Chihuahua Breed Standard

AKC Chihuahua Breed Standard


Ribs rounded and well sprung (curved) but not barrel-shaped.


Moderately long and sickle (curved) up or out, or in a loop over the back with the tip barely touching the back.  The tail should never be tucked between the legs.  A cropped tail or bobtail will disqualify the dog.


Shoulders should be lean and sloping into a light broadening support above straight forelegs that set well under, giving free movement at the elbows.  Shoulders should be well up, giving balance and soundness, sloping into a level back.  This gives a well developed chest and strength of forequarters.  The shoulders should never be down or low.


They should have small, dainty feet with toes that are well split but not spread cushioned pads.  They should never have a “hare foot,” where the two inside toes are noticeably longer, or the “cat foot,” where it is a perfectly round foot with high arched toes held tightly together.  Dewclaws (the fifth toe) can be removed.

Pasterns (ankle area)

This should be strong and not bend.


Muscular, with hocks well apart, neither out nor in, well let down, firm and sturdy.  Angulation (angles created by bones meeting joints) should be equal to forequarters.  The feet are as in front.

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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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