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.

  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!

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