Well, we lost our Maltese, Buffy, age 8 three weeks ago from Kidney disease. :( So sad from that...We've been devastated about her death and although it's soon, we'd really like a new dog. My mom and I glanced in Petland (hate that place, love the puppies) and thats when we realized how much we missed having a little dog.
I've been very interested in Malti-Tzu... we love both malteses and shih tzu's. They were absolutely adorable. We also looked at the Teddybears/Shi-chon mixes.... But of course, i'd NEVER buy from there.. rediculous pricing... $1400-1600 for these dogs. Its amazing anyone actually buys dogs from there.
The lady told me they are from reputable breeders. She gave me the breeders name of one, who was hundreds of miles away. She said they DO NOT deal with puppy mill dogs but occasionaly they get them. Im thinking, honestly... how are you going to know they arent puppy mill dogs if you havent seen their living conditions when you're states away? We're not getting our puppy from there, found some local breeders.. but Anyways, ill stop hating on that place.. I was just curious. Can anyone give me any input on Malti-tzu's or Teddybear breeds? Thanks so much
They are a mixed breed - that means they can have any grab bag of traits from both breeds - in both good and bad areas.
Honestly, there really isn't such a thing as a responsible mixed breed breeder. The goal of mixing breeds is only to create a "product". It has very little to do with bettering anything because you can't "perfect" a 1st generation cross. When you deal with a breeder who is worried about creating a product they are ALWAYS first and foremost thinking about their own rear end. If you want to be a "customer" then that's about the summation of your experience with buying a mixed breed dog. You'll get about as much concern and care from your breeder as you will from the used car salesman you'd buy a cheap car from. Or from the checkout girl at Walmart who rung up your shampoo last week.
Something most people don't realize... reputable breeders who are breeding for health and temperament first and using the best quality dogs won't sell to a BYB or Puppymill (anyone who would sell to brokers or pet stores - or anyone who would breed mixed breeds). So what the breeder who is breeding "Teddybear" dogs is using as "breeding stock" are dogs they bought for $200-400 from another BYB or Puppymill - probably either a breeder who either knows next to nothing about the breed in the first place (so doesn't even really know if what they are breeding IS healthy) or the first breeder who would sell them a dog for breeding with no questions asked.
You wouldn't buy your puppy from Petland... but if you go to a breeder who is selling Teddybears/MaltesexShih Tzu mixes... where do you think they got their breeding dogs from? Probably Petland OR the same breeders that Petland is buying their dogs from....Because those are the ONLY breeders who will sell them a dog to breed mixed breeds with.
You can not expect to get a quality, healthy, mentally and physically sound puppy from parents who are literally bottom of the gene pool. Those breeders do NOT choose their dogs and breeders based on quality of the dogs - it's literally whoever will sell them a dog that is the right sex, breed, and color. There are no health questions asked let alone testing done.
The disgusting thing is that they take dogs they bought for $300 and breed them together and then try and get you to buy the puppies for 2-5 times that. WHY? Because people will actually pay that because they are calling it a cute name.
You can find that same mix at your local Shelter or on Petfinder. You'll get the same quality of dog and pay A LOT less.
It makes no difference what the breeder's facility looks like. I agree that clean is better than filthy and having some room to move is an improvement over a cage - but the thing is that I bet you that breeder with the clean facility bought their dogs from the breeder with the filthy cages - and you don't just breed Mom and Dad together... you breed the whole family tree. That means whatever decisions "filthy cage breeder" made in her breeding program still effects your puppy.
Clean does not mean that the breeder has the foggiest idea whether her dogs are genetically sound or have great temperament. It definitely doesn't mean that the dogs they breed are structurally sound.
I would personally either rescue/adopt from the shelter, or find a great pure bred breeder and just get a Maltese OR a Shih Tzu. Because keep in mind - a badly breed Shih Tzu won't act like you expect a Shih Tzu should - so if you take a badly bred Maltese and mix it with a badly bred Shih Tzu - you're probably not even getting the dog you thought you'd get on paper by saying "I like both breeds". You shouldn't line a breeders pockets to get something that they take no time to be educated or responsible for.
You should definitely listen to abbylynne's advice. If you love the Maltese and Shih Tzu breeds so much, why buy from a breeder who is doing a disservice to both breeds? Never stop hating on petland or their counter parts. Hopefully, if we all continue to expose them for what they are, we will see a day where puppies are no longer sold in stores like merchandise.