These are my planned breedings for 2017 into early 2018. If you are interested in a puppy from me, email me to discuss the possibility of placing a deposit.
Those of you out there that have been waiting know how long I've been waiting to post this notice, so contact me at your earliest opportunity. I am not going to chase you. :)
All puppies placed in pet homes will be done with a written contract that includes a spay/neuter clause and registration will be on a LIMITED AKC REGISTRATION.
I do not sell puppies for breeding purposes.
To see pictures of, news about or updates on previous WoTeH'sin puppies, please check out this page.
For information on potential pet puppies out of any litter, please email me for more information.
ALL litters here are bred with the intent of moving forward. My dogs are verified to be healthy prior to breeding. By virtue of showing my dogs, I know they are sound, typey examples of the breed. Even those dogs bred here that may not be titled, have champions within the first two generations of their pedigree. Having only one or two champions in a pedigree four or five generations back does not guarantee type, soundness or health. It's the old adage - what have you done for me lately? When a gene pool is saturated with quality - it shows. When the gene pool is diluted with poor quality examples of the breed - this also shows. Even though you may be looking for "just a pet" this does not mean you deserve something less than a healthy, well bred puppy. If your mantra is "I don't want a show dog - I just want a pet" you need to read this article.
I breed for MYSELF, not to supply a market with puppies. I will ALWAYS take first pick for myself of each litter, possibly even two, to watch them grow up and to be evaluated for the show ring. Once a litter is born, if you have given a deposit and I do not have a puppy available for you based on your desire for a particular sex (confirmed and agreed upon in writing) - I will refund your deposit or you can wait for the next litter. However, if you have sent a deposit and you back out, your deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.
Some of the things you should keep in mind if you are looking for a well bred puppy and a responsible breeder:
1) There are NO RARE COLORS in this breed. All colors are listed as permissible in the breed standard. However, there is no such thing as a mocha, a latte, a chocolate, a cream, etc. The American Kennel Club lists the following colors on registration forms: black, black & white, blue, blue & white, brindle, brindle & white, gold, gold & white, liver, liver & white, red, red & white, silver and silver & white. These colors are as shown below from the American Shih Tzu Club website:
All colors may be registered with (or without) black markings or a black mask. THAT IS IT. DO NOT BUY INTO THE MYTH OF RARE COLORS. Do not pay more money for one color over another.
2) There is NO SUCH THING AS AN IMPERIAL SHIH TZU. Read the breed standard. It says: "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."
Buying a Shih Tzu bred down to be smaller, tiny or whatever the marketing term is to imply you are a sucker, only means just that. You will open yourself up for potential health and structural issues that could lead to premature death of your new family member and heartbreak for you and your family.
There is a breed standard for a reason. Just as there is a reason someone advertises rare colors and imperials or tinies. Don't be fooled by someone that wants you to think they know more than the American Kennel Club or the American Shih Tzu Club. And just because you don't want a "show" quality dog doesn't mean you deserve any less in health, conformation and temperament. When you buy from someone who breeds first and foremost for themselves, you are buying from someone that cares about the quality of what they breed. You reap the benefits at a pet price. But again, if your mantra is "I don't want a show dog - I just want a pet" you need to read this article.
Buying a well bred, purebred puppy these days can be very difficult. Do your homework. Start with the American Shih Tzu Club and the American Kennel Club websites.