OFFICIAL AKC CHIHUAHUA STANDARD
APPROVED AUGUST 12, 2008 EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2008
A graceful, alert, swift-moving, compact little dog with saucy expression and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.
SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE:
Weight - A well balanced little dog not to exceed 6 pounds.
Proportion – The body is off-square, hence slightly longer when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks, than heights at the withers. Somewhat shorter bodies are preferred in males.
Disqualification – Any dog over 6 pounds in weight.
A well rounded “apple dome” skull, with or without molera.
Expression – Saucy
Eyes – Full, round, but not protruding, balanced, set well apart – luminous dark or luminous ruby. Light eyes in blond or white-colored dogs permissible. Blue eyes or a difference in the color of the iris in the two eyes, or two different colors within one iris should be considered a serious fault.
Ears – Large, erect type ears, held more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45 degree angle when in repose, giving breath between the ears.
Stop – Well defined. When viewed in profile, it forms a near 90 degree angle where muzzle joins skull.
Muzzle – Moderately short, slightly pointed. Cheeks and jaws lean.
Nose – Self-Colored in blond types, or black. In Moles, blues, and Chocolates, they are self-colored. In blond types, pink noses permissible.
Bite – Level or scissors. Overshot or undershot, or any distortions of the bite or jaw should be penalized as a serious fault. A missing tooth or two is permissible.
Disqualifications – Broken down or cropped ears.
NECK, TOPLINE, BODY
Neck – Slightly arched, gracefully sloping into lean shoulders.
Topline – Level.
Body – Ribs rounded and well sprung (but not too much “barrel shape”).
Tail – Moderately long, carried sickle either up or out, or in a loop over the back with the tip just touching the back (Never tucked between legs).
Disqualification – Docked tail, bobtail.
Shoulders - Lean, sloping into a slightly 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 (never down or low). This gives a well developed chest and strength of forequarters.
Feet – A small, dainty foot with toes well split up but not spread, pad cushioned. (Neither the hare nor the cat foot). Dewclaws may be removed.
Pattern – Strong.
Muscular, with hocks well apart, neither out nor in, well let down, firm and sturdy.
Angulation – Should equal that of forequarters. The feet are as in the front. Dewclaws may be removed.
In the Smooth Coats, the coat should be of soft texture, close and glossy. (Heavier coats with undercoats permissible). Coat placed well over body with the ruff on neck preferred, and scantier on the head and ears. Hair on tail preferred furry.
In Long Coats, the coat should be of soft texture, either flat or slightly wavy, with undercoat preferred.
Ears – Fringed.
Tail – Full and long (as a plume).
Feathering on feet and legs, pants on hind legs and large ruff on the neck desired and preferred. (The Chihuahua should be groomed only to create a neat appearance).
Disqualification – In Long Coats, too thin coat that resembles bareness.
Any color – Solid, marked or splashed.
The Chihuahua should move swiftly with a firm, sturdy action, with good reach in the 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
Alert, projecting the “terrier-like” attitudes of self importance, confidence, self-reliance.