Pricing Information & Selecting a Puppy
The price of our Shih Tzu puppies starts off at $1,000 for pet/companion puppies. Smaller puppies, solid or rare colors, Ch. pedigreed puppies, breeding or show quality will more depending on the individual puppy. We realize that some breeders sell their puppies for less. However, we feel it's important that you know that our puppies are not kennel raised, but raised in our home. This means that you are getting a much higher quality puppy and that an abundance of time and attention has been given to your puppy.
Kennels can often sell their puppies for less because often less goes into the raising of those puppies than ours. We spend time with our puppies, teaching, loving, socializing, playing with them, and even overnight crate training in hopes that your puppy doesn't get you up through the night when you take him/her home and we start the house training process for you.
Our price means that an abundance of time and attention has gone into making sure that your puppy has had the right start in life as all puppies should, and that the transition from our home to yours will go very smoothly. By the time you take your baby home, he/she is already accustomed to people, attention, everyday noises in the home. That may not sound like much but some puppies who are raised in a kennel are frightened and startled at the slightest noise because they've never been in the home environment, and they've never been exposed to home noises, people, love, attention, cuddling, snuggling and playing. Some kennel puppies will run from you because they don't understand what the human hand is - some have never even been held!
Our puppies are pre-spoiled and socialized when you get them. You won't have to worry about excessive shyness or snappiness or house training difficulties that may come with some kennel puppies, as all of our puppies are raised in our home. Further each puppy is breed for all around soundness, quality and temperament. Basically, you won't have to be concerned with anything but just enjoying your sweet, playful, happy puppy.
On another note, we don't raise any other breeds but the Shih Tzu. All our breeding is monitored and there is absolutely never any cross breeding, or inbreeding, which could result in a very unhealthy puppy with many flaws in appearance as well as personality. We also do genetic health testing to insure that your puppy is of high quality. Consider the following:
In Short We Care
- Our dogs are housed in our home not cages.
- Our dogs are healthy, current on all vaccinations, on heartworm prevention programs, have current eye CERF, not over bred and vet checked a minimum of twice yearly.
- All of our Dogs are DOGene tested for JRD and all our breedings are IDEAL or SAFE!
- Our dogs/puppies are feed premium high quality dog/puppy food and treats.
- Our dogs/puppies are always kept in a clean enviroment.
- Our dogs are first and foremost our pets/companions and not just breeders.
- Our dogs/puppies are kept busy with toys and are well stimulated.
- Our dogs/puppies receive excellent veterinary care by Dr. Jackie Enns and staff at the Winkler Vet Clinic.
- We do all of our own grooming.
- We are there for the planned breedings and puppy whelping to ensure the best possible care is given to both the dogs and their offspring. Personally opening every sac, suctioning, drying, stimulating and tying off the chord of each puppy.
- Our puppies are hand raised, socialized, and temperament tested.
- Our puppies are kept on a heating pad until they are 3 weeks old and can regulate their own body temperature.
- Our puppies are also kept on an egg crate matress with stuffed toys available to snuggle up on not a flat surface to prevent swimmer puppies.
- Our puppies are kept on gripper pads once they start to walk around to aid in proper traction, muscle control and development.
- Our puppies are vet checked, healthy and have dewclaws removed.
- Our puppies are dewormed @ 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks of age.
- Our puppies do not leave our home until they are at least 8.5 - 9 weeks.
- Our puppies are guaranteed in writing and sold with a puppy sales contract.
- We give friendly pre and after adoption service and advice.
- We start the seperation, house and crate training process for you. This means alot less stress for puppy and their new owners when they leave our home.
- Our puppies come with Vet health record/vaccination certificate, microchip, pedigree and 6 weeks of free pet insurance.
- We supply starter puppy pkgs. with every puppy and educational literature on breed, care, training, ect.
- All our adult dogs are CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) and some are also AKC registered. All puppies will be CKC reg.
- Most of our puppies will be sold with CKC limited registration on a spay/neuter contract for those wanting to purchase a pet/companion puppy. However, unlimited registration is also available for good show/breeding quality puppies to pre-approved homes.
- All our puppies will be house trained to use the Potty Park before leaving our home!
- We NEVER sell to puppy brokers or pet shops. All puppies go to loving pre-approved homes only.
Before you go elsewhere for a better "deal" consider the peace of mind that you'll have when you purchase your puppy from us. With our Puppies, quality not quantity matter so we only have a few litters each year to ensure that the proper time, energy and devotion goes into every litter and it shows in every puppy that we produce. The quality you get here is NOT expensive it is priceless!
Show dog vers Pet dog
What is the difference between a "show dog" or a "pet dog"
Essentially very little. The Canadian Kennel Club has an official 'standard' of requirements that make an ideal shih tzu. These requirements include height, weight, length of nose, front and back leg placements, and eye colour, to name but a few. The shih tzu breeder then tries to breed to produce a puppy that adheres to this set standard, in order to produce a show quality shih tzu that will hopefully do some winning in the show ring.
Obviously it is impossible to attain a 'perfect' dog or bitch that has all of these requirements. So the breeder will select a puppy that they think most likely to meet these requirements and therefore do well in the show ring. The remainder of puppies are sold as pets to pet homes. I.e. people who have no interest in showing dogs.
This does not mean that you the pet owner, are getting a substandard puppy, rather, you are purchasing a puppy that has usually come from excellent lineage which has had considerable thought and research put into its breeding program to attain the best the breeder can obtain with the parents that they have. The only difference between the 'pet puppy' and the 'show puppy' is "show quality."
The pet puppy may be deemed unsuitable for the show ring compared to it's litter mates simply because it's nose is a bit longer than it should be, or it is mismarked, or it may have a little white in the corner of its eye, or it may be a little small for the show ring. Its tail could be too curly or not curly enough. Trivial matters for a puppy that is otherwise fit, healthy and sound with a good temperament. In fact none of these cosmetic faults are going to detract from the pleasure that the pet owner will get from their dog, or contribute to ill health of the puppy in any way.
For a shih tzu to show well, the judges look for how well the dog fulfills the requirements of the breed standard. Although the final adult appearance of an 8 week old puppy cannot be entirely determined, at that age the potential of a puppy can be evaluated. Each puppy in a litter can be compared to the others and previous experience to predict which has the most potential to fulfill the standard and contribute to the betterment of the breed. An entire litter may have the potential to show well, but usually there are one or two who stand out. These puppies are usually placed in a home with the intent that they will be shown, and the remaining puppies become companions/pets.
There is also much discussion about Pet Quality versus Show Quality in breeder circles and among interested buyers. A breeder or other professional can recognize characteristics in puppies and determine potential for success in the professional show circuit. They also know that the circuit requires time and work well beyond that of just caring for a beautiful and loving pet. Shih Tzu belongs to people. They do not belong exclusively to the show dog world. Shih Tzu was bred for centuries to be affectionate companions for people and they certainly excel and do a fantastic job at doing just that. All Shih Tzu are by their very nature, constant close companions for their owners. I sell puppies
that all have potential to be loving wonderful family pets/companions, and most will also have show potential. Please contact me to inquire about available puppies and discuss your plans for them.
Finding A Reputable Breeder
Presented by the Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association with thanks to the Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier Club.
You have decided that a Purebred dog is for you. What is your next move? What steps should you take to insure that your pup meets your requirements? Doubtless, this purchase should receive thoughtful consideration. It's no loaf of bread you're buying--this little pup will be a member of your family for a decade or more. Choosing a reputable breeder is primary to your objective.
Since it is almost impossible for YOU to know what any of these little pups will grow into physically and emotionally, you must rely entirely upon your faith in the person from whom you are purchasing your pup. There are three options open to you in choosing this person.
- PET SHOP OR DEALER. The Worst Choice Possible! Pups are poorly bred and raised. They are thought of as merchandise (the loaf of bread) to be sold for a high profit. This high profit is possible because little has been put into the care of these pups. Many are sickly. Pet shops rely heavily on impulse buying via "the doggy in the window," which is no way to choose an addition to the family.
- BACKYARD BREEDER. Also a Poor Choice. This is the person who owns a pet "purebred" and thinks it would be "fun" to have puppies or maybe that it would be a great experience for the children. Even worse, perhaps it's being done to make money. Usually this breeder knows little about grooming and care, and still less of the breed history or the CKC/AKC standard or how his dogs conform to it. The backyard breeders do not do regular examinations by veterinarians on any possible problems with their breed, nor do they x-ray hips. They are not even aware of breed problems nor do they care. There goal is to produce pups and when the "fun" is over, sell them quickly.
- HOBBY BREEDER. The Very Best Choice. The serious and dedicated hobby breeder regards their dogs as just that--a hobby. They do not expect a profit. When someone breeds dogs for enjoyment and for the pleasure and thrill of producing the very finest specimens possible, rather than for profit, the result is SUPERIOR. These breeders acknowledge responsibility for each and every puppy produced and stand behind every dog they have bred. Without question, your choice should be the HOBBY BREEDER.
It is an interesting fact that poor quality pups from pet shops and backyard breeders are usually sold for the same price and sometimes even more than those purchased from the serious hobby breeder. All three of the above breeders sell puppies that are CKC/AKC registerable--this is not an assurance of quality or dedication to the breed. So, the question is: How does one recognize the serious, dedicated hobby breeder? Prepared below is criteria that you should require your breeder to meet before you consider purchasing your purebred dog. Do not be afraid to confront them with these requirements. It is your RIGHT and you can rest assured that the dedicated breeder will respond positively and with pride. Your Breeder should:
- Belong to a local breed club or a national all-breed club. Ideally, he or she belongs to several. However, sometimes this is impossible if there is no local breed club in the area. The reason for this requirement is that this sort of participation indicates depth of involvement. This breeder is exposed to other points of view, learns more about his breed, general dog care, modern breeding practices and is kept up to date. He is breeding in accordance with a Code of Ethics.
- Be involved in showing their dog(s). This means that your breeder is not breeding in a vacuum. The breeder who does not show has no idea how good his dogs really are and is deprived of the opportunity to share information and ideas with others. Showing provides the competition which encourages breeders to produce better dogs. The breeder who shows wants to prove how good his dogs are in competition and is putting his breeding program on the line. He is not relying on just a pedigree to indicate quality. Even though you do not want a show dog, you deserve a pet that is the end result of a carefully planned litter--a pup which received the same care as a potential champion. The Breeder who is known by others and has a reputation to uphold will undoubtedly be as careful and honest in selling you your pet as he is in selling his show dogs.
- Give you a period of time which to allow you to have the pup examined by a veterinarian to determine his state of health, so that both of you are assured as to its health. If a problem should arise, it can then be quickly resolved. This period of time is usually 48 to 72 hours.
- Give you written instructions on feeding, training, care and grooming. You should also be given the pup's health/shot records. The breeder should supply you with information where you can purchase books about the breed.
- Be able to show you proofthat their stock has been x-rayed and is clear of hip dysplasia, preferably with and OFA certification number.
- Make it clear to you that their responsibility continues long after you have taken your puppy home. Indeed, until your pup has departed this earth. Many dedicated breeders will ask that the pup be returned to them or placed with new owners who meet with their approval if ever for any reason you are unable to continue ownership.
- Be curious about what kind of dogs you have had in the past and what happened to them.
- Ask questions like whether or not you have a fenced yard or if the pup will be walked on lead. They will make certain you understand all the negative aspects of owning a dog as well as the positive. Having the pup's best interests at heart to say nothing of theirs and yours, a reputable breeder will take great pains to place his pups properly the first time around. A returned pup is a traumatic experience for all concerned and therefore, the breeder who is always willing to accept a puppy back will want to make certain that this specific purebred dog is the breed for you.
- Be able to show you a clean environment, well-socialized puppies and a sire/dam with a good temperament (happy and self-assured).
- Be willing to give you references--names of people who have purchased pups from him in the past or of others in the breed.
- Perhaps be a bit hesitant to sell you a pup until they know more about you. Will not pressure you into deciding immediately, and encourage you to see other litters before making your final selection.
- Provide a written contract and/or conditions of sale.
- Require spaying or neutering of pet quality puppies. Breeders spend a lot of time and effort planning breeding programs designed to improve the breed. They selectively carry on their programs with only the best quality available. Pet quality puppies should be loved and enjoyed as pets. Reputable breeders don't want their dogs being used just to "make puppies" or worse yet, to have their puppies end up in "puppy mills" where they will be mass produced. Therefore, they will require that pets be spayed or neutered before being registered with the CKC/AKC.
If your breeder meets all the above criteria, you are in good hands. If you find yourself with a negative response to any of these, think twice, discuss the situation with someone else. Don't be impulsive and DO ASK QUESTIONS.
Keep this in mind: You are probably going to pay for quality. Whether or not you get it is up to you.
10 Reasons Not To Buy A Puppy From A Pet Store
written by Catherine M. Sheeter
1. Health- That adorable puppy in the window of the pet store is hard to resist, but you may be paying a lot of money for a dog that you know very little about. Pet stores generally rely on impulse buys to sell their "product". There is a good chance that the pet store puppy will develop a health problem sometime in its life that may cost you a lot of money to remedy. When you buy a pet store puppy it is very unlikely that the puppy's parents were screened for genetic diseases that can be passed to their offspring. Every breed of dog has genetic problems that are passed from generation to generation by breeding dogs that carry the flawed gene. Many of these genetic problems can be detected with today's technology, but these tests are expensive. People who are concerned about the welfare and future of their breed will have these tests conducted to preserve and improve in the future quality of their breed. Most good breeders are more concerned about the health of the puppies that they are producing than the money that they will or won't make on the production of a litter.
2. The myth about CKC/AKC papers-
Most pet shops would like you to believe that if a puppy is registered by the Canadian/American Kennel Club, this guarantees the puppy will be healthy and a good example of the breed. This is not so. The only thing that CKC/AKC papers certify is that the puppy is a purebred and produced out of CKC/AKC registered parents. Even this can be fiction, as some producers register more puppies than are actually born in each litter to receive extra registration slips to pass out with unregisterable puppies. The parents of your puppy may be unhealthy or carriers of crippling or deadly health defects which they may have passed to their offspring- your puppy. They may also be horrible representations of the breed that you are buying. Often times the parentage of pet store puppies is also questionable due to poor record keeping. In other words, your puppy may not even be a purebred, even though it has CKC/AKC papers. Responsible breeders do register their puppies with the CKC/AKC, but that is only the beginning.
3. The pet shop guarantee-
Many pet stores provide a form of guarantee for people buying puppies from them, but their guarantees may be as bad as none at all. A not-so-uncommon scenario goes something like this: after your family has become attached to your adorable new puppy you find out it is sick. It will cost you several hundred dollars to treat, so you take the puppy back to the store to receive your guarantee. What they will most likely offer to do is trade you puppies- take away your beloved pet and replace it with a new puppy, not necessarily a healthier one, either. They will most likely euthanize the puppy you brought back, because this is cheaper for the store. The other tactic that some stores use is to tell you your puppy will grow out of the problem- until their guarantee has expired. Do you want to take this risk?
4. What will that puppy look like when it is full grown?
You may have seen specimens of the breed that you are buying, but this does not guarantee that this puppy will fit the breed standard. You do not know if the parents fit the standard either and cannot see the faults that each parent has. There is no perfect dog, but a good breeder will be willing to discuss the faults and strengths that each of their dogs possesses. You should also be able to see at least the mother of the puppy that you are buying if bought from a responsible breeder. Even then you can not tell exactly what the puppy will look like, but you will have a much better idea of what to expect. Why spend so much money without even knowing what the puppy's parents look like?
