Brief Info about the breed:
Country of Origin: Tibet, China
Life span: 15-18
Color: ANY color permissible
Group: Toy Group
Grooming: Coat is long and requires brushing often if not kept clipped (reccommended)
Height/Weight: 9-10.5", 9-16 lbs.
Good with other pets? Yes but don't introduce with very large breeds.
Best living situation: Inside (can't live outside) with family, temperature controlled, and on a LAP! They are a lap dog and bred for that purpose!
Trainable? YES, very!
Activity level? Moderate
"Why don't we sell under 3 months of age? I want a really small puppy."
The answer to this is quite simple. It is our belief that a puppy isn't emotionally stable if the puppy is sold under 3 months of age. We know the temptation to buy a small puppy is great but wouldn't you rather have your puppy fully emotionally settled, not being rushed off of weaning at 5 weeks of age just to make a quick buck. We don't breed to make money. We breed for the betterment of the breed and want to make sure you get the best puppy possible. We don't start to wean until the puppy is at least 8 weeks of age. We feel this gives the puppy good socialization time with its mother. We are also member of the ASTC (American Shih Tzu Club) and it is against code ethics to sell any puppy under 3 months of age.
As a breeder it is my responsibility to make sure our over populated dog world doesn't get more over populated. We put care into finding just the right home for our puppies. Most people think breeders are hypocrites for trying to keep other people from breeding while they are still breeding. The only reason breeders breed is to try to get better quality puppies from every generation. People can't understand general conformation (the quality of the dog) without a lot of study. It is much like going to school. That is why we want to keep the breeding to the professionals. You wouldn't hire a butcher to defend you in a murder trial, would you? So why breed if you really don't know everything that you are doing? It is like being a doctor....that is why they intern before they practice their craft. They need to know exactly what they are doing so they don't injure the patient. If you want to breed, we are not discouraging you. We will mentor people seriously wanting to breed dogs.
What is the difference between a show dog and a pet quality dog?
Really not much unless you are wanting to show. Reasons why breeders might say a particular dog is not show quality would be:
- crooked legs
- too much rear angulation
- too much eye white
If you are confused by the above terms, please don't start breeding!
With the above said, welcome to a fantastic world of owning a Falling Star Shih Tzu puppy. You shall love your life with your beautiful puppy. We hope you will find everything you ever wanted in your puppy.
Your puppy must be fed 1-2 cups of Canidae dog food in the morning soaked with hot water. You will want to gradually add less water to the food to where you don't add any by the time they are 6 months old. Then feed according to the instructions on the package.
How do I fill out the AKC papers?
Pet puppies are sold spayed/neutered and on limited registration which means you can't show the dog at AKC dog shows. Fill in your puppy's name in the boxes. Usually people use a Chinese name since these dogs originated in China.