Deer Head Chihuahua – Facts, Care, & FAQ

Even with a breed that is widely recognized and has been in existence for many years, confusion often arises when descriptive terms are tacked onto the official name.

Such is the case with Chihuahuas. There are only two recognized varieties that exist within the breed: the long-coat Chihuahua and the smooth-coat Chihuahua.

So then, where exactly does a deer head Chihuahua factor into the equation?

What is a deer head Chihuahua? A deer head Chihuahua is a purebred Chihuahua who lacks the classic “apple dome” head and deviates from the breed standard for body type. A deer head Chihuahua features a flat skull, sloping forehead, long muzzle and legs, large ears, and high-set eyes.

The following deer head Chihuahua description, facts, care guide, and answers to common questions will give you a clear idea of what to expect with this entertaining, devoted dog and whether or not a deer head is the right choice for you.

What Is a Deer Head Chihuahua? 

Any Chihuahua lacking the classic “apple dome” head called for in the breed standard and instead has a skull that is flat on top and features a longer, narrower muzzle could be called a deer head Chihuahua.  

Though many people assume otherwise, deer head Chihuahuas are not a distinct Chihuahua variety or purposely bred to have a unique head shape.

They are simply born with a skull that deviates from the accepted standard.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and other notable kennel clubs, such as the United Kennel Club (UKC), disqualify these Chihuahuas from the show ring, but they may still be registered and are Chihuahuas through and through.

There is no difference in terms of temperament and care between a deer head Chihuahua and a Chihuahua who conforms to breed standards. 

What Does a Deer Head Chihuahua Look Like? 

A male, fawn-colored deer head Chihuahua standing on grass.

Deer head Chihuahuas have a flat, gently sloping forehead that typically forms a 45° angle at the point where it meets the muzzle, unlike the 90° “stop” of an apple head Chihuahua. 

(You can learn about the true-to-standard, apple head Chihuahua here.)

Deer head Chihuahuas have a fawn-like appearance, are often a bit larger than standard Chihuahuas; have longer legs and necks; sport larger ears; have longer, narrower muzzles; and have slightly smaller eyes situated higher and closer together on the face.

As you may surmise from the name, a deer head, long-legged Chihuahua, especially one with a fawn coat, really does resemble a young deer.

How Do You Tell the Difference Between a Deer Head and an Apple Head Chihuahua? 

Apple head Chihuahua puppy on left, deer head Chihuahua on right.

Feature Apple Head Chihuahua Deer Head Chihuahua
Top of skull Domed, round, apple shaped Basically flat
Forehead Abruptly meets muzzle at a 90° angle Gently slopes to meet muzzle at a 45° angle
Eyes Large, round, low and widely set Slightly smaller, round, higher and more closely set
Ears Proportionally balanced with head size Large in relation to head
Muzzle Fairly short  Longer
Neck Short and compact Longer and slimmer
Legs Fairly short Longer
Overall appearance Classic Chihuahua look Similar to a young deer but unmistakably still a Chihuahua

History 

More than 1,000 years ago the ancient Toltecs of Mexico cultivated a small dog known as the Techichi.

Thanks to early depictions and relics discovered, we know that Techichis were similar to today’s Chihuahua, but they were larger and resembled foxes in many cases.

Both round, domed heads and flatter skulls are seen in early artwork, and in one drawing from the Yucatan Peninsula, the Techichi is depicted with a definite deer head, including antlers!

There is much speculation as to the purpose these little dogs served. 

Some believe that the breed may have assisted in hunting small prey and flushing fowl, some think these little dogs were bred as a food source (yikes!), and others think that they were popular for companionship and entertainment. 

It is thought that when the Aztecs came to power, the Techichi was reduced in size and held in high esteem.

In fact, many believe that the dogs were considered sacred and held mystical powers. It’s thought that they were sometimes used in ritual sacrifices and medicinal practices.

There’s even reason to believe that in some areas the Techichi were held in such high regard that when an owner died, his little dogs were killed and buried with him so that they could accompany him to the afterlife.

