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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 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  Carrie

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, "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.

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"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, LLC, Referenced online, 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Applehead Chihuahua

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

Caryn - 2013-03-11
Lilly is still a very active and smart chichi. I think that she thinks that we are her pets. LOL She loves people, but hates dogs. Her first pet cat has since passed away and her Lovebird, but she now plays with her Siamese Angora cat named Summer Sugar. Lilly barks at her when I scold the cat, and is like her older sister. She loves to try and catch Anoles and barks at squirrels and birds. Loves her toys, small and big. Even plays hide and go seek. Great little dog, big heart.

Meridith Cantelli - 2014-07-07
I have a mosque l miniature apple head chihuahua. My question is she's going bald on top of her head which I thought was normal for her breed but today I noticed 2 more bald spots on both sides of her body. Is this normal for her breed?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I don't think this is normal, it sounds like a skin problem. I would take her to veterinarian for a check up.
melissa chauvin - 2014-05-19
My future mother in law & father in law have an apple head chihuahua, she is 14 pounds. I'm wondering if this is healthy?

Rebeccah - 2014-04-18
I just got a purebred AppleHead Chihuahua today, along with another mixed Chihuahua. Both are males. We already had a female mixed Chihuahua and are looking to breed her, but when I asked my roommate, he said she hasn't been in heat since he got her. Will we be able to breed or do we need to get another Chihuahua?

Elizabeth - 2013-12-22
I have an apple head named casper I got a weenie dog about 8 months ago and the owners said that he was fixed he is the only male that was around my dog there are no other dogs in my neighborhood and she never gets out my fense is fully closed in she is now getting ready to have a litter of puppies and im out of my mind on what to do HELP what do I do I don't think the vet fixed the weeny dog right oh she is going to have them in a week please someone email me what to do on helping my sweety be comfortable during her labor and delivery.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    It is often recommended that you take your dog in to a veterinarian when it's time to give birth in case there are complications or an emergency Cesarean section is necessary. If you choose to have your dog give birth at home, read up on the process, have all of the appropriate supplies, and have your vet's phone number on hand. The birth process and whelping can be time-consuming and very stressful on the mother. You can read How to Help a Chihuahua Give Birth, for more info.
  • Beverly - 2014-02-16
    I would DEFINITELY talk to the vet and make arrangements to bring her in when the vet recommends. With you not being experienced with this and the male being a daschund, a bigger breed, of course, than your Chihuahua, she might need a C-section. I don't think this is a situation you should go through by yourself. I really think you need professional help here, for the safety of your beloved Mama dog and her puppies. Not to mention you will probably be a nervous wreck from worry.

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