Chihuahuas can see blue, yellow, and shades of grey. Chihuahuas, like other dogs, have what is called ‘Dichromatic vision’. This means that they only have 2 types of cone cells in their eyes and as such, these dogs only recognize the colors yellow and blue.
Humans, by contrast, have 3 cones in their eyes, allowing us to see red, green, and blue. As such, the world looks quite a bit different where your Chihuahua is concerned.
For the remaining space that we have in this article, we’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Chihuahuas. What do they like to drink? Will your puppy’s eyes stay blue? Stick around and you can find out these answers to these questions and more!
Table of Contents
- What is the rarest color for a Chihuahua?
- What Colour eyes do Chihuahua have?
- Are blue eyed Chihuahuas rare?
- How can you tell if a Chihuahua is purebred?
- What is a blue fawn Chihuahua?
- What is a Chocolate Merle Chihuahua?
- What do Chihuahuas like to drink?
- How do you know if your Chihuahua loves you?
- Will my Chihuahuas eyes stay blue?
- Are Chihuahuas smart?
- What is a sable Chihuahua?
What is the rarest color for a Chihuahua?
White Chihuahuas are actually the rarest color for the breed. A non-albino white Chihuahua is the product of breeding to isolate a lack of melanocytes, which are responsible for producing the color of your Chihuahua’s coat.
Eumelanin is still present, so the dog will be white but will still have a black nose, paws, and eyes. They are pretty little dogs, but quite rare, so expect to spend a pretty penny if you’d like to bring one home with you.
What Colour eyes do Chihuahua have?
Chihuahua eyes will most often be black, although you can also see red, brown, and on rare occasions – blue. It all depends on the dog and their bloodline, though if you are looking for a certain eye color then you should check and make a list of local breeders.
A good breeder has invested a lot of time in isolating specific traits and should be able to help – just know that breeding for particular traits is a time-consuming process and expect this to be reflected in the cost of the pup.
Are blue eyed Chihuahuas rare?
Blue eyes in a dog are indeed rare, with an estimated 5% of all dog having this gene. Due to this, if you are looking for a blue-eyed Chihuahua then you can expect to pay appreciably more the pup. This particular trait is exceedingly rare, so it will definitely be reflected in the cost.
How can you tell if a Chihuahua is purebred?
A purebred Chihuahua will typically have an apple-shaped head, as well as eyes that are round and full. Most commonly, their eyes will be red or black, though you sometimes do see lighter colors.
Finally, your breeder should provide health papers on the dog, as well as their parents, so this will help to prove your dog’s bloodline without a doubt. If the breeder won’t provide these and especially if they are not AKC registered, then this is a big, red flag and you should consider going with a more reputable breeder.
What is a blue fawn Chihuahua?
Blue Fawn Chihuahuas may be tan, white, or blue and are born with the genes to predispose them to a bluish tint. In rare cases, you can even find some that are solid blue, but pups like this are rare enough that they sometimes sell for as high as $10,000!
What is a Chocolate Merle Chihuahua?
The term ‘merle’ is in reference to a dappling pattern in your dog’s coat. This is a genetic modification that produces distinctive patches which are dark or light in color. This can also manifest as spotting and these dogs are more likely than others to have blue eyes.
While chocolate is not exactly a rare color with Chihuahuas on its own, it is actually quite rare that it will be combined with another color such or with a Merle pattern, making these dogs much rarer and sought after by lovers of this breed.
What do Chihuahuas like to drink?
Like humans, Chihuahuas like the occasional break from plain, simple water, and there are a number of things which they may drink. Provided that you only give it to them in moderation, milk is one option. Your dog also likes lapping up melted ice cream, just make sure that there’s no chocolate as this is toxic to dogs.
Yoghurt drinks are also okay, and some Chihuahuas seem to absolutely love it. Whatever ‘exotic’ drink you choose, just keep it in small amounts – otherwise your dog may get an upset tummy or even diarrhea and you don’t want that.
How do you know if your Chihuahua loves you?
You’ll know. A Chihuahua that loves you is very expressive about it. They always come running when you get home, with their tail wagging, and also tend to jump on your leg to get your attention right away!
These dogs love to lick, too, and when you go to pet them, your dog will likely lick your hand a dozen times before you can! It’s part of the charm of this breed – they are incredibly affectionate dogs and there’s no mistaking when your Chihuahua loves you.
Will my Chihuahuas eyes stay blue?
Not necessarily. Watch your dog’s eyes closely over the next few weeks. Typically, you should have a good idea if the color will be changing between 9 and 12 weeks of age, but on rare occasion it can take up to 16 weeks before their permanent eye color will be apparent and ‘settled in’.
Just be patient and watch closely and you should know very soon if your dog’s eyes are going to stay blue.
Are Chihuahuas smart?
A lot will depend on the individual dog, as some Chihuahuas are definitely a bit more clever than others. That said, in one famous test that evaluated the intelligence of 138 breeds, Chihuahuas were rated to be ‘below average’ when it came to obedience and to working intelligence.
When the results were compiled, they were rated to be at 125th of the 138 dog breeds tested in this regard. Again, however, a lot depends on the individual dog and some Chihuahuas will definitely surprise you!
What is a sable Chihuahua?
When you hear the term ‘Sable’, this is in reference to hairs that are black-tipped, with a base color that will usually be tan. This makes for a nice effect in their coats and as the black-tipped hairs are only in certain spots, you often get some unique and beautiful markings when your dog has this particular genetic trait.