I have been researching breeding for the past 4 months or so, and I intend to do so for at least another 5-6 months before proceeding with anything. I am quite adamant that I want to be completely informed and equipped to do everything properly, and I want to build up a bank of cash in the mean time so that I have ample funds to cover the vet costs should anything go wrong and lead to emergency treatments for the beloved Chi's involved.
I get on really well with the breeder I got Jelly from, and she would have happily mentored me, however she is emigrating in the very near future and this means that she won't be on hand by the time I proceed. I may request to sit in on a delivery of hers in the meantime, but I travelled quite a way from home to get my Chi, and it would take me a good hour and a half to travel to her by train and I'd have to hope that her dog whelping luckily happened at a time when the trains were running.
I live 5 mins from my vets so this would be less of a problem should I need to transport any Mum or pups there myself at any point in the future.
I am in the process of learning to drive, and I would hope that once I am qualified to drive I could also start showing my dogs. My children are all getting older and less dependant on me, and I have just finished a course I was doing and am taking a break from work so I have plenty of time on my hands to meet the demands. I also live in a three storey very large 4 bedroomed house with it's own 12 foot walled garden.
I intend to join the British Chihuahua Club and approach them for advice and information and I already have several of the books recommended on this site for chihuahua care and also breeding and whelping. The thing is I really would like to build an informal and relaxed but mutually respectful relationship with an experienced and caring Chihuahua breeder through this site if possible.
I have been a member here for quite some time, and waited and searched for my Chi for a year (she was worth the wait). I am based in London in the UK and I have also lived in the home counties, so I know my way around well.
I think buddying up and mentoring would help me gain confidence and be in a better position to decide whether to take things on to the next step if I felt competant enough following the mentoring - I wondered if anyone felt that they would like to help me please?
Thanks for reading