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why are some chihuahuas so expensive, besides their size and color...that i can understand, being registered... that, too, i can also understand... i've noticed a lot of ppl out there w/o champion bloodlines or champion sired sell their pups at uppermarket value... what is champion bloodline or champion sired? how much does a health cerificate cost?
 

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A champion bloodline is when the puppy's mother and father are from show kennel stock (A specialist breeder who has bred a certain breed for several generations and have dogs that have won at the highest level) and usually involve most dogs in the breedline being champion show dogs in the UK that involves having 3 Kennel club challenge certificates, which are obtained at championship shows if the dog wins it's class and is placed amoungst the best of breed. Champion sired is when the puppys father is a champion show dog in his own right. The health certificates are obtained from the vets when you have your dogs eyes, heart, and in larger breeds hip scores checked.

The current prices for Chihuahua's are rediculous mainily due to a lot of celebrity chihuahua's. Most show dogs are fawn, cream, red, sable or black and tan. Just because the dog is expensive doesn't make it well bred I recommend you contact some breeders and attend some chihuahua shows to decide what type of chi you want. BTW only the apple-headed chihuahua's are show quality and fit the show standard the deer headed sadly dont due to not having the correct apple-domed head, this doesn't make them any different as a pet though.
 

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shesh! how come other ppls still buy them even if they're not champion bloodlines?? a lot of ppl charge a lot mainly because of color period... do a lot of chi buyers know this?? I was looking to adopt another puppy on www.puppyfind.com and omg... i meant no harm asking why the puppy was $850 when it isn't champion sired or has champion bloodlines... she said that her and her friend spent a lot of time on that pup and they deserved it. Which I can understand, but when I asked her what they did with the pup they simply emailed me back rudely saying if i can't afford her then don't buy her in big font cap letters! i didn't mind paying any price because when u fall in love, you basically fall in love rite? You don't ask why of course. But i was concerned that if the pup had any background health issues I want to know so that I am aware of it not becuz I want to judge it... rite? man... my experience has been quite negative. thanks for clueing me in... what else could be important?
 

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make sure you see the puppy with it's mother and siblings it helps to judge what the temperiment could be like if you can also see the father which can sometimes be possible that can also show you what your pup could grow up into. A show kennel or good breeder isn't interested in the huge sums of money and are selling for an average price of between £500-£600 in the uk, anyone who is charging more I would be weary of and I wouldn't pay more for a "rare" colour but thats just me. The good breeders care about where their puppy goes and want constant contact with you throughout your dogs life if they just give you a pup and show no interest in it's welfare I would be worried also be prepared to be quizzed over previous dog ownership and why you want a chi also what hours you work etc.

If I were you I would go on some waiting lists for good kennels rather than buy off an advert, you don't know the dogs background and often (not always) the breeder wont be there for additional advise.
 

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You have received some excellent advice, and the fact that you are questioning prices, etc. shows you are doing your research. Good for you! I hope you find the right puppy for you -it's out there, just be patient and continue to ask all the questions you want. If the breeder doesn't like you to ask questions, then you don't want to buy from that breeder anyway.

Good luck in your search.
 

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Can you show me an example of a deer head vs an apple head? I've heard of apple head but have not heard of a deer head before...?
 

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my little Nemo was an apple head - domed head short muzzle short legs, KC standard chi

paris hiltons tinkerbell is a deer head - longer muzzle, flatter skull, bigger ears, longer legs usually thinner and not KC show standard
 

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i didn't think that the deerheads were as small as tinkerbell? that pic doesn't make her look much different than an applehead, it looks rounded to me.....
 

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My Chi and I

how do i get on a waiting list for a kennel? and by kennel, does it mean like the ckc or akc.. that type of kennel?

i own a chi now... his name is bubbles... and I know what you mean by the owners showing no care of their welfare. When I first got bubbles, the lady charged me $550... just because... then she lowered it to $450 if it was cash. I fell in love with bubbles when i saw him at first sight becuz he is so mischievious. LoL! I did call her back when bubble didn't eat and they got really irritated. They don't even call me to see how he's doing! I mean... at least one phone call tho rite? Like how's everything going? Also, for some reason bubble had fleas when he was only 8weeks! I freaked out becuz this was my 1st puppy... so I called Petco and asked them if they had any flea medication... thank god they did... I don't think the owner of the pups cared.

Finally, small world... I ran into a girl who bought a black and brown one from the same lady.... one of bubbles brothers and she paid $350! The owner said they refuse to sell it in the $300s because they're not mutts! I was like whhhhaat!!!!??? I'm confused! So, is bubbles a muttt!?!?? Well, that didn't bother me cuz bubbles won me over with his personality hehe!

Okay, now back to the waiting list? where do I apply? and how do i get qualified?
 

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Go to a few dog shows in your area, talk to the people showing chi's. Some of them will be breeders, some will know breeders and all of them will help stear you right. I found my local dog shows by lucking into a papillon breeder and handler. By convincing him I really wanted a chi and not a papillon he becane really helfpful. He went and got his list of shows close enough to drive to and the name of the lady that was secretary of the local chapter of the chihuahua club.
 

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I tottally agree with you go to some shows and see which dogs you like then you can always ask what breedline they are from. Breeders are very helpfull if they think you want to become involved in the breed and are often flattered you want one of their pups. Just prepare to be grilled and dont be afraid to ask questions yourself that prooves you're really interested in the pup and it's welfare. A good breeder will always be there 24/7 for help and assistance because they love every puppy they breed and even when it is a full grown dog it is still their puppy. good luck also if you do have local breed clubs contact them as they usually have a list of breeders in your area.
 
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