Chihuahua Breed Standard

Chihuahua Breed Standard

General Appearance

A graceful, alert, swift moving, compact little dog with a saucy expression and terrier-like qualities of temperament.


Should not exceed 6 pounds (over 6 pounds will disqualify them).


They should have an off-square body, which means they are slightly longer when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks than the height at their withers (ridge between shoulder blades).  It is preferred for males to have a shorter body.

Their skull should be a well rounded “apple dome” skull with or without molera (which is a “hole” or soft spot in their head).


Saucy, which is defined as bold and lively.

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3 comments on “Chihuahua Breed Standard

  1. Lilly says:

    I would like to know why my dog does not drink water and what can I give her she is 18 months old


  2. judi says:

    I enjoyed your story and your dogs are so cute. They are fun little critters, aren’t they! I had never had–or wanted–a Chi before. But last year was awful…I lost my 14 yr old Border Collie, and my best friend and my daughter ( age 49, both died with lung cancer 2 months apart. A neighbor hd a couple of Chi’s and just loved them. Well, she showed up at my door with ababy chihuahua, and said “I think you need this.” I said, Oh, no i don’t.” She said he needed a home badly. His family was splitting up & he wasn’t getting proper care. I have “sucker” imbedded in my forhead when it comes to animals in need. I took him to the vet 3 days later to have a check-up and get annual shots. Well, he weighed 2.2 lb and still had baby teeth. After having 2 Big dogs that lived a long time, this Chi was so tiny. I gave himm everything a puppy could ever want or need, and now about 1 1/2 yrs later, he weighs just under 6 lb and is PERFECT.ha Of course we totally fell in love with him. The neighbor was right. i needed him as much as he needed me.


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