- How long has the breeder been
breeding Shih Tzu?
My mother started breading
over 44 years ago and I have followed in her foot steeps. I am a Shih
Tzu Specialist and I'm always happy to help others learn more
about Shih Tzus.
- Is the breeder knowledgeable about
the breed? Does he/she demonstrate a knowledge of the Standard
of the Breed?
Please feel free to talk
to me, I'm very knowledgeable. The website also has lots of
information I have made available for all.
- Does he or she represent his dogs
as honestly as possible and try to assist the serious novice in
his understanding of the breed?
I'm a Christian and I
feel the lord had guided me, the puppies and the family's together.
I have worked alot with individuals who say, "they never had a dog
before". I'm very patient and will try to inform you every step of
the way. That is why I have a private nursery and newsletters, so
you can be prepared for your new addition.
I take the extra time to see you because I don't want you to bring a puppy home unprepared;
for it's needs.
he or she involved in competition with their dogs (conformation,
We have been there, done that
and now prefer to provide quality
pets, for those who want a healthy dog. We did do some obedience
with our dogs last year and do 4-H with the kids.
she/he trace health problems in the dogs he sells?
We have breed out over the
many years any bad traits, we have seen. We only raise
affectionate, sweet, quiet, loving and healthy dogs. As we know
there are many conditions in the breed, we find very few in our
particular lines. We do not inbreed,
nor breed any dogs that would produce inherited health
problems. Our puppies even
come with a one year guarantee.
the puppies been raised in the home?
Our puppies are all hand
delivered and umbilical cords are cut my me. No mater how late,
I'm there. We have our whole home dedicated to raising loving
Shih Tzu. They go in our shower, kitchen, sleep on our bed. We
have several fenced in yards and multiple Doggie dens. Our dogs
are socialized, played with daily and love everyone.
the puppies' temperaments been evaluated and can the breeder
guide you to the puppy that will best suit your lifestyle?
We feel the the right
family always gets the right dog. But, if there was any problem
we would be happy to see you get the right dog for your home. I
would never want a family to keep a dog they where not happy
with. I'm happy to
guide you to the right dog, but you have to trust my decision if
you pick me as your breeder.
often is the dam bred?
We give the mothers
schedule break depending on litter size. Mother has to be fit
and have all her body mass regained for us to conceder breeding
her again. We usually wait 10 months or once a year. However, we
use our best judgment as we want healthy puppies to be produced.
Our mothers receive
a stress-free environment, the best care, food, supplements and
what basis was the sire chosen?
We study Sires strong
points and each of the
previous litter, he shirred. Then put the parents together that
will bring out the best possible puppy. We are always trying to
improve and better our puppies. There is no inbreeding and most
have champion shire or linage.
the puppy's sire and dam available for you to meet?
Yes, They love meeting you
and you will love seeing them ...We are proud of our Shih Tzus
they are full of love. They are kept healthy and clean, so we
can all enjoy their beauty.
Where did you find out about this breed?
My mom feel in love with
this breed (1969) when it was accepted into AKC. She found the
best of the breed and started raising them. So, I have been around Shih
Tzu my whole life. Life would be unbearable for me without my
babies. I wake to care for them and they are the last thing I do
at night. I usually have a waiting list, however this year we
have kept five additional dogs and have increased our home space
for the dogs.
Having invested in building a brand new Showcase, that will
provide all your needs and the puppies..
The whole family is involved in the care of the Shih Tzus. Even
my collage degrees have gone to good use with people and dogs.
the puppy be sold with a mandatory spay/neuter contract and/or
limited registration (which means that if the dog is bred, the
puppies cannot be AKC registered)?
Being a responsible
breeder, I only sell limited AKC. I believe it is a good idea to
sterilize your pet, however this is a decision for you and your
vet. Nor do I, have the time to chase you down and confirm this
is done. The government already has enough control,
you need to be a responsible
the puppies seem healthy, with no discharge from eyes or nose,
no loose stools, no foul smelling ears? Are their coats soft,
full, and clean? Do they have plenty of energy when awake yet
calm down easily when gently stroked?
Come on down! Play with the
puppies or reserve one and visit at 6 weeks. All of our
puppies are eating and energetic and happy.
See for yourself. Just set up an
appointment to come and visit.
If a puppy has clear nasal
discharge may be due to pinched nostrils, quite common during
the teething phase. They generally open as the puppy matures.
Small umbilical hernias almost always close with age.
- Does the breeder advise you to
have the puppy checked by a veterinarian within 2 days (48
hours) of sale, with additional time allowed if the puppy is
sold on a Saturday or Sunday, and provide a written agreement to
refund the purchase price or take the puppy back and replace it
if it is found to be unfit by a veterinarian? Has the puppy
received the necessary immunizations and been checked for
parasites and treated if necessary.
I follow N.Y.S. Laws: You have 14 days to go to a vet. I also
give you a copy of my vets exam and statement with his finding
of healthy exam- dated and signed. I also give you current shot
records and inform you what the puppy still needs done.
the breeder provide a 3-5 generation pedigree, a complete health
record, and material to help you with feeding, grooming,
training, and housebreaking?
Yes, we also include the New York
State Laws, Vet Certificate, AKC Registration form,
Feeding, grooming, health records, house- training, free goodies
, blanket, dog, food, News Letters,, pictures, and I clearly
explain everything. I also encourage you to keep in touch and
let me know if you have questions or need anything. We
love hearing from you..
there a majority of titled dogs (the initials CH, CD, etc.
before or after the names) in the first two generations?
Sonny haves Champions
with in 3 generations and are both from very good lines.
Caliber and Spiral
is from a Champion linage
because we have had that line for over 44 years and it produces
some beautiful puppies, with great personality. Not all
Champions make a better pet for home life. Personality and
confirmation are two separate attributes, but try to keep the
the breeder have only 1 or at most 2 breeds of dogs and only 1
litter at a time?
Sonshine Shih Tzus is the Shih
Tzu Specialist and that is the only breed we raise. However, we
do have a Golden Retriever pet we have breed in the past and
plan to breed her one more time in the near future.
Mothers coming into heat will
threw other mothers into heat, we usually have at least two
litters at a time but try to plan every other month for births.
We are set up to care for more than one litter at a time.
Therefore, we are use to having several litters at a time.
the breeder be available for the life of the dog to answer any
questions you might have? Is this someone you would feel
comfortable asking any type of question?
I'm In this for the long
haul. We are celebrating
over 45 years this year and I
hope to be her another 40. But if not my son wants to follow in
my steps. So God willing we will be here for you always.
the breeder take the dog back at any time, for any reason, if
you cannot keep it?
I have this written and
signed on my contracts:
I have read and understand this agreement. If I have any questions in the
future, I can call for advice. I promise to care properly for this puppy. If at
any time my family or I are unable to care for all the puppy’s need, I will
return the puppy freely back to the breeder.
- Does the breeder belong to the
American Shih Tzu Club and/or a local Shih Tzu club and abide by
ASTC Code of Ethics?
I have this written and
signed on my contracts:
THIS PUPPY WILL NEVER BE GIVEN OR SOLD TO A
SHELTER, PUPPY MILL OR PET SHOP. THIS PUPPY WILL NOT BE SHIPPED OUT OF THE