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Old 03-13-2011, 03:00 AM
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Default I'm new to the whole showing thing

and I honestly have no idea where to even begin.
I have one longhair tri-color chihuahua, AKC, and one short-hair merle chihuahua, AKC.

I want to get them into the show ring, and I want to do some agility with the little one *merle*, he already can jump and go through some hoops.

If there is ANY useful sites, people, information you could help with, I would much appreciate it!

THANK YOU!

Here they are:



I'l post more pictures of them, when I upload them.
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:46 PM

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Bumping this up,sorry i have no idea but somebody on here may know.Lovely photos.I LOVE Alfie
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:50 AM
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Thank you.
Anyone? Anything?
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:25 AM
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If you want to show in agility the best thing to do would be to find a good agility class that is geared to beginners. Then take an intermediate class and then onto advanced. When I get a new student into my agility classes I usually tell them it takes from 9 months to a year to be ready to show, all depending on how much you practice outside of class.

As far as conformation showing goes I would think that a good class would also be the way to start. A good teacher can then help you find a good first show and get started. I would also consider finding a good mentor to help you decide if your pup is show quality. The first question would also be, is the dog you want to show in conformation neutered or intact?
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:09 AM
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He is not neutered, and is well intact.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:16 AM
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:27 AM
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Hey...that is great that you want to get started showing!! I ordered a few books of of Amazon to start. I couldn't find anyone that wanted to teach me and actually the few people I knew that did show were really rude and unhelpful, as if they didn't want me to LOL.

Since then I have met many of the local handlers here and showing is now an absolute blast whether we win or lose b'c your friends are all their cheering you on and you're there cheering them on. Everyone makes it to the same general radius of shows, and none of us can win (or lose haha) without each other.

Here are a few books I read that helped get me hooked on showing, I would HIGHLY recommend you get at least one of them, if not both, and sit down and read thru them.




I will say...and this is a dangerous statement, and do with it what you will, because its certainly not the attitude I take, but, I would not initially bring your merle into the conformation ring (I can't tell if you want to just do agility w/ him or conformation too). Merles as I am sure you know are just such a stupidly controversial subject and no one wants to be associated with them or people that show/breed them. Many breeders that breed them don't show them. Period. After you've made some friends and people get to know you, do what you want as far as he goes I just think that part of what has made showing really enjoyable for me is the comradeship and oh boy, cannot imagine what would have happened if I walked in with a merle Also many breeders won't sell to people that breed them.

Do you have a local kennel club? AKC's website usually has them all listed.

Austin's All Breed Kennel Club: Austin Kennel Club, Inc.
Secretary : Marianne Sue Lair
Address: 127721 Burson Dr., Manchaca, TX , 78652
Website: Welcome to home of the Austin Kennel Club
Email: [email protected]
Club Type: All Breed
Club Detail: Click here


I learned all the showing stuff myself but I now have a mentor working with me to get me ready to breed.

Your little tri color has a cute little head. You should get some stacked pictures of him and compare his body to the breed standard. Tho LOL ... it all just depends on your judge that day and what they like that day haha.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:28 AM
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Ah, kind of easy to understand. I'll start checking things out. I have my older boy in a beginner class right now for training, but it's a class and I'd like more one on one with him.

Is there like a site I could go to to check those kinds of things out, or should i look through AKC, or just google myself crazy? LOL
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