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Question by Lulu
Submitted on 6/27/2004
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I would like to purchase a chihuahua, however it is $900.00 (CDN)This seems too much but it is so hard to resist this beautiful female (9 weeks old). Any advice from chi owners. The breeder is very reputable and takes her chis to dog shows. The breeder has won ribbons. Thank-you.

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 6/28/2004
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You are paying for all that expertise, and for the implicit guarantee that the puppy will not have any nasty surprises crop up like slipping kneecaps, low blood sugar, etc.  

I only know about pricing in US dollars but $600 US would be a very fair price.  Ask her what her show-quality dogs go for, that price should be 1/2 again the price of a pet-quality dog (at least that's what I would consider reasonable, FWIW).  

Make sure you are getting a pet-quality chihuahua, since a show-quality dog really does belong in the show ring.  The breeder may also ask you to have her spayed, that is a good thing.  Most reputable breeders will offer you a refund or exchange if it turns out that the puppy really does have a serious problem, and expect the breeder to want updates from time to time on how the puppy is doing.


Answer by Lulu
Submitted on 7/1/2004
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I did decided not to get this female, although she is beautiful. The breeder said she would reach 3 pounds max. and that in of itself can cause problems such as hypoglycemia. She said she is of show quality but the judges would probably pass by her because she is too small. It still seems too high to pay $900. She does have a good guarantee, but I decided I'm not going to take a chance on a small dog. They are a little more fragile and may require extra care.

Thanks for your help!


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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You have made a brave decision to put the welfare of the puppy ahead of your desire for a chihuahua.  This is a good breeder, because she told you the truth.  

I understand not wanting to take the chance.  Once these little babies worm their way into your heart, how can you give her back because of health problems without your own heart breaking?  I was willing and financially able to take that risk, and don't regret adopting my baby Gremlin, it's not something everyone can or should do.

I would ask this breeder to keep you in mind for a pet-quality puppy, even the best litters rarely have more than one pup with a real chance to make it in the show ring.


Answer by Liz01
Submitted on 1/17/2006
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$600 for a pet quality Chihuahua is EXTREMELY low in my opinion... also a show quality dog would be between $900 and $2000(USD)becuase of the good quality... my PET toy poodles on a limited spay/nuetor. contract go for $800-$1200 and show puppies around $1200 with me as a co-owner.... so, that gives you a pretty good idea.


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