Belgian Chihuahua Club Show 2013

Since I’ve just recently settled for the Chihuahua breed, I thought that a good way to start my search for a good breeder was to check out our national Chihuahua Club. Coincidentally, their annual show was scheduled this weekend. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better timing. It’s basically like a regular dog show, with prizes for the best looking / best behaved dogs, etc, but only for chihuahuas. I figured the place would be packed with serious breeders, and that it might be the ideal opportunity to find the one my future puppy will come from. Not your typical buyer’s approach, but hey, I think it was a smart move.

I immediately noticed a little pen with 3 brown chis in them, exactly how I had envisioned my future dog to look like. They were all so calm and well behaved, I thought whoever is raising them knows what they’re doing. The smallest one kept looking at me with the sweetest eyes.

I approached the lady who owns them and she turned out to be a professional breeder. Bingo.

Her name is Lucretia, and she started telling me about her dogs, where they come from, and how she makes sure that they are compatible when breeding so that their DNA stays as healthy and diverse as possible. That’s exactly what I was looking for. I spoke to other breeders there, but none seemed as perfectionist about this particular aspect as Lucretia did. She also mentioned an interesting point about their food: she has them on a raw meat diet. This is something I first heard of last year, when my Jack got sick and that I started looking up alternative diets that could help him get better. Unfortunately, it was too late for him to switch to such a radically different diet, so I never got a chance to try it out before he passed away.

It kind of stayed in the back of my mind ever since, as a potential different approach to dog food for my next pup. It seemed like a lot of hassle though, especially getting a dog to switch from dry kibble to raw meat. I also wasn’t quite sure which meat to buy, and basically how to handle this whole diet, because you can do more harm then good if not done properly. Lucretia definitely knows her stuff though! So I’ve got 2 bonuses here by dealing with her:

-1- my dog will already be on a raw meat diet, so I won’t have to go through the difficult phase of switching from dry kibble,

and -2- she seems quite educated on the subject, so if I ever feel lost or have doubts about something, I can just ring her up and ask.

It’s a nice perspective when you’re adopting a dog and you know you can count on the breeder to guide you along the way, even after the adoption has been completed. She mentioned she had a litter ready to be adopted soon. I’m not looking to adopt right away, but we may go have a look in the next few weeks anyway. Just so I can check out the place, see how the dogs are doing there, and ask a few more questions I didn’t get a chance to ask today because it was so hectic.

I also spoke to other breeders, but I have to admit, after I spoke to Lucretia, none of them seemed as serious and genuine as she did. So I think I already made up my mind right there that she would be the one. I guess we’ll see. Like I mentioned in earlier posts, I want to give myself about a year, or at least another 6 months. So I’ve still got time to explore other options that may come my way. It’s a living creature, not a toy. And once I settle for one, I will have to live with it for a decade or so at least (hopefully longer). So it’s a big decision, not to be made lightly.

♥︎ Lisa