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Standards For The Long And Short Haired Chihuahua

Aug 26, 2008
The Chihuahua is a breed with a very compact body. The most important aspect of the breed standard is that the skull is apple shaped and that their tail is both moderately long and carried very high. The tail should be either curved or form the shape of a semicircle with the tip of the tail pointing in the direction of the loin region.

The tail should ideally be curved in shape or at the very least form a semicircle with the tip pointing down to the loin region. Generally the Chihuahua will be greater in length than they are in height at the withers. Overall the Chihuahua is a compact dog that has a temperament of highly spirited intelligence while their behavior is neither snappy nor withdrawn. The Chihuahua should be small and dainty with an alert, quick, lively and very courageous behavior and temperament.

The American Kennel Club states that the standard for the Chihuahua skull should be "apple dome" shaped and well rounded. The muzzle should be moderately short with a slight point and definite stop. The cheeks and jaws should be lean. The eyes shouldn't protrude, but they should be large and round. The lowest point of the ear should be on a plane with the center of the eye. Both eyes should be set well apart.

The preferred eye color is dark or ruby, but eyes that are lighter in color may be permissible. The ears should be large and flaring with an angle of approximately forty-five degrees to add breadth between the ears. The jaw should be strong and have a scissor bite that is regular and complete. This means the upper teeth should closely overlap the lower teeth and be set square to the jaws. The dog's neck should be of medium length and with only a slight arch.

The Chihuahua should have steps that are long, springy, energetic and active while have both good reach and drive. When viewing from the back, the Chihuahua should have hind legs that move almost parallel to each other in order for the foot prints of the hind feet to fit directly into those of the front feet.

The limbs show a tendency to converge towards the center point of gravity or a single track when they increase speed.

The head should remain raised and firm, giving free and springy movement without any visible effort. Their coat should be glossy with a soft texture if they are shorthaired and fine, silky and smooth or slightly wavy if they are longhaired.

The ideal weight for a Chihuahua according to the standard is between 1.5 and 3 kg. Lighter weights are permitted but weights over 3 kg are disqualified.
About the Author
Sandra Dean is an avid lover of the Chihuahua and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Chihuahua. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Chihuahua Official Standard plus a whole lot more.
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