CHIHUAHUA BODY LANGUAGE
HEAD CARRIAGE:

Friendly>Tilted upward

Curious or Excited>Alert,  head tilted

Playful>Moving head side to side

Apprehensive or Anxious>Lowered or turned away

Fearful>Lowered, turned away

Subordinate>Lower than back, twisted to side


EYES:
Friendly>Soft, not wide open, engaged, but not staring

Curious or Excited>Wide open

Playful>Direct eye contact

Apprehensive or Anxious>Avoiding eye contact, eyes averted, or blinking

Fearful>Wide open showing the whites ( known as whale eye ), dilated pupils

Subordinate>Lowered or averted


MOUTH:
Friendly>Lips relaxed

Curious or Excited>Relaxed or slightly open

Playful>Relaxed or slightly open

Apprehensive or Anxious>Closed or slightly open, tongue flick, stress panting or yawning

Fearful>Tense, muzzle puckered, lips pulled back exposing front teeth, flared whiskers

Subordinate>Submissive grin, lip licking, or tongue flicking 

BODY:
Friendly>Relaxed

Curious or Excited>Legs braced, neck arched

Playful>Loose and relaxed, play bow, nudging with hip or muzzle, pawing

Apprehensive or Anxious>Cautiously circling or performing displacement behavior such as pawing or sniffing the ground

Fearful>Trembling, stiffly crouched with arched back, front paw may be lifted, hackles may be raised,  may press body against owner, turn or lean away, or brace legs to shift weight backward

Subordinate>Legs bent, body lowered, crouching, rounded back, or rolling onto back

TAIL:
Friendly>Carried high, wagging

Curious or Excited>Raised, wagging

Playful>Carried high, relaxed wag

Apprehensive or Anxious>Lowered

Fearful>Tucked

Subordinate>Drooping or tucked


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