Techichi could be found in many areas of South America, eventually becoming popular with native tribes along the east coast of North America.

They were documented by early explorers to the New World. However, by the early 1800s, the breed neared extinction.

Dogs closely resembling the Chihuahua we know today were discovered in the mid 1800s in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, and the little dogs soon began their rise to incredible popularity.

Regardless of the Techichi’s true purpose and history, researchers are convinced, thanks to DNA testing, that the Techichi definitely played a role in the formation of today’s modern Chihuahua. 

It is highly likely that other breeds, possibly the Chinese Crested or Xoloitzcuintli, were used to enhance certain features along the way as roughly ⅓ of the Chihuahua’s DNA can not be traced back to any breeds known to reside in Mexico during the times of the Toltecs and the Aztecs.

Deer Head Chihuahua Facts 

Origin Likely Mexico
Height 8 – 12 inches
Weight Under 6 pounds is ideal
Coat Long or smooth (short)
Colors Wide variety of colors
Temperament Similar to a Terrier’s, feisty, alert, loyal, bold, jealous, wary of strangers
Good for families? Yes, but better for those with older children
Excessive barking? May be problematic without training and socialization
Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Yes
Trainability High
Grooming needs Minimal
Shedding Yes
Hypoallergenic? No
Exercise requirements 30 minutes per day
Health issues Generally healthy, though cardiac and dental issues may occur
Life expectancy 14 – 16 years

Are Deer Head Chihuahuas Purebred? 

Deer head Chihuahuas are purebred Chihuahuas; they just don’t conform to the breed’s standards.

Of course, there are some unscrupulous breeders out there who may attempt to pass off a mixed puppy as being purebred, but this occurs with all breeds – not just Chihuahuas.

However, provided that your breeder has the documentation proving that both parent dogs were full-blooded, purebred Chihuahuas, then their offspring are purebred as well, regardless of the shape of their heads.

You can even choose to register your dog with the AKC or other kennel clubs if you desire; just know that a deer head Chihuahua would be disqualified in any conformation competition.

How Big Are Deer Head Chihuahua Puppies? 

A newborn black Chihuahua in a woman's hands.

At birth, deer head Chihuahuas can weigh as little as 2.5 ounces or be closer to 5.5 ounces. Most are somewhere in between.

To put that tiny weight in perspective, consider that a deck of standard playing cards weighs roughly 3 ounces, about the size of an average newborn Chihuahua. 

That’s not very heavy at all, and yet Chihuahua moms often need a Caesarean section to safely deliver the pups due to the size and shape of the puppies’ heads and the relatively narrow hips of the expectant mothers.

Chihuahua puppies grow rapidly, often gaining 1 – 2 ounces of weight per week, until they reach 6 months old, at which time growth rate will begin to slow.

By the time they reach 9 months of age, 80 – 90% of their final height has been attained, though it often takes a full 18 months for these little dogs to reach final size in both height and weight.

How Big Do Deer Head Chihuahuas Get? 

Although the Chihuahua’s breed standard calls for all Chihuahuas to be 5 – 8 inches tall at the withers (highest point of the shoulders) and 6 pounds or less, many Chihuahuas born with a “deer head” will grow to be larger than the specified standard. 

This is due to the fact that many deer head Chihuahuas have longer legs and slightly larger bodies overall.

The short clip below shows how size can differ significantly in deer head Chihuahuas and how very differently long- and short-haired Chihuahuas appear.

Deer Head Chihuahua Height 

Though many deer head Chihuahuas will remain within the 5 – 8 inch height range, others may wind up closer to 10 inches at the shoulder, and some have been as tall as 12 – 15 inches, though this is rare and quite large for the breed indeed.

Close to 8 inches is considered to be the average height for a deer head Chihuahua.

Note that Chihuahuas should be slightly longer than they are tall.

