Before you enter your Xoloitzcuintli in a show, there are a few things that you need to look into. The very first thing to consider is whether your Xoloitzcuintli is show quality. Knowing your Xolo's faults and outstanding characteristics will help you determine what actions you have to take to improve its chances of winning.
If you want to enter the showbiz of dogs, the first thing you will have to do is select a Xoloitzcuintli that possesses promising show quality. More often than not, this first step is ignored and many exhibitors do not do well in dog shows simply because they don't have the right dog. Most exhibitors did not get their Xolos primarily for dog shows, and when they decide to turn their dogs into show dogs, they have to make up for the lack of show personality with more training. In some cases, training can be a substitute for show talent, but mostly, a born show dog will have the advantage.
If you haven't gotten a puppy yet, then you can start looking for a Xoloitzcuintli of show quality. Selecting a Xolo with a show potential can be a tricky task simply because it is a rare breed and a Xolo with outstanding features is even rarer. If you are serious about showing a Xolo, then find one that is highly recommended by breeders. You may think that the Xolo you've chosen is already beautiful and smart enough, but that doesn't guarantee that the judges will agree with you. Before you buy your Xoloitzcuintli, it is important that you do thorough research about the breed's conformation standards, so that you will know what to look for. If you are in doubt, you can ask the breeder for suggestions.
While you talk to the breeder from whom you wish to purchase your Xolo, make sure that you make it clear that you want a show quality pup. The experienced breeders usually join competitions too, so they will know what to recommend you. If you are buying a Xolo for competition, make your breeder provide a written guarantee or a contract. Most guarantees will include a clause that you may return the puppy within 72 hours if you think it doesn't have the health, quality, or the temperament of a show puppy.
Remember that the top quality Xoloitzcuintlis are very sought after. Make sure you keep an eye on the breeder's websites to find out about the latest Xolos available. You will need to do a lot of research and waiting to ensure that you get a good pedigree. While you are waiting for the right pup, you can educate yourself about Xolos. You can also join newsletters and online forums and chat about Xoloitzcuintli with owners and breeders.
To make sure that your Xolo is of show quality, it should adhere to all the requirements of the breed standards of the association or club you are joining. It should possess outstanding or exceptional characteristics. It should show robust health with a sturdy form and great stamina.