mix of an Apple-headed and Deer-headed Chihuahua gives way to another peculiarly shaped fruit; the pear. Pear-headed Chihuahuas have a wide apple-shaped upper portion of their head, which narrows down slightly to give the appearance of a pear. These dogs also have a wider muzzle than their Deer-headed Chihuahua cousins. This brand also tends to weigh heavier on the scale than any of its cousins, often crossing the six-pound limit. Due to the exotic-sounding name, some people often charge a premium fee for the breed; hence it’s best to research and avoid falling for any gimmicks. 

6. Teacup Chihuahua/Mini Chihuahua

man in white dress shirt wearing round analog watch with brown leather bracelet holding black chihuahua during daytime

Teacup dogs have taken the world by storm, and the Teacup Chihuahua is one of the active participants in the storm. This breed is small enough to fit in a teacup, standing up to 9 inches tall and weighing a meagre 5 pounds. The Teacup Chihuahua shares the looks of the Apple-headed Chihuahua. They come in various hues and coats, both short and long. A major issue with this breed is the size, as their incredibly small body is prone to various health conditions like hydrocephalus, bone fractures, and heart diseases. In addition, they’re also extremely fragile, requiring incredible caution to be around them.  

7. Fawn Chihuahua

brown chihuahua on green grass during daytime

Fawn Chihuahuas are named after their gorgeous coat color. The glossy coat has a lot of color variations, with some being a lighter shade of fawn to darker shades verging on the red coat. Sable and blue fawn are other popular coat colors; however, they all fall in the fawn category. Here are some of the colors officially recognized by the AKC: 

  • Blue & White
  • Blue Brindled Fawn
  • Blue Fawn
  • Chocolate & White
  • Chocolate Blue
  • Chocolate Brindled Fawn
  • Chocolate Sabled Fawn
  • Cream & White
  • Fawn Brindled Black
  • Gold
  • Gold & White
  • Red & White
  • Silver
  • Silver & White
  • White
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  • Black
  • Black & Tan
  • Blue & Tan
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Red
  • Black & Red
  • Black & Silver
  • Black & White
  • Black Sabled Fawn
  • Black Sabled Silver
  • Blue

Besides these, AKC also recognizes a set of markings in this breed, they include: 

  • Black Mask
  • Black Brindling
  • Black Sabling
  • Merle Markings
  • Spotted on White
  • White Markings
  • Black Mask with White Markings
  • Blue Mask
  • Cream Markings
  • Fawn Markings
  • Red Markings


Regardless of the type of Chihuahua you choose to own, this dog is sure to bring tonnes of happiness and double the drama into your life! These pint-sized pups come in all colors, sizes, and shapes; none are characteristically boring or lazy dogs! 

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