The length is measured from the dog’s point of the shoulder, which is the slight protrusion on the front of the chest, to the point of the rear quarters, which is the fullest area below the tail and rectum.

Females are often slightly longer in body than males, though neither sex should appear square shaped due to equal height and length measurements.

Deer Head Chihuahua Weight

Some deer head Chihuahuas might fall within the standard Chihuahua weight of 6 pounds or less, but the majority will be heavier, often 8 – 10 pounds.

It should be noted that Chihuahuas may easily become overweight due to lack of activity, overfeeding at mealtimes, or overindulgence of treats and table scraps. 

Though it is considered normal for a deer head Chihuahua to be slightly heavier than the standard “apple head” Chihuahuas because of their larger frame, it’s important to ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight.

Obesity places excess stress on the joints, heart, and internal organs; impairs mobility, thus leading to further lack of activity; can negatively affect the dog’s quality of life; and may even contribute to a shorter lifespan.

If a faint outline of the ribs isn’t visible and the ribcage is not easily felt with your fingertips, your deer head Chihuahua is probably too heavy for his size. 

Deer Head Chihuahua Colors

A group of 10 Chihuahuas in a variety of colors. 

Like “regular” Chihuahuas, deer head Chihuahuas are available in a broad range of colors and markings.

Although various shades of fawn are most commonly seen, the AKC states that all colors are acceptable for the breed. These include:

  • Black.
  • Black and tan.
  • Blue and tan.
  • Chocolate.
  • Chocolate and tan.
  • Cream.
  • Cream and fawn.
  • Fawn and white.
  • Red.

Note that solid colors are rare and most Chihuahuas will be bicolored or be bicolored with additional markings making them tricolored. 

The black color can occur with red, silver, or white, or it can appear as a black sabled fawn or black sabled silver.

The blue color may be solid or have white markings, or it can be blue fawn or blue brindled fawn.

Chocolate, gold, red, or silver dogs may be solid colored or occur in conjunction with white markings.

Cream and white is another possibility as is chocolate blue, chocolate brindled or sabled fawn, and fawn brindled black.

Though pure, solid white is an accepted color, it is considered to be quite rare and usually only appears as a secondary coat color.

As far as markings are concerned, you’ll find there is plenty of variety there too. In addition to white markings, accepted markings include:

  • Black or blue mask.
  • Cream, fawn, merle, or red markings.
  • Black brindling.
  • Black sabling.
  • Spots.

Keep in mind that these colors and markings are not limited to only the short-haired variety but can occur on long-coated deer head Chihuahuas as well.

Deer Head Chihuahua Eye Color 

The majority of deer head Chihuahuas will have dark brown eyes, sometimes so dark that they appear to be black.

The breed standard allows for ruby eyes as well; these will also be dark but may have a reddish hue, especially in certain lighting conditions. 

Many deer heads with lighter-colored coats will also exhibit lighter-colored eyes ranging from medium brown to hazel.

Blue eyes can occur as well but are considered a serious fault in conformation competitions.

In rare instances, a deer head Chihuahua may have central heterochromia (two colors within one eye) or display complete heterochromia in which each eye will be a different color.

No matter the color of the eyes, the Chihuahua standard calls for the eyes to be large without any sign of protruding, round, set well apart, and luminous.

In the case of deer head Chihuahuas, the eyes are typically closer together than normal and are set relatively high on the head.

Deer Head Chihuahua Personality 

A close-up image of a black sabled fawn Chihuahua's head.

Temperament

Deer head Chihuahuas are alert, lively, confident, sensitive, and loyal almost to a fault.

Their temperament is often likened to that of a Terrier, and this is exactly what the breed standard stipulates.

Just like with all Chihuahuas, temperament can vary a good deal and will be influenced by how they are raised and how much or little training and socialization is provided.

Being hesitant around strangers, jealous behavior, and becoming excited easily are common traits in the breed, though aggression should not come naturally to these little dogs.

They are quite intelligent and are easily trained when properly motivated.

