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Old 04-05-2010, 07:43 PM
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Well im looking for a show pup and i know what im looking for standard wise.
Anyways ive found a few pups that are close to the standard ( only looking to show on a small scale ) but they are charted to be under 4 lbs. I know in the standard it says between 4 and 6 lb but i was wondering if this really matters if they are below 4 lb?

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I always thorght the standard was between 2 and 6 lbs but preferably around 4lbs.......

You got me thinking now! lol
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it says up to 6 lbs
4 - 6 lb preferred
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/183
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so it means anything up to 6lbs?
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When showing the judges do not literally weigh your dog so im guessing as long as its inbetween the weights that are stipulated then its fine! Obviously these judges are very well known in their specialised breed so they can tell if a dog is too small or too big Hope this somewhat helps!
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Yes, they are within the Standard if they are up to 6 pounds. 6 pounds and 1ounce and they are oversized. In the US, that means it would be disqualified. When a Standard says 4 - 6 pounds preferred, that means when all else is equal, you should select the one that's between 4 - 6 pounds. If the better dog is 3 3/4 pounds, then that one would win over a 5 1/2 pound dog of lesser quality. The weight usually comes into play when deciding between equal dogs.

I don't show over there, but in the States, the judges generally will put up a smaller dog before they will put up a smaller bitch. The whole point to conformation shows is to evaluate breeding dogs. It's generally agreed that under 4 pound bitches shouldn't be bred; therefore, judges will overlook a great bitch if she's little. With dogs, they are more leniant because they aren't carrying the litter. That doesn't mean that little can't win. It just means it sometimes takes longer, especially if you show under breeder judges.
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thanks for your replies everyone its helped a lot
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That's funny - I am SURE that in the US the standard used to be 2-6lbs but now it just says not to exceed 6lbs. Interesting! Personally, I think if you find a more standard Chi it's going to be on the upper side of the 2-6lb mark (above 4+lbs) anyway because they are meant to be more full than thin framed. Perhaps that is why they changed it? Because if you had a standard 2lb Chi I would think they would be SUPER SUPER tiny if they were to be "full" looking at all. I only use the term "full" because I can't think of a better word. LOL Seems like you are heading in the right direction anyway...good luck in your search!
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