The Deer Type Chihuahua is the modern name for the original Techichi Dog.
The Techichi Dog of America is the original landrace small native dog that has been widespread over the North and South America, from top to bottom, though its current epicenter is probably the Southwestern US and Northern Mexico from San Diego to El Paso, where they are still extremely common and popular little desert adapted dogs.
Though the Techichi Dog is regarded as the Mexican ancestor of the AKC Chihuahua, AKC Chihuahuas are an offshoot of the Techichi, not the reverse, for most Techichi were local village dogs, only a very few of whom were used by breeders of the modern Chihuahua. The only proof that there is some persistent Techichi blood in the AKC Chihuahua is how many of them do not have the more acceptable apple head, but instead, have the appealing deer head and sometimes even the deer type body in a minute form.
The Techichi also runs larger than the AKC Chihuahua, averaging in at 10 pounds. This is almost double the acceptable AKC Chihuahua size and 20 pound Techichis are not sought after, but not unknown.
The first goal of this website is to restore knowledge about the Techichi Dog. The dog is still here and is far from extinct. It usually goes by the name of Deer Chihuahua or deer type Chihuahua or deer head Chihuahua and certainly does not need to be recreated as a breed, because, it was never lost. It just needs to be recognized as the special type of dog it is- and perhaps to reclaim its ancient name instead of being considered as a flawed or oversized, deer Chihuahua.
Another goal of this website is to recognize individual dogs of this type and to introduce and even showcase them here. I hope to provide a little format by which people can “register” their dog and info about it and pictures- a little facebook for Techichis. I hope this will become a “database” so to speak, where people can come and learn about the “breed” in general as well as see many examples of Techichi types. I will have pages for each of the offshoots of the original Techichi type dog and all the major variations, which, I promise, will surprise many of you!
I am also hoping other people who are interested in the history and genetics of these little dogs will find these pages and join me in pursuing the trail of a lovable small dog! Perhaps Techichis can even gain recognition as a landrace breed, though that seems far fetched at the moment.