Deer head Chihuahuas should not be coddled or allowed to get away with bad behavior or they will quickly become the boss of the household and exhibit behaviors associated with small dog syndrome – not a good thing! 

Are Deer Head Chihuahuas Good Family Pets? 

Deer head Chihuahuas can be wonderful, affectionate family dogs who will delight all members with their adorable antics.

Extreme care must be taken in households with young children, however, as these tiny dogs can be injured quite easily, and some Chihuahuas may nip or bite if handled roughly or are jealous of the attention given to little ones.

Also be aware that Chihuahuas often bond particularly closely with one person.

Although they will enjoy being with all family members, one (often the main caretaker) is singled out as the true object of their undying affection, and other members may feel jilted by the preferential treatment.

Deer Head Chihuahua Barking

Chihuahuas unfortunately have a reputation for being yappy, though this doesn’t have to be the case with your deer head Chihuahua.

Neglecting training and socialization is a surefire way to raise a nuisance barker.

Chihuahuas will naturally bark for a variety of reasons, such as seeking attention, fear, aggression, excitement, or boredom.

However, teaching your Chihuahua to be quiet on command can mean the difference between living with a yapper and enjoying a well-behaved, obedient Chi. 

Exposing your deer head to a wide variety of experiences, people, animals, sights, smells, and sounds in a positive manner will help him learn how to appropriately respond to situations without feeling the need to sound the alarm at every opportunity.

Of course, the Chihuahua’s natural tendency to bark can be a good thing when channeled correctly, and though they are way too small to be effective guard dogs, they make excellent watch dogs, alerting you whenever someone approaches your home.

Are Deer Head Chihuahuas Good With Dogs? 

Most deer head Chihuahuas will do well with other dogs, though this is dependent on the dog’s degree of socialization.

When welcoming a Chihuahua puppy into a household with existing dogs, provided that introductions are nonthreatening and the other dogs behave nicely, the new addition should quickly learn his place within the “pack” and adapt well.

Well-adjusted Chihuahuas who have been exposed to a wide variety of dogs and understand proper dog etiquette should be neither aggressive nor overly timid when meeting strange dogs in public.

It really all hinges on the quality of socialization already experienced and the reaction of the other dog or dogs, so supervision is mandatory for your Chihuahua’s safety.

It’s interesting to note that many Chihuahuas prefer to be around others of the same breed.

The reason behind this preference is a mystery, but many Chihuahuas do indeed seem happier when living in a multi-Chi household as opposed to being the sole canine in the family.

Two Chihuahuas and a small beach ball on a white background.

Are Deer Head Chihuahuas Good With Cats? 

In most instances, deer head Chihuahuas will get along quite well with any family cats, especially if they have been raised together.

Chihuahuas and cats are similar in size and share a love of napping in warm, sunny locations throughout the house, so don’t be surprised if your deer head and pet cat become close sleeping buddies.

When first introductions are made, supervise the interaction closely, as a cat is more than capable of injuring a tiny Chihuahua and any negative experiences could impact their future relationship.

Do Deer Head Chihuahuas Need Grooming? 

Although both varieties of Chihuahuas are considered low maintenance as far as grooming is concerned, there are some routine tasks that should be performed on schedule to keep your Chi looking and feeling his best. 

Brushing, of course, tops the list and you’ll find particulars for both varieties below.

Additionally, a bath every four to six weeks will keep the skin and coat clean and healthy.

The ears should be checked periodically for dirt, debris, and waxy buildup and cleaned with a canine ear cleansing solution (I use this one for my pup) monthly or as needed.

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Every month or so, the nails should be inspected and, if overgrown, trimmed neatly with either pet nail clippers or a nail grinder (we show you the best choices here).

Chihuahuas frequently experience dental issues, some of which can be easily prevented with good oral hygiene.

At least three or four times per week, brush your Chihuahua’s teeth with a dog-safe toothpaste (most Chis love the flavor of this one) and a finger brush designed for small mouths.

