Improving the breed, one dog at a time.

License #  MN862526

Lifetime Guarantee

As a responsible breeder, we want only the best for each of our dogs.  We invest an immeasurable amount of time, love and commitment into each dog.  As a result, we are proud to offer a one year health guarantee and a Lifetime Placement Guarantee on all of our Shih Tzu.

Our Lifetime Placement Guarantee ensures that all of our Shih Tzu will be cared for throughout their lifetime. Should a family no longer be able to provide care for their Shih Tzu, Sweetwater will accept our Shih Tzu back - at any time, and for any reason.  We would never want any of our precious Shih Tzu to end up in a shelter, or in an environment where they could not be cared for.  Sweetwater is permanently listed as the guardian on all of our puppies' microchip registrations to ensure they will always be able to find a way back to us. 

All of our Shih Tzu are raised with true loving kindness and we want to do everything we can to ensure they live a long, healthy and happy life.  Should we receive one of our Shih Tzu back from a forever family, we would provide the Shih Tzu with all the veterinary care, love, and attention he/she needed.  We would then find a new loving and nurturing forever family - we often have families requesting adolescent or older Shih Tzu.   

Founded for the betterment of the breed

License #  MN862526

Who we are

Sweetwater Shih Tzu is a non profit organization in Minnesota (MN) dedicated to the integrity of the Shih Tzu breed. Our mission is to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, heritable genetic disease in Shih Tzu through research, health screening, and selective breeding. Our Shih Tzu parents are registered, purebred, genetically tested and certified. Our puppies are fully guaranteed. Our goal is to improve the gene pool of this beautiful breed, one dog at a time.

Our beautiful puppies are born healthy, free of genetic defects. They have excellent conformation and are extremely social. We invest an enormous amount of time and energy into our parents and our puppies - from providing the best in prenatal care to the socialization and development of each puppy's personality.

As a responsible breeder, our mission is to produce puppies that not only meet the breed standard, but actually improve the genetics of the breed.  We are proud to be a Minnesota non profit organization and are actively working towards becoming a 501(c)(3). 

We are conveniently located just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We welcome Forever Families to contact us to learn more about our beautiful Shih Tzu.    

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Our Shih Tzu go to amazing Forever Families. Click below to watch a day in the life of Sweetwater Clancy.

"A Shih Tzu is the only thing

on earth that loves you more than

he loves himself."

​Sweetwater Shih Tzu

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