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im not asking for advice on how to get a show chi ;) i just want to hear the cute stories behind how YOU got your first chi to show. did you know the breeder or did you breed him/her yourself? did you go to a show and just fell in love with a certain dog? Did you just look at a puppy and KNOW you two were destined to do great things together?
 

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i got my first chihuahua as a pet, she was a good size girl and unfortunatley my Dad was one of the old school who said "all good bitches need a litter!" That was almost 30 years ago now. Anyway we did have a litter from her and I started showing her - she wasn't brilliant and it wasn't until my 3rd generation that I actually got something nice - I won a good few 1sts with her at champ shows and a RCC. the rest, as they say....is history. :)
 

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I bred mine. I picked him out of one of my litters. Then showed him =) Yes I was one of those bad people that bred before showing but I bred good chihuahuas and proved it.
I don't understand how you can say you are a bad person by breeding before showing - many people do this. They start off with a puppy and decide to have a litter and then show. This is why it is always better to be honest with the breeder of your 1st dog. If you say you want a pet and don't want to breed you can end up breeding from something which isn't suitable to breed from for one reason or another.
 

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My hobby was breeding. And you are considered "bad" if you breed before you show. my hobby is still being a breeder. I want to better my breed and I use showing as tool to do that. Some breed to show, I show so that I do not become kennel blind.
I am proud to be a breeder. I am proud to produce typie, sound pets. yes pets. (That is what a toy dog is.)
Sorry for rambling.
 

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three years ago I bought a nice female chi as a pet. I've had dogs for 15 years (other breeds) but never thought I could show a dog myself. I just tried with Violet, at first she was a bit shy but I only got praise for her; She got a bit more confident and did very well in the ring. I was struck by the show virus, and now I attend 30+ shows a year !!
 

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My hobby was breeding. And you are considered "bad" if you breed before you show. my hobby is still being a breeder. I want to better my breed and I use showing as tool to do that. Some breed to show, I show so that I do not become kennel blind.
I am proud to be a breeder. I am proud to produce typie, sound pets. yes pets. (That is what a toy dog is.)
Sorry for rambling.
how are you "bad" if you breed a show quality dog? i know you are supposed to show a dog to evaluate its breeding potential but if its show quality, anyway, and you had it evaluated by judges ( even though the dog wasnt actually "shown"), then why would it be "bad" ? I mean, lets just be real, most people dont have the money to show, anyway.
 

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LOL I hear you!
Many people think their dogs are SQ who are not though.
Many breeders who show use non-shown dogs in their program and you don't have to show to breed good dogs! I proved that. I picked my first CH boy out of one of my litters and the first weekend he took 3 majors. got his CH in only 7 shows. Many show people feel you must give it your all to better the breed and that includes using showing as a tool. To them if you don't show then you are not using every tool out there = not giving your all. If you have judges looking over your dogs without paying the entry fee more power to you! =)
 

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As long as you are trying to correct any problems within your lines there is no way you are a bad breeder. It is the ones who don't which are only in it for the money.
To me, whether you show or not, as long as you are producing soundess, well constructed dogs it doesn't matter if you show or not.

Plus your bonus is that you are not kennel blind, that is the down fall of most people, show or not.
 
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