Chihuahua (Long Coat) Breed Standard

Dogs New Zealand Official Chihuahua (Long Coat) Breed Standard

Characteristics: An alert and swift moving little dog with a saucy expression.


General Appearance: Small, dainty and compact with a brisk forceful action.


Head and Skull: A well rounded “Apple Dome” skull with or without molero, cheeks and jaws lean, nose moderately short, slightly pointed. Definite stop.


Eyes: Full, round but not protruding, set well apart, dark or ruby. (Light eyes in light colours permissible).


Ears: Large, set on at an angle of about 45 degrees; this gives breadth between the ears.


Mouth: Level, scissor bite.


Neck: Slightly arched, of medium length.


Forequarters: Shoulders should be well up, lean, sloping into a slightly broadening support above straight forelegs that are set well under, giving free play at the elbows.


Body: Level back, slightly longer than the height at shoulder. Well sprung ribs with deep brisket.


Hindquarters: Muscular with hocks well apart, neither out nor in, well let down.


Feet: Small with toes well split up, but not spread, pads cushioned. Fine pasterns (neither “Hare” nor “Cat” foot). A dainty foot with nails moderately long.


Tail: Medium length carried up or over the back. Preferred furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in the centre and tapering to a point.


Coat: Long, of soft texture (never coarse or harsh to the touch) either flat or slightly wavy. No tight curly coat. There should be feathering on the feet and legs, pants on the hind legs, a large ruff on the neck is desired and preferred, the tail should be long and full as a plume


Colour: Any colour or mixture of colours.


Weight: Up to 2.7 kg (6 lbs) with 0.9 to 1.8 kg (2-4 lbs) preferable. If two dogs are equally good in type, the more diminutive preferred.


Faults: Cropped tail, broken-down ears.

A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.

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