i have a 1 yr old female chi, she still has her soft spot on her head is this normal and will she be ok with it in her lifetime?
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Answer by The Dalai
Talk to your vet about it
Answer by nsu_demon_fan
Both of my chihuahuas have this.(2 year old and 6 month old) It's called a molera. It's a breed characteristic and most of them don't outgrow it like human babies. It should be no bigger than a nickel or dime size. If it is bigger than this then you should take her to the vet.
Answer by Gregg D
Completely normal and nothing to worry about. The Chihuahua Club of America has a molera statement that addresses your question very effectively (see the link under sources). It might close up and it might not.
As I like to say, "make em wear a helmet if they're going to run with scissors" ;)
Answer by PM
Actually, the breed standard describes the dog with an open molera (soft spot on the top of the head) and is the only breed that allows for it in the standard. This is because of the extremely small head that is also apple headed with a high forehead.
Answer by Randy
People who don’t know Chihuahua’s really shouldn’t give advice, There are many on here saying “it’s not normal” when in fact, it is indeed normal for Chihuahua’s to have soft spots. It is not a defect either. However, some breeders choose not to bred chihuahua’s if their soft spot doesn’t go away by 6 months to 1 year. If the soft spot is under the size of a nickle or dime, and last longer than 6 months to a year, then the dog may have it for life and a little extra care should be taken to make sure they don’t injure themselves in that area as this could lead to death or brain damage. However, it is very common and most live to be a ripe old age. If it is larger than a nickle, see a vet because it could be Hydrocephalus which is not good, and they are prone to it. Especially see a vet if the dog is lethargic and loses balances etc. Other than that, if the soft spot never closes, just be a little extra careful and don’t let them pry their heads under furniture and the like. Some vets, who don’t specialize in any particular animal, won’t have a clue. In my honest opinion, this information is easily obtained within 30 minutes of research on the web. People shouldn’t give advise from ignorance and cost others tons of expenses that might have been avoidable. So I wanted to straighten this out.
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