Animal file: Chihuahua
The chihuahua is a very popular and well-known dog. Its small size contributes above all to its success, which makes it possible for it to accompany its caregivers everywhere. But in this AnimalWised article we are going to look at another aspect, also related to its physique, and that is that the Chihuahua, in addition to presenting a variety of long hair and another of short hair, stands out for having a wide range of colors and patterns. ¡There is talk of more than thirty possibilities!
Keep reading and discover the chihuahua colors accepted, as well as the most popular and common.You may also be interested in: Types of Chihuahua Index
- Chihuahua colors accepted by the FCI
- Chihuahua colors accepted by the AKC
- Chihuahua markings according to the AKC
- White or albino chihuahua?
- Chocolate colored chihuahua
Chihuahua colors accepted by the FCI
The International Cynological Federation has set a standard that establishes the characteristics that Chihuahua or Chihuahuan dogs should have. As for the coat, this institution admits two varieties, allowing both a short and long coat. In addition, it leaves freedom for the mantle to be of any color, hue or combination possible. Therefore, the coloration possibilities in this breed are limitless, although there is a exception, what is known as merlé.
¿Why the merlé chihuahua is not accepted?
As we have advanced, the FCI allows all the colors of the Chihuhua except the merlé. This has an explanation. This coloration, which results in a truly striking spotted or mottled coat and which can also appear in other breeds, such as the border collie, is related to a recessive gene, also linked to different health problems.
Thus, the crossing of two merlé Chihuahuas could cause the manifestation of diseases of consideration in the resulting puppies. They are mainly problems such as deafness or blindness. In any case, due to this and many other inconveniences, the breeding of this and any other breed should be left exclusively in the hands of professional breeders. Merlé is also associated with a blue eye color.
Chihuahua colors accepted by the AKC
For its part, the American Kennel Club adds that the coat can be solid, that is, in a single color, or present stained or splashed. In addition, it adds a list of colors and brands to register dogs of this breed in its organization, for which it offers a list of different options that describe the dog. Thus, for the colors of the chihuahua, some stand out as standard and others as alternative, making a distinction according to display purposes. In total, it offers more than 30 color options. Starting with those you mark as standard, we find the following:
- Black, although only black is rare and is more commonly mixed with brown.
- Blue and brown. Blue refers to a grayish hue.
- Chocolate and brown.
- Fawn and white.
Alternative chihuahua colors
The AKC proposes an even broader list of Chihuahua colors that it calls alternatives. They are as follows:
- Black and red, black and silver, black and white.
- Black, fawn and sable or silver fawn black.
- Blue, blue and white, fawn blue tabby, fawn blue, merlé blue. It must be remembered that the FCI does not accept merle. On the other hand, pure blue chihuahua also have this tonality in truffles, pads and even in the nails.
- Chocolate and white, blue chocolate, chocolate tawny tabby, chocolate tawny sable.
- Cream and white.
- Black tabby fawn.
- Gold, gold and white.
- Red and white.
- Silver, silver and white.
- White, although pure white is rare.
Chihuahua markings according to the AKC
In addition to the different colors of the Chihuahua, the AKC also offers varieties to register these dogs according to the brands they present, which again differentiates between standard and alternatives. The standard are:
- Black tabby.
- Black mask.
- Fawn black.
- White marks or splashes.
For its part, among the alternatives the following brands are collected:
- Black mask and white markings.
- Blue mask.
All the marks can have different shapes, a greater or lesser extension and present different distributions throughout the body of the dog. Taking this data into account, as well as the variety of chihuahua colors and patterns that we have mentioned, the possibilities in the coat of this breed are innumerable..
White or albino chihuahua?
Among the colors of the Chihuahua we have mentioned white. It is important to distinguish this coloration from albinism. The expression of the white color reveals an absence of pigment, but it does not have to mean the presence of any pathology. Therefore, a white chihuahua, although less common than other colors, is as normal a chihuahua as any other. Its nose and nails can be both black and have a lighter shade, such as beige or pink..
On the other hand the albinism It does not only imply white hair, but it also implies blue eyes or pink skin, truffle included. These dogs can suffer from health problems related to this condition. The same happens with some specimens of chihuahua exclusively of blue color, which is associated, in this case, with problems of hair shortage.
If you have discovered that your Chihuahua is albino, do not miss this article: "Care for albino dogs ".
Chocolate colored chihuahua
Chocolate is another of the colors of the Chihuahua that we can find. It is a brown that can be confused with other shades of the same color range, such as tawny. A difference can be established according to the coloration of the nose, which is influenced by that of the coat. Thus, the truffle of dogs is usually black, but we also find brown truffles. In this case, we would be facing a chocolate-colored chihuahua, since all the copies of this color will have a brown truffle..