What Is the Difference Between a Min Pin and a Chihuaha?

I have just found a dog in my yard. I cannot decide if it is a min pin or a chihuaha. Could someone help me? We are putting up missing dog signs but if no one claims him I would like to know what it is because we are going to keep him. So could someone explain the physical difference to me?

Different sizes, head shape and body structure, along with totally different personality traits.

Min Pin: Alert appearance. Larger size than a Chihuahua, longer thinner head shape, square build, straight, short back. Tail usually docked in the US, ears sometimes cropped. Ultra-high energy, bouncy, and independent. http://www.akc.org/breeds/miniature_pinscher/
Chihuahua: Small (under 6 pounds), rounder head shape, longer body, tail never docked, ears never cropped. http://www.akc.org/breeds/chihuahua/

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  • Caitlin S

    Check the tail. If it's a min pin, it probably has a stubby one, but chihuahuas have regular ones. Also, chihuahuas have more bat-like, rounded ears, while min pins have more floppy, pointy ones. And chihuahuas might have white on the chest, but a min pin probably won't.
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  • oregano13

    Different sizes, head shape and body structure, along with totally different personality traits.

    Min Pin: Alert appearance. Larger size than a Chihuahua, longer thinner head shape, square build, straight, short back. Tail usually docked in the US, ears sometimes cropped. Ultra-high energy, bouncy, and independent. http://www.akc.org/breeds/miniature_pinscher/
    Chihuahua: Small (under 6 pounds), rounder head shape, longer body, tail never docked, ears never cropped. http://www.akc.org/breeds/chihuahua/
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  • Queen N

    About 7 lbs.

    Actually there are a lot of differences between the 2.
    A min pin actually looks like a miniature doberman.
    A chihuahua is a lot smaller, just think taco bell dog.
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  • Leigh Ann H

    The easiest way to tell is that a Min. Pin. looks like a mini Doberman. The same color and markings, and usually with the same docked (stubby) tail. Chihuahuas can come in many colors and patterns, and can be long haired or short haired. If it looks like a little tiny Doberman, it's probably a Min. Pin., but if it looks like something else, it could be a Chi. or a Chi. mix! Good luck!
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  • kaleidoscope

    Although most Min. Pins have their tails docked, and sometimes theit ears cropped, not always. But a natural eared and tailed min pin still has its own physical traits. They are most common black and tan, but can also be red, or blue and tan. They usually have a longer, pointed snout than a Chihuahua, as well as longer legs. However, chihuahuas can also vary. There are two types of chihuahua, the more desired applehead, and the deer chihuahua. The applehead is unmistakable, for it has a dome shaped head, with large eyes. The deer chihuahua, or deerhead, can resemble a min pin at times, it is taller, with a longer snout. Chihuahuas can come in almost any color, and they can be either long or short hair. Min pins are only short hair. Good luck!
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