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Below you will find the Chihuahua Breed Standards and requirements for this breed in the major Dog Kennel Clubs such as UKC and the AKC.
- Overall Appearance: Charming, sassy, and graceful. Graceful, alert, swift-moving compact, and saucy with a very terrier temperament and like qualities.
- Head: Skull is round with full sparkly, wide set eyes that are round but do not protrude. Dark eyes and nose (black) unless in paler self colored dogs. Blondes may have pink nose leather. Ears are big, erect and held upright when in attention or at a 45 degree angle when responsive. Stop is well defined with a 90 degree angle in the Chihuahua’s profile. Muzzle is not long and it is is somewhat pointy.
- Neck and Body: The Chi’s neck is barely arched and sloping into the shoulders. Ribs are well sprung, but not barrel shaped.
- Tail: The tail is somewhat long, carried sickle either up or out (but now down or tucked), or in a loop over the back with tip just barely the back.
- Forequarters and Hindquarters: Shoulders slope into a broad support above straight forelegs that set well under. Shoulders slope into a level back. Chest is well developed and forelegs are strong. Feet are small and dainty. Pasterns are strong. Hindquarters are muscular, with hocks that are firm and sturdy.
- Coat: Smooth coated Chihuahuas have a smooth and glossy soft coat. Longhaired Chis have a coat that is long, soft, smooth, and glossy – somewhat wavy.
- Color: Both smooth coated and long coated Chihuahuas come in any color.
- Gait: Alert, terrier-like, displaying self importance, confidence, and self reliance.
- Size: Height is not defined in the Chihuahua’s breed standard, however this breed (male of female) should never exceed a weight of 6 pounds.
- Temperament: Alert with terrier like attitudes of self importance, confidence, self reliance, and intelligence. Obedience training is recommended, although they usually do not need extensive or prolonged training.
Chihuahua Breed History
The Chihuahua was introduced by the American Kennel Club in 1904. The earliest thought specimens of the breed can be observed in ancient paintings in Mexico, some dating back to the 9th Century AD.
List of Chihuahua Breeders
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