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Achievement of Excellence - Five Star Breeder Award 2012 - 2021

Sweetwater Shih Tzu is the proud recipient of the Achievement of Excellence, Five Star Breeder Award through the American Canine Association.  

As a Five Star Breeder, this award certifies that:

  • We participate in credit hours of breeder educational courses sanctioned by the ACA
  • Our sires and dams have been certified by a licensed veterinarian to be free of at least one or more congenital defects.
  • Our sires and dams have points toward their championships.
  • We have an exercise and socialization program for adult dogs and puppies approved by a licensed veterinarian.
  • We are inspected at a minimum of once a year.

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Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or to be put on our waiting list for a future litter. 

Why choose Sweetwater?


If you want the best, you'll find it here.  As a Minnesota non profit, & recipient of the ACA Star Breeder Award...

License #  MN862526

Purebred Shih Tzu Puppies Available in Minnesota

​Sweetwater Shih Tzu

What a Precious Pup!


Shih Tzu come in an array of beautiful color combinations.  Our Shih Tzu have gorgeous conformation, markings & personality plus.

Shih Tzu puppies for sale in MN


Sweetwater Shih Tzu is raising the bar for Shih Tzu breeders everywhere, by offering genetically tested and health guaranteed Shih Tzu that actually improve the genetics of the breed. 

It's not easy to breed out genetic traits such as distichia and renal dysplasia, but with over 30 years of experience and over four generations of health certified Shih Tzu, we are confident that we are truly breeding the best of the best. 

We are conveniently located just west of Minneapolis, MN.  Our Shih Tzu puppies have found forever families in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and across America!