I love the Shih Tzu breed. Large or small... I love them all.
**Note for puppy pick up**
If your picking up a puppy that you are giving as a Christmas, Valentine or Birthday gift, make sure the dog has been confirmed to go home.
I say this to everyone but i understand that as we get closer to the pick up day, some people start to get anxious to take the dog home. But I must warn you that because a puppy is 8 weeks old does not mean they will be ready to go home. I am not the kind of breeder that lets a puppy go based only on their age. Our puppy pick ups will be done anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks of age. This is why:At 8 weeks old they go for their 2nd set of shots. At this time the dogs are evaluated for a few things: eating on their own, gaining weight at a good rate, pooping good with the food they are on and nursing with mom. If one of these things are off or not up to par they will not be cleared to go home. Instead they will revisit the vet on a weekly basis until everything is perfect. The last thing I'm going to do is send a dog home because someone is in a rush for any type of reason. I don't need the feeling of disappointment from displeased families calling to tell me that their puppy is sick or has died.
My priority is the health of my puppies.
The best thing to do if you want to get a puppy for the holidays is make a card with some of the puppies pictures to give as a present. In this way you'll have the card as a reminder of the little baby that will be coming home to you very soon.
I, as a responsible breeder, will not let the puppy go on a busy holiday unless the new owner will have everything ready for the puppies coming which includes things I have listed in the Available puppies section at the bottom. This is a safety precaution as I do not want the puppy overwhelmed on it's first day at it's new home with all the people walking around and loud noises disturbing their peace. It also raises a concern of a possibility that someone might accidentally step on the puppy. To avoid that I will ask that the new owner either pick the puppy up a few days before or after the holiday or keep the puppy away from the crowd for the night. It might be an exciting thing for you to have a new member of the family but to the puppy it's a new experience that needs some getting used to. If the puppy is frightened or does not feel comfortable he/she will get sick and in the worst case, die. This is why I set these rules, to avoid the cost of vet bills and the heartbreak of death.
you have no idea what it is like to be a breeder...the unseen hours
and hours put in to give you a wonderful puppy
The puppies are demanding little devils and to give you
a happy, healthy puppy we put in the hours it takes...
I DO THIS BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I LOVE...
...YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING YOU
THAT BEAUTIFUL, HAPPY, HEALTHY PUPPY!!!!!
This is toxic to animals and should never be fed to your dog
under any circumstances.
Can cause Hemolytic anemia, labored breathing, liver
damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and discolored urine.
The jury is still out on Garlic with many owners safely using it. I
will cover this in a later email.
MACADAMIA NUTS AND OTHER TYPES OF NUTS
These can cause bladder stones due to the high phosphorus
MILK AND DAIRY
Since dogs do not have the needed lactase to break up the
lactose the result can be diarrhea.
Avocadoes are toxic to many animals. The offensive chemical
damages heart, lung, and other essential tissues. Be aware
since guacamole's main ingredient is avocado, that you keep
any such dips well out of your dog's reach
An enzyme called avidin which is found in raw eggs causes
hair and skin problems along with the possibility of
Feeding your dog grapes causes severe kidney damage.
While some fruits are acceptable to feed your pet, avoid
grapes at all times.
In large amounts, liver causes a toxicity that affects the bones
Has been known to cause a thiamine deficiency. As a result
the dog will suffer from seizures and possibly death.
Tomato plants as well as the actual tomato are highly
dangerous to dogs. Ingesting a tomato or any part of the plant
can lead to tremors and heart arrhythmia.
SHIH TZU DESCRIPTION
The Shih Tzu is also known as the Chinese/Tibetan Lion Dog or the Chrysanthemum Dog. It is called the chrysanthemum dog because its face looks very much like the flower.
The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular of the Toy breeds. It is well known for its long, flowing, luxurious hair, which covers all of its body. It has a round head, pleasant expression, and large, round, dark eyes. Its ears are large and covered by the coat. Shih Tzus are very small and compact in size, with a broad, deep chest. Their tails are curved and covered with fur. Shih Tzus can be any color, and tend not to shed. Their hair is in fact a double layer, with a woolly undercoat below the longer hair. Shih Tzus are small dogs, and are slightly longer than they are tall.he Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. Befitting his noble Chinese ancestry as a highly valued, prized companion and palace pet, the Shih Tzu is proud of bearing, has a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. Although there has always been considerable size variation, the Shih Tzu must be compact, solid, carrying good weight and substance.
Shih Tzus are known for being sturdy, attentive, energetic, and responsive dogs. They are best suited to being companion dogs, and are generally easy-going and affectionate. When in a playful mood, Shih Tzus can be feisty and mischievous. Because they are alert and attentive dogs, they make good watchdogs who are fond of barking. If surprised or startled, they can be snappish. Shih Tzus love attention and being spoiled. They are very clever and can be trained, although they are known to be stubborn and a trainer consequently needs to be very patient. Shih Tzus generally get along well with other pets and older children. They do not do well with babies or toddlers, as they have a strong sense of self-importance and can be jealous of little children.
