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 care for their Shih Tzu, Sweetwater will gladly accept the Shih Tzu 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 Shih Tzu's microchip registrations to ensure they can always find a way back to us. We also encourage all Forever Families outline their wishes for their Shih Tzu in their will or trust.

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 a Sweetwater Shih Tzu back from a Forever Family, we would provide them with all the veterinary care, love, and training they needed until they were ready to join a new loving and nurturing Forever Family.

Who we are

Sweetwater Shih Tzu is proud to be a 501(c)(3) non profit organization 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 conveniently located just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We welcome Forever Families to contact us to learn more about our beautiful Shih Tzu.  

No age discrimination

It has come to our attention that some breeders and rescues now refuse Forever Families over 60 years of age. While we do have a thorough screening process to ensure the Shih Tzu will be well cared for, we do not discriminate based on age, national origin, race, color, religion, disability, gender, or familial status. We have a diverse group of loving Forever Families, many of whom are 60+. We do not require a fenced yard, a large home, or home visits. We do love to stay in touch with our Forever Families and welcome updates, photos, and cards.



Founded for the betterment of the breed

Proud to be licensed by:

License #  MN862526

Improving the breed, one dog at a time.

​Sweetwater Shih Tzu

License #  MN862526

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."

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