The difference between an applehead and a teacup Chihuahua?

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★#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.

  5. Patient Paws says

    The difference is one of them was bred in a puppy mill, and the other was bred by an idiot who has no idea what a chihuahua is.

    An applehead is a chihuahua with a poorly developed skull. Usually leads to brain issues. A teacup chihuahua is a dog with serious health problems (liver, heart, kidney, lungs, brain, and all major organs tend to fail in teacups).

    If you want a tiny dog, get a CHIHUAHUA from a proper breeder or rescue.

    Any retard selling teacups, appleheads, deerheads, or micro mini's is just that– a retard. Buy from someone smart, and you'll be better off.

  6. Haley says

    Teacup means small of course and truthfully you really don't want to give your money to a breeder that uses this term, or any others like micro, pocket, etc. It's just a catch term to get you to spend more money on the dog. They even sometimes breed runts with runts to achieve a smaller dog, which leads to health problems, i.e. slipped patellas (knee caps) and worse. Applehead just refers to the shape of their heads. I have a chi, but he is a deer head type (will include pic). It just means AKC doesn't accept him as standard, but I'm not entering him in any shows, so I don't care. He has longer legs and a skinnier body and his eyes aren't as buggy and he has a neck. : ) I think he's prettier than the standard. Anywho, if I were you I'd look on they have a lot of puppies looking for a home, you could save one… and if you decide to go to a breeder please don't use one who calls their pups "teacup" Good luck! Have fun with your new fur-baby!

  7. megs says

    there are only "chihuahuas" there are not different kinds of the same breed. chihuahuas are already tiny, and will already stay tiny, whether someone tells you it is "this kind" or "that kind".

    go to a chihuahua rescue or a local dog rescue and pick one out, there are plenty of little dogs in need of a loving family.

  8. Dreamer says

    A few things.

    First, stop trying to be Paris Hilton.

    Second, tiny dogs = more injuries, organ deformities, and shorter lifespan.

    Third, any properly bred Chihuahua will be less than 6lbs adult weight. If you want something smaller than that, get a gerbil.

    Fourth, no GOOD breeder would use either term. Applehead refers to the proper AKC standard head-shape, however, any GOOD breeder would know that ALL their dogs had the proper head shape and wouldn't have to give it a silly name. Teacup is only used by crappy breeders and has no real "meaning". I've seen people who claim they bought a "teacup" Chi that's bigger than half the Chis I see! Most "teacups" are nothing more than the runt of the litter- and the runts almost ALWAYS have health problems.

    If you were smart, you'd find a reputable AKC breeder of healthy, good tempered Chihuahaus who meet the AKC breed standard for size, appearance, and temperment. Then you will have a good, healthy dog instead of a badly bred runt with a stupid name.

  9. Schnoodle_Mom88 says

    There is no such thing as a "teacup" dog – the term was made up by people who wanted to sell their runt dogs for more money. Put a cutesy name on it and it will sell for a higher price, even though the quality of the dog is poor.

    The term "apple head" and "deer head" merely refer to the shape of the dog's head. Doesn't really refer to or effect size (or so i heard.) So that is a personal preference.

    Instead of focusing on "really little", focus on getting a dog that was bred properly and will stay healthy. Look for a breeder that doesn't use cutesy terms to sell their dogs – yes, reputable breeders occasionally end up with "runt" dogs but they sell them for reasonable prices and the same health guarantee as their larger pups. Look for health testing.

    Keep in mind – the breed standard is six lbs for a reason. If the dog is too small, chances are it will be too sickly and delicate to last very long. Most Chi's are around 4-5 lbs in size and THAT is SMALL ENOUGH.

  10. Lexy says

    Chihuahuas are allready tiny.
    An applehead is a wellbred one, and a teacup is a nickname for expensive sick runt.

  11. bubbalucie says

    How much more tiny do you want the smallest breed of dogs to get. Let me guess you want a micro teacup applehead pocket sized chihuahua. Listen sweetie they do not exist. Its just a cutesy name that breeders give these dogs. Get a chihuhua that is healthy

  12. Bethnyc says

    chihuahuas are small to begin with. you should contact the breed club and speak with legit breeders. you might find one that has healthy breeding pairs that on the small size of the NORMAL chi spectrum. 3 lbs. is normal for a chi and that's pretty small. the difference is all the organs are in the right place and healthy. with a "teacup" that word makes me puke.. you get a dog with not enough room to support the internal organs.

    You will be spending a lot of money at the vets for what you are looking for and with a toddler and another potentially on the way.. a tiny sickly dog is not what you should be looking for.

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