You’ve probably heard the terms apple head and deer head to describe Chihuahuas, but have you ever heard of a pear head Chihuahua? You may wonder if they are a different breed of Chihuahua. And, how can you tell which type YOUR Chi is?


So let’s say you just got a Chihuahua. Congratulations! In my humble opinion, you couldn’t have chosen a better breed. I now have three, and when I first got mine, I wondered this very question. Which is mine? Apple or Deer head? I found lots of information and explanations, but it was all confusing to me and remained pretty much a mystery. However, I have since talked to veterinarians and breeders and have gotten clear explanations.

Then I thought, if I was confused, then I’m sure others probably are too. I’m going to share with you what I found out from the experts and hopefully, I can clear it up for you.

What is an apple head Chihuahua?

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Beautiful Apple Head Chihuahua

The apple head Chihuahua is the only type recognized in dog shows. This is because the apple head shape is the actual authentic head formation of the Chihuahua breed. It is the type most commonly found.

This type is obviously called an apple head because of its apple shape. The shape of the head is well-rounded and domed. They also have big eyes a less prominent snout and a smaller sized body, than the deer head or pear head.

What is a deer head Chihuahua?

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Example of a Deer Head Chihuahua

The deer head is called that because instead of being well-rounded and domed, their skull is shaped more like a deer’s head. Their head is a little more sloped and their snouts are generally longer and narrower. Their bodies are usually taller and thinner.

This type of Chihuahua is still a Chihuahua and are generally preferred by pet owners. They usually are healthier and have less genetic issues.

What is a pear head Chihuahua?

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example of a Pear Head Chihuahua

This type of Chihuahua is much less common and generally undesired. I had never heard of this type of Chihuahua until just I talked to some veterinarians and breeders, and I venture to say that most people probably haven’t.

The pear head is similar to the deer head except the head is more – you guessed it, more pear shaped, and often the skull is flatter. They are usually larger than the deer head. The pear head shape usually happens when a breeder breeds an apple head with a deer head Chihuahua.

Although this is not the preferred type, it is still a Chihuahua breed.

Whether they are an apple head, a deer head or a pear head they are still a Chihuahua. There is only one breed of Chihuahua.

How about Tea cup, micro, or toy Chihuahua? Well, that’s another post. Read it here:

Please, let me know in the comment section below, if this article was helpful and what type YOUR Chihuahua is.

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