Adding a plaque-fighting dental additive to drinking water is often recommended for the breed as well. 

Deer Head Chihuahua – Short Hair 

The short, sleek coat of a short-haired deer head Chihuahua is easy to maintain.

A quick brushing once a week or so is all that’s needed to help remove loose hair and debris from the coat and distribute natural oils.

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Deer Head Chihuahua – Long Hair

The long, soft coat of a long-haired deer head Chihuahua will require a bit more maintenance than for the short-coat variety.

Brushing every couple of days with a round-tipped slicker brush (like this self-cleaning slicker brush) will keep the coat free of tangles and remove loose hair before it winds up sprinkled throughout your home.

A steel, double sided comb may also be used on the body and is perfect for working around more sensitive areas like the face and ears.

Do Deer Hair Chihuahuas Shed?

All Chihuahuas shed; both the long-hair and smooth-coated varieties will routinely shed as older fur is replaced with new growth.

It’s just the way the coat replenishes itself, though Chihuahuas with an undercoat will also experience heavier shedding in the early months of spring as the thicker undercoat thins out for the approaching summer temperatures.  

Routinely brushing your deer head will remove much of the shed hair before it finds its way onto your floors, furniture, and clothing.

Tip: Weather permitting, try brushing your Chihuahua outside to keep the mess to a minimum.

Are Deer Head Chihuahuas Hypoallergenic?

Deer head Chihuahuas are not hypoallergenic and are just as likely to cause an allergic reaction in allergy sufferers as other nonhypoallergenic breeds.

The issue isn’t actually the type of fur, contrary to what many believe. Rather, it is the proteins found in dander, saliva, and urine that produce the allergic response.

This is why no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic, though some breeds, such as the Poodle, are less likely to trigger a reaction than others.

Deer Head Chihuahua Care

Deer head Chihuahuas need the same care as any other Chihuahua.

Because of their small size, extra precautions will be needed to keep them safe from accidental injury and predators of course, but they are still dogs and should be treated as such.

Deer Head Chihuahua Exercise 

A long-coat deer head Chihuahua playing fetch outside.

Deer head Chihuahuas have a surprising amount of energy, and while they will burn much of it during ordinary daily activities, such as following your every move, they will need about 30 minutes of exercise each day. 

Some deer head Chihuahuas will meet this need on their own as they play outside with the kids, follow family members around the house and up and down stairs, or keep up with other household dogs.

Others will need one or two short walks or focused playtime outside to use up excess energy. 

Remember that a well-exercised Chihuahua is not only likely to stay trim and healthy but is also more likely to be well behaved and quiet when indoors.

Deer Head Chihuahua Diet 

Like all Chihuahuas, deer head Chihuahua use an incredible amount of energy each day and have a higher metabolism than other larger breeds.

Much of their energy is spent just keeping up with the world around them and trying to maintain body temperature, but zipping around the house or yard and playtime burn up a lot of calories too.

Because deer head Chihuahuas don’t actually eat that much, it’s critical that every bite be as nutrient dense as possible.

Select a high-quality, age-appropriate kibble (our Ultimate Guide to Dog Food will help you choose wisely) or consult with a canine nutritionist to formulate a homemade diet.

Steer clear of foods containing artificial additives and preservatives, meat meal or byproducts, and grains if possible.

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The small pieces will be easy for your Chi to chew and won’t be as much of a choking hazard as regular-size kibble might be.

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How Much Should a Deer Head Chihuahua Eat? 

Contrary to what many Chihuahua owners actually believe is necessary, ½ cup of food per day is usually sufficient for average-size Chihuahuas.

This ½ cup total should be broken down into several smaller meals throughout the day.

An occasional small treat is acceptable, but larger quantities of kibble will only lead to weight issues.

Smaller Chihuahuas may not need the full half cup, while larger dogs may need slightly more, but on average, a Chihuahua only needs about 50 calories per pound of weight daily to maintain ideal body condition.

So, a 5-pound Chi would need roughly 250 calories each day divided into several feedings.

