WHAT IS A CHAMPION SIRE PUPPY AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

         As a dog lover, you might have heard the term “Champion sire” or “Championship bloodline” used in describing a dog, or maybe this is the first time you are coming across the term, either ways, you’re in luck because this article is just right for you.

        Before we go into detailed information of what a champion sire means, we should start with addressing the parent names. A sire dog is simply the male parent of the litter, while the female parent is referred to as the dam.

What is a champion sired dog?

       It means the puppy’s father had earned a championship title, preferably an AKC Championship title. This could mean multiple things, it could mean the pup’s father is healthy and in conformation with the breed’s standard or the pup’s father has acquired enough points in shows to earn this title.                                                       

Sometimes, the sire might have earned the title as a working champion, meaning the dog competed in agility, tracking, herding or obedience. It is term the dog breeder would share with you to show you the quality of the dog you are about to get.

        While having a parent who has a championship title might be something to brag about, it should be noted that champions can also be meaningless as breeders could just slap this title on dogs. Competing and winning a contest that the local town put up, does not automatically mean the dog is a champion.

It takes more than cuteness or ability to fetch a stick  to judge a dog for bodies who judge dogs like the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Why is it important?

        I know a lot of people might think a champion sired dog is perfect for them because of it’s good looks and health quality, the trick is that it is not likely a guarantor of your puppy’s quality. Although it is quite possible a true champion attributes to the genetic makeup of their pups by passing down good genes for structural and physical appearance.

          Bottom line is that it is not important unless you are breeding your dog as a show dog but if you are, then the pedigree information should be required that includes both parents. A predigeee contains all the valuable information concerning your canine’s ancestry, going back at least 3 generations.

 How do you know if your dog is from a championship bloodline?

          Whether or not, the dog you are planning to buy has a championship bloodline is usually given by the breeder. A responsible breeder is going to give you a couple of information, usually a picture of the sire and dam and a list of their titles, coupled with their health tests and a 3-5 generational pedigree listing titles and health tests.

          But if you weren’t given such information, and you’re wondering if your dog has a championship bloodline, then an easy way to start is to get the dog’s pedigree which is registered with the American kennel club, in front of the dog’s name in the pedigree, the sire and dam will have a “CH” before their names.

         The pedigree should provide you with a copy of your dog’s pedigree which could be printed out and delivered to you for a certain amount of money or you could get it online for a lesser price. Sometimes names may vary while reading the pedigree, the name you call your dog at home might be different from what’s recorded in the document so be mindful of that.

Tips on breeding a championship dog.

         So you may have decided to breed a championship dog for show or you are just simply curious, here are some things you should know.

         First and foremost, you need to understand breed standards, it’s mode of inheritance, and what strengths and weaknesses there are in your predigrees. Breed’s standards are written by breed association and clubs and are designed to provide the model of the breed and provide goals for breeders in improving their animals.

        Puppy classes are always an option for sure to train your dogs but real life socialization often works better. An important behavior is to teach him how to go potty on when you give a verbal cue. This will come handy when you’re in a show and your dog needs to relive itself on different surfaces or environment.

Your dog’s crate should also be a comfortable place that your dog doesn’t mind because show dogs may spend extended time in his crate during travel or flight so you might need to crate train it.

         There are a lot of trainings for a show dog that are not mentioned but the most obvious and often ignored, is to adequately socialize your show dog, and provide exposure as they would be encountering new things and need to be raised to take this in strides.

         A dog becomes a champion when it gains at least 15 points from three different judges and gains at least 2 major wins from different judges. A major win is one in which the dog earns three, four or five points. After this, the prefix can be added to “ch” for champion can be added to it’s name. This means that the more dog it defeats, the greater the point reward.

       There are so many factors that would attribute to how your pup would turn out, championship or not, what probably is more important is, you endeavor to train and take care of your pup to bring the best out of it. Definitely, not having a championship title should give you little to no concern, so go ahead and love your canine friend.

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 What is the ideal price for a championship dog?

        An AKC championship sired puppy prices could be around the range of $1200 – $2,500 and they usually have a life span of about ten to thirteen years.

It is important you understand that a responsible breeder wouldn’t be slapping a championship title at your face, but is actually breeding for great dogs and not just “saleable” puppies, so they can pump up the price by a couple more dollars.