Caring for a Shih Tzu:
Shih Tzus are fairly easy to take care of, as they do not require a great deal of exercise. If the owner chooses to keep the hair long, it will require careful daily grooming. If not groomed regularly, tangles and painful mats can develop. Many owners tie the hair on the top of the Shih Tzu’s head into a distinctive topknot so that the dog can see more easily. The hair can, however, be trimmed in order to keep grooming needs to a minimum. Most Shih Tzus enjoy outside exercise or simply running around inside a house or yard. Their eyes are sensitive and need to be cleaned regularly
Weight Range: 9 to 16 lbs. Chinese imperial: 6-9 lbs. Tiny Imperial: under 6 lbs.
Colors: All colors are acceptable.All colors permissible," but adds the words, "a white blaze on the forehead and a white tip to the tail are highly prized."The white blaze, collar, socks and tail-tip combine to create a highly prized ensemble" of a Shih Tzu.
Trainability: ShihTzu’s are alert and spunky little dogs who are endowed with loads of character. They are royally dignified and sometimes arrogant. They are stubborn and cleaver dogs who can get snappish if they are surprised or peeved.
With Children: This breed does well with polite, careful children.You must always be careful with children holding puppies.Puppies can be dropped .When it comes to children and puppies, it’s all about rules no matter what size breed is chosen. Children learn by example. If adults in the home are responsible with pets, the kids will follow that example. Simple things like cleaning up after, feeding, watering and securing the location of a puppy are essentials that any child can easily be taught. My children learned how to take care of dogs by watching us
Other Pets: Shih Tzu are generally good with other pets.
Climate: This breed is sensitive to the heat.
Indoor / Outdoor: Shih Tzu are good apartment dogs. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Exercise Required: The Shih Tzu is a naturally active dog but they still need some encouragement to exercise. Do not overfeed this breed or it will quickly become fat.
Life Range: 14 to 16 years
Shih Tzu are considered non-shedding because they don't lose hair like breeds we classify as 'shedders'. A Shih Tzu looses hair like people, one strand at a time. Of course, all animals, including people have to get rid of hair, dander(skin flakes), etc... at some point in their life, in order to regrow more hair, skin, etc...
BRINGING THE NEW PUPPY HOME
Your new puppy will be undertaking a lot of stress from moving from one home to another. So to for the puppy to feel secure I use crates,Crates are like a den to a dog, they feel safe and secure in.,before I ship my puppies ,I let them get used to the own little den,Crates are for the safety of your dog.I leave my crates open and my dogs go in on the own.They love thie crates,It is the own place to get away from it all and they all know which crate is ther own crate.If you feel bad about cooping up a puppy in a crate buy a play pen for puppies that will keep the puppy safe and allow the dog place to play. Pet smart has those also.I put the crate inside and wee wee pads,toys,and water bottle and food and they are safe ,fed and secure.Your puppy's first night can be a miserable experience since he is used to sleeping in a cozy nest with his mother and litter mates. You can substitute a hot-water bottle and a ticking clock wrapped in a towel to substitute his mother's presence and heartbeat. You can place his bed next to yours for the first few days, so that you can comfort him if necessary. If he cries or whines comfort him, then leave him alone. If you weaken and take him to bed with you, you may be creating a new problem that you will have to break.
Puppies tend to roam and if left alone to do what they please they will come into trouble.Would you leave your baby alone roaming the house?No ,so treat your puppy like you would a newborn or toddler.Couches and human beds should be off limits to a puppy until it can climb up on it's own... The NEW PUPPY WILL CRY.The puppy has just left it's surrounding it has known from birth.It usually takes a week or more for the puppy to adjust to leaving its old home.Puppies tire out easy so for the first weeks. Don't ever wake up a sleeping puppy to play.Let them sleep.Chew toys like raw hide and pig ears will save you a lot of chewed up items in your home.Puppy's are teething and need something to chew on.Puppies also get bored so doggy toys will keep them occupied,I would recommend not giving a puppy anything with sewed or buttons that can be swallowed.I advise reading about puppies so you will know what to expect and that will make you and your new puppy happy.
Hyperglacemia When a puppy gets a bit too much exercise it can become stressed out, they might seem unable to stand or listless. This usually means that they have a low blood sugar problem. Like all toy dog puppies, you can solve that problem with a quick trip to the vet or by dropper/spoon feeding your dog some sugar water, NutriCal (or any good high calorie dietary supplement). We suggest you keep some NutriCal around at all times. It is essential that you treat this problem right away by giving your pup the supplement or sugar water. Otherwise they can go into shock. Remember that your puppy needs to take time for feeding and rest.
