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Chihuahuas vs. Papillons - Please Advise



 
 
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Old July 2nd 03, 09:34 PM
sophie
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Default Chihuahuas vs. Papillons - Please Advise

The short of it: Which dog has a better temperment?

The long of it: I have been researching chihuahuas for the past year.
I had one as a child and I love the way they look (esp. the long
haired ones),their sassy attitude and sweet loyalty. I am having a
hard time finding a breeder that is ethical and also has a female
available (they are booked up for a while if they are any good it
seems). Another snag is that I would like a larger sized girl, a lot
of breeders seem to go for the smaller end of the 4-6 lb ideal. I'd
feel better about my dog's durability if it was 5-6 lbs.

Anyway, the other day at the dog run I saw what I thought was the
happiest cutest most energetic long haired female chihuahua ever.
Turns out it was a papillon. This discovery made me think I had shut
myself off too quickly to other options. The problem is I don't know
anyone with a papillon. I wouldn't want to waste the time of a serious
breeder, and I'm not sure how to get to know one (ditto for
pomeranians, who I also adore from afar). My heart screams chihuahua,
but when i picture that happy little papillon zooming around wanting
to play with everyone...help!

Any anticdotes, personal experience, tarot readings, whatever, would
be welcome and helpful. Thanks!
You can respond to me personally or on the boards.

(p.s. To those with helpful rescue info: I'm interested in good rescue
info/clubs for the future. For now, I only want a puppy from a breeder
because it's my first dog as an adult and I want to make sure it has a
good temperment and was screened for health problems specific to the
breed- don't worry, I do plan on adopting a rescue pooch down the
line!)
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Old July 3rd 03, 12:20 AM
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"sophie" wrote in message
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I don't know
anyone with a papillon. I wouldn't want to waste the time of a serious
breeder, and I'm not sure how to get to know one


To add to some of the other very good advice you're getting here, let me
comment on this part.

A serious breeder would not consider it a waste of time to talk with you
about papillons. They are even more concerned than you are about whether or
not a pap is right for you. The only way to know is to spend some time with
them. And listen and learn and watch.

Go to shows in your area and talk with the breeders there. If there is one
anywhere nearby you - as far as you can manage to travel - go there and plan
to spend a couple of hours.

We did this with a couple of breeds before we got our last dog. What
happened was that we were able to rule out breeds that we honestly thought
might be right for us. And we probably could have been approved by the
breeder (because it really did come down to our own preferences among
similar breeds). But we would not have been a perfect home for one of
those breeds.

I *never* got a negative comment from any of the breeders for doing that.
We were very up front right from the start that we were considering the
breed but had never spent any amount of time with one. Our concern was that
we not make a mistake - something any good breeder is also very concerned
about. You've known a chi so the breeder will recognize that you start out
as a possibility (as opposed to someone who only had a completely different
breed and just thought a papillon would be fun).

Have fun with your search!
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~~Judy
Owned and entertained by Spenser - the best dog in the world.
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Old July 3rd 03, 07:21 PM
sophie
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Thank you so much everyone for all the advice. I found your suggestion
on approaching a breeder especially helpful. I wasn't sure how to go
about approaching someone about I dog I'm unfamiliar with without
sounding flaky- thanks for the specifics!

"queenmother" wrote in message ...
"sophie" wrote in message
om...
I don't know
anyone with a papillon. I wouldn't want to waste the time of a serious
breeder, and I'm not sure how to get to know one


To add to some of the other very good advice you're getting here, let me
comment on this part.

A serious breeder would not consider it a waste of time to talk with you
about papillons. They are even more concerned than you are about whether or
not a pap is right for you. The only way to know is to spend some time with
them. And listen and learn and watch.

Go to shows in your area and talk with the breeders there. If there is one
anywhere nearby you - as far as you can manage to travel - go there and plan
to spend a couple of hours.

We did this with a couple of breeds before we got our last dog. What
happened was that we were able to rule out breeds that we honestly thought
might be right for us. And we probably could have been approved by the
breeder (because it really did come down to our own preferences among
similar breeds). But we would not have been a perfect home for one of
those breeds.

I *never* got a negative comment from any of the breeders for doing that.
We were very up front right from the start that we were considering the
breed but had never spent any amount of time with one. Our concern was that
we not make a mistake - something any good breeder is also very concerned
about. You've known a chi so the breeder will recognize that you start out
as a possibility (as opposed to someone who only had a completely different
breed and just thought a papillon would be fun).

Have fun with your search!

 




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