You have probably already heard people talking about the ‘deer heads, ’ and like me, you had no idea what they were talking about. It is a Chihuahua breed variant that comes in a couple of different sizes, coats, colors, and shapes. This breed is great for people who want a companion that they can take anywhere they go. Even though this Chihuahua is not officially recognized as a breed, they are still very popular. Just because your little pet can’t compete at dog competitions doesn’t mean he isn’t a prize-worthy dog. In this article, I’ll tell you more about the breed and what can you expect from it.
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As I have already said, they come in different sizes, shapes, and with different coats and colors. In this section, I will cover all the fundamental stuff you need to know if you are thinking about getting this breed or if you just wish to learn more. So, let’s start with the physical traits.
Since you already know this is a Chihuahua breed you can assume that they don’t grow too big. Their size can hugely vary. This breed can grow to be anywhere between 6 and 15 inches even though 8 to 12 inches is the average height. This means that you will always be able to take your pet wherever you go!
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Well, since they are Chihuahuas and they tend to be small, try guessing how heavy they can get. The average one can weigh up to 10 pounds. This means that they, in fact, are somewhat bigger than their relatives apple heads, but we will talk about that later.
They come wrapped up in two different types of coats. They can either have long hair coats, or they can have short hair coats. Now guess which one is easier to maintain? If you’ve answered short hair, then you are correct. Now, there’s a downside to having a short-haired one; they can easily get cold. So, you can either brush your long-haired pet, or you can dress up your short-haired one. Believe me, both can be fun. Also, they tend to have extra layers of hair around their ears which makes them even more special.
Since now you probably know that there’s also some kind of a surprise when it comes to the color of this breed. And you are right! They come in a variety of colors! The most dominant shades are brown and liver which are also dominant in other types of Chihuahuas, but they can also come in fawn, white, black, silver, and white. That means that your little dog can be completely unique.
Now comes the great part. Since it is a known fact that large dogs tend to live much shorter than their smaller counterparts, go ahead and try guessing what is the average lifespan. If you guessed anywhere around 20 years, you are right! This small dog can grow to be anywhere between 15 and 20 years old. This means that this breed could be a huge part of your life for a really long time. If you care for them and treat them right, they can even break through that 20-year threshold. But keep in mind, the older that they get they can become more and more fragile and sensitive. Sometimes an innocent fall from a couch or a sofa can result in broken bones so keep an eye on them as they get older.
They don’t get sick that often. They tend to be much healthier than the Apple Head because they weren’t bred to be as small as possible. And the fact that they can live over two decades is proof that they don’t give up easily.
This little guy will be the most loyal friend you have. He will love you, cherish you and he won’t let you go. They are known as easy-going dogs and they are also famous for their affection towards their owners. You just need to make sure that you work with them and on them. You will have to train them and train them properly if you don’t wish for your dog to become bad and ill-tempered. Also, these little guys don’t usually like other dog breeds.
They prefer spending their time in the company of other Chihuahuas than in the company of other dog breeds. Because of this, it is not recommended to have one if you also have small children who aren’t capable of being patient and calm. So, if you have time for them and if your children are teenagers, deer head breed might be perfect for your family. Just give them their own comfy bed and take them out in the sun for strolls and I am sure they will love you for life.
Deer Head vs. Apple Head Chihuahua
You probably noticed that I have mentioned Apple head Chihuahuas a couple of times during this article and now you will find out why. Both are the most common and the most popular types of Chihuahua breed. You can distinguish them at first sight solely because of the shape of their heads, but let’s talk about some other differences.
Apple Head Overview
- Rounded shape of head
- Short and broad muzzle
- Prominent jawline
- Prominent, broad forehead
- Most popular type of Chihuahua
Deer Head Overview
- Head shape similar to that of a deer
- Elongated muzzle without a slope
- Unable to participate in dog shows
- Larger than apple head
- More obedient and less aggressive
Now you know all the fundamental things about this breed. You know how big they can get, how they behave, what kind of fur they have, how long they live and much more. If you are thinking about expanding your family with one then go ahead! I’m sure you will be glad to have this little guy in your life. If you happen to own one of these beautiful dogs, please do let me know more about them in your comments below.