One of the most interesting facts about deer head Chihuahuas is that they make great companions. You can take them with you wherever you want and at any time. You may have heard people talking about deer head and wondered what it was they were talking about.
It is a special type of Chihuahua, a breed that comes in several variations regarding color, shapes, and coats. Chihuahuas have two coat lengths i.e. short hair and long hair and color variations including rare whites, rare blues, tri-colored, black, chocolate, sable, brindle, and fawn just to name a few.
While officially there is only one type or breed of Chihuahua, there are in fact several of them. They are categorized using unofficial standards like body type, head shape, and coat length. In addition to deer heads, other types of Chihuahuas include:
- Long coat vs. smooth coat Chihuahuas: The long coat Chihuahua has very long hair, sometimes slightly longer than that of the smooth coat Chihuahua. Both come in many color combinations. They may have long or short legs.
- Apple head Chihuahua: This is an officially recognized breed of Chihuahua in the show ring. A dog must have a well-rounded apple domed head for it to be considered a true Chihuahua. Any dog that doesn’t meet that criterion is disqualified. The name of this breed is derived from the shape of their head that looks like an apple. Apple head Chihuahuas have a more prominent stop and shorter snout compared to deer head Chihuahuas.
- Teacup Chihuahua: Otherwise known as miniature or micro Chihuahua, this is a fitting description for small Chihuahuas often used by marketers. They usually weigh about 2-8 pounds, and while smallness in not a trait used to classify Chihuahuas, Teacups are tiny ones that can sometimes fit in a cup.
- Pear head Chihuahua: This is one of the most undesirable and rare type Chihuahua. The shape of the head is almost similar to that of a deer head Chihuahua but more pear-shaped. This Chihuahua also has a flat skull and more prominent muzzle.
It is all in the name
The deer head Chihuahua, in many ways, looks like a baby deer. The descriptive name ‘Deer Head Chihuahua’ is, for obvious reasons, derived from the shape of the head. Like a deer fawn, this Chihuahua sub-breed has large deer-like ears as well as a narrow, pointed nuzzle. Deer heads tend to be taller than apple heads. Also, their legs resemble those of a deer slightly and are long.
Many people wrongly assume that deer head Chihuahuas originated from Chihuahua in Mexico. This could not be further from the truth. The modern day Chihuahua originated from Mexico and is descended from the Techichi, an ancient breed of dog that existed in the Toltec civilization. The modern day deer head Chihuahua is thought to have emerged due to the introduction of smaller breeds including the Chinese crested dogs.
Deer head characteristics
Compared to other types of dog breeds, the Chihuahuas, including the deer heads, come in a variety of colors, body shapes, coats, etc. However, despite their differences, they are all Chihuahuas. Specific traits that apply to the deer heads include:
- Temperament: This is one of the core things about the deer head Chihuahuas. These little dogs can be the most loyal, easy going and affectionate pets you can own provided that they are trained, handled and attended to properly.
Also, your temperament and behavior can affect the temperament of your deer head. It is, therefore, important that you learn how to properly train your dog to prevent them from becoming ill-tempered.
It is also important to note that Chihuahuas do not always get along with other dog breeds. They have a clannish nature, meaning that they prefer the company of other Chihuahua dogs or Chihuahua mix over other breeds.
Such traits make them unsuitable for households with children who are not calm or patient. They can, however, adapt to the lifestyle with a dedicated owner and if managed by older kids of age 13+.
Deer head Chihuahuas love their dens, and you will often find them burrowed in their blankets, clothes hampers, and pillows. They also enjoy quality time in the sun.
- Height: Deer head Chihuahuas grow to a height of 6 to 9 inches although some grow as tall as 12 to 15 inches.
- Color: As previously hinted, Chihuahuas come in a variety of colors, and the same goes for deer heads. Fawn is a light buff color that is found on most deer head Chihuahuas. Varieties of liver and brown are common too. Other colors you will find on dear heads include silver, black, gray and white.
- Coat: Chihuahuas are born with either short-haired or long-haired coats. The former is easy to manage, but such Chihuahuas easily suffer from colds. Long-haired Chihuahuas, on the other hand, have a long, silky coat that sometimes needs brushing.
They come in various colors, and it is not unusual for them to have extra fur around the ears. They require extra care to prevent their coats from becoming coats. On the upside, you do not have to invest in winter wear if you own a long-haired deer head Chihuahua.
- Lifespan: Deer head Chihuahuas can live to be 15 to 20 years old and sometimes longer depending on the quality of care given among other factors. Chihuahuas are fragile pets, and something as simple as jumping from sofa can lead to serious injuries and broken bones.
- Weight: According to the American Kennel Club, the average deer head Chihuahua weighs between 7 and 10 pounds. Also, they tend to be larger than Apple heads.
How it compares to the Apple head Chihuahua
By now, you know the various sub-breeds of Chihuahuas. Breeders, veterinarians, experts and other industry professionals use the terms deer head and apple head to describe the most popular types of Chihuahuas based on their physical appearance and characteristics. But what are the differences between the two? How can you distinguish them?
Apple head Chihuahuas have:
- Round apple shaped head, with or without molera
- A large prominent forehead
- Prominent jaw line
- Short muzzle
Deer head Chihuahuas are characterized by:
- Deer shaped head that may or may not have molera
- Fewer health issues
- Less aggressive and more obedient compared to apple heads
- Narrow skull
- Long snout that protrudes further than that of an apple head Chihuahua
Healthcare of deer heads
Due to their delicate build and small size, deer head Chihuahuas demand extra care. They need warm clothing, loving shelter, and healthy foods. Also, it is important that you wrap them in a sweater or jacket in the winter because they get cold easily.
Patellar luxation is a rheumatoid condition that occurs as one of two types i.e. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It causes pain in the limbs, and as such the dog walks up and down stairs with a limp.
Osteoarthritis: This is a condition that causes the joint cartilage to break down due to insufficient exercise, poor nutrition and old age. The bones in the joints rub against one another, and the friction causes excruciating pain that makes it hard for the dog to walk properly.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Occurs when the joint tissues are damaged, leading to pain and inflammation.
General care of a deer head Chihuahua
Proper care that’s inclusive of a balanced diet, exercise, weight control and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent the above health issues. Regular grooming of the nails, hair and teeth are a relatively easy and a must. The fact that the extent of teeth care determines the shape of ears of deer head Chihuahuas is one that many pet owners do not know.
Interesting, right? Chewing intensively during their teething stage can weaken the muscles at the base of the ears, leading to droopy or floppy ears. Regular visits to the vet are essential. Using dental oral sprays at least two times daily can also help prevent the growth of plaque.
The deer head Chihuahua is a minuscule dog that requires a lot of love and care, what with its delicate, fragile structure. And despite its tiny size, it is quite the runner and can be easily stepped upon in a large crowd or injured. Extra vigilance on your part is, therefore, crucial to ensuring its health and survival in a harsh world.
Deer head Chihuahuas are a great pet to have around if you take care of them properly. Anyone who owns one of these will tell you that it means having big dog love in a small package and understandably so. They have a personality that’s way bigger than their size.
Moreover, they are able to keep in touch with you as they watch the world go by. And if you own a cat, the deer head Chihuahua will make a perfect companion for the kitty.