|This page is posted for those unsuspecting
future and present Shih Tzu owner/s who are interested in the Shih Tzu
breed and do not know enough about the breed to determine the
difference between an ethical and unethical breeder.
I hope this page helps you in determining fraudulent kennel owners and
people advertising the so called "Imperial" Shih Tzu.
I am a
hobby/SHOW kennel, breeding for TOP quality show prospects- NOT
quantity. I own a limited number of Shih Tzu, and each one of them are
treated like my children. I place them in approved homes only. Sorry I
do NOT ship my puppies.
They must be picked up in person.
AKC Ch Rocking K's JuLi
If you are not sure if the Shih Tzu is the right breed for you, just
click on the links below to see some short entertaining videos
of adorable Shih Tzu puppies:
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A short bio on the history of the breed:
HISTORY OF THE SHIH TZU
The Shih Tzu, which means "Lion Dog" in Chinese,
became the palace companions of the Chinese Imperials. The Shih Tzu is
a crossing of ancient Chinese and Tibetan breeds. This is said to be
the dog who followed Buddha around on his mission as well. This royal
Toy dog almost became extinct during the China Revolution in 1949. In
recent years the breed has become enormously popular in the United
States as a sturdy, lively, alert Toy dog that is a happy companion.
Shih Tzu in the show ring have a long flowing double coat. Simply
exquisite in looks. However, they are also cute as pets in a puppy cut
or a variety of short hair cuts.
about Pets and Pools!
DON'T LET THIS
HAPPEN TO YOU!
The following is a heart-breaking email I
received. I have re-posted this with permission... in an effort
to warn others about the dangers of pools!
It's been a long time. I don't know if you remember me or
not..may have to refresh your memory. My name is (name withheld)
- I bought Taz (you called him Teddy) from you back almost 6
years ago. I'm writing you to let you know that tragedy struck
our family today - Taz was playing outside with our neighbors
dog and somehow fell in their pool and drowned. My husband was
outside working on vehicles and never heard or saw him. Only
when I looked out and didn't see our dog playing with his little
friend. We were looking everywhere for him and our neighbor
found him in their pool Taz was the absolute best dog in the
world. No..he was part of our family. Although I got him for my
older son, my younger son took up with him - they slept together
every night. Non of us can stop crying or blaming ourselves.
Normally, he is right with us ....but he loved to play with
"Buddy" next door so we thought we would let him for a little
bit today..I wish so bad we could take it back..but
unfortunately we cannot. He was like no other...never bothered
anything...you could let him out to potty and he would come
right back when he was done...he was wonderful. We will miss our
Taz more than words can say.
Thank you for our wonderful baby!
Umbilical Hernias and Pinched Nostrils
The following is an excerpt from THE
OFFICIAL BOOK OF THE SHIH TZU, by Jo Ann White, regarding umbilical
hernias and pinched nostrils, which are quite common in Shih Tzu
"The Shih Tzu is a brachycephalic (short-faced) breed. Many Shih Tzu
puppies, especially those with very short noses, have slightly pinched
nostrils, particularly when they are teething. They may snort and
snuffle, snore, and have a watery, clear nasal discharge... This
problem generally clears up with age...
Small umbilical (belly button) hernias are quite common in Shih Tzu
puppies. If the opening is small, it will likely close by itself as
the puppy matures. As with slightly pinched nostrils, many vets
unfamiliar with our breed are much too quick to recommend corrective
BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS & PET
I am writing this to
warn all those who buy from Pet Shops and Puppy Mills.
I am a hobby/show
breeder with a limited number of dogs. I breed to produce the best
examples of the breed with characteristics that are important and best
represent the breed standard. I evaluate each puppy for show
potential, keeping the best to be my next show hopefuls. The rest are
placed as pets. I breed Champions, so you will get not only a much
prettier puppy but a puppy that is bred for quality and temperament,
at a reasonable price!
Please do not buy from
pet stores. Their puppies are often supplied by puppy mills. Beware of
puppy mills: their only goal is to produce puppies to sell. People who
run puppy mills do not care about the quality of animal they produce.
