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Old 05-08-2012, 07:25 PM
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I posted a question yesterday about showing Alfie and a nice women mentioned that by the look of the photograph it looked as though he has an arched back and a low set tail. I was just wondering if this would cause him any problems health wise. Im asuming i wouldnt be able to show him with this problem, which wouldn't bother me, he's still my little baby, but was wondering if it would cause im any further problems,
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he is a lovely boy and the arched back may just be the way he is standing and no even if it is arched it is not much and does not look like he has any back problems and also the tailset may look low but that could be the picture also, On the go in a showring it may look just right and his topline may be level too. Take him to some ringcraft classes and see how he does x and have fun with him x
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:06 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply, iv been worrying that there might be something wrong with him, or that it would cause him health problems. I think he may have a low set tail though, as in person it does look a little low, but i wasn't sure weather it would be an absolute no no in the showring. Thank you for your reply, its very appreciated
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Just because there is something off with his conformation...doesn't mean there is anything wrong with his health. That is why most Chi's can not be shown--it is few & far between when you find a Chi that isn't a bit off! (and even still...NO do is perfect anyhow!)

His topline doesn't look as bad here...pretty level even? He does have a pretty low tailset though based on this pic...and the one you posted yesterday.

It would be more beneficial to you to do as suggested above & have someone look him over in person, who knows what they're looking at. It's VERY difficult to tell much from pics online. He looks quite handsome though...and I am certain there is nothing to worry about health wise.
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There is a huge difference between 'showable' and able to win.
There is nothing to stop you showing Alfie, or any other healthy registered pedigree dog. How well he will do is another thing entirely! If you want to show for fun, at a local level, then go for it. Being involved is the best way to learn. It is an expensive hobby though! Enrol him in Ringcraft classes and ask other peoples opinions. Go to lots of shows and look at the Chihuahuas.
Obviously you need to be familiar with the standard as this is what each dog is being compared against. His tail does appear low-set, the requirement is; 'Medium length, set high, carried up and over back (sickle tail). When moving never tucked under or curled below the topline. Furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in centre and tapering to point.'
His back may level out as he grows, the requirement is; 'Level back' and ' Topline should remain firm and level when moving.'
Not being quite to standard doesn't mean he will have health issues. There isn't a dog in the world who fits the standard 100%. One last tip, don't teach him to 'sit' if you want to show.
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he is a lovely boy and the arched back may just be the way he is standing and no even if it is arched it is not much and does not look like he has any back problems and also the tailset may look low but that could be the picture also, On the go in a showring it may look just right and his topline may be level too. Take him to some ringcraft classes and see how he does x and have fun with him x
I totally agree!!
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There's no reason you can't show your pup. It's fun, but can get expensive over time. I'd say, go to some handling classes if they are available in your area and enter a show or two. While at the shows talk with the chihuahua people....maybe someone could take a look at your pup and evaluate him.

I showed my maltese even though she was too small to have pups (the breeder knew me and let me show her just for fun). Some people told me I was ripped off by the breeder (lol) ....but she took "Best of Breed" in one show...so you never know.

Now I'm showing Mona Lisa and her breeder sold her because she was too small also....so here we go again....she's letting me show her. I'm not into it to take the show world by storm, and some owner/handlers need me so they can get a point. ....who knows, maybe we'll get a point one day.... Mona Lisa also had an arched back and walked like a weasel, I started feeding her Dr. Harvey's morning and evening and she put on some weight, now she's walking beautifully!! Yeay!!!!

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Showing is also a jury sport.
One time you have "the perfect dog" another time, your dog is "worthless"....

I went to a few handling classes and meet a women with a Tibetan terrier.
Her dog had won several big prices in the netherlands an belgium... so she decided to go with her 2 daughters and her dog to a french dog show.
When she entered the ring the jury immediately came to her and she was send out the showring... her dog was to small in the eyes of this man...
While the dog is a multiple price winner in other countries, judged by multiple judges

And I know more stories like that... So showing can be fun, and unless your dog has some serious faults, it is just a matter of taste and the interpretation of the breed standard by the judges....
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