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Over the last two years I have come to dearly adore long coat chihuahuas. Each of my three are AKC registered pure bred dogs retired from small scale reputable breeding program (Sapphire was being kept to breed but turned out too small so she never had a litter). I got each as an adult. I have been contemplating getting a show quality pup and trying my hand at showing. Am I crazy in the head to think that I could show a dog starting from little more than a love of the breed? How hard is it? I see the AKC offers training classes to help you learn the ropes of showing. I could hire a handler but the fun to me would be being the handler. Thoughts? Also, I would end up with an unaltered dog living amongst my current three who are all fixed. Would this upset the apple cart (If so, I would never want to do anything to disrupt the happy contented nature of my three).
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I think that the AKC has sorely missed the point in not allowing altered dogs from being shown. Lord only knows, there are many dogs out there that are 'show qualilty' but are altered. They could have their own classes.

In any event, if you are really gung ho on this, then I'd go ahead. I will tell you that unless you have a breeder 'mentoring' you, you'd be hard pressed to place in a owner handled class. Good luck
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I think that the AKC has sorely missed the point in not allowing altered dogs from being shown. Lord only knows, there are many dogs out there that are 'show qualilty' but are altered. They could have their own classes.

In any event, if you are really gung ho on this, then I'd go ahead. I will tell you that unless you have a breeder 'mentoring' you, you'd be hard pressed to place in a owner handled class. Good luck
Looking at the possibility of co-ownership with breeder of my first three. Yeh, the non-altered bit is perhaps the biggest sticking point for me given the other three. Really just starting to think if this as a real possibility.
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I think if the breeder is happy to help and advise you you should go for it. Showing can be a great hobby, and a great way to learn about a breed. The biggest mistake most beginners make is buying their first pup without advice, and it takes a long time to develop an eye and see the potential in a pup. So if your breeder is going to help you choose your puppy all you have to lose is time and money lol (showing dogs, at least over here, is a very expensive hobby)
I don't think having one entire animal will be an issue (I have 5 entire dogs, both sexes, they all get along fine) but adding another dog will inevitably alter the pack dynamic. Your breeder friend should be able to help with choosing a dog who will fit in with your three.
One final thing......I told you number three was the gateway dog LOL!
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I think if the breeder is happy to help and advise you you should go for it. Showing can be a great hobby, and a great way to learn about a breed. The biggest mistake most beginners make is buying their first pup without advice, and it takes a long time to develop an eye and see the potential in a pup. So if your breeder is going to help you choose your puppy all you have to lose is time and money lol (showing dogs, at least over here, is a very expensive hobby)
I don't think having one entire animal will be an issue (I have 5 entire dogs, both sexes, they all get along fine) but adding another dog will inevitably alter the pack dynamic. Your breeder friend should be able to help with choosing a dog who will fit in with your three.
One final thing......I told you number three was the gateway dog LOL!
Hahahahha, gateway dog. Maybe your right!!!! Actually the breeder who knows Prince well thinks a female would enter my dynamic better than a male. To bad because she has a lovely show quality male pup right now. However, the pup is young and change is inevitable.

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Hahahahha, gateway dog. Maybe your right!!!! Actually the breeder who knows Prince well thinks a female would enter my dynamic better than a male. To bad because she has a lovely show quality male pup right now. However, the pup is young and change is inevitable.




Oh my Lynda! That little boy is beautiful! Are you considering getting another puppy regardless to whether you decide to show or not? I think that would be wonderful😊. I too have grown such a soft spot for longcoats and I absolutely adore this little guy. Goodluck in whatever you decide.


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Oh my, how gorgeous, he is a mini Sapphire!
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He is absolutely a gorgeous little pup. She has two upcoming litters. I will likely wait to see what happens with her two upcoming litters (for a female). I would only get another for the purposes of showing. Showing would be the new dimension. The breeder has a female that was born in November that moves with such grace, light high front paws and head high. She is a show potential pup too. She is in the back of my mind. However, never having done the puppy thing with my three makes a puppy appealing......but then you run the risk of wanting one to show and and something goes off. Hard decision.
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