Toy dog breeds such as Chihuahuas pack a lot of personality into a pretty tiny frame, and the same is true of the Deer Head Chihuahua.
These small dogs are famous for being vocal and a little set in their ways – but what isn’t as commonly known is the difference between the Apple Head Chihuahua and the Deer Head Chihuahua, the latter of whom we will be discussing today.
Recognizable thanks to a longer muzzle than the often nicknamed Apple Chi, the Deer Head Chihuahua has a lot of love to give beneath his or her occasionally finicky tendencies.
And as always, every individual dog is unique to themselves – so this guide is more of an introduction to the individual dog you may well be meeting soon.
For their size, these dogs can be among the most long-lived of any dog breed, and so they, more even than usual, are quite a big commitment to make – despite their stature.
The Chihuahua is one of the world’s most famous lapdogs. This breed was first developed to be a companion and a friend, although the Deer Head Chihuahua also has some sharp senses that make it very invested in the safety and well being of its master.
It’s just that they can also sometimes forget that they’re so tiny, they could never really prove an effective protector!
The individual or the couple tends to prove the more successful owner of a Deer Head Chihuahua.
This breed is a little prone to jealousy or to acting up to get attention – they easily feel overshadowed by, say, other children or pets in a given family unit.
Mischief here can be avoided by making these little boys and girls the stars of the show, but this isn’t always viable – which is why it’s important to consider if the Deer Head Chihuahua is right for you.
It may well seem so far as though the Deer Head Chihuahua has quite the impossible personality from how we have been discussing it so far, but by all means, don’t worry on that front – these are loyal and very affectionate pooches
. If you’re inclined towards lots of cuddles and fuss when you own a dog, the Deer Head Chihuahua will prove a very grateful and reciprocating companion.
In tandem with this, one characteristic that a wise pet owner does well to avoid is the occasional tendency for the Deer Head Chihuahua to act spoilt over time.
These dogs can get used to the good life, perhaps a little too much, and become a little prideful and set in their ways because of it!
Nevertheless, with a firm but loving hand, these dogs are a new best friend and comical sidekick just waiting to happen.
Through this guide, you’ll pick up a few more tips to make sure you’re going into Deer Head Chihuahua ownership with eyes wide open.
Deer Head Chihuahua – Before You Buy…
The Deer Head Chihuahua is considered a pretty low maintenance breed.
Although they can sometimes be challenging in terms of their personalities, in terms of the practical things – feeding, walking and healthcare – this is an easy breed to get along with day to day.
However, Chihuahuas are widely seen the world over as a cute and desirable breed – they’re often made into mascots or seen in the handbags of celebrities.
However, you might notice that, more often than not, it’s the Apple Head Chihuahua that gets much of the spotlight.
Those are the Chihuahuas with more rounded, squat and long-haired faces – while the Deer Head Chihuahua has a much more prominent snout and muzzle, hence the name.
While not as immediately recognizable at a glance as their cousins, then, the Deer Head Chihuahua is still a very popular breed.
It’s important to recognize, before welcoming this pet into your life, that is breed especially will prove quite needy of your attention and affection from time to time.
If you’re the kind of person who wants a little space when you get in from work, you might want to consider another breed.
A Chihuahua who has gone a few hours without his or her master will begin yapping and dashing around with excitement when you come home, and likewise will probably spend an hour or two nuzzling you, climbing on your lap when you sit down and trying to solicit some belly rubs from you.
Many owners relish in this love and affection, but if you’re liable to find it tiresome, keep these tendencies in mind.
While every dog is an individual, and these qualities can be trained out, Deer Head Chihuahuas are sometimes tricky to train – they get very set in their ways.
However, these dogs are wonderful friends throughout life, and their love for you is second to none.
These dogs have a surprising history too – nobody is sure when the breed first emerged, nor when the split between the Apple Chi and Deer Head Chi first came to be.
However, these dogs are said to date back to the civilizations of the Aztecs – and even in those ancient times, they proved desirable and adorable companions.
What price are Deer Head Chihuahua puppies?
It’s safe to say that the Chihuahua is a fashionable breed, although the American Kennel Club tends to more officially recognize the Apple Head Chihuahua – and those more chubby-cheeked pooches tend to command the biggest prices.
Deer Head Chihuahua puppies can still command a princely sum themselves though, but depending where you look, can likewise be very reasonable.
Expect to pay between $500 and $1500 for your Deer Head Chihuahua puppy – with factors tying into that price including the reputation of the breeder, the good genetics of the parents or lineage, or the time of year sometimes too.
How to find reputable Deer Head Chihuahua breeders?
Doing your research, both online and word of mouth is always highly recommended when it comes to identifying a reputable Deer Head Chihuahua breeder.
Because the Chihuahua is often such a desirable dog, some dog breeders get into the business to make a fast buck, and unfortunately with little knowledge on how to encourage health and happiness from either the breeding pair or the puppies.
If someone seems trying to hurry a sale along, or insist that there are dozens of customers waiting so you need to act now, think twice.
A reputable dog breeder will instead let you take your time getting to know a puppy in person.
Meeting in person also lets you discuss your situation with the dog breeder, and evaluate your needs and those of your pet to be.
It’s a good way of getting some insider knowledge under your belt from the get-go.