You shouldn't take a young Puppy jogging with you! If you're planning more then just a short walk around a short block, leave your pet at home. The same applies to play time or long rides in a vehicle. DO NOT OVER-PLAY WITH YOUNG PUPS. Inform any children in the house that over-playing with the pup can cause it to become very sick. Limit the time a puppy spends in a vehicle (especially in high or low temperature zones). Long road trips or rides can stress out a puppy and expose him or her to unnecessary health risk.
Blue eyes that persist throughout life can occasionally be found in Shih Tzu. Such blue eyes (actually, often dark or light gray rather than bright blue) are found in blue dogs. Blue Shih Tzu lack a needed color gene for black. Their color is therefore dilute; they also have blue pigment on their muzzles, noses, lips, foot pads, and eye rims. Like liver-pigmented dogs (which have light brown eyes and pigment rather than the more common black), blue Shih Tzu are rare, but are perfectly acceptable in the show ring. All colors and markings are permissible in our breed. Nevertheless, blue eyes are unacceptable in the show ring in any color except blue. Light eyes of this kind do not affect vision, and blue-eyed Shih Tzu make fine pets.
If you are interested in purchasing a puppy, please email or call to make sure the puppy is available. We would like to talk to you and learn more about your family and preference of a puppy. A deposit is required to hold the puppy until it is ready to go home. The deposit goes towards the purchase price of the puppy and needs to be received within 5 days of confirming your choice of puppy. If not received in 5 days, the puppy will be made available again. Please make sure you are ready to accept the responsibility of a puppy before depositing as deposits are non-refundable but transferable to the other puppy. The balance is due one week before picking up the puppy from our home for local pickup. Payment can be made in postal money order, or cash. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL A SALE AT ANY TIME IF THE SALE IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR PUPPIES.
I heard that neutered and spayed dogs get fat and lazy. Is this true?Spaying and neutering does change the metabolism of companion animals, so in most cases, they do not need as much food to maintain their weight as unspayed/unneutered dogs. The problem is not with the dog - it is us. We just tend to overfeed our dogs, and neutered/spayed dogs are more apt to put on weight because of that.As for laziness, again, the amount of exercise our dogs receive and their activity levels are often dependent on us. If we do not give them opportunities for play and exercise, they can become couch potatoes just like some people. Many spayed/neutered dogs hunt, are entered in agility shows, become service dogs, and are trained in search and rescue. These dogs are anything but lazy.
My veterinarian recommended I spay my new puppy and she is only two months old. Is that safe?Early spaying/neutering has been shown to be safe in multiple studies. It must be remembered that younger animals may need different anesthetics and are more prone to hypothermia (lower than normal body temperature) during surgery. But as long as procedures are modified to account for these differences, early neutering is very safe. In fact, puppies neutered at a younger age often have faster recoveries than those neutered when they are older.
I was told I should let my dog go through one heat before I have her spayed. Is that what you recommend?We recommend that dogs be spayed before they have a heat. There are several reasons for this:
For Sale - To A Good Home
I was born in the Summer a few years ago.
Quite why I was born, I'll never know.
Some folk who owned my mother, decided to breed.
No reason I know of except for their greed;
I know I was hungry, I know I was cold;
They sold me quite early at just five weeks old.
My number one owners seemed friendly at first,
And life was quite good till my bubble burst;
They started to argue, their marriage split up;
And in the AD: "For Sale - 4 months old pup".
Some folk arrived, the next ones in line.
They treated me kind and life was just fine.
But Master dropped dead, and she couldn't cope.
So she sold me again (I'll soon give up hope).
I now had a new home right up in the sky;
We went up in the lift fourteen floors high!
The new folk were kind but they left me all day;
I was bursting to wee and had nowhere to play.
It was boredom, I think, when I chewed up the chair;
They agreed I should go as it just wasn't fair.
The next home was good and I thought "this is it"!
They started to show and I won....well, a bit.
Then somebody told them that I had no bone.
And in went the AD: "For Sale...to a good home".
The next lot were dreadful, they wanted a guard;
But I didn't know how, although I tried hard.
One night they got burgled and I didn't bark;
Tied up in that shed and alone in the dark.
For four months I lay in that cold and dark shed;
With only an old paper sack for a bed.
A small dish of water all slimy and green;
The state I was in, well, it had to be seen!
I longed for destruction, and an end to the pain;
But some new people came and I went off again.
Well now I'm with Rescue and this home is good;
There's walks in the country and lots of good food;
There's kisses and cuddles to great me each day;
But I dread the time they will send me away.
But for now here I stand, skin and bone on all fours;
PLEASE......don't let "ME" happen to any of yours!!
PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE BRINGING A DOG HOME!!!