What is the soft spot on top of my chihuahua’s head?

My chihuahua puppy has a very small soft spot on top of his head between his ears. Is this something I should worry about? Will it close eventually?


The soft spot is called a molera. Human babies have it too. Basically, babies (and puppies) are born with a slightly open skull so they can pass through the mother’s birth canal without too much pressure on the skull and brain. Usually the molera closes on its own, but it can stay open forever in some chihuahuas. It’s nothing to worry about, just take reasonable care in not having your chihuahua hit his head in that spot. Then again, chihuahuas are so small, getting hit on the head with or without a molera is probably not good, so take care regardless.

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May 7, 2008

kris :

i read on a article about chihuahua’s that all chihuahua’s have a soft spot their born with them they won’t close up but don’t be really worryed abbout just make shure it doesn’t get bumped on the head if it get’s bumped on that spot it will die so it’s good if you don’t have any children in the house or other dogs so it won’t play to rough but i’m shure your chiuahuah’s very helthy just be carefull about it.

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July 1, 2008

Carla :

I have a 9 week old chihuahua baby girl and she is the smallest in the litter but she still has her soft spot and her brother ans sister do NOT, is she in danger, and how long should i wait to take her to the vet if it doenst close up ? thank

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July 1, 2008

Cindy :

Your baby girl is not in danger. It’s ok that she has a soft spot even though her siblings do not. It may never close up. I have a chihuahua whose soft spot never closed, although it’s noticeably smaller now because her head has gotten bigger as she grew up. She is 10 years old now and perfectly healthy, so your chihuahua will live a normal life. Just special precaution so she doesn’t fall and hit her head on a sharp object. For example, if you let her onto the couch, move the coffee table away so she doesn’t hit her head on it if she jumps down.

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March 18, 2009

steve :

my chihuahua is 6 wks old it has a larger than normal soft spot that is on forehead and over right eye is this too big or abnormal and will it close??

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