The difference between an applehead and a teacup Chihuahua?

★#2 Due Feb 6th 2011★: What is the difference between an applehead and a teacup Chihuahua?
I want to get a very tiny chihuahua that will stay tiny.. Which is the one i should look for, a applehead or teacup?
Oh wow i had no idea that when are that tiny the have health issues… thanx for the heads up. I already have a chihuahua but wanted a little girl smaller than him, since he’s a pretty big breed.

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Answer by Toy Fox Terrier
Neither, you should look for a healthy, wellbred Chihuahua.
A good breeder will not breed for either of those traits

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  1. ♫♪ Nekkid Bootie says

    there is no difference.

    Chihuahuas only come in ONE size.. they are already small at 6 pds or less. "teacup" is just a label used by irresponsible breeders so they can sell a sickly runt for a high price.

    "applehead" is not an actual type of Chihuahua.. its a reference to the head shape. "Applehead" is the proper dome-shaped head, while a Chi that does not have the proper head shape is referred to as a "deerhead".. the taco bell chihuahua is an example of a "deerhead".. its not a recognized term tho, just a reference to the head shape.

    Chihuahuas only come in 2 types.. longhair and smooth coat.

  2. Joh says

    Teacup and deerhead are different terms used by ignorant breeders to describe poorly bred or undersized dogs. The breed standard for the chihuahua describes a dog under 6lbs with an 'apple' shaped head.

    If people sold the ones that are too small to be healthy or with a longer face as pet quality rather than 'special' or a 'different' breed then the terms wouldn't be such an issue and there wouldn't be such a huge market for them.

    PLEASE read these links

    ** I like the 'greeder' term :-))

  3. Rayven-Fried Sea Kit says

    From the breed standard


    A well rounded "apple dome" skull, with or without molera.

    Weight – A well balanced little dog not to exceed 6 pounds.

    No such thing as a teacup a well bred chi is under 6lbs and most breeders aim for no smaller than 3-4 lbs

    A well bred chi has a round head with a shorter muzzle than seen on so called 'deer head' chis.

  4. ChichiMom says

    Please go to and look up Chihuahuas. You will not find a "tea cup" Chihuahua. An "applehead" is how the AKC describes the shape of an ideal Chihuahua's head, the top of the skull should be round as an apple. The ideal weight for a Chi is 4 to 6 pounds. One of my 4 Chihuahuas weighs less, at 3 pounds. Her confirmation is perfect but since her weight is below 4 pounds, I cannot enter her in AKC dog shows. I have 2 that weigh in the 4-6 pound range and I had a foster Chi that weighed more than 10. Speak to your breeder, Mine told me my smallest would not weigh more than 3 and 1/2 pounds and she was right. They have a guideline to go by that shows weight at a certain age and shows what the adult weight should be.

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