You may have heard people referring to their darling Chihuahua as a “Deer Head” and wondered what in the world they were talking about. Chihuahuas come in many shapes and sizes and the Deer Head is just one type of these special little dogs.
The Deer Head Chihuahua is not a different breed
The Deer Head Chihuahua is a type of Chihuahua. “Deer Head” is a descriptive term, not a different breed or sub-breed of Chihuahua. These popular toy breed shows a wide variety of characteristics; the Deer Head is just one of them.
While the American Kennel Club sets stringent breed standards for the Chihuahua which call for the Chihuahua to have a round skull, referred to as an “Apple Head,” Chis often stray from these standards. The Deer Head Chihuahua has a smaller head and thinner body than is considered “show quality” by the AKC but that doesn’t keep them from being just as cute and just as popular with dog lovers.
It’s All in the Name
In many ways, the Deer Head Chihuahua resembles a baby deer. The descriptive name “Deer Head Chihuahua” comes from the shape of this adorable little dog’s head. Similar to a deer fawn, the Deer Head Chihuahua has a narrow, pointed muzzle and large deer-like ears. This type of Chihuahuas also has a slight deer-like build, relatively long legs and tends to be taller than an Apple Head Chihuahua.
Contrary to popular belief, Chihuahuas dis not originate in Chihuahua, Mexico! Most researchers believe that the modern day Chihuahua did originate in Mexico and descended from an ancient breed of dog known as the Techichi which was found in the Toltec civilization. The Toltecs were conquered by the Aztecs, at which time the little Techichis dogs became a sacred icon of the upper class. Though small, these companion animals were not as tiny as their modern counterparts. The diminutive size of our present day Chihuahuas is thought to have come about due to the introduction of smaller breeds such as the Chinese crested dogs which were brought into South America by the Spanish.
The little dogs eventually made their way into the US via the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which is probably why they got the name “Chiahuahua.”
Other Deer Head Chihuahua Characteristics
Unlike most dog breeds, the Chihuahuas, including the Deer Head, can be found in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and characteristics; but no matter how different they are, they are all still Chihuahuas.
Coat – Chihuahuas can be born with either a long-haired or a short-haired coat.
Long-haired Chis have a long, silky coat that can be either straight or somewhat curly. These types of Chihuahuas come in a variety of colours and have extra fur around their ears. Long-haired dogs take a little extra care and special attention needs to be paid to grooming them to keep their coats from becoming matted.
Short-haired Chihuahuas have an easier coat to manage but become cold easily. If you have a precious little short haired Chi, you will need to invest in a winter wardrobe to keep him from catching a chill.
Colour – Like all Chihuahuas Deer Heads come in a variety of colours. The most common is the aptly named “fawn” which is a light, buff colour. They can also come in a variety of brown and liver shades, as well as white, grey, black and even a bluish-grey colour called “silver”.
Temperament – One of the best things about this special breed of dog is their temperament. With proper training, attention, and handling, these special little dogs can be the most affectionate, easy-going, and loyal of dogs. Your behaviour and temperament can greatly affect the temperament your dog, so be sure to learn how to train your little dog so that he does not become ill-tempered. Chis can become fiercely loyal to one particular person and may become overly protective of that person.
With their adorable fawn-shaped heads, Deer Head Chihuahuas can make wonderful little pets and are an attractive choice for many dog lovers.