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Old 06-11-2012, 08:39 PM
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We're interested in getting into showing conformation with Xombie. I was wondering what any of your opinions are on his "correctness" and what tips you all might have on training him for conformation. I realize he is still young and will change with age but this is just for fun. Also looking to see if he is physically breeding quality (we plan to have him health tested before studding him once he is mature)

Here are a few of the best pictures I can find at the moment to show him at different angles. All are taken within the last months.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:10 PM
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Go to a local dog show. Find the chihuahua breeders. See how they say he is 'built'. Are his parent/s champions? Most of the people on this board do not approve of 'studding' your dog. Lots of problems. If you are serious about showing, try to train Xombie to 'pose' on a card table. Train him to walk with you. Handle him all over, including his 'private' parts. The judge will feel his testicles to see if he is 'complete'!! Lots to think about. Sue
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I agree with Susan. Stud dogs do not make good pets. They need a constant supply of bitches to keep them happy. As a stud dog can produce hundreds of puppies in its life, and therefore have a much greater influence on the breed than a brood bitch, it is important that only the very best dogs are used.
Chihuahuas are not a breed I have been involved with showing, so Im not the best person to comment on Xombie, but I like him. His head isn't too extreme, which I prefer (and IMO is closer to the standard) but in the UK dogs with this type of head do not win. Also the dogs doing well in the ring over here are tiny, mostly in the 2-3lb bracket.
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I'm experienced with owning stud dogs, but of a much larger breed lol. His parents were not shown, she focused on showing Spaniels. I've been trying to find a club nearby to join so we have more access to shows, breeders and judges.
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You could PM flippedstars and also MChis. Both currently show dogs. They may not respond right away as both have their hands full.

I do not know what level MChis dogs have achieved but flippedstars has taken a couple of hers to Champion.

You will need to be open to hearing the truth from them. Some say they want to hear the truth and then once given information think people are rude or "haters".

Most Champion show dogs are bred from other Champion show dogs and come from show breeders. I was surprised to learn how unusual it is to take a registered dog to show that was not bred for that purpose or sold as a show dog.

As suggested, clubs and local shows would be a great thing in which to get involved. There you can learn more about shows for fun or other things like rally and agility.

I certainly cannot judge his propensity but I can tell you that he is cute!!
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Thanks. I do want honest opinions. Even if we never stud him out or do all that well in show, it'd be nice to get a few opinions from people who know the ropes. His parents both have show titles in their pedigrees but were not shown themselves as the breeder focused on showing her spaniels.

He'll always be a champion in my eyes though =)
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I have to second Karen's post about being open to every opinion. I asked the same question a few months ago about Lion. I wasn't interested in showing or breeding him because he is neutered, but I was just curious. I found that there are many things you don't notice when you don't have a "trained" eye! It was interesting to find out how he stood up to the Chihuahua standard. I would definitely take him to someone who really knows the chihuahua standard and get him evaluated, as well as getting opinions from those who are experienced on this board.
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I'd just like to try showing to see how he does. He may or may not do well, but it would be fun to try it. He's very social and loves to be around people and the center of attention. =)
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