Additional information on getting a puppy from Sweetwater Shih Tzu

Making the transition

To help you get started, each puppy comes with a puppy go home kit including:


1. OFA certification for eyes

2. Veterinary certification showing clean bill of health

3. ACA registration paperwork

4. New puppy how to guide containing information on grooming, potty training, feeding and more

5. High quality canned dog food

6. High quality starter pack of dry dog food and coupons

7. Soft snuggle blankie with the sweet smell of your puppy's mommy, to ease the transition to their new home

8. Toy

9. Body harness fitted to your puppy & leash


We want to make the transition from our home to yours and easy one for you and your new forever friend.  Our commitment to you does not end when your puppy goes home.  We are also available to answer your questions at any time.  Each puppy is raised with tender loving care, and we want to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.


Registration

All of our dogs are registered with the ACA, The American Canine Association.  We registered our dogs with the AKC years ago, but switched to the ACA because they are the world's largest veterinary health tracking canine registry, including lifetime genetic tracking. The ACA displays each dog's veterinary health information on each puppy's registration paperwork, ensuring that each parent is in fact certified for the above areas. 


For more information on health tracking or ACA dog shows, visit www.acacanines.com.


Extended Training Program

Puppies can go home to their forever family as soon as 9 weeks of age.  For families looking for some additional training, we also offer the option of keeping your puppy until they are older and more trained.  Training includes sleeping through the night, continued potty training, walking on a leash, sit, stay and continued socialization.  The fee for this program is $35/day.  Families can elect anywhere from 1 week all the way up to 8 weeks.


Spay/Neuter Required   

As a compassionate and accountable breeder, we feel a strong responsibility to each puppy we bring into the world, and any puppies those Shih Tzu would produce.  As a result, we require all of our puppies be spayed or neutered.  We do not sell to other breeders, pet shops, dog dealers, puppy mills or any of their agents.  We also do not broker puppies. All of our puppies are born and raised here at Sweetwater Shih Tzu.


History of the breed

Cherished by Chinese Royals as prized house pets for over a thousand years, the Shih Tzu was the preferred house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty and was discovered in England nearly 70 years ago. 

The Shih Tzu was bred to be a companion dog.  And as such, their temperament can best be described as outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting.


Size and coat

The Shih Tzu is a non shedding breed and can be a good choice for those with allergies.  Their coat is naturally long and silky but can be clipped shorter for easier care.  A full coat is not doubt luxurious and beautiful but does require daily brushing and maintenance.

Shih Tzu come in a variety of colors from solids such as black, brindle or gold, to endless combinations of white and a color such as black, brindle, or gold.  All colors are considered acceptable in the show ring and are judged equally.


The breed standard for size is 9 - 16 lbs.  All of our Shih Tzu are on the low end of the standard at around 9 - 12 lbs. 


Many breeders now advertise "imperial" or "teacup" Shih Tzu that weigh anywhere from 3 to 6 pounds.  We do not breed Shih Tzu this small because of the numerous health problems that come with that type of breeding practice.  Please consult with your veterinarian and do some research before purchasing a Shih Tzu of this size. 



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information on our summer puppies.

The puppies will be ready to go home this summer.  Individual photos will be taken at 2 weeks of age.  Then I will begin contacting our families on our waiting list to begin the selection process.  Please contact us if you would like to have your name added to our list.  There is no deposit required until you select your puppy. 

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Price

Male puppies are available for $2,250.  Females are available for $2,500.  We also offer select puppies or pick of the litter puppies from time to time for an additional fee.  Please contact us for details and availability.  All puppies are beautiful, healthy and happy; Select puppies have superior markings, conformation and personality plus.


Selecting my Puppy

When the puppies are born, we send out a birth announcement to all of our potential forever families.  When the puppies are two weeks old, we take photos of each puppy.  If the forever family would like to select a puppy at this time, they can send a $750 deposit to reserve their puppy until they are ready to go home. Puppies can go home as soon as 9 weeks of age, or can go home as late as 16 weeks through our extended training program - additional information below.


We want each family to feel confident in selecting us as their breeder and allow our potential families the opportunity to come out and meet us in person prior to selecting their puppy.  If interested, please contact us to set up an appointment time.  


We do not crate ship.  Please make accommodations to pick up your puppy in person.  Many airlines will allow you to fly your puppy home with you safely inside the cabin.
           

Trained Adolescent Shih Tzu

We understand that some of our Forever Families prefer a Shih Tzu that has already been trained. With that in mind, we occasionally have older trained puppies/dogs available with points toward their championship. Please contact us for availability and details.


Prenatal care - It all starts in the womb

Our Shih Tzu moms all receive the very best in prenatal care including:
               1. Regular checkups with the veterinarian
               2. Moderate exercise
               3. Muscle massage
               4. A diet of high quality dog food**, supplemented
                   with lean chicken, beef, Omega 3 fatty

                   acids, and probiotics.
               5. Lots and lots of love.

The result is a litter of strong, healthy puppies that will grow into healthy, balanced dogs.

**Our dog food is selected and recommended based on our Veterinarian's advice and years of personal experience. We do not participate in pyramid schemes, or profit in any way from the promotion of our dog food.


Socialization

Social skills are necessary for your dog to live a happy, balanced life.  Our puppies are raised in our home in a clean and nurturing environment, never in a garage or shed. They are very curious and love to play and be held.  Our socialization process is extremely important as it helps to shape the puppy's personality and will make training much easier down the road.  For example, when puppies go home,
they are already comfortable with their face and feet being touched and groomed, and have already started potty training.

Before going home, each puppy:

1. Has been thoroughly examined by the Veterinarian and comes with a veterinary certification showing a clean bill of health. 
           

2. Has received a thorough eye examination by Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr. Olivero, and comes with OFA certification for their eyes. 


3. Is current on vaccinations. Depending on the puppy's age when he/she goes home, puppy vaccines are administered at 8, 12 & 16 weeks of age.  The six way distemper vaccine ensures your puppy is fully protected.  It includes: Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Coronavirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Leptospira Canicola-Icterohaemorrhagiae.


4. To ensure full effectiveness, all vaccines are administered by the veterinarian. Many veterinarians no longer honor shots administered by the breeder as a result of their ineffectiveness, and will require repeat vaccinations at the owner's expense.  Our vaccination & examination form clearly lists the name of the veterinary clinic and veterinarian who performed the exam. 


5. Is de-wormed with a broad spectrum de-wormer.  We perform a fecal test on our adults every six months.  To date, our results have always been negative for worms and parasites.  However, we continue to de-worm our puppies as a precautionary measure.