5. What do you know about the breed?
Employees of pet stores generally know very little about the dogs that are in the store. They can probably tell you a little bit about the breed and then point you to a rack of generic dog books. What do you do after you bring the puppy home, only to find that this breed is not the right one for you and your family? Good breeders are full of information about the breed of puppy that you are considering. They should be able to tell you the general temperament aspects of the breed and help you predict whether this breed of dog will fit into your lifestyle. They will also be able to warn you about specific health problems that the breed is prone to and will be able to tell you what aspects the breed excels in. There is no breed of dog perfect for every person and a good breeder is concerned that their puppy goes to a home that they will fit into.
6. Housebreaking and training problems -
This puppy that you are buying from a pet store has most likely spent much of its life in a cage. Many pet store puppies have never seen carpet and may never have even seen grass or dirt. Due to the conditions that puppies are kept in at pet stores, they have been forced to eliminate in the same area that they sleep and eat. This goes against the dog's natural instinct, but your puppy has had no choice. This habit may make housebreaking your puppy much more difficult. A good breeder keeps the puppy area very clean and makes sure the puppy has a separate elimination area. By the time the puppies are ready to go to their new homes they will be well on the way to being house trained. Good breeders will often also start teaching their puppies how to walk on a leash and to lie quietly for grooming. A pet store puppy has most likely never walked on a leash or been brushed before. It can be much more difficult to teach a pet store puppy these daily exercises than a puppy that has been brought up properly. Responsible breeders also base their breeding decisions in part on their dogs' temperament and personality, not only on looks or the fact that they are purebred. Most pet store puppies' parents have not been selected for any reason other than they can produce puppies that sell as cute "purebreds" registered by the AKC.
7. How about Socialization?
Your pet store puppy may well have never been in a house before. If this is the case then everything will be new and scary for them. The doorbell, vacuum cleaner, and children playing are all new sensations that can be terrifying to an unsocialized puppy. Good breeders will expose their puppies to many situations so that the puppies are used to them by the time that they go to their new homes. Most responsible breeders have evaluated the temperament of each of their puppies before they are placed in a new home. A good breeder will know, due to hours of observation, which puppies are dominant and which are shy, which are energetic and which are easy going. Then the breeder will be able to match the puppy to the new owner and make sure that energetic pups go to active families and that shy puppies go to a home that can help them overcome their insecurity. This careful evaluation enables a breeder to choose which puppy will fit your household and much of the guesswork is taken out of the selection process. Good breeders can help you make an educated decision about all aspects of your puppy's feeding, training and overall maintenance and care based on your family situation. If you are going to spend so much money on a dog that you plan to keep for its lifetime, why not find one that will fit into your lifestyle well?
8. What is a pedigree worth?
Some pet shops make a big deal out of their puppies' pedigrees. This is interesting, as the pedigree is really just a piece of paper with names on it. Unless you know the dogs behind those names the pedigree is really quite useless to the new owner. Can the pet store tell you what your puppies grand- parents died of, or how long they lived? Do any of the dogs in your pup's pedigree carry genetic diseases? Most pet store employees do not know any more about your puppy's background than you do. A reputable breeder can tell you all of this information about your pup's family tree and more. When you buy a puppy from a reputable breeder you are getting more than a piece of paper, you are getting the important information associated with the names too. Almost all responsible breeders will achieve titles on their dogs by showing them under unbiased judges. They will achieve championships on their dogs, which tells that the dog is a good representation of the breed. Some breeders also obtain obedience, or other titles that relate to the job that their breed of dog was originally bred to perform. Many also achieve canine good citizen titles on their breeding dogs. These titles will be shown on the dog's pedigree before and after the parents' names. Ask the breeder to explain what the letters mean.
9. Do you want to support puppy mills?
Almost all puppies that are in pet stores come from puppy mills. These operations are exactly what the name implies. Most mass produce puppies with money as the prime motive. Their breeding dogs are often kept in very poor conditions and are sometimes malnourished. The dogs are almost never tested for genetic diseases and may not receive vaccinations. Puppy mills often obtain their breeding dogs from people in a hurry to get rid of their dogs for some reason, often through "free dog" ads in newspapers or public auctions. Occasionally they are stolen from their owners. Females are generally bred every heat cycle until they are worn out and then they are often sentenced to death. The horror of puppy mills is encouraged every time a puppy is bought from a puppy store.
How do you know that your puppy comes from one of these places? The main reason is that almost no responsible breeders will sell puppies to pet stores. Good breeders want to make sure that their puppies go to good homes and are well cared for. They want to be actively involved in screening the home that their puppies go to. Breeders are also concerned about keeping track of their puppies after they leave the breeder's home. They will know about any health problems that their lines may carry, and will be interested in any health problems that a puppy of their breeding develops. A pet store usually never hears about their puppies once they leave the store, and generally really don't care. Buying from a pet store does not mean that you will save any money in the purchase price of the puppy either. When you buy from a reputable breeder there is no middle man involved who wants to take his share of the profit out of the price of the puppy. Often the price that good breeders charge is no more, and sometimes less, than what you will pay buying a puppy from a pet store.
10. After the puppy goes home-
Once you take the puppy home from the pet store they do not generally care what happens to the puppy. Most pet shops do not care if the dog is left to run loose and kill livestock, or if it dies of liver disease at one year old. If you have a training problem they will often be unable or unwilling to give you training advice. Most do not care if you take your dog home and breed it continually. Responsible breeders are more than people who sell puppies, they will also be good friends to you and your puppy. They care what happens to their puppies' once they are sold. Almost all good breeders sell on spay/neuter contracts or limited registration. This practice enables breeders to keep dogs that are not breeding quality out of the breeding population and also monitor what happens to their puppies in their new homes. Some breeders sell show quality puppies on co-ownership, so that they retain a portion of the dog's ownership, for better control of what happens to their dog later in it's life. If you have a health or training problem a good breeder will generally be able to offer you advice and help you through the ordeal. Most reputable breeder care about each of their puppies' futures and will be concerned about their welfare. They care not only about their own dogs, but also the impact their dogs will make on the breed as a whole.
So please next time you are looking for a new puppy to buy, do your research. One of the best steps toward becoming an educated puppy buyer and dog owner is to attending American Kennel Club sanctioned shows and carefully researching each breed that you are interested in. Once you decide what breed of dog you would like to add to your household, talk to many breeders. Good breeders can inform you about genetic diseases common in the breed you want and are generally happy to share their knowledge. When you are ready to buy a puppy from a particular planned litter ask the breeder for proof of genetic tests specific to the breed and request to see one or both of the parents of your new puppy.
A common excuse for buying a puppy from a pet store is that you do not plan to show your puppy, you just want a companion. Out of each litter that a reputable breeder produces there is a good chance that at least a portion of the puppies in each litter will not be show quality, but would make outstanding pets. Not every puppy that a breeder produces is destined for stardom in the show ring, but might well be the next shining star in your household. Please pass up the next puppy you see in the pet store and contact breed organizations. They will be able to match you with a responsible breeder that will help you add a well adjusted and healthy new canine member to your family.
Other positive alternatives are adopting a dog from your local humane society or adopting a rescue dog from various rescue organizations located throughout the United States. Every breed of dog registered by the AKC has at least one rescue organization that will take in dogs of that breed and places them in new loving homes. There are endless numbers of dogs of all shapes, sizes, ages and personalities in need of a new loving home. When you obtain a dog from one of these organizations you are more than saving that dogs life. You are also sparing a female dog in some puppy mill from being condemned to produce yet another litter for pet shop sales. So please be rational and thoughtful when you go to get your next dog and help prevent irresponsible pet ownership.
A pet store is generally the worst place to buy a puppy. As long as there is a market for pet store puppies, other dogs will be condemned to death by mass breeding only so that a few people can make some money, often with no thought of the welfare of their "product." This is not to say that a good pet has never come out of a pet store, as many have. For each that has, though, many others have not. Remember, when you buy a puppy, you are adding another member to your family, not just another piece of furniture that can be disposed of at the smallest whim. You would not have a child without careful research and planning for the child's future ten or fifteen years down the road. Your new dog should be no different. Adding a dog to the family is a long term commitment and responsibility that should be taken seriously and only acted upon after careful consideration and research.
Buying A Puppy
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Letters I have received - Please Read!
