Chihuahuas are known to be small dogs with a cult group of following. Apple Head Chihuahuas are a group of Chihuahuas that come with adorable features, and their expressive, sweet eyes make them look cute. These come with a round skull top and a well defined forehead. This feature, known as “apple dome”, makes the Apple Head Chihuahua stand out. Apple Heads are also differentiated due to a prominent jawline and a stubby, short muzzle.
Why Own an Apple Head Chihuahua?
The Apple Head Chihuahua is regarded as being of breed standard. These are more popular than their Deer Headed counterparts.
These dogs are regarded as being worthy to flaunt due to their cuteness factor. The unique skull shape of the Chihuahuas, as showcased in animated shows or cartoons, also make them popular. It has to be kept in mind that the Taco Bell dog, famous from the late ‘90s, is the pop culture iconic version of the Apple Head Chihuahua.
Why Not to Own an Apple Head Chihuahua?
There are various downsides to owning them as well. For example, these dogs come with more health issues than Deer Head Chihuahuas. Dry eyes and patellar luxation are two of the typical health problems related with this breed.
Tracheal collapse is possibly the most common health condition that these dogs are prone to. Apple Head Chihuahuas have shorter muzzles than Dear Head Chihuahuas, and there is more pressure on windpipe when they breathe. These are also tougher to train than the latter, since they have a tendency to be pack dogs and have a more headstrong, bossy attitude. However, none of this has been officially proved.
Although the dog is small in stature, it is not scared to behave like a big dog. This sense of superiority makes the Apple Head Chihuahuas often get into trouble with dogs that are bigger in size. It can land in problems, especially if the opponent is aggressive and larger in size.
It is also important to be constantly on the watch for their needs. These small pooches tend to shout a lot when they feel uncomfortable, and can cause annoyance to you as well as neighbors and other people around.
How to Look After Your Apple Head Chihuahua?
You should ensure a strict activity regimen for your pet, as it can easily gain weight. These dogs can weigh as little as just a couple of pounds and does not need to eat plenty of food. Unless you are careful, you might end up overfeeding it. In that case, you will have a fat ‘apple of your eye’ no sooner than you start being cozying with your pet.
If you have heard about Chihuahuas shivering, you have heard it right. The breed tends to shake, whether it is feeling cold or is scared or excited. You should slip a sweater over its body in order to make it stop shaking, when it is cold.
As these are small dogs, it is advisable that you do not keep them around toddlers. Toddlers might end up hurting the small pooches while in the midst of activities.