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Applehead Chihuahua

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Family: Canidae Applehead Chihuahua Picture, also called Applehead Teacup Chihuahua"Lilly"Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Caryn Bloomfield
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I'm looking for a little applehead. I just lost my best friend in the whole world. I never thought I could hurts so much in my life. My beloved Gloria is gone and... (more)  Bernadette Smallwood

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

Lastest Animal Stories on Applehead Chihuahua


Bernadette Smallwood - 2015-07-20
I'm looking for a little applehead. I just lost my best friend in the whole world. I never thought I could hurts so much in my life. My beloved Gloria is gone and now I have all this love to share with a little one. But I'm having a problem finding them in my area. I'm looking for a female smooth coat. I'm hopeing to find a black and tan baby. She was my world and I'm so lost without her. Can someone please help me find my new baby? I don't have a lot of money even though my baby was a show dog. But when I got her I retired her. So papers are not important to me I just want one that is a applehead and will not get any bigger than 6 pounds. Thank you so much for listening.

  • Edward hudlow - 2015-07-25
    I am very sad to hear of your loss. We live in a area where they are not common. I don't want to think about loosing our pippa marie. Sometimes I come across someone wanting to get rid of their chahuahuas because they are more work than expected. I will look for you and let you know . Best wishes to you and sorry for your loss.
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Amanda Osborne - 2015-06-18
Full blooded apple head chihuahua hes a year old good with kids and house train asking 100.00 or best offer call amanda 7044181903

  • Janice - 2015-07-04
    How much does he weight? Can you send pictures?
  • Naiz rivera - 2015-07-04
    Hello is this puppy still available? If so can I do get pic. And more info like is he fixed?
  • Faye - 2015-07-18
    What is the status of your little guy?
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Deena - 2013-02-15
I just got a 3 month old applehead chihuahua and the lady i got it from said she eats puppy chow... is this ok for her to eat?

  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-16
    I would use a higher quality food.  Look at ingrdients, you do not want the first ingredient to be a filler like corn.
  • Chris - 2013-09-16
    I would not recommend puppy food for even puppies, as most puppy formulas have milk powder in them. This could cause the puppy, or even older dogs to have the runs, which could be hard on both the dog and the owner, and could also cause dehydration. I feed my little dog moist dog food that comes in small packs. He seems to enjoy it much better than the hard 'small breed' foods.
  • Sha - 2013-09-24
    Appleheads do NOT do well on a beef dog food. You should find a dog food with poultry and brown rice as the main ingredients. I hope this helps you and your you lil pup.
  • tina - 2013-11-25
    3 months old is very young to feed them hard food, maybe mix it with baby formula and make sure its warm (not hot) and soft.
  • Lennie - 2015-06-30
    We feed our applehead chiuahua little rice with ground beef and green beans with a powder supplement (sundow). For the first year then add dry food less ground beef less sundown and now he eats his dry food with no grains and we always add veggies in the dry food with a small amount hot water. Has been very healthy and is our angel from heaven above.
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JACKIE - 2015-06-10
I am in love with my applehead paquito. I got him for my mothers day gift.

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Bernadette Smallwood - 2015-07-20
I'm looking for a little applehead. I just lost my best friend in the whole world. I never thought I could hurts so much in my life. My beloved Gloria is gone and now I have all this love to share with a little one. But I'm having a problem finding them in my area. I'm looking for a female smooth coat. I'm hopeing to find a black and tan baby. She was my world and I'm so lost without her. Can someone please help me find my new baby? I don't have a lot of money even though my baby was a show dog. But when I got her I retired her. So papers are not important to me I just want one that is a applehead and will not get any bigger than 6 pounds. Thank you so much for listening.

  • Edward hudlow - 2015-07-25
    I am very sad to hear of your loss. We live in a area where they are not common. I don't want to think about loosing our pippa marie. Sometimes I come across someone wanting to get rid of their chahuahuas because they are more work than expected. I will look for you and let you know . Best wishes to you and sorry for your loss.
Reply
Amanda Osborne - 2015-06-18
Full blooded apple head chihuahua hes a year old good with kids and house train asking 100.00 or best offer call amanda 7044181903

  • Janice - 2015-07-04
    How much does he weight? Can you send pictures?
  • Naiz rivera - 2015-07-04
    Hello is this puppy still available? If so can I do get pic. And more info like is he fixed?
  • Faye - 2015-07-18
    What is the status of your little guy?
Reply
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Mary Toole - 2015-02-14
Want to buy toy Chihuahua

  • Celeste Sauceda - 2015-03-18
    Looking to buy? I have a male.
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