WEIGHT: Must not exceed six pounds.
SIZE: In proportion to weight.
COAT: The Chihuahua
has two varieties of coat, and each variety may be single or double coated. If an undercoat is present, it is soft, dense,
and close fitting.
Smooth Coat: The outer coat is soft, glossy, and close fitting; coat placed well over the body with ruff on neck
preferred, and less dense on head and ears; furry hair on tail preferred; if undercoat is absent, the ears, throat, and abdomen
have little or no hair, and tail is less furry than in double coat. Faults: Coat
so short that hairs cannot be easily lifted; short hair on tail giving “rat-like” appearance.
Long Coat: Soft outer coat lying either flat or slightly curly; undercoat preferred. Fringed ears; plumed, full
and long tail; feathering on feet and legs, pants on hind legs and large ruff on neck preferred. Fault: Excessive hair that stands away from the body like a Pomeranian. Disqualification:
Too thin coat resembling bareness in long coat varieties.
COLOR: All colors. Any color including
solid colors, sable, brindle, or splashed with spots of color on solid background.
Head: Rounded, “apple-dome”
short, slightly pointed muzzle; viewed from the side, the bridge of the muzzle forms a right angle to the line of the forehead.
Eyes: Set wide apart;
large and full but not protruding; color varies with coat color, ranging from dark brown to ruby-red with light greenish or
lemon-yellow permitted in blond and white-colored dogs.
Ears: Large and erect,
held more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45 degree angle when at rest; longhaired varieties with heavy
fringing on the ears may have ears droop slightly as a result of the weight without penalty.
Disqualifications: Drop ears after six months of age; cropped ears.
Nose: Color varies
with coat color; acceptable colors include black, brown, beige, reddish-beige, with pink nose permissible in blond types.
Bite: Level or scissors.
Serious faults: Overshot or undershot bite; any distortion of the bite or jaw.
Neck: Medium length,
slender, and slightly arched, blending smoothly into the shoulders.
Chest: Deep, but not
barrel shaped. Ribs are well sprung.
Body: Back is level,
straight, and as short as possible, but slightly longer than tall.
Legs: Forelegs are straight, fine, and set well under the body; shoulders are flat and well laid back; elbows close
to body; upper arm and the scapula from an apparent 90 degree angle, with the upper arm almost as long as the scapula. Hind legs are positioned well under the body, with bent hocks; muscular, with angulation
in balance with that of the forequarters; when standing, the short rear pasterns are perpendicular to the ground.
Feet: Small, with
soft pads and toes separated, but not spread; neither hare nor cat foot.
Tail: Long, full and
plumed, carried upward, low, or curled over back, but never tucked.
Movement: Smooth flowing
gait, with graceful movements; viewed from the rear, the hocks remain parallel to each other with rear feet following directly
behind that of the front. Faults: Short, choppy movement; rolling or high-stepping
gait; close or overly wide movement.
active, with plenty of self-confidence; courageous.
Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Over six pounds in weight.
Cropped ears; broken down ears.
Drop ears after six months of age.
Docked tail, bobtail.
Long coats too thin.