3 Little-Known Facts About Deer Head Chihuahua Puppies
The adorable Deer Head Chihuahua makes a wonderful pet and an equally wonderfully furry member of the family.
However, there are some intriguing quirks to this breed that you’re wise to keep in mind, and some of these facts can prove pretty obscure sometimes too.
- The Deer Head Chihuahua is surprisingly domineering
It’s possible that many Deer Head Chihuahua puppies, and adult dogs, don’t know just how tiny they are.
They stand their ground no matter the issue, and they can also act as though they’re large and in charge from time to time!
Watch out for any stubborn, bossy or downright diva-like behavior from your pet from time to time!
- The Deer Head Chihuahua is super smart
Trying to pull a fast one on this dog breed doesn’t always go your way – even in this dog’s puppy years.
For instance, the classic fake-out move where you pretend to throw a ball but hide it behind your back won’t cut it with this dog.
Instead of racing off after a ball they’re convinced was just thrown, this dog will just stare at you expectantly.
This makes the Deer Head Chihuahua very suited to mental exercises and puzzle-like playtimes that engage their brains.
- This breed hates the cold weather
No matter how good their fur coat is, the Deer Head Chihuahua tends to feel the cold pretty strongly.
You must keep your pet bundled up in the cooler months – and besides the cuteness factor, this is why so many little jackets and coats have become available for Chihuahua dogs.
Physical Traits of the Deer Head Chihuahua
Tiny but full of personality, the Deer Head Chihuahua comes in a range of colors – not just black and white, but also cream, sable, a rich ruddy red, and cooler tan colors.
The Deer Head Chihuahua has a more elongated face when seen from profile than the Apple Chihuahua, and also larger ears than their cousins too.
How big is a full-grown Deer Head Chihuahua?
Both male and female Deer Head Chihuahuas remain compact companions indeed throughout their entire lives.
These dogs will be no more than 10 inches when fully grown, and female Deer Head Chihuahuas tend to be a mite smaller – 8 inches is a good average.
As you’d expect of a dog breed sometimes found in a handbag or purse, they are light and easy to pick up too. These dogs weigh about 5 pounds on average.
What is the life expectancy of a Deer Head Chihuahua?
Plucky and always ready to take life by the horns, the Deer Head Chihuahua can be expected to live to a ripe old age when well looked after.
You can your dog will be friends for a good 12 to 20 years, much longer than the average canine lifespan. These are hardy little hounds!
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Deer Head Chihuahua
The Deer Head Chihuahua is extremely bright, and can always get to the bottom of a good mystery or puzzle when it presents itself to them.
It seldom takes these dogs long to figure out where a hidden object is or how another trick has been played.
These dogs are also often rather set in their ways, however. Once you have trained your Deer Head Chihuahua one way, reversing that behavior can prove incredibly tricky.
Similarly, these dogs get jealous and unhappy if other dogs, children, or anything else cute takes your attention away from them.
They also have surprisingly lively instincts sometimes and will bolt after a cat or a squirrel long before you’re likely to notice it.
However, these are loving and affectionate dogs who always enjoy petting and cuddles. If you need a dog in your life who’s always up for some fuss and smooches, this might well be a good breed to consider.
The Deer Head Chihuahua Diet
Like all dogs, the Deer Head Chihuahua needs lots of protein, vitamins, and minerals to stay happy and healthy.
However, they don’t actually need very big portions of food to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle, so please be careful not to overfeed them.
Just 500 calories a day is ample for this dog to make the most of life.
How much exercise does a Deer Head Chihuahua need?
A 30 minute daily walk is a good way for this dog to burn calories, explore his or her surroundings and spend some quality bonding time with his or her master.
Being so small, anything beyond this can prove quite exhausting for these dogs, and they can sometimes not recognize their limits.
Deer Head Chihuahua Health and Conditions
More than anything, Deer Head Chihuahuas need to be wary of dental problems that might occur later in life.
Make sure that your dog’s teeth are regularly cleaned and that you look at the condition of those teeth every month or two to see if there are any signs of damage or decay.
My Final Thoughts on the Deer Head Chihuahua
While not as immediately recognizable as the Apple Chi, the Deer Head Chihuahua is an adorable companion that is full of life, vitality, and personality.
Some prospective dog owners can be put off by the comparatively clingy tendencies of this breed, and their stubborn personalities that go with it.
But this, coupled with their small size and ease of looking after, is exactly what makes this dog so very beloved among so very many other owners.
Remember, this is a particularly long-lived breed, so you and your Deer Head Chihuahua are going to be spending many years side by side.
Those will be happy years, with lots of happy memories – just make sure not to spoil your Chihuahua too much!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- Deer Head Chihuahua – Before You Buy…
- What price are Deer Head Chihuahua puppies?
- How to find reputable Deer Head Chihuahua breeders?
- 3 Little-Known Facts About Deer Head Chihuahua Puppies
- Physical Traits of the Deer Head Chihuahua
- How big is a full-grown Deer Head Chihuahua?
- What is the life expectancy of a Deer Head Chihuahua?
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Deer Head Chihuahua
- The Deer Head Chihuahua Diet
- How much exercise does a Deer Head Chihuahua need?
- Deer Head Chihuahua Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Deer Head Chihuahua