Our puppies are sold as companion or pet quality

Our puppies are sold with full breeding rights with AKC, but we do not state they are show quality although they have a Champion pedigree bloodlines.

Breeding for Rare Colors

AKC recognizes two pigment colors that come from recessive genes: Blue and Liver.  If a Shih Tzu exhibit both Blue and Liver the pigment is a slight puprple color which is often referred to as Lavender. AKC does not yet offer this as a color for a Shih Tzu and is often registered as Liver.  Breeders often refer to Liver as Chocolate.  Tan markings (similar to a Doberman) are also a recessive gene and is referred to as "Dobie" markings.  BOTH PARENTS MUST CARRY THE RECESSIVE COLOR GENE for a puppy to exhibit that color or marking.  It is NOT the color of the hair that determines the color of the puppy but rather the color of the eyes, paw pads, nose and lips. IF these points are Liver and not Black then the puppy is a Liver color; If these points are Blue and not Black then the puppy is a Blue color.  IF these points are Black, then it does NOT matter what color the hair is the puppy would be considered Black in color.

Life Span

A Shih Tzu can live from 10 - 18 years of age. Ideal weight is 9-15 lbs.

Barking Level / Personality / Energy Level

Barks when necessary.  Outgoing, affectionate, playful and charming. Their energy level is somewhat active, daily walks will satisfy them. They are good with children and other dogs and gets along with weekly grooming. The respond well to training.

Open Fontanels, Umbilical Hernias and Delayed Closures

A Shih Tzu puppy may have an Open Fontanel (soft spot at the top of the skull).  A small Open Fontanel almost always closes before the puppy is 6 months old.

A Shih Tzu puppy may have a Delayed Closures of the umbilical opening. This is a very common condition for the breed, and is not genetic in nature.  The condition nearly always corrects itself by the time the puppy is 6 months old.

A Shih Tzu puppy may have an Umbilical Hernia. This genetic condition is fairly rare except for puppies that come from breeding lines known to have the condition.

Most veterinarians do not distinguish between the non-genetic Delayed Closure
and the genetic Umbilical Hernia.

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