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Applehead Chihuahua

Applehead Teacup Chihuahua

Family: Canidae Applehead Chihuahua Picture, also called Applehead Teacup Chihuahua"Lilly"Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Caryn Bloomfield
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I have a chocolate apple head Chihuahua male that I would like to have him bread with a female and I want one of the puppies that is female. If you are interested... (more)  Charlene

Applehead Chihuahua is cute name, for special little Chihuahuas with an 'apple-shaped' head!

Though the name is cute and catchy, the Applehead Chihuahua is actually just simply a "Chihuahua". There are only two recognized types of Chihuahua. To determine which type of Chihuahua you actually have, you need to look at its coat. It will be either a Long-haired Chihuahua or a Short-haired Chihuahua.

The name "applehead" is a layman's term used to describe an adorable Chihuahua with an apple dome head shape head. The term "Applehead" is most likely derived from the description, in the American Kennel Club (AKC) standards, for the shape of the preferred head. In their standards, the preferred head-shape is described as being "a well rounded apple domeskull, with or without molera".

Chihuahuas are courageous and lively toy dogs. They tend to become very attached to their owners and these small dog breeds make good guard dogs. Their strong will makes patience during training crucial, but they are intelligent and can learn a variety of tricks. When selecting an Applehead Chihuahua, it is important to check for eye problems and respiratory difficulties.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris
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This cute little Chihuahua from Dogwork.com, "We went to a restaurant that let dogs in. Here's my dog dancing every time the waiters go by with food. He is a salsa dancer!"

Common Name(s) Applehead Chihuahua, Applehead Teacup Chihuahua, Long-haired Chihuahua, Short-haired Chihuahua

Breed Type The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world. Classified as a toy breed they make a most suitable pet. The Chihuahua is most comfortable in warm climates.

Background The Chihuahua is said to have been discovered in Mexico in 1850. They were sometimes bred for food, but they were also used in religious ceremonies and prized by royalty. It is speculated that Chihuahuas are descended from Chinese hairless dogs and ancient Mexican breeds. There are only two recognize types of Chihuahuas, the Long-haired Chihuahua and the Short-haired Chihuahuas, but no distinction is made for registration purposes.

The Applehead Chihuahua would only be recognized as one of the two breed types, a Long-haired Chihuahua or a Short-haired Chihuahua. "Applehead" along with several other terms such as "teacup," "pocket size," "tiny toy," "miniature," and "standard" are sometimes used to describe the size differences and physical appearances of Chihuahua's. And although these terms are descriptive of a particular look in an individual Chihuahua, they are not actually recognized Chihuahua types themselves.

Description Applehead Chihuahua is a layman's term for Chihuahuas that are small dogs with large, apple-shaped heads and pointy muzzles. Their eyes are protruding and dark. They may have long or short hair, and have all colors that are acceptable according to Chihuahua standards. Puppies often have a soft spot in their skulls that is called a molera. It may or may not close when they get older. The Chihuahua has an average height of 6-9 inches and weight of 2-6 pounds.

Care and Feeding Chihuahuas often have food sensitivities. They do best on a consistent diet of foods such as poultry and brown rice. Beef is not recommended for the Applehead Chihuahua. Chihuahuas need to be bathed once a month. Short-haired varieties only need occasional brushing, while long-haired Chihuahuas should be brushed daily. Nails should be trimmed as needed.
Chihuahuas need annual checkups, and vaccinations should be administered as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Applehead Chihuahuas are prone to respiratory problems, so care should be taken to keep their environment as dust-free as possible. They shed moderately, so regular vacuuming is required.

Housing Your Dog Applehead Chihuahuas are indoor dogs, and they need a warm environment. They like to snuggle up in cozy places, so it is advisable to watch for them when sitting down on soft furniture. They enjoy small breed-appropriate toys.

Social Behaviors Applehead Chihuahuas are often suspicious around strangers, and they are not recommended for children. They may be aggressive around other dog breeds and different types of pets.

Handling and Training The Applehead Chihuahua is a strong-willed dog, and this can present difficulties in training. They are very smart, however, and do well with positive reinforcement. Housebreaking difficulties are common.

Activities Chihuahuas require little exercise, but they do need a daily walk. They also enjoy playing indoors and out.

Breeding/Reproduction Gum problems, rheumatism, and eye problems are some things to look for when selecting a mate for your Applehead Chihuahua. Females sometimes need Cesarean sections due to their small size and the large size of puppies' heads.

Common Health Problems The design of the Chihuahua's eyes and nose are conducive to problems, including wheezing, colds, and glaucoma. Rheumatism and stress are also common among members of the breed. Regular checkups are essential to keep your Applehead Chihuahua healthy.

Availability Chihuahuas are usually easy to find from breeders and in pet stores. Prices vary, but are generally between $500 and $800.

References "Chihuahua Breed Standard, Toy Breed", American Kennel Club, Copyright 2008. Referenced online, 2008
"Chihuahua", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Chihuahua (dog)", Wikipedia, Copyright 2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Chihuahua", Referenced online, 2008
Welton, Michelle, "Chihuahuas: What's Good About ‘Em? What's Bad About ‘Em?", Copyright 2000-2008
"Chihuahua Puppies for Sale", Copyright PuppyFind.com, LLC, Referenced online, 2008

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Charlene - 2014-07-31
I have a chocolate apple head Chihuahua male that I would like to have him bread with a female and I want one of the puppies that is female. If you are interested please email me at vargo.charlene.dale@gmail.com. I have pics if you want to see him.

  • alycia - 2014-08-22
    I have a appleseed chi she is black and white full of entry we are wanting to breed her she has all her shots and her papers send email I have pics
  • Destiny miller - 2014-11-26
    I have a female :) I would like her breed
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Carrie - 2014-09-26
I just got a 3 year old apple head yesterday he's sweet but he very scared how long will it take him to warm up to me

  • David Brough - 2014-10-09
    Be patient, and gentle. Its hard to say just how long it will take but he will warm up in time :)
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debby - 2014-08-24
We have a apple head he is mean and bets others or he bets anyone he sees

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Charlene - 2014-07-31
I just got an apple head Chihuahua that is about 2 or 3 and he is very afraid of me and my husband, found out that he was abused by a man and he tries to bite us not as bad as it was, is still very worried that we might hurt him, I haven't ever had a dog that was abused and not sure what to do. Please help. I just love him and is very sweet.

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Mark guinn - 2013-11-30
We have a female applehead chihuahua named Daisy who is looking for a mate.

  • Rebecca Miller - 2013-12-22
    I have an adorable male fawn colored chihuahua ( Caesar) with a great personality that I would like to breed. Is Daisy really friendly and calm? Caesar weighs 12 lbs. and since Lilly is smaller that would be perfect. I would like to keep one or 2 of the puppies and then we can talk about the others. Please call me. 312-543-0561. Rebecca Miller
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Cindy Nuno - 2013-10-14
Need an Apple head long hair Chihawhawa female for breeding. I have a male. He is two years old and is more than ready to breed. Call me if you're interested and have a female. Call 623-336-1299. Must be in the Glendale, Arizona Phoenix area.

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