I am presently going through an ordeal. My 5 month old Shih tzu pup will
have to be put to sleep tomorrow. She has been dying of Renal Dysplasia.
We are all devastated. My 3 kids are devastated also.The past week has been
horrible, I knew in my heart that she was dying from the inside out, I
could see it in her eyes. The blood test confirmed it last night!!
I have been in contact with the lady who bred her. She is devastated but I
am afraid that we are going to be in trouble since she wants to give me
another pup and I really don't think I want to. The vet told me to ask
for 100% of my money back. I am in no state of thinking about that right at
the moment. We are trying to learn about the disease and you are the
closest professional breeder I could track down by internet.
Could you tell what the right thing for to do is in you opinion only of
course??? Have you had any experience with this?? I have told the breeder
that she should not breed her again. From what I have read, it is not
possible to tell who passed the gene???
We know that we want another Shih tzu, I am a big outside dog lover but
this little dog took my heart and I feel like I lost a friend.
Will you have any pups available in the next few months, what kind are they
(imperial or bigger), we are looking for a bigger shih tzu. How much are
they? Do you have some kind of guarantee against congenital defects. What colors do you have???
Thanks for taking the time.
We are In Roblin, Manitoba.
Thanks Debbie for your good words and I will get back to you on future
Yes you can use my email, no problem. We made the mistake many new puppy buyers
do, I did not want to buy my dog through the Pet store to be safe sort to speak
(Yeah right!!!). I will tell the story to anyone to avoid the pain and
I did not know where to go and really, the honest truth is that 450.00 was
already a lot of money. I did not do my homework and I will ackowledge that. Now
I have spent another 300.00 and I should have been smarter!!!
Thanks I will talk to you soon,
* Flo bought her puppy from a backyard breeder cheap at only $450.00 and has already spent another $300.00 in vet bills and she will still need to pay the vet to put her to sleep to take her out of her misery and end her suffering. Now Flo to help heal her and her families broken hearts is looking at finding a reputable breeder to purchase her next puppy from. If the purchase price of this puppy is not refundable as many backyard breeders also sell without health guarantees and written contracts then she will be out that plus all of her vet bills. Her out of pocket expenses thus far for a sick puppy $750.00 not to mention her gas to and from the vet clinic, shots for her puppy 2 nd., 3 rd, and 4 th if needed and her rabies at 4 months old perhaps even the first shot if not done by the breeder, deworming, time, pain and suffering is that cheaper puppy worth the bargain price? You tell me?
I have been doing some research on Shih-Tzu's and I came across your website. Very impressive. I wish that I would have done this research before buying a puppy from the pet store.
It was just like you said on your site about going into a pet store and falling in love with a puppy and buying it without knowing more about where she came from.
I am hoping that you can help me with some information.
I bought my Shih-Tzu puppy, her name is Molly, back in October. She is now 7 months old. I had taken her to the vet a couple of weeks ago to get spayed and they discovered that she has renal dysplasia. Needless to say, I was so devasted by the news, because I love my little girl very much and she has become an important member of our family.
Her chances of living a full life is so unknown now because the disease can progress very fast or she could possibly live a full life.
What I am wondering is if you could give me some information on if it would have been possible to know that the mother was a carrier of the disease (because it is a hereditary disease). Should the mother have been screened for any kind of diseases like this? Would there have been any way of preventing something like this? The whole litter of pups have the disease.
I have contacted the pet store where Molly was purchased and they refuse to give me any information about the breeders.
I would really appreciate a response from you, because you sound like you really care about the puppies that you raise, and if I want to pursue this further by possibly filing a lawsuit against the breeder I will need more information.
Thanking you in advance for your response.
Phone: (204) 697-1140
* Kathy's puppy was purchased from a local Pet Store!
The Pet Store gets their puppies from Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders. Reputable Breeder's would never sell one or more of their puppies to a Pet Store! Reputable Breeders take full responsibility for their puppies they screen potential new buyers, and all breeding stock, have a health contract and guarantees in writing, encourages potential new owners to come to their home to see the enviroment that the puppy was raised in, see the puppies parents and are willing to provide all paper work and documentation on the health of the puppies and their parents. I personally know people that have sold puppies to Pet Stores and not once have they ever inquired about the puppies parents, health screening, past litters or even how old the parents are, how many litters they have had, or if the parents are even current on all their shots and vaccinations!
