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Breed Standard 

 

The basis of breed shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes each breed of pedigree dog. For all licensed breed shows, the Kennel Club Breed Standards must be used for the judging of pedigree dogs.

The Breed Standards are owned by the Kennel Club, and all changes are subject to approval by the Kennel Club General Committee. New Breed Standards, for newly recognised breeds, are drawn up once the breed has become sufficiently established within the UK. Careful research is conducted into the historical background, health and temperament of any new breed before Kennel Club recognition is granted. The Kennel Club currently recognises 215 breeds (August 2015). Upon recognition, breeds are placed on the Imported Breed Register until they are deemed eligible for transferral to the Breed Register.


(The documentation provided both above and as part of the breed standards examples below are owned entirly by The Kennel Club and have kindly been replicated for information purposes only. No copyright infringement is implied by anyone involved with Sayenchi Chihuahuas and we at Sayenchi Chihuahuas are not the owners nor authors of any of the publications found within this page).

The Kennel Club
Breed Standard -
Long Coat Chihuahua

General Appearance
Small, dainty, compact.

 

Characteristics
Alert little dog; swift-moving with brisk, forceful action and saucy expression.

 

Temperament
Gay, spirited and intelligent, neither snappy nor withdrawn.

 

Head and Skull
Well rounded 'apple dome' skull, cheeks and jaws lean, muzzle moderately short, slightly pointed. Definite stop.

 

Eyes
Large, round, but not protruding; set well apart; centre of eye is on a plane with lowest point of ear and base of stop; dark or ruby. Light eyes in light colours permissible.

 

Ears
Large, flaring, set on at an angle of approximately 45 degrees; giving breadth between ears. Tipped or broken down highly undesirable.

 

Mouth
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

 

Neck
Slightly arched, medium length.

 

Forequarters
Shoulders well laid; lean, sloping into slightly broadening support above straight forelegs, set well under chest giving freedom of movement without looseness.

 

Body
Level back. Body, from point of shoulder to rear point of croup, slightly longer than height at withers. Well sprung ribs, deep brisket.

 

Hindquarters 
Muscular; hocks well let down, with good turn of stifle, well apart, turning neither in nor out.

 

Feet
Small and dainty, turning neither in nor out; toes well divided but not spread, pads cushioned, fine, strong, flexible pasterns. Neither hare- nor cat-like, nails moderately short.

 

Tail
Medium length, set high, carried up and over back (sickle tail). When moving never tucked under or curled below the topline. Furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in centre and tapering to point.

 

Gait/Movement
Brisk, forceful action, neither high-stepping nor hackney; good reach without slackness in forequarters, good drive in hindquarters. Viewed from front and behind legs should move neither too close nor too wide, with no turning in or out of feet or pasterns. Topline should remain firm and level when moving.

 

Coat

 

Long Coat: soft texture (never coarse or harsh to touch) either flat or slightly wavy. Never tight and curly. Feathering on ears, feet and legs, pants on hindquarters, large ruff on neck desirable. Tail long and full as a plume.

 

Colour
Any colour or mixture of colours but never Merle (dapple).

 

Size
Weight: up to 2.7kg (6lb), with 1.8 - 2.7kg (4 - 6lb) preferred.

 

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

 

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

The Kennel Club
Breed Standard -
Smooth Coat Chihuahua

General Appearance
Small, dainty, compact.

 

Characteristics
Alert little dog; swift-moving with brisk, forceful action and saucy expression.

 

Temperament
Gay, spirited and intelligent, neither snappy nor withdrawn.

 

Head and Skull
Well rounded 'apple dome' skull, cheeks and jaws lean, muzzle moderately short, slightly pointed. Definite stop.

 

Eyes
Large, round, but not protruding; set well apart; centre of eye is on a plane with lowest point of ear and base of stop; dark or ruby. Light eyes in light colours permissible.

 

Ears
Large, flaring, set on at an angle of approximately 45 degrees; giving breadth between ears. Tipped or broken down highly undesirable.

 

Mouth
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

 

Neck
Slightly arched, medium length.

 

Forequarters
Shoulders well laid; lean, sloping into slightly broadening support above straight forelegs, set well under chest giving freedom of movement without looseness.

 

Body
Level back. Body, from point of shoulder to rear point of croup, slightly longer than height at withers. Well sprung ribs, deep brisket.

 

Hindquarters 
Muscular; hocks well let down, with good turn of stifle, well apart, turning neither in nor out.

 

Feet
Small and dainty, turning neither in nor out; toes well divided but not spread, pads cushioned, fine, strong, flexible pasterns. Neither hare- nor cat-like, nails moderately short.

 

Tail
Medium length, set high, carried up and over back (sickle tail). When moving never tucked under or curled below the topline. Furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in centre and tapering to point.

 

Gait/Movement
Brisk, forceful action, neither high-stepping nor hackney; good reach without slackness in forequarters, good drive in hindquarters. Viewed from front and behind legs should move neither too close nor too wide, with no turning in or out of feet or pasterns. Topline should remain firm and level when moving.

 

Coat
 

Smooth Coat: smooth, of soft texture, close and glossy, with undercoat and ruff permissible.

 


Colour
Any colour or mixture of colours but never Merle (dapple).

Size
 

Weight: up to 2.7kg (6lb), with 1.8 - 2.7kg (4 - 6lb) preferred. 

 

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

 

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum