Approved September 11, 1990
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 the point of shoulder to point of
buttocks, than height at the withers. Somewhat shorter bodies are preferred in
Disqualification- Any dog over 6 pounds in weight.
Head: A well rounded “apple dome” skull with or without molera. Expression- Saucy.
Eyes- Full but not protruding, balanced , set well apart luminous dark or luminous ruby.(
light eyes in blond or white colored dogs permissible.) Ears: Large, erect type ears , held
more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45 degree angle when in ropose,
giving breadth between the ears. Muzzle: Moderately short, slightly pointed. Cheeks and
Nose: Self colored in blond types, pink nose permissible. Bite: Level or scissors.
Overshot, or undershot bite or any distortion of the bite or jaw, should be penalized as a
Disqualification - 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 shaped”). Tail: Moderately long,
carried sickle either up or out, or in a loop over the back, with tip just touching the back. (
Never tucked between legs)..
Disqualifications - Cropped tail, bobtail..
Shoulders: Lean, sloping into a slightly broadening support above straight forelegs that
set well under, giving free play at the elbows. Shoulders should be well up, giving
balance and soundness, sloping into a level back. ( Never down or low.) This gives a
chestiness, and strength of forequarters, yet not of the “bulldog” chest. Feet: A small
dainty foot with toes well split up but not spread, pads cushioned. ( Neither the hare nor
the cat foot.) Pasterns: Fine..
Muscular with hocks well apart, neither out nor in, well let down, firm and sturdy. The
feet are as in front..
Smoothcoat: the coat should be of soft texture, close and glosssy. ( Heavier coats with
undercoats permissible). Coat placed well over body with ruff on neck preferred, and
more scanty on head and ears. Hair on tail preferred furry. Longcoats: The coat should
be of a soft texture, either flat or slightly curly, with undercoat preferred. Ears:
Fringed. ( Heavily fringed ears may be tipped slightly if due to the fringes and not to
weak ear leather, never down) 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.
Disqualifications - In Longcoats 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 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
Alert, with terrior like qualities..
Any dog over 6 pounds in weight..
Standards are written by breed experts, and they depict the ideal specimen of each breed. Rarely is there a dog that measures up to every specification of its standard. Instead the standard guides breeders, dog show judges, and students of the breed. The offical standard for each breed and any revision of the standard originates with the parent club( Chihuahua club of America) The standard is submitted to the AKC Board of Directors for approval.