The name Applehead or Apple Head Chihuahua tends to confuse the average person when they’re looking for a Chihuahua puppy.

In reality an Applehead Chihuahua is just another name for the Chihuahua.

In my experience about 90 Percent of the Chihuahuas being bred are Applehead Chihuahuas.

They did get the name apple head from having a skull somewhat shaped like a small apple.

If the head is to large then they can have trouble later on with hydrocephalus or Water on the brain.

In short when looking for that perfect Applehead Chihuahua then you should watch for a well conformed skull that isn’t to big for the little dog’s body.

Now you need to know what the 10% of Chihuahuas that aren’t appleheads look like. The other Ten Percent are called Deer Head or Deerhead Chihuahuas.

They tend to have larger ears with longer legs. It is easy to spot a Chihuahua that has deer head relatives in the family tree.

It’s not that the deerhead is any less of a Chihuahua. It’s just a matter of preference.

As for me, I prefer the applehead Chihuahua with the short colby style body and short legs.

Below you’ll find more information about the Apple head or Applehead Chihuahua.

Applehead Chihuahua
By Stephanie Hetu

The term applehead Chihuahua refers to the shape of a baby Chihuahua’s head.

The dome of the skull is broader than the jaw, giving rise to the description “applehead”.

It takes into account that the top of the head has a slight depression.

This depression is called a molera (Spanish for fontanel) and corresponds to the “soft spot” on a baby’s head. Some Chis have it–some don’t.

There was disagreement for a while over whether the presence of a molera on an applehead Chihuahua was a bad thing and should be considered a demerit for lineage assessment.

Recently, this has been seen as totally discountable. The presence or absence of a molera has NO bearing on a Chihuahua’s pedigree.

On October 30, 1990, the American Kennel Club adopted a set of standards for the Chihuahua as a breed.

It did not differ from the prior April 14, 1943, standard. Listed under “Head” is the following description: “A well rounded “apple dome” skull, with or without molera.”

So although the official description of the applehead Chihuahua is “apple dome”, there’s no disputing the AKC Official Breed Standard for “Expression”: Saucy!

The AKC Breed Standard weight limit for a Chi is 6 pounds. If your young applehead Chihuahua gains too much weight, the “appleheaded-ness” will disappear earlier than through simple aging.

As in humans, too much weight puts a strain on all systems, especially the heart. Be nice to your pet and don’t feed it huge meals or table scraps.

Additionally, the tiny legs of an applehead Chihuahua cannot easily support gross extra weight.

They will develop a condition called slipped stifles, which is an injury of the knee caused by patella fracturing.

It can be fixed with an operation, but that is an expense and pain that you do not need to incur.

Be sure to get your applehead Chihuahua from a breeder that has carefully checked its breeding stock for inheritable weaknesses.

And for sure, don’t let your Chi jump down from your arms or other high places. Their joints just cannot take the stress.

You’ll keep your applehead Chihuahua healthy for as much of the 15 year lifespan as possible if you limit its food and correctly provide the exercise it–and YOU–demand!

If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using the major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.

The following dog rescues and shelters are listed in case you decide to adopt a puppy or dog.

Please contact each rescue and shelter directly to see which dog breeds they have available and the cost involved for adoption.

Spots & Nots
4412 NW 21
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of OK (PAWS-OK)
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 204-3964

Kitty Wranglers Cat Rescue Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

LowRider Dachshund Rescue
Moore, OK 73160
(918) 260-2529

Animal Rescue Friends Inc of Nichols Hills
Nichols Hills, OK 73116

Forever Yours Dog Rescue
PO Box 890547
Oklahoma City, OK 73189

Forgotten Treasures Animal Rescue
PO Box 891044
Oklahoma City, OK 73189
(405) 845-1912

The Bella Foundation
PO Box 20035
Oklahoma City, OK 73156
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division
2811 SE 29th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73129

Hands Helping Paws, Inc.
Norman, OK 73069
(405) 410-5718

Lindsay Veterinary Hospital
PO Box 644
806 SE 4th street
Lindsay, OK 73052

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary
4500 24th Ave NW
Norman, OK 73070

Friends with Four Paws
Oklahoma City, OK 73114

Stephens County Humane Society, OK
714 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
Duncan, OK 73533
(580) 252-7387

Oklahoma Beagle Rescue
P.O. Box 6201
Norman, OK 73070
Norman, OK 73071

Groovy Paws Rescue
P.O. Box 313
Norman, OK 73071

PitEssentials Rescue, Inc
Noble, OK 73068

Friends of Noble Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 1655
Noble, OK 73068
(405) 245-3357

Tiny Tails Small Dog Rescue
PO Box 300015
Midwest City, OK 73110

All 4 One Rescue
Edmond, OK 73013

Fuzzy Friends Fund
Edmond, OK 73013

Pet Angels Rescue
Edmond, OK 73083

Great Plains Mastiff Rescue
P.O. Box 6173
Edmond, OK 73083
Please Email Us

Heartland Lab Rescue Inc.
P.O. Box 30691
Edmond, OK 73003

Community Cat Coalition of Edmond
Edmond, OK 73003

Because of You Rescue
P.O. Box 30482
Edmond, OK 73003

All Paws Rescue
PO Box 6012
Edmond, OK 73083
(405) 757-4604

Dogs As Family, Inc.
P.O. Box 13457
Oklahoma City, OK 73151

Wee Bee Benji Come Home Inc
Walters, OK 73572
(580) 585-3021

Blue HAWK (Helping Animals With Kindness)
PO Box 5902
Norman, OK 73051
405-321-2572 text 405-590-7278

