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Old 05-10-2014, 01:04 PM
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It is a bit of a gamble buying a younger pup, but then few are willing to let a show quality older pup go as they will most likely want to show it themselves...it sounds as if you have a good breeder to take advice from though which in itself is sometimes hard to find...best of luck
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How exciting Lynda...I have been thinking about this also. You are so lucky to have your breeder as a mentor! I have shown horses and been involved with that on the highest level, so I do understand the politics and expense of showing.
I have much to learn still about this breed so for right now I am still in the research phase.
Can't wait to see what happens....LOVE the little boy!
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I'm in the research phase as well. Looking for an intro class on showing/handling preferably for this summer. Charlotte and Atlanta are big cities that are reasonably close. There might be something there. Debra....you could come up to Atlanta and we take class together!!! (-:
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Definitely get involved with a local all breed kennel club. You can find them on AKC's site. Call them and go to a meeting and find out when/where their conformation classes will be held. They will help you and you will make new doggy friends who also show. It's so much fun to go to dog shows together and have someone ringside cheering you on (and calming your nerves). You will definitely need a conformation class to help you learn to show. It's a fun and expensive hobby.

Make sure that you and your breeder are clear on what your responsibilities will be with the new puppy. If she doesn't finish within a specified amount of time, will your breeder want her sent out with a handler to finish? If you finish her, are there specifics on breedings and puppy back agreements? Make sure you get everything in writing. If you buy a show potential puppy and 6 months down the road, her bite goes off, her knees go off, etc. Then what? Do you want a replacement puppy to show? Or do you spay her and try again?
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Definitely get involved with a local all breed kennel club. You can find them on AKC's site. Call them and go to a meeting and find out when/where their conformation classes will be held. They will help you and you will make new doggy friends who also show. It's so much fun to go to dog shows together and have someone ringside cheering you on (and calming your nerves). You will definitely need a conformation class to help you learn to show. It's a fun and expensive hobby.

Make sure that you and your breeder are clear on what your responsibilities will be with the new puppy. If she doesn't finish within a specified amount of time, will your breeder want her sent out with a handler to finish? If you finish her, are there specifics on breedings and puppy back agreements? Make sure you get everything in writing. If you buy a show potential puppy and 6 months down the road, her bite goes off, her knees go off, etc. Then what? Do you want a replacement puppy to show? Or do you spay her and try again?
Yes, I know the importance of contract. We'd have to sort out all those types of questions, which are seriously important. The "time" to finish is especially important if I wanted to try to handle. I'm sure there is a huge learning curve both for the dog and for me. I would jump on this puppy quick if he was for a pet but the showing idea is huge. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. Good idea joining a club. I haven't looked at an all breed club but there is a Central Carolina Chihuahua Club I believe. There is also the issue loving my three dearly and not wanting to mess with how wonderful they are together.
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Is there an average number of years that a dog is typically shown? In other words, at what point are they considered "old/non-competitive" or do people just stop showing them when they get C or GC?
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Go for it! I recommend a little older dog though to guarantee it is show quality. A good breeder can usually see it in a puppy but there is no guarantee. Good luck and let us know all about your exciting new adventure!
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Well with a little research there is a kennel club in my local area. Not only that an 8 week handling/conformation class started last week. Definitely going to join and attend some meetings. Sweet!
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