Check with your veterinarian if you’re uncertain your dog is receiving the proper amount of food.

Deer head Chihuahua puppies, however, should always have access to food.

This is important so that they can continually replenish nutrients used during the day and to prevent hypoglycemia.

If you can’t leave food out for free feeding, then 4 – 6 small meals should be provided at regular intervals throughout the day.

Deer Head Chihuahua Training 

Training is one aspect of raising a Chihuahua that is all too often overlooked.

Without training from an early age, a deer head Chihuahua will assume the role of leader and do exactly as he pleases when he pleases.

Contrary to many people’s assumptions, Chihuahuas are actually easy to train and are so intelligent that they can learn quite the variety of commands and tricks easily.

The secret is to treat him like a dog rather than a person. 

As long as you are consistent with the use of commands, keep training sessions interesting and brief, and reward desired behavior the instant it is performed, you’ll find that a deer head Chihuahua is a willing and able student who learns quickly.

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Socialization goes hand in hand with training and should be implemented shortly after you bring your new Chihuahua home.

In our Complete Guide to Socialization,” we explain exactly what’s involved and even provide a checklist to help you be sure you’re covering everything.

For now, know that the more positive experiences your deer head has with a variety of situations, people, and other animals, the better.

Are Deer Head Chihuahuas Healthy? 

As a breed, Chihuahuas are considered to be relatively healthy with only a rather short list of possible health issues compared to other small breeds.

The Chihuahua Club of America recommends that all breeding Chihuahuas be subjected to a thorough eye, cardiac, and patella evaluation before being bred. 

Purchasing your deer head Chihuahua from an experienced, responsible breeder who has genetic tests and health screenings performed on all potential breeding dogs is the best way to reduce the likelihood of major medical issues in your new puppy’s future.

Also, closely monitoring your Chihuahua’s weight can help him avoid many preventable conditions, and routine veterinary care can detect and often correct issues early on before they become severe.

It is interesting to note that many Chihuahua owners who have raised both apple-head and deer-head type Chihuahuas claim that those with a deer head seem to suffer from fewer health issues on average than their true-to-standard counterparts.

Though there isn’t much data to support these claims, it could be due to the fact that a deer head Chihuahua has a longer muzzle and neck and thus avoids some of the common dental complaints of the breed and respiratory issues, such as tracheal collapse.

Deer Head Chihuahua Health Problems

Disorders of the heart, such as murmurs, mitral valve disease, pulmonary stenosis, and heart disease, tend to occur in Chihuahuas, regardless of head type. 

Though not quite as prevalent in deer-head types as in apple-head types, dental problems may occur as well.

Issues due to overcrowding of teeth, tartar and plaque buildup, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and bad breath are somewhat common.

Eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy, are possible, and epilepsy has been seen repeatedly in the breed as well.

Additionally, be aware of the following issues:

  • Canine brucellosis – a reproductive disease leading to infertility and inflammation/infection in various areas of the body.
  • Tracheal collapse – a partial or complete collapse or narrowing of the trachea.
  • Patella luxation – condition in which the kneecap spontaneously slips out of place.
  • Obesity – an overweight Chihuahua may experience worsening of existing conditions and suffer from the added strain placed on the heart, joints, and organs.

One very serious health condition common in Chihuahuas is hypoglycemia, which is defined as a sudden drop in blood sugar.

Hypoglycemia is often seen in puppies especially, and left untreated, death may result. 

Symptoms can vary, but watch for unexplained behavior changes, extreme lethargy, twitching or tremors, gum discoloration, loss of coordination, weakness, and listlessness.

Since the condition occurs suddenly without warning, it’s recommended to always keep Nutri-Cal (find it here) on hand as just a little placed under the tongue after the condition is noted can mean the difference between life and death. 

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It’s also recommended that kibble is always left available for growing puppies so that they can nibble whenever they feel the need in order to keep blood sugar stable and maintain the energy needed for the proper functioning of the heart and muscles. 