Southwest Oklahoma Animal Network
Altus, OK 73521

Celtic Corgi Rescue
Choctaw, OK 73020
(404) 443-6930

The Underdogs Rescue Inc.
P.O. Box 816
Choctaw, OK 73020

Oklahoma Jack Russell Rescue
Choctaw, OK 73020

Misfits, Mutts and Meows
PO Box 84
Crescent, OK 73028
(405) 471-3922

Real Rescue Inc.
Arcadia, OK 73007
(405) 640-8717

A and E Critters
Newalla, OK 74857

Horse Feathers Equine Center
PO Box 1372
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 260-7281

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 206-4689

19729 N.E. 10TH
Harrah, OK 73045

Lloyd Animal Rescue Inc
Luther, OK 73054
(405) 831-6717

SafHaven Animal Rescue Society
29 Oakridge Court
McLoud, OK 74851

Animal Rescue Center of Shawnee, Inc.
Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 431-9326

Saving Pets At Risk (SPAR)
P.O. Box 702
Shawnee, OK 74801

Enid S.P.C.A.
1116 Overland Trail
Enid, OK 73703

Bethel Animal Rescue
884 Hanover Rd.
Davis, OK 73030
(580) 247-0621

Happy Acres Animal Sanctuary
Sulphur, OK 73086
email preferable

Stillwater Animal Welfare
1710 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 1725
Stillwater, OK 74074

Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue
901 S. Lowry
Stillwater, OK 74074
405 612-0071

Humane Society of Stillwater
1710 S. Main St.
Stillwater, OK 74074

Noble County PAWs
Perry, OK 73077
(580) 336-3091

Perry Humane Society
Perry, OK 73077
(405) 534-5033

Seminole Humane Society
P.O. Box 88
Seminole, OK 74818
(405) 380-3976

OK Save a Dog
Prague, OK 74864

Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society
1200 Sandy Creek Drive
Ada, OK 74820

Cimarron Valley Humane Society (Foster Based Rescue)
P O Box 1163
Cushing, OK 74023

Creature Concerns Inc
PO Box 238
Alva, OK 73717

PAW First Rescue
Ponca City, OK 74604
(580) 716-5205

Ponca City Humane Society
PO Box 1671
900 West Prospect
Ponca City, OK 74604
(580) 767-8877

Okmulgee Humane Society
1239 N Omulgee
912 N Taft
Okmulgee, OK 74447

Cleveland Area Pound Pals
Cleveland, OK 74020

Creek Pet Adoption
12 Honeybear Lane
Kellyville, OK 74039

Rainy Day Rescue
PO Box 453
Kellyville, OK 74039

Sapulpa Furry Friends
Sapulpa, OK 74066
(539) 777-0991

Durant Animal Rescue Alliance
PO Box 103
Durant, OK 74702

Small Paws Rescue Inc.
Tulsa, OK 74107

City of Jenks Animal Control, OK
Jenks, OK 74037
(918) 299-6311

Partnering for Pets, Inc.
9521 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 998-7388

Animal Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1471483
Tulsa, OK 74147
e-mail only please

Dalmatian Assistance League Inc. (other breeds too!)
Tulsa, OK 74170

Route 66 Pet Rescue
P.O. Box 521024
Tulsa, OK 74152

Oklahoma Westie Rescue
Bixby, OK 74008

Doberman Rescue Group, Inc.
PO Box 43
Bixby, OK 74008

Rescued ‘n Ready Animal Foundation
Tulsa, OK 74136

Single Dog Seeking
P.O Box 8086 S Yale Ave #281
Tulsa, OK 74136

Hazeljanes Blessings IG Rescue
Tulsa, OK 74120
918 814 6313

Lab Rescue OK , Inc.
2608 W. Kenosha #434
Broken Arrow, OK 74104

Oklahoma Orphaned Poodle Services
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 698-4658

Tulsa SPCA
2910 Mohawk Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74110
(918) 428-7722

The Humane Society of Tulsa
6232 E. 60th Street (60th & Sheridan)
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 495-DOGS (3647)

S.H.E.B.A. Rescue Foundation,Inc.
Glenpool, OK 74033

Oklahoma Russell Rescue Inc
Glenpool, OK 74033
(918) 798-3363

Glenpool Animal Shelter/Control
14536 S Elwood Ave.
Glenpool, OK 74033
(918) 322 – 8110

Street Cats Inc
6520 E. 60th St.
Tulsa, OK 74145

Animal Aid of Tulsa, Inc.
3307 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK 74112

N.O.A.H. Animal Rescue Inc
Tulsa, OK 74115

Love4all Adoption Services
Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 798-2131

Tulsa Animal Welfare
3031 N Erie Ave
Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 596-8000

C.A.R.E Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts
Tulsa, OK 74108

One by One Friends of Animals
Owasso, OK 74055

Skiatook Paws and Claws Animal Rescue
Owasso, OK 74055

Owasso Feline Rescue
9002 N. 121 East Ave
Owasso, OK 74055
(918) 688-1661

Broken Arrow Animal Shelter
4121 E Omaha St.
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
(918) 259-8311

Legacy of Hope Dog Rescue
Broken Arrow, OK 74014

Feral and Domestic Animal Rescue, Inc.
Broken Arrow, OK 74014

Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven
15628 N. 129th E. Ave
Collinsville, OK 74021
(918) 371-1009

WindDance Animal Rescue
Coweta, OK 74429

Washington County SPCA
16620 State Highway 123
Bartlesville, OK 74003

Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville OK
399519 US Hwy 60
Bartlesville, OK 74006
(918) 766-0991

Rozlyns Hope
Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 636-7832

City of Claremore Animal Control
815 Ramm Road
Claremore, OK 74017

Zoi’s Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 2905
Claremore, OK 74018
(918) 928-9647

Rogers County Humane Society
P. O. Box 1046
Claremore, OK 74018
(918) 636-7832

At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following States: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.

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