how many breeds of chihuahs are nthere
on Apr 4th 2012
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There is one breed of chihuahua, but within the breed you can have variations in coat.
Hi the Chihuahua is a breed in itself, and you can get long haired or short haired. They also do 'teacup' which means the dog is exceptionally small, and bred thus, but they are not recommended as the health of the pups can be compromised in breeding them small
Cocopop answered on 4/4/12. Helpful? / 1
There is only one Chihuahua breed. There are long haired and short haired types. You may find breeders who breed for certain physical traits, but purebred Chihuahuas are all of the same breed.
P.S. "Teacup" is a made-up term generally used by breeders who are undereducated and/or have poor ethics, trying to get you to pay more money for a small dog. The AKC breed standard for the Chihuahua states that dogs should be under 6 pounds to qualify for dog shows; although natural variations occur and it is common to find chis who are larger than that.
Bianca answered on 4/4/12. Helpful? / 2
There are is one Breed of Chihuahua, but they can be Long-Haired or Short-Haired. Another type is a "Teacup" Chihuahua, but I don't consider it a breed.
Note: There can be "breeds" of one breed :)
Correctly, the breed is Chihuahua. Within the breed the coat can either be a "Smooth Coat" or a "Long Coat" Variety , but the only difference is the length of coat.
As others have stated, Teacup is not a type or classification in ANY breed, it is a term BYB's and millers use in an attempt to sell more dogs. ALL Chihuahuas are supposed to be under 6 lbs, according to their breed standard, and very tiny ones usually have serious health or structual issues. Labeling them "teacups" is merely an advertising ploy to help market these poor specimens of the breed.
If you are lured into buying a teacup anything by slick advertising, you want to make sure you are also getting a really good guarantee with that puppy since you will probably need it.
Issues that plague very tiny Chihuahuas include but are not limited to hydroencephalitis (water on the brain), liver shunts, luxating patellas and other skeletal defects,
Yeah... long haired Chi & Shorthaired Chi is it... same breed. Although standards specify that they must be under 6lbs, I know a purebred pedigreed chihuahua who is almost triple that! He is 17lbs... Yes, he is heavily overweight.... normal should be 10... [his food intake is well a bit high to say the least.. owner keeps a bowl of dry full all day, and then feeds him a big scoop of canned mixed with dry once a day... plus a piece of cheese]
Dang that dog is pathetic...
Anyways, I'm sure you have figured out, there's only one 'breed' but they can look very different within that breed.... heck who says all purebreds HAVE to follow strict 'AKC rules' ;)
Shasta answered on 4/4/12. Helpful? / 0