The Chihuahua is a Chihuahua
The Official breed standards of all registries lists the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat
The difference in coat type (the Long Coat and the Smooth Coat)is the only official description used to identify a difference
within this breed.
Our standards do not categorize the Chihuahua by size.
For the purpose of showing and record keeping,the registries include the Chihuahua in the Toy Group.
Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature ALL Chihuahuas registered with any registry are considered
to be a toy breed of dog.
As with all living things, there will be size variance between individual dogs within this breed.Look within the human
family - brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes. They are described
as humans, male or female,and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further.
The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas - Long Coat / Smooth Coat!
Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size differences and physical appearances are many and
have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate.
Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature, Rare or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been
attached to this breed over the years.
The Chihuahuas of Michigan Club is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that
puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are NOT and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.Occasionally,
within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small.
That puppy is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct.
To attach any of these additional labels to a particular puppy is to misrepresent that Chihuahua as something that is
rare and causes a great deal of confusion among those new fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.
The Chihuahuas of Michigan Club does not endorse nor condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective
puppy buyer not to be misled by them.
We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy.
While they are adorable,the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their
general health and well-being.Also be advised of a very high Mortality rates on these so-called "TEACUPS"