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General appearance

Very graceful, well- socialized. they tend to be fairly dog-aggressive with other dogs as well as reserve with strangers. However, it can be friendly .energetic and decisive like  terrier.



Breed standards for this dog do not generally specify  a height, only a weight .as  a result ,height

Ranges between 16-23sm- for male- dog with shorter  body is preferably.

The international FCI standard calls for dogs ideally between


Preferences are for 1-2kg



Light  ,delicate constitution.



Move swiftly with a firm, sturdy action  and confident with good  reach in front equal to the drive from the rear. From the rear, the hocks remain parallel to each other, and the foot fall of the rear legs follows directly behind that of the forelegs .The legs ,both front and rear, will tend to converge slightly toward a central line of gravity as speed increases.           The side view shows good, strong drive in the rear and plenty of reach in the front, with head  carried  high.

The  topline should remain firm and the backline level as the dog moves.



Tiny dog with  a well rounded ‘’apple dome’’ scull.  and a short pointed muzzle. Wide  and becomes  more narrow to the nose.  Chihuahua  are known for their moleras ,a sport in their skull.  The bone usually closes the gap by adulthood.


Lobe of the nose

Black  or close to the coloration .Light dogs may have pink lobe of the nose.



Small , level of scissors .Overshot or undershot bite or any distortion of the bite or jaw should be penalized as a serious fault.



It has round, large, very dark eyes, sometimes dark ruby or  luminous in color .Dogs with light coloration may have light eyes.



The trademark large ears should be held erect, wide- placed  and curved at the end.. Held more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45  degree, when in repose ,giving  breadth between the ears



Moderately  long, and slightly  arched, gracefully sloping into lean shoulder.



Well-developed, stout,  Chest is moderately  deep and wide ,ribs-rounded,  well sprung  .but  not to such extent as ‘’ barrel –shaped.’’Withers are expressed .Belly is tightened .Back –tough, straight ,small of  the back is salient a little .Croup goes down.



Moderate length. sickle-shaped-curled over the  back or to the side .Low bent tail is not typical for this breed..



Forelegs-straight, long enough,  hind  legs are parallel with well-expressed  angle-joints  and  well-developed muscular system. Paws are small oblong shape, toes  are compressed.


Besides the common short-haired variety there is also a long-haired type.

The first ones  have thin straight short hair  tightly- closed to the body.  In the  Smooth  Coats , coat placed well over body with ruff on neck preferred furry

In  Long coats, the coat should be of a soft texture either flat or slightly prefered . Ears   -fringed. heavily fringed ears may be tipped slightly .Feathering on feet and legs  desired and prefered.



Any color –solid  ,marked or splashed. Colors  include   fawn ,sand, chestnut, silver and steel blue, but any color is accepted, including black and tan and  parti- color.

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