Our pups are always listed as pet only Limited AKC registration (no breeding or show rights) and spay/neuter is required. Full AKC registration (show/breeding rights) may be available to approved homes on certain puppies for a substantial additional fee. Prices are subject to change as puppies mature. However, once a deposit is placed on a puppy, the price will not change.
Why do we charge a different price for pet dogs and breeding dogs?
The sole reason for the price difference is that there are MANY, if not most, customers who want a high quality pet. They plan on spaying/neutering with no thoughts whatsoever for breeding. They incur extra expenses from surgery costs and I think it is only fair to them to give them a lower price with limited registration.
Why is breeding rights so much more?
Breeding is not the money making hobby everyone believes it to be. I charge extra for breeding rights on SELECT dogs, not every dog has the option of breeding rights. The higher costs discourages unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills. No one would pay $1200 for a dog and then breed it in a manner to risk its life, or to just make a few hundred off each pup. If you are willing to pay the extra money, provide us with personal and veterinary references and discuss your breeding plans in depth and we AGREE with them, then we will allow full registration on the dog. We will also be able to sleep better at night knowing our babies are being well cared for and puppies from our lines won't end up in puppymills.
Why do we require pet pups to be spayed or neutered?
Any puppy sold as a pet should not be bred. This is simply for the improvement and maintenance of the breeding line for Shih Tzu. Dogs are eligible for a breeding program only if they are able to reproduce either their own quality or better quality in each successive generation. Breeding is not to be done casually nor is it a money-making venture. It is not a hobby and is very time consuming and energy demanding. By demanding that this pet-quality puppy be neutered/spayed, it avoids mass-production of average quality Shih Tzu, controls the already overblown dog population, and improves the overall fitness of the purebred line. This does not mean that this puppy is an inferior dog. This puppy is as capable as any of its littermates of becoming a lovable, well-trained, and perfectly happy dog. Also, a lot of puppy mill owners are looking for cheap dogs. So it's also a way for the breeders to protect their pups from that fate.
Each cost multiplied by 3 to show average of lifetime litters per mom unless marked with a *
Would you work 24/7 for 9-12 weeks for less than $650 in pay? Why do I? Because I love the breed, I love looking at dogs and pedigrees and seeing where Dog A is lacking or excellent in structure areas and Dog B can improve or compliment those areas. I spend hours each day reading pedigrees looking for pictures and continuing my education thru veterinary classes online, my breed mentor and other breeder friends. These costs don't account for emergency care for mom or pups during delivery or any additional travel expenses if we decide that the best stud for this breeding is one that is multiple states away!
Frequently newborn puppies or kittens (neonates) fail to survive or live, from birth to nine weeks of age, referred to as fading puppy syndrome (faders ) or kitten syndrome. "About 20 to 40 percent of all puppies born do not survive past 12 weeks of age. We have noticed a percentage of lower than 10 in our breedings. So lets say we lose 2 puppies per momma in a lifetime.