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Old 03-21-2014, 07:43 AM
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Hi all,

So I recently posted about a pup I was interested in getting and from all the advice on here have decided to wait and save up and get a pup from a proper breeder who conforms/breeds to show standards etc.

The thing is that after looking over several breeders websites and pictures in my state I was shocked to find about half breeding from dogs that I am surprised are 'acceptable' in the show ring.
(Small eyes, non apple heads, very long snout/muzzles etc. Things that even I can spot isn't right.)

I understand that some don't breed for showing but I am talking about the ones who state that they breed to conform to type (as well as temperament too obviously hehe) and that they only do so to improve the breed etc.

So my question is, are Australian standards much much much softer and less strict than American/English etc standards?

My idea of the ideal chi (with my very limited knowledge) would be nice round apple head, big eyes, large ears set right, normal scissor bite with nose/snout not too long (so no deer head types), that L shape from head to nose (is it called a stop?) etc etc.

With this in mind it makes it very hard to choose suitable breeders especially as the good ones don't have puppies very often!

Why is Australia so different?

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Old 03-22-2014, 07:47 AM
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I have no experience what its like in Australia...it doesn't sound so different to what its like here in the UK

are you able to go along to any shows you would meet lots of people that breed chihuahuas and be able to see some of their dogs and enquire if they are planning any litters...most of mine that I have bought I have waited a long time for, and I only have a litter when I plan to keep something back to show
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I don't know about australia? But from the photos i've seen on facebook, the type and quality is good.

The FCI (EU) standart is diffrent from the US in size. We have 1.5kg -> max.3kg .. your max converted is about 2.5kg. We also have open fontanell as a disq. fault. I don't know the UK/ACK regarding bite, but in the FCI it's 6/6 sisscor (Level bit is accepted, but not desired and under/overbit is a disq. fault)
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