I am writing to inquire about puppies or young dogs.
We recently purchased a shitzu-poodle cross from a local person, we are in the small town of Gibsons, BC. It was our daughter's 7th birthday and she had been wanting a companion for years. The time was fianlly right.
We paid 400.00 for the little girl and fell in love immediately. She became an instant family member, riding in the car, spending many hours in our daughter's classroom, grocery shopping, getting weighed at the local postal outlet, and worming her way into our hearts more and more each day. After owning her for just over a week, she had a little coughing episode, and we figured she had a piece of grass caught in her throat. Her favorite pastime after all was attacking the dreaded pansies that are abundant in the flower bed. She had a couple of these coughing fits and we waited to see if anything more serious would develop, but she seemed to recover in fairly quick order to go right back to spinning around and catching her tail. She would have deep naps, as most puppies do, and we inquired and were told puppies need sleep to grow, so we happily carried on.
A few days later, just shy of two weeks of ownership, 10 weeks of life for Rosie, she began to gasp for breath and my husband immediately took her down to the vet. He was told that she was dying from a hole in her heart and unless we put her down would suffer horribly in her last few days.
I cannot tell you how devastated we were at this news. We followed the vet's advice, and between our tears and the hysteric's of our daughter we tried to figure out what had gone wrong.
I collected myself and went to confront the breeder, wanting to know why she had never taken the pups for a vet check. We had been told it was a serious condition and would have been detected immediately by a severe irregular heartbeat. We had an appointment two days from the day she died for shots, and he said he would have found it then as well. She had been doomed from the get go. She had no explaination, no money to refund being a single parent of 3 little ones, and no other pups to offer in replacement.
Our mistake was trusting someone from a local area, assuming they would not do anything to jeopordize their potential income.
We had saved for a while to afford this pup in the first place, and our only consolation to our daughter was to promise another. I am sending out as many emails as possible with the hopes that someone will have a pup or young adult that needs a home with as much love as we can provide. I am hopeful that someone out there will be able to answer the prayers of our daughter and find her the companion she has been waiting for.
Thank you so much for your time, and should you have something, or know of someone to point me to that fits the bill, please feel free to contact me at the above email address.
Again, thank you so much for your time.
* Jill-Marie purchased her puppy from a Backyard Breeder!
Heart breaking isn't it! Please please if you are looking at purchasing a new puppy buy one from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder will have the puppy vet checked, dewormed, first shot given, health guarentee, puppy sales contract, they will refund your money or replace the puppy if something like this should happen that was not detected in their vets initial check, they will be there to answer your questions and help you along the way. A reputable breeder may charge alittle more for their puppy but in many cases the cost is much the same, as the backyard breeder who prices their puppies according to what the local newspapers going rates are and not according to what they put into raising the litter of puppies. Also reputable breeders should be charging alittle more for their puppies if they are vet checked, dewormed, have dewclaws removed, feeding top quality food and producing top quality puppies with a health guarentee for your peace of mind. I hope that this letter also helps to dissolve the myth that all cross breds are healthier than purebreds. This is just not the case at all puppies have two parents and cross breeding does not make the hereditary or genetic defects one or both parents carry disappear . In breeding you need to have both parents screened and free of genetic or hereditary defects to produce off spring that are also clear.
I have provided useful links and reading material so Please Please to all new potential puppy buyers out there Please read the valuable information, do your homework and be careful who you buy your new puppy from. My hope is to educate with the above links and reading material to save others the grief that these puppy owners and many others just like them have had to face. Also by providing you with their contact information (with permission of course) so that you can feel free to contact them yourself to learn more about their ordeals. Pet Stores and Backyard Breeders can not stay in business if everyone takes a stand and refuses to purchase puppies from them or sell puppies to them! Together WE can make a difference!