Apple head Chihuahuas are the “standard” Chi, and recognized by the American Kennel Club.
For a Chihuahua to fall into this category, it must have a dome like head, which is broader at the upper part of the skull than the lower part in the jaw area. Its forehead will rise off from the muzzle at nearly 90 degrees, and at the top of the skull is a slight depression.
This is called a molera, and may disappear as the dog gets older, but may well remain there for the rest of its life. All of this will give the head an apple like appearance, hence the name.
Since the applehead Chi has been specifically bred with the intention of keeping it pure, where as the deer Chihuahua has not, the applehead is prone to suffer from more health issues.
Appleheads are the only Chis that meet the breed standard of the American Kennel Club, meaning that only they can be displayed at dog shows sponsored by them.
This may seem somewhat unfair, since in the past most Chihuahuas would have been considered to have been deerheads; the applehead has been specifically bred that way.
Both types of Chi can be smooth or long coated, and can possess a coat of any color or combination of colors, including blue. They just as cute as each other and their temperament is the same.
If you intend to show your Chi, it may be advisable to spend a little more in purchasing an applehead. If you have no intention of showing your dog however, there is not much difference other than your personal preference.
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