Adult Chihuahuas may be fed several small meals throughout the day to prevent the problem from developing.

They should not be given just one large meal per day as they do not have the glucose and energy reserves to go that long between meals.

Deer Head Chihuahua Lifespan 

As is often the case with small breeds, deer head Chihuahuas tend to enjoy a longer lifespan than larger dogs do.

Numerous factors will influence how long your Chihuahua will live. 

Routine veterinary care, diet, genetics, and lifestyle definitely play a role, but sadly, suffering a fatal injury cuts many Chihuahuas’ lives short too.

Because of their size, they face many threats that larger breeds do not. Some of these include:

  • Being stepped or sat on.
  • Escaping through very small gaps in fencing.
  • Falling off of furniture.
  • Being dropped or leaping from someone’s arms.
  • Attacks from larger dogs or even birds of prey.
  • Being played with too roughly by small children.

How Long Do Deer Head Chihuahuas Live?

The average life expectancy for a deer head Chihuahua is roughly 14 to 16 years.

Though many Chihuahuas live well into their late teens, some will fall victim to accidents or health problems and never reach old age.

Proper care and supervision are critical, especially as your Chihuahua enters his golden years and begins to slow down.

How Much Does a Deer Head Chihuahua Cost? 

Because a deer head Chihuahua is a deviation from the breed standard in terms of body conformation, you might expect that prices will be a good deal lower than those for “regular” Chihuahuas. 

However, this is not often the case. 

You see, as more and more Chihuahua lovers were and are drawn to the deer head dogs, the demand has increased.

Breeders quickly realized that they can charge just as much for a Chihuahua born with a nonstandard skull shape than they can for the apple head Chihuahuas who adhere to breed standards.

Deer head Chihuahuas for just a few hundred dollars can be found, but expect to find most prices over the $1,000 mark.

Some breeders will base a deer head’s price on color, sex, or unusual markings, but others will have one set price for all available puppies.

Deer Head Chihuahua Average Price 

It’s entirely possible to find a deer head Chihuahua for $500 to $1,000, but these prices typically are only found in puppies from backyard breeders, and health and breeding practices may or may not be up to standards.

Purchasing from a hobby breeder who has a deep understanding of the breed and screens all breeding dogs according to the breed club’s recommendations will usually cost between $1,200 and $3,500, sometimes more.

Deer Head Chihuahua Adoption or Rescue

Checking with local shelters first may yield good results as Chihuahuas are often abandoned due to behavioral issues.

Sometimes breeders will adopt out older Chihuahuas who are just past their prime.

Try contacting a nearby breeder, and even if they don’t have any adoptable older chihuahuas, they likely know of someone who does. 

If none are to be found in your immediate area, check with Chihuahua Rescue and Transport.

They work diligently to rescue and rehome Chihuahuas and have several branches across the country.

Social media is another powerful resource to find deer head Chihuahuas in need of a forever home.

Reach out to Chihuahua groups and you’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help point you in the right direction.

Related Questions:

Is a Deer Chihuahua the same as a Deer Head Chihuahua?

Chihuahuas with flatter skulls and longer muzzles are typically called deer head Chihuahuas, but the term is sometimes shortened to simply deer Chihuahua.

Both names refer to the same head type often seen in the breed. 

What is a pear head Chihuahua? 

The name pear head typically refers to a Chihuahua with a head somewhere in between that of an apple head and a deer head.

If you can picture a pear resting on its side, you’ll have a fairly good idea of what a pear head Chihuahua’s head looks like from the side – not nearly as domed as an apple head and not quite as flat as a deer head.

Is there such a thing as a Reindeer Chihuahua?

The term reindeer Chihuahua is simply another name sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas with deer head features.

A reindeer Chihuahua is not a separate breed, a new variety, or from a special line of Chihuahuas; it is just another nickname for a deer head Chihuahua. 

Source:

https://planetchihuahua.com/facts-trivia/chihuahua-history-mexico/

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