She has the feathers on her front legs and the spaniel ticking on her legs, like a Chin. Her front legs are thicker and short, more like a Shih-tzu.
She has none of the characteristics on her face of a Shih-tzu, other than the shorter nose. There is no hair standing up around her eyes, it is all short and flat to the face. She does have the muzzle of a Chin, the classic under bite.
The gal claims that she hasn't given her a haircut, so she couldn't explain the shorter coat.
Who knows, this puppy may be a heinz 57, but she sure is cute. I just don't like when people lie, trying to sell a dog for something that it isn't.
Any guesses to the mixture?
***Edited By: basset_lover on 12/1/2006 10:17:09 AM*** Reason: *forgot to include picture links, lol.
Maybe it has some chi in it. That would explain the short hair.
It will probably be easier to tell once it is an adult. Its really hard with puppies. The tail is what is throwing me off.
Did you notice if the puppy carries the tail up over its back or not. All the breeds mentioned so far have the tail over the back, but I don't really know if they do that as puppies or if it is an older dog thing.
It is a cute puppy though. Just not worth what she is probably asking for a pureblooded Shih Tzu.
Chihuahua mixed in passed through my mind too. My Mom has a Long hair Chihuahua and the "Shih-tzu" puppy reminds me a little of Abby.
The puppy in the picture is between 5 & 6 months old and weighs under 6 pounds, that's another reason I thought maybe some Chihuahua mixed in there.
The lady has the entire litter yet, said everyone that has come out to look at the "purebred Shih-tzu" puppies has passed.
I'd like to get her out of that situation. but then again, I don't really need another dog. However, being in with her brothers at this age is not a good idea either.
Another gal I talked to about that litter said she thought Japanese Chin and Pomeranian. Who knows, the so-called breeder isn't telling and still insists they are Shih-tzu.
I forgot to add, when the gal sent the photos, she said the dog always kept her tail curled up over her back, but that she was scared of the camera. I saw her, in person, and never saw the puppy with her tail curled up over her back.
Thanks for all the input.
***Edited By: basset_lover on 12/1/2006 5:50:02 PM*** Reason: *to add a thought or two.
Update on the puppy: I couldn't stand leaving her where she was and ended up going to get her. Brought her home with me and found a really good, permanent home for her. The people that adopted the puppy have 2 Pomeranians now and fell in love with her when they saw her.
She will go in for her vet check and rabies shot next week and has settled into her new, comfortable lifestyle quite well.
Growing up I had a "shih tzu" that looked just like that - except that he was all white. My dad bought him at a pet store... and was told that he was the runt of the litter. We had registration papers for him - but I have no idea what registry (didn't know to ask back then)...
I realized back then though that he didn't have many of the chih tzu characteristics... his face wasn't quite as pushed in as some, he didn't have the long hair on the top of his head... but I will say he was the sweetest thing in the world... he was my best friend for 17 years.... he was my constant companion and he died in my arms peacefully one Saturday morning... I would love to have another one like him - but I wouldn't know what to look for! LOL!