When it comes to the different Chihuahua Types there are different schools of thought. Some people maintain that there are only two types. Others are insistent that there are more than two. It is quite understandable if this strikes you as somewhat confusing. You are probably familiar with the different ways these dogs are described and the terms that are used, such as ‘toy’, teacup’, and ‘apple head’. However, there are really only Chihuahua types that are recognized by organizations such as the American Kennel Club for example.
The two Chihuahua types that are recognized by these organizations are the Longhaired Chihuahua and the Shorthaired Chihuahua. Although you will encounter these other terms once you are on your way to adopting a Chihuahua you need to remember that these terms basically describe the dog but they are not types, or standards, as far as the American Kennel Club and other organizations are concerned.
Both types of Chihuahua are very small and are in fact the smallest of the dog breeds. Besides having either long or short hair, there really is not much different between the two. Both are small and weigh only six pounds or less and reach a height of between six and nine inches. Being so small it is understandable why they so often appear poking their little heads out of bags carried around by women all over the world.
When it comes to character traits both the longhaired and the shorthaired varieties have the same behavior tendencies and characteristics. Chihuahuas are known to be rather sensitive little dogs that can become very attached to their human owner, displaying cheeky jealousy if strangers get too close, including strange dogs. This can prove problematic due to the dog’s tiny stature.
It does not really matter which one of the Chihuahua types you ultimately choose because there is no difference between them. Both will be protective of the home environment, alerting you to any newcomers on the property. Both require the same nutrition and exercise. Both can be nervous and short-tempered, or happy-go-lucky, depending on their family line and on the way they are raised. If introduced to people and other animals from a young age they will be friendly and sweet.
The choice of Chihuahua type is yours and yours alone. What is perhaps more important than comparing the types is researching the overall characteristics and temperaments of the breed as well as the health factors that could crop up. You will want to be prepared and besides, so many health issues can be avoided if you do your homework. Primarily the longhaired Chihuahua will require regular grooming while the shorthaired will not.