Most often, they have as many as 15 or more Shih Tzu living in small
crowded concrete runs and/or cages. They live their lives in
these cages or runs only to be bred over and over again until they can
no longer produce puppies. They are not loved or cared for. Many are
sick and never vet checked. Many are in-bred without regards to
producing healthy and/or sound puppies.
The Shih Tzu is a toy
breed, thriving on human affection, and deserving of individual love
and attention. NEVER to be treated like an object!
My puppies come with AKC limited registration, first shots, de-worming,
and extended health guarantee.
AKC FULL REGISTRATION available to approved show homes only.
CALL OR EMAIL FOR CURRENT LITTER PICTURES AND INFORMATION!
If you wish to
find out more about Puppy Mills here's just one link:
TIPS FOR THE WISE PUPPY BUYER
1. Find out if the breeder is licensed by
the state. Some counties also require a license.
2. Caring breeders will NOT ship their puppies! I require each and
every buyer to come to my home to buy the puppy. A personal
transaction can protect my baby from going to a puppy mill! There is
also a risk of loss or death when shipping! I do not ship and I do not
3. VISIT ONLY ONE KENNEL PER DAY, because the risk of spreading
diseases from one kennel to another can be very high, if that kennel
has any contagious diseases. There is always a chance a person could
spread the disease to others by carrying the germs from one kennel to
another on their clothing or hands and feet. So it is always a good
idea to clean up in between visits. It is very easy to transmit a
disease such as deadly Parvo, Distemper or Kennel Cough to another
kennel without even realizing it.
4. Do not buy from a breeder who wants to meet you somewhere and does
not want to let you visit their kennel. If the breeder insists on not
letting you come to the kennel that should raise a red flag of warning
for you. A reputable breeder should be happy to show you all their
dogs and the kennel in which they live in. Make sure the dogs and
puppies you look at are clean, healthy, and happy. If the breeder is
unwilling to show you all of her dogs and where they are living,
REFUSE TO BUY FROM THEM!
5. FIND OUT IF that breeder is a member of a kennel club, are they
actively involved in the promotion or showing any of their dogs and
puppies in shows??? A good breeder strives to improve the breed, and
by exhibiting them in AKC events this shows that the breeder is
willing to promote and IMPROVE the quality of her/his dogs.
6. Do the dogs have a home and a clean environment in which to thrive
in, or are they being kept outdoors with no shelter... or living in
pens to small for proper exercise or even small cages? These are the
things you should look for. There are many backyard breeders and puppy
mills, who produce puppies for the sole purpose of making money. These
people care NOTHING about the improvement and welfare of the breed. I
strongly disagree with owning TOO MANY DOGS to be able to give them
the attention they each deserve.
Read the comment by a recent visitor (Denise, from Hampton, GA) who
visited my kennel last week. Denise's comment is in parenthesis on my
PUPPIES AVAILABLE page on my website.
Question: Why don't you offer shipping"?
Answer: I do not ship my puppies for TWO REASONS: I
prefer to meet all new puppy owners in person, (rather than take the
chance that I may be sending my baby off to a puppy mill somewhere)!
Flying alone can be quite stressful on a puppy. It is much better
for a puppy to fly home accompanying it's new owner.
Question: "Do you win money by showing dogs"?
Answer: "NEVER. Dog shows, on the other hand, are very
costly! My Shih Tzu are shown for AKC POINTS which accumulate toward
an AKC CHAMPION title. There is no money to win, only the AKC
CHAMPION CERTIFICATE. My dogs are shown in conformation classes
(similar to 'beauty pageants')... focusing on the structure,
movement, and temperament of the Shih Tzu according to AKC
"Which will make the best pet: male or female?"
Answer: "Males and females are EQUALLY
as sweet, loving, playful, and easy to house train! My females are
priced higher simply because there are more males than females born
in every litter!"
your puppies vet checked?
Answer: ALL my puppies are VET CHECKED before leaving!
Question: "What do
you do about tear stains?"
Fortunately tear stains have not been much of a concern for me
as most of my puppies are born with the ice white, strong,
non-porous hair, which resists stains when cared for properly. It is
important to clean the face daily. I have found a simple cleaning
solution which works well for me: I use a cotton ball dipped in a
baking soda and water... be sure to rinse well.
Here are some other tips:
WHAT ARE "IMPERIALS"?
As a registered kennel/owner of the Shih Tzu breed I
am compelled to advise the dog fancier, who is contemplating on this
wonderful breed, the questions asked "What the heck is an Imperial"?
"Imperials" are advertised as a variety of the breed
or even a separate breed all together, and weighing under nine pounds
as adults. According to the American Kennel Club there are no size
varieties. There is only one standard and one size and one AKC
By AKC standards Shih Tzu size and general appearance
is as follows:
"Size - Ideally, height at withers is 9 to
10½ inches; but, not less than 8 inches nor more than 11 inches.
Ideally, weight of mature dogs, 9 to 16 pounds.
Proportion - Length between withers and root of tail is
slightly longer than height at withers. The Shih Tzu must never be
so high stationed as to appear leggy, nor so low stationed as to
appear dumpy or squatty.
Substance - Regardless of size, the Shih Tzu is always compact,
solid and carries good weight and substance.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing
double coat. Befitting his noble Chinese ancestry as a highly
valued, prized companion and palace pet, the Shih Tzu is proud of
bearing, has a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and
tail curved over the back. Although there has always been
considerable size variation, the Shih Tzu must be compact, solid,
carrying good weight and substance.
Even though a toy dog, the Shih Tzu must be subject to the same
requirements of soundness and structure prescribed for all breeds,
and any deviation from the ideal described in the standard should be
penalized to the extent of the deviation. Structural faults common
to all breeds are as undesirable in the Shih Tzu as in any other
breed, regardless of whether or not such faults are specifically
mentioned in the standard."
American Kennel Club @
If you want more information about this breed and what
is acceptable and not then please go here: About
Me Page and follow the link there to my Favorite Links. There you
will find two excellent places to learn more about the Shih Tzu breed.
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As American citizens, and pet lovers, we need to stand together to
protect our rights to own AKC purebred dogs. Beware of the proposed
anti dog ownership legislation being introduced in every state,
including Georgia. This PROPOSED legislation is designed to take away
our freedom to own and enjoy AKC purebred dogs.
Truly an atrocity for us, are those 'do-gooders' who assume that AKC
dog breeders are the reason for the number of dogs ending up in
shelters. There are fewer purebred dogs than mixed breeds in the
shelter at any given time. (I know firsthand, because my daughter has
volunteered at the local shelter, and my BEST FRIEND IS THE MANAGER of
our local shelter), When ANY dog ends up in the shelter it is the
fault of the irresponsible dog owner. Responsible dog breeders are not
to be blamed. We place our puppies on spay/neuter contracts only.
Responsible dog breeders will allow you to meet and see for yourself
the temperaments of the parents before you adopt.
AKC purebred dogs are tested for health issues, unlike mixed breeds.
THIS IS WHY, most people will choose to adopt a purebred dog over a
mutt. An AKC purebred dog will have a detectable lineage, which can be
tested over and over again for temperaments and health. Professional
breeders invest money and time to SHOW and prove their get and thus
evaluate each dog for breeding quality. So what are we missing here?
Professional breeders work to eradicate their lines of bad
temperaments and health problems,
Visit an AKC dog show, and you will see the finest of breeds being
shown. Showing dogs is an expensive hobby, so why do we do this?
Because owning an AKC registered dog is a pure joy.Dog lovers: if you
like having a choice, please don't take for granted your RIGHT and
FREEDOM TO CHOOSE whether to adopt a mixed breed or an AKC purebred
dog. Please be aware of the dangers of the new legislation being
imposed on breeders.... Aside from this, any proposed legislation
designed to limit dog ownership should be banned. Go to AKC.org and
stay INFORMED... follow the legislation link. Stand behind your rights
as a dog owner or you will see purebred dogs become extinct!
Regina Kitchens Robbins
Member of AKC, Douglasville Kennel Club, Tri-County Cattleman's
Association, and the Georgia Canine Coalition