Best in Show Magazine Spring 2016

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Chidelia - Chihuahuas by Lene N. Kaleklev Interviewed by Jovana Danilovic BIS: How long have you been breeding Chihuahuas? L.N.K.: I got my first Chihuahua in 1995. I quickly fell in love with the breed, as well as dogshows and the dogworld in general and decided only a few years later that I wanted this fantastic breed to be a big part of my life. So in year 2000 I bought my second female – This time from Italy from Misty Meadow`s Chihuahuas. BIS: What makes Chihuahuas so special and different than other dogs? Why would you tell people to get a Chihuahua? L.N.K.: Before I got my first Chihuahua, I’d only had experience with bigger breeds and I had never imagined that the breed I should end up with was Chihuahuas. But today, I could never live a life without them and for me they are breed nr. 1. It is certainly not a breed for everyone – but most people are surprised to see “how much dog” it is in this small body. If you treat the Chihuahua like “a real dog “ and not a toy, you will get the most lovely dog that you can use to almost everything. They love to go on a trip, they are full of love to their owner, they are smart and they do not perceive themselves as small. BIS: Can you tell us more about your foundation dogs? ? L.N.K.: When I decided to start breeding with Chihuahua I searched around for a few years to find


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“the perfect one”. And when I suddenly found Misty Meadow`s Chihuahuas in Italy, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. I have imported many dogs from them during the years and among of the first ones was a longcoated male WW-01, INT,NORDIC,NO,SE,DK,FIN,P,LV & AM CH, FINW-00 Misty Meadow`s Mickey Mouse and a lc female WW-06, EURW-07, INT,NO, FIN ,HR & PL CH,KBHW-07, PLW-06 Misty Meadow`s Doris Speed (littersister to the wellknow Multi Ch,Multi Winner Misty Meadow`s Donald Duck). From Multi Ch Misty Meado`s Mickey Mouse I got among others the famous and wellknow WW-08, INT,NORDIC, NO,SE,DK,FIN,EE CH, NW-06-0709,NORDW-06-08, SEW 06-08, KBHW-07-0809,ESTW-09 Bel Ami Chis Angelino that is one of the dogs that has characterized my breeding considerably. He is father, grandfather and grand grand father to many of our top winners the last years. “Angelino” was the result of cooperation with a Norwegian breeder in Norway at that time – Dagfrid Skartveit at Bel Ami Chis kennel. BIS: How many dogs do you have? Are they all living with you or do you also practice co-ownerships? L.N.K.: I never had a desire for a big big kennel. So I try to not have more then between 12-15 dogs at home at the same time. Our dogs lives inside our house and is a part of our family. They have their own area in our house, but they can see us all the time and we gives them a lot of love and atten-

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