I AM DOING MY RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING A SHIH-TZU.. I HAVE SOME ONE WHO IS WELL REFERRED IN MY AREA. I WAS TOLD THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF THESE DOGS, REGUALR SIZE, IMPERIAL AND TEA CUP? OR IS THE IMPERIAL THE TEA CUP? ALSO, WHY IS IT THAT THE IMPERIALS MORE DESIRABLE? WHY ARE THE IMPERIALS MORE EXPENSIVE? I WAS TOLD THE IMPERIALS GO FOR ABOUT 1200?! WOW THAT'S ALOT AND THE REGULAR SIZE'S ABOUT 1000..
if you live in or close to conneticut i could get you the name of a good breeder of shit zu's. a woman i work with has gotten 3 shit zu puppies from this woman and they are all adorable , healthy and well tempered. as for different sizes i do not know. i thought there was only 1 size shit zu.
Thank you, sure I can wait until then. See, I'm in a little situation.. Back in July my Fiance and I were alittle uneducated about the whole pet store thing.. We were already decided on getting this adorable puppy, we put down a deposit and were all set to get him.. Unfortunately, my landlord decided to change her mind at the last minute and tell me she would rather me NOT get a dog.. which really made me VERY upset, by the way I am moving in a few weeks into a nicer apt.. of which the Landlord is also a dog lover and he said off the bat, yes I can have a DOG!!! YAY SOOOO I tried to get our deposit back.. we could not. They wrote us out a receipt for CREDIT with no exp. date, we could come back when we could to purchase or just get anything really in the store.. lol worth 600 dollars... (that was our deposit) yea yea I know.. we got screwed... I was depressed about it for weeks.. about not being able to get the puppy I sooo wanted. Well, NOW that I was refered to this breeder here in NY, I was wondering if I were to purchase one of her pups, I would still be able to use my credit in the pet store to get supplies, food, toys, etc... 600 worth! Because I definietly am NOt buying a dog from that pet store, with all I am learning about them.. your thoughts?
well that stinks that you couldn't get your money back from the store but it doesn't surprise me. so now you have 600 bucks you can use to spoil your new puppy. and believe me, 600 dollars is not going to seem like much once you start buying the things you will need. any breeder you purchase a pup from should do all genetic health testing on the parents and have the results from the grandparents avilable. i do not know what specific ailments occur within the breed but check it out and ask the breeder if she screens her parents and doesn't breed if they have these problems. also visit her home and see how they are kept, do they appear healthy, well fed, are they social towards people or shy around strangers, etc. a quick bath and toenail trim will not hide evidence of an ill kept dogs. ask her for a health guarantee against any genetic defects and how long she guarantees her puppies health for. ask her if your landlord at some point kicks the dogout if she will take it back. a breeder who will take her offspring back for any reason is a sign of a good person. and make absolutely certain this new landlord will not re nig on the puppy thing. you don't want to have to get rid of him or her. i am sure i am missing a few points on other things to find out about the breeder but someone else on here should be able to give more advice. good luck.
There is no such size as a teacup. They are just the runts of the liter. I too bought what I thought was a teacup before I knew any better. They are usually higher priced and made to look like they are special. I think they are prone to be more unhealthy because of their small size. Don't be fooled by that. I have never heard of Imperial size. Good luck getting your pup.
I've never heard of 'Imperial' sized shih tzu. I imagine it's a bigger than normal shih tzu. Teacups..... IMHO you should never get a teacup anything, unless it comes with a teapot and a spot of earl grey. I'd avoid anyone who claims to have imperial or teacup shih tzus like the plague. I doubt they're reputable.
Just go and check them out and go with your gut instinct. Check to see if they are sticking to the breed standard. If they sell larger or smaller, I don't necessarily think that they would be that bad, I prefer breed standard, but I know some breeders that raise smaller schnauzers, and they get every test done possible! Their dogs are great! If they pretty much fit the standard, other size, I don't think it's that big a deal! I would definately go to their place and check them out though! Good luck!
You are definitely doing the right thing and not purchasing your pet from the pet store. If you get a sick puppy, your vet bills could add up pretty fast, and I agree $600 will be easily spent on supplies, crate, toys, food, etc. I had a Teacup poodle growing up. She was only 4 lbs and did die very young (only 7 years old.) The smaller dogs (below breed standards) just can't fight illness as well as more well bred ones. I would keep looking for a different breeder. Also, my friends just adopted a Shih Tzu from the local shelter and boy is he ever a sweetie. Just a thought - I know many people want their dogs from a breeder but sometimes you can find quite a good match at a shelter - even pure bred ShihTzus.
Here is what the Shih Tzu National Breed Club say about tea cups and Imperials: The Myth about Imperial or Tiny Teacup Shih Tzu The words “imperial” and “tiny teacup” have been used interchangeably when describing undersized Shih Tzu. This is not what the American Shih Tzu Club (ASTC) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) recommend and accept as good breed representation. The terms “imperial’ or ‘tiny teacup’ should be regarded as ....A MYTH. Maybe you read an ad in your local newspaper, searched the Internet, or know of someone who acquired a Shih Tzu using these words to describe how unusual and special (and even more expensive?) their dog may be. The official breed standard for the Shih Tzu calls for a weight range of 9-16 pounds. Why would anyone want to steer away from the weight called for in the AKC. approved breed standard or to call the breed by anything but its AKC. recognized name? Could it be a fad they have created in order to obtain a higher price? These particular breeders have deliberately downsized an already designated toy breed. By doing this, they risk the overall health and wonderful distinguishing characteristics of our breed. Many of these less reputable breeders claim that their Shih Tzu possess the ‘imperial’ gene. There is no proof that such a gene exists. Size reduction occures by breeding the smallest dog in a litter to another small dog of another litter, and son on and so forth. This not only creates an abnormally small Shih Tzu, but also puppies that may have health problems. This is not indicative of an ‘imperial gene’ but rather of poor breeding practices. A resonsible breeder does not advertise an occasional ‘runt’ as an ‘imperial’ or ‘tiny teacup’ Shih Tzu. Rather, it is sold as a pet, solely as a companion dog that is not used for breeding. Responsible breeders strive to breed healthy dogs that conform to the breed standard. The ideal Shih Tzu is a sturday, active, healthy dog with good substance for its size. Those desiring a very tiny pet should choose another breed rather than destroying the very characteristics that make the Shih Tzu such an idea companion. There is no such thing as an AKC Imperial or Tiny Teacup Shih Tzu. Any registry other than the American Kennel Club is not recognized by the American Shih Tzu Club. Breeders using alternative registries may have lost their AKC registration and breeding privileges for various reasons. We would like to caution everyone reading ads, searching the Internet or who has heard the description of Shih Tzu as “imperial” or “tiny teacup” to conduct further research before making a purchase. LTLGTO