"Applehead" Chihuahuas weigh six pounds or less at maturity. The phrase "apple head" refers to the preferred shape of the canine's head. According to the American Kennel Club, the official standard for the breed dictates that the dogs have round, domed apple-shaped heads.Continue Reading
In contrast to "applehead" Chihuahuas are "deer head" dogs of the breed. These dogs have longer muzzles and a skull that is flatter on top. Dogs with this shape of head do not meet the AKC's breed standard for Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas also come in long-haired and short-haired varieties, both allowed under the AKC standard. Occasionally breeders produce dogs they refer to as "teacup" Chihuahuas. These dogs are a small variant of the breed.Learn more about Dogs
Chihuahuas generally finish growing between 9 and 12 months old. Like many small dogs, Chihuahuas grow quickly in their first 12 weeks of life, after which time their growth gradually slows.Full Answer >
A miniature Chihuahua is a smaller Chihuahua dog. The only difference between a miniature and a regular Chihuahua is its size, and the American Kennel Club does not recognize it as an official breed.Full Answer >
A Chihuahua may engage in excessive licking behavior as a form of affection or because of an unresolved health issue. Like most dogs, Chihuahuas use licking as a form of personal expression. To find out the specific reason for the licking, an owner can monitor the behavior closely or consult a veterinarian.Full Answer >
According to Vetstreet, Chihuahuas live 12 to 20 years. Healthy Chihuahuas have one of the longest life spans of any breed of dogs. They are also the smallest breed and the only natural toy